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Pool Acoustics: Orchestrating a Symphony of Water Sounds with Pool Features

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Pool Acoustics: Orchestrating a Symphony of Water Sounds with Pool Features

At the start of every pool project, most pool owners and contractors focus on improving the property’s aesthetics. As a result, they come up with a list of pool features, deck/finish materials, and equipment to use during construction. But how many pool designers think about pool acoustics? Owner of Peek Pools in Nashville, Kyle Peek, states, “Most pool designers forget about pool acoustics; they think about it later when pool construction is almost over. Similarly, pool acoustics is not a priority to most homeowners.” Even so, it is important to note that pool acoustics is equally important as pool aesthetics.

Pool Acoustics: Orchestrating a Symphony of Water Sounds with Pool Features

Pool contractors and pool acoustics

Building a world-class pool is not enough; the surrounding atmosphere needs to back up the pool. Unquestionably, it is agitating to hear your neighbors quarrel when lounging by the poolside on a hot afternoon. Think about it. In such a situation, you will no longer enjoy the breathtaking views of your backyard. Instead, there’s distraction coming from unpleasant noises in your neighborhood. Luckily, you can always find a way to mute all these noises using certain water features.

If you live in a noisy area, use more water features to generate more sound. Pool experts advise using fountains, rock waterfalls, and multi-tiered streams, among others. Typically, all the water features you use should deliver excellent acoustics and aesthetics.

Some water features do not work well in noisy areas because they don’t generate many sounds. For example, laminar sheet falls produce fewer sounds because the water gently cascades into the main pool. However, incorporating two or more water features like laminar sheets increases the pool’s acoustics. So, pool designers have to be very strategic when choosing pool water features.

As a pool designer or contractor, spare some time to take your clients through different water features that increase pool acoustics. Owner of Coastal Coating and Resurfacing in Jacksonville, Mark Hegedus, says that he presents all water features to his clients through high-quality videos and images. He says that he loves presenting the available water features through video because customers hear how they sound.

Nowadays, pool designers use various pool software to come up with contemporary 3D pool designs. The graphics and sound in these designs are high quality. Subsequently, aspiring pool owners can experience a relaxing atmosphere in their backyard long before construction begins. Pool owners are able to listen to all the soothing and pleasant sounds emanated by different water features.

Creating a serene atmosphere in the city

Pool owners in the city often have to devise ways of dealing with traffic noise in their backyards. Fortunately, there is a broad spectrum of water features that can help you deal with traffic noise.

There was a time Kyle Peek had to generate white noise in the middle of a noisy and busy neighborhood. He used a large rain curtain with a height of 10 feet and 16 feet radius to block all unpleasant noise. The water from the rain curtain cascaded down 8-inch river rocks to generate more white noise. Moreover, the rain curtain was specially designed to redirect unpleasant sounds since it was built in a freestanding pavilion.

Besides the rain curtain, Peek used different sheet pool features and a zero-edge effect to boost its acoustics. And he says, “All these features did a good job in getting rid of the distracting noise.”

Vice president of All Seasons Pools and Spas, Danz Lenz, says that they conducted a similar project. They used a water wall next to the driveway to prevent unpleasant sounds from entering the yard. Pool jets encompassed the spillover spa to create more sounds. Additionally, they installed pool jets on the tanning ledge. At the fence line, they added deck jets and laminar. Artificial trees were also planted along the fence to block all incoming sounds from the neighbors. The best thing about this project is that it didn’t even take long to finish.

Be strategic to avoid overdesigning

Even though pool acoustics is equally important as aesthetics, pool designers should be strategic with installing these features. Typically, water features should not be too noisy and become distracting to pool owners. So, pool designers should avoid over designing pools.

Therefore, it is important to note that the larger the water feature, the more noise generated. Installing many big water features would not be a good idea. Find a perfect balance between big and small water features. Otherwise, you would ruin the acoustics of the whole project.

Be careful with water features like grottos. They are big; hence they could produce excessive sounds. The sound of water flowing down to the grotto can be a nuisance to some homeowners. Nevertheless, you can be strategic with how you position the grotto. It would be best to position this feature in such a way it faces away from the property. This way, the sounds generated won’t be a distraction to people in the house.

Pool News coverage brought to you by Pool Magazine's own Marcus Packer. Marcus Packer is a 20 year pool industry veteran pool builder and pool service technician. In addition to being a swimming pool professional, Marcus has been a writer and long time contributor for Newsweek Magazine's home improvement section and more recently for Florida Travel + Life. Have a story idea or tip you'd like to share with Pool Magazine? Email mpacker@poolmagazine.com your story idea.

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Keeping Pool Contractors Out Of The Courtroom

Stay out of the courtroom by knowing what NOT to say…

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A client contacted a pool contractor, wanting a bid to perform repair work on a job completed by another contractor. The client said they were not pursuing litigation or making an insurance claim – they just want the project fixed correctly.

