We Turn Your Dream Pool And Spa Into A Reality
You can choose from many high-quality materials to construct your pool and spa with. The type of material determines the process your project will take and of course the total cost to you. The most commonly used pool and spa materials are reinforced concrete, gunite, fiberglass, cast-in-place concrete, precast concrete, steel, or vinyl. You can choose the color from white to black and custom colors based on the type of material you choose for your construction.
When you’re considering transforming your outdoor living space, you want an experienced swimming pool builder company who can guide you through the design and building process. Orange Blue General contractors is a leader in backyard renovations for good reasons: we are focused on excellence and committed to customer service.
Our more than two decades of experience enables us to remove the uncertainty of the swimming pool building process. With Orange Blue by your side, you can make a well informed buying decision.
Just as with our new pools, we’ll use our proven best practices and only the highest-quality materials on remodels, giving you the confidence to simply enjoy your new pool for many years!
It all begins with an in-home consultation. Our pool designers have experience in creating backyard designs that blend and compliment the surrounding natural elements. You can expect your pool designer to fully understand your vision, scope, and detail. Allowing room for improvements, upgrades, and the features that will make your pool the perfect compliment to your lifestyle.
Remember, when you apply for a permit, you always need to include your plot plan. This plan is a detailed diagram of what your backyard (or other property) will look like with your pool. It should contain measurements and location. This plan will help an inspector determine if your property is large enough for a pool of the size and style you chose.
Each county or city will have a department responsible for handling construction permits, such as the ones needed for pool building. Obtaining this permit is the first step in building a pool. However, there are plenty more permits you will need to get during construction.
Each area is different, so not every county or city requires the same things. Some of the most common permits you need to complete pool installation includes:
Most pools require some form of electricity to function correctly. After all, the filtration system needs to run in order to keep the pool safe and clean.
Most cities or counties require that electrical work be done by a master electrician who is licensed within the city or county limits in accordance with the city rules. Usually, however, the electrician you hire for the job should take care of obtaining the appropriate permit you need for electrical.
This permit comes as no surprise. Obviously, a pool of water will involve some form of plumbing. Water has to be directed to and from this amenity. Installing plumbing is one of the first steps in the pool building process.
As with electrical, all plumbing work should be done by a plumber that is registered within the city or county limits and follows the International Plumbing Code. Again, the contractor you hire for the job should be able to get the plumbing permit you need.
However, an inspector cannot complete an inspection if the area is too wet, which is often the case after a rain. Inspectors must wait until the ground is dry, which could take several days.
For gas lines installed for a swimming pool, you also need a separate air pressure gauge to verify the pressure. Most gas tests must utilize a diaphragm gage that an inspector must test and verify. Depending on the rules of the city or county you reside in, the contractor you hired for the job will get the permits and inspection you need to move forward with pool installation.
Pools with a heating will need a more thorough inspection to ensure that the heating system works safely.
Homeowners Association (HOA)
While the contractors you hired from the job can get most permits on their own, it is your responsibility as the homeowner to get approval from your local HOA.
Each HOA operates differently, so you need to reach out to yours to learn what steps you need to take to get approval for your pool construction.
Before construction can begin, a pre-drainage inspection must be completed, approving the drainage and access plan you submitted with your plan review. However, near the end of construction, you also need a final drainage inspection.
At the time of this inspection, all drain lines and dirt work must be complete. You must also complete any installation of permanent vegetation before you can receive your final drainage approval. This drainage is necessary to show how you plan on draining wastewater from your pool safely into a waste pipe.
Before you can place any concrete or gunite, the steelwork and electrical bond must be inspected and approved. If this steelwork is not sturdy and sound, it could spell disaster for the rest of the pool. This steelwork includes the belly steel that gives the pool its shape and is the foundation for gunite and the deck steel that concrete goes over to create the deck surrounding the pool.
Pool construction requires a lot of hard work and involves many different parties. You cannot just start building a pool without getting the necessary permissions and inspections. While these might seem like a hassle, they exist to ensure that your swimming pool is expertly constructed and is safe to use. If you want to get started building your own pool or want to learn more about the required permits, give Orange Blue a call today.
Choosing the right pool for you
Fiberglass pools are typically finished in a light green or blue color, while vinyl is available in many colors. A new trend is saltwater pools, which don’t leave chemicals outside the pool but use an automatic system that converts regular tap water into clean, safe swimming water good for you and your family’s health.
Concrete consists of hard material (gravel, sand, pebbles) mixed with cement paste to bind them together. Concrete is solid and might be the best choice if you are considering building a pool in an area where earthquakes can take place or if there’s a risk that your concrete structure may crack because it’s not flat enough under the pool.
We also let our clients request a custom design made. You can choose the colors and shape of the tiles or mosaic you want on your structure. You can even have paintings or other designs embedded into the concrete providing additional value to your home. Decorative mosaics are usually added to pools using cement mortar mixed with colored marble chips until they become one piece of mosaic artwork. At OrangeBlue, your options are limitless!
These are just some of the selections we can build for you. We will provide you with the best options and their pros and cons to help you decide during our consultation. When there are several choices, consider what you want and need. But your pool and spa must be a safe and comfortable place to spend your free time, and no matter which construction material you choose, it should last for many years.
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We handle the entire project lifecycle for you. This ensures the project is done on time, on budget, and without hassles.
Communication is a core tenet of what we do. Our project managers are on-site daily to ensure you know what's happening all the time.
With decades of experience, we know our craft so well that you can rest assured you're in good hands.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How big can I safely go?
Pool water depth is significant for safety reasons. Around 6 inches is the maximum depth you should go without placing an automatic pool cover on top of your in-ground, gunite/stucco-constructed swimming pool when it's not in use. The purpose of the cover is to keep swimmers from accidentally going beyond shallow depths, thus preventing injuries from going underwater over their heads. For above-ground pools, limiting the depth to 4 feet is typically the safe maximum. This is also the case with free-form above-ground pools, but it's best to have at least one ladder in place so swimmers can safely get back up to shallow depths should they go beyond the 4-foot mark.
What kind of cover should I get?
Pool covers can be broken down into two basic categories: mesh and solid. Mesh typically costs more because it allows water vapor to escape while preventing debris from falling into your pool. Solid covers are cheaper but take more effort to remove snow and ice accumulated over the winter months. These covers are often referred to as "blankets." The choice between a mesh or blanket depends on how much you're willing to spend and your climate.
Can I add a spa to my existing pool?
Adding a spa is possible with specific considerations. The general rule of thumb is that your pool must be large enough for the proposed new spa, and you already have an existing filtration system in place. Some other issues to look into are the location of power outlets and gas supply lines, any special equipment for circulation or water treatment, size jets you prefer.