Property owners often hire architects to design their palatial estates. The owners often buy into a design concept. The client also needs to ask the architect, "shouldn't we include an expert in this field in the design development."
A WISE architect will already know the answer.
Why do I need an "aquatic designer" ?
A qualified aquatic designer should be more than a "pool designer." They should