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Ian Lewis Design   Chapelton   Tulliemet   Pitlochry   PH9 0PA   tel: 01796 482722   fax: 01796 482733   e-mail: info@pooldesign.co.uk

‘Selfbuildpools’ and ‘pooldesign’ are trading names of Ian Lewis Design.  ‘Simpool’ is a registered Trade Mark property of Ian Lewis

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Pool Choices


All pools are unique and the choice of materials and equipment can depend on the size of the pool, the site and the budget available.  Here are some brief guides which are applicable to both outdoor and indoor pools.

Size & shape:         
Almost any size and shape can be created although most opt for a rectangular format.  Go as long as you can to avoid too many “turns” when swimming lengths.  A width of at least 12 ft. (3.6m) is good for two people swimming together.

Depth:                       
Unless you want to dive from a board, keep the depth down to about 4ft. (1.2m).  This saves on equipment, heating and disinfection costs!

Construction:           
May depend on ground conditions but basic choices are blockwork, pre-fabricated panels or glassfibre.  Blockwork is inexpensive but needs skill in construction; panels are an easy DIY option and glassfibre is completely pre-finished but is only available in a limited number of sizes and can be expensive to buy and to install.

Pool finishes:            
The best finish is mosaic tiles which come in many colours and blends, however the underlying construction has to be of concrete or blockwork, of a high specification, to avoid cracking.  Skilled labour is also needed for the necessary preparation and fixing of the tiles.  A PVC liner is a cost effective alternative, coming in a choice of many plain and tiled colourways.  A liner can be fitted to a blockwork or panel pool and will accommodate any “movement” in the underlying structure.  A liner is expected to last for at least ten years and replacement is inexpensive.

Filtration & dosing:   
Pools are susceptible to many pollutants, mainly from their users!  A good filtration system will remove any waste while disinfecting will kill off the bacteria and make the pool safe and sparkling.

Heating:                        
Outdoor pools may be heated with a special pool boiler (either oil or gas fired) or an electric heater.  Solar heating or heat pumps can also be used in warmer climates.  Indoor pools can be heated from your house boiler but need special attention to dehumidification to avoid potential structural problems.  An insulating cover, available in manual or automatic form, is essential to any heated pool its modest cost will quickly be repaid by savings in energy costs.

Accessories:            
Pre-fabricated fibreglass entry steps and stainless steel ladders and rails contribute to convenient, safety and add a professional touch.  Counter-current swim jets provide good exercise a swell as being great fun! After the heard work, relax in a spa which can be attractively integrated into your pool.
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