Avoid Making Statements That May Come Back To Haunt You

If you find yourself in this situation – tread carefully. ONLY provide a written estimate of your proposed repairs and your installation specifications. Oftentimes, once the client receives the estimated cost of repairs, they will change their mind about litigation or filing an insurance claim against the original contractor. If you made statements about the cause of a failure, quality of the workmanship or code compliance, it will come back to haunt you.

The pool contractor was subpoenaed to appear in court, to repeat the verbal & written statements he made about the causation and workmanship. And he was only compensated at a rate predetermined by the court – less than minimum wage, like a juror. He was also sued by the original contractor for slander & libel, due to some false assumptions he made and had expressed about the failure.

How do you avoid being drawn into litigation as a witness for the plaintiff?

Simple…It is human nature to want to impress people with our knowledge. But, this is the time to “bite your lip.”

It is best to listen to the client’s complaint, take diligent notes & copious pictures and prepare a repair estimate back in the office. Limit your comments to the weather & sports. If you see things they are not aware of, merely include them in your cost of repairs. Do not discuss the workmanship or the suspected cause of any failure.

Remember – They already know the project is screwed up… that’s why they called you. If they want to know WHY it’s screwed up, then they should hire someone who will perform a thorough inspection, forensic evaluation or testing and render a written opinion – for a fee. Stay out of the courtroom, by learning what not to say.

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Scott Walk is one of the Top Pool Designers / Pool Builders in Georgia

Chatting with Scott Walk, one of the leading pool designers in Georgia today.

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Scott Walk - Premier Pools - Pool Kings - Top Pool Designers

We got the chance to catch up with one of the leading pool builders in the state of Georgia today. Scott Walk of Scott Walk’s Premier Pools & Spas in Alpharetta, GA has made a name for himself. The last few years, Walk has worked to become one of the top rated pool builders in the local area.

A member of the Premier Pools & Spas franchise, the Walk family actually independently owns and operates two locations – one in North Georgia, and the other in Chattanooga, TN. Their family business has been one of the cornerstones that model and define the successful formula Premier Pools has been able to reiterate throughout the country.

Building Pools is a Family Business

Scott Walk who comes from a previous background in construction and home remodeling, first got his start in the pool industry approximately ten years ago. Together, he and his wife Kim Walk have established one of the largest pool construction operations in the state of Georgia. Their son Ashton also works for the family’s thriving business and has been closely learning the industry side by side with his father over the past five years.

The Walk Family owns & operates two Premier Pools & Spas franchises, one in North Georgia and another in Chattanooga, TN.
The Walk Family owns & operates two Premier Pools & Spas franchises, one in North Georgia and another in Chattanooga, TN.

Walk attended the prestigious Genesis program. He says he’s focused now on becoming one of the top pool builders in the country. SWD registered with Genesis, less than fifty individuals nationwide have achieved the certification level he has.

Pool Kings Project: Georgia Peach Pool Paradise

Walk has had one of his projects showcased nationally on the DIY Network hit TV show Pool Kings. Consequently, the episode helped draw mass attention to his work. The reality home improvement show is quite popular. Each episode has been watched by millions of television viewers and is closely followed in the pool industry.

We asked Walk what it was like working on such a high end project, and what gave him the skillset to start building luxury inground pools.

“Working on the Pool Kings show was a unique opportunity. It is a rare privilege to be able to showcase your work to such a diverse audience. The feedback we’ve received has been incredible.”

Scott Walk – Owner of Scott Walk’s Premier Pools & Spas

“Initially we went through several changes in the design process, but ultimately wound up with a concept that delivered on all of the clients wishlist items.” said Walk. “This particular project was difficult. We faced some challenges with excavation and the weather.”

Walk's work was showcased on the hit TV show Pool Kings. His lazy river pool was featured in Season 7.
Walk’s work was showcased on the hit TV show Pool Kings. His lazy river pool was featured in Season 7.

Walk said that his two main concerns throughout the project were being able to deliver a premium product to the homeowner while meeting filming and scheduling deadlines. “You know, they make it look so easy on TV. Trust me it is alot harder than it looks.” said Walk.

Walk’s prior experience in building luxury pools assisted him heavily on this particular project. Since attending the Genesis program, Walk says he has been consistently increasing the level of difficulty and complexity in the projects he has undertaken.

“They were looking for over the top pool designs for the show. We had to deliver!” said Walk. “We were able to showcase the range of our abilities and included some phenomenal pool features not found in your typical build.”

Luxury Pools - Pool Kings - Scott Walk - Premier Pools & Spas
Walk sets the standard for luxury pool builders in Georgia with over the top designs like this one.

