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Category: Vinyl-Liner Pools

Category: Vinyl-Liner Pools

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Design & Construction

  • In the Mix

    Swimming pool gunite and shotcrete experts discuss the true differences in their processes

     
  • Going Commercial

    In making the transition from residential to commercial projects, too many contractors apply old methods

     
  • Water Jetting

    This method of prepping a surface for replastering requires large costs up front, but many say it’s worth the investment

     
  • Managing Pool Design and Construction

    Making sure that crews execute pool designs faithfully is an ongoing challenge

     
  • Rustic Elegance

    Pool Designers: Create the raw yet refined look of dry-stack stone

     
  • A Spray of Success

    Spraypads are continuing to gain in popularity. Here, designers and builders reveal keys to making them work.

     
  • Set in Stone

    A natural granite outcropping provides the perfect backdrop for this central Connecticut pool

     
  • Step by Step

    Tips for making pool entries as seamless as possible

     
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    Modern Day South

    A pictorial of a pool and waterfeature meant to capture the local architecture, incorporating Southern nature with modern style.

     
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    Fiberglass Pools Are Changing Direction

    Fiberglass projects get more elaborate as pools get smaller.

     
 

Rock On

Using more than 100 tons of stone, this backyard is a paradise for rock lovers. Tennessee Crab Orchard stone was used for the walls, fireplace and coping, all of which were hand-chiseled to fit. “Plywood patterns were made to fit the pool, and we gave them to the rock company to cut the rock,” explains Jim Pennell.

The coping rock was thermal-heated to create a natural bullnose edge, and five different sizes of pavers were used on the deck and patios. Japanese maples, crape myrtles, grasses, and other plantings provide color.

Steep Challenge

The mountainside house is in a rural setting, and the pool had to stay clear of the home’s septic system. “We had to twist and move the pool several times,” says Pennell. Digging out the pool against the steep embankment required a trackhoe, and a cherry picker was used to place the rocks around the pool and slide.

“All the construction and rock work needed to be done before we put the liner in,” Pennell says. That included the plumbing for the custom 11-piece slide, which required an extensive amount of pipe. “We had to pipe water over 100 feet to get to the slide,” he explains.