Luxury Pool Features

Scott guided us through some of the remarkable amenities in this resort style luxury pool. “There’s really so much we built into this backyard. We’ve got the beach entry pool with bubblers. A lazy river with a bridge to an island that has a super sized spa.” said Walk. “We’ve also incorporated a slide and two waterfalls in this pool. Not to mention the work that went into building this incredible outdoor kitchen area.”

From start to finish this particular project was over 5 months in the making said Walk. In the end, he and his crew worked nearly round the clock. It was necessary in order to meet the deadlines for the episode to run in time. Ultimately, his team delivered and in magnificent fashion. The completed pool and backyard is nothing short of breathtaking.

Walk and his team worked hard and the effort shows. Consequently, the end result is a truly unique and one of a kind luxury pool design. This is a five star resort style backyard that any homeowner would envy. We asked Walk where his inspiration comes from on these projects and what the design process is like for him.

“I really learned so much from the Genesis program that guides me in my design process today. I also find tremendous inspiration from the other builders in my organization. These are people who are really pushing the envelope today in pool engineering.”

Scott Walk – Owner of Scott Walk’s PremIer Pools & Spas

Scott Walk on Pool Design

“I always start my designs in Structure Studios first. We will create a walk through of the entire pool area in 3D for the homeowner. This helps them visualize the design concept, features and amenities.” said Walk. “I find that this adds value to the process. It truly immerses the client into giving us the feedback necessary to design them their dream backyard,” continued Walk.

Walk’s experience in building luxury inground pools has led to a long list of satisfied customers. It has also helped make his firm one of the top rated builders in the state. He attributes much of his success to his organization. “We are firm believers in the Premier formula.” said Walk. “That has really been what has helped us become so successful.”

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Structure Studios Announces Version 3 of Industry-Leading Design Software

Version 3 Combines Stunning 3D Technology with Radically Improved Performance

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Pool Rendering Software - VIP3D Version 3 - Structure Studios

Structure Studios today announced the release of Vip3D Version 3, Pool Studio Version 3, and VizTerra Version 3, all available for download now. With a totally redesigned 3D Engine and a dramatically improved 3D library, Version 3 of each software package gives pool designers, landscapers, and builders the tools they need to quickly and easily create elegant 3D presentations that amaze and delight their customers.

VIP3D Version 3

Version 3 leverages the most advanced technology to make available powerful and innovative tools, features, models, and materials that radically improve the design process. With Version 3, users can emotionally engage more clients with stunning, interactive, and immersive presentations that make their virtual outdoor living spaces feel like home.

VIP3D Version 3 is the most popular softwares being used today for generating sophisticated 3D pool renderings.

“Last year alone, designers created 1.8 million outdoor living projects with our software.”

Noah nehlich – structure studios

“After a year of remarkable growth in the pool and landscape industry, including a significant uptick in project inquiries and high demand for pool and landscape design and installation, Version 3 now makes it faster and easier for designers, landscapers, and builders to rise to the occasion and not just meet that demand but also share with their clients a vision of their outdoor living space like none other.” said Noah Nehlich.

Version 3.0 includes numerous enhancements such as grass, strip lighting, and exciting new visual effects.

New Enhancements for Elegant 3D Presentations

The many new features and benefits of Version 3 include numerous time-saving tools that make it as enjoyable for designers to create outdoor living spaces as it is for clients to explore them.

  • Next-level realistic real-time 3D rendering
  • Edit shapes instantly in 3D
  • More automatic terrain data
  • All new material library

Vip3D Version 3 also includes exclusive new features, like 3D grass, strip lighting, and new visual effects and materials, as well as exclusive new tools, like Fast Mode, professional camera tools, and sky and water controls, that make it incredibly easy to add the perfect finishing touches to projects, faster and more beautifully than ever before.

To learn more about Version 3, click here [https://blog.structurestudios.com/software/version-3-outdoor-living-design-software-next-level-3d-is-here].

Availability

Version 3 is available now as a completely free update for all current Vip3D, Pool Studio, and VizTerra members and as a download for new members. For membership terms, system requirements, and help determining if your current system is compatible with Version 3, visit www.StructureStudios.com or call (800) 778-8996.

About Structure Studios

Since 2000, Structure Studios of Henderson, Nevada, has been offering the highest quality, most realistic, and easiest-to-use professional real-time 3D design and presentation software in the industry. By continuously improving the most revolutionary and innovative 3D design software, Structure Studios fulfills the goal of improving lives through 3D experiences by empowering designers, builders, and landscapers to achieve absolutely spectacular results. To learn more about Structure Studios, visit www.StructureStudios.com or call (800) 778-8996.

Media Contact

Stefanie Dunn
Structure Studios
(702) 433-0274
stefanie@structurestudios.com
www.StructureStudios.com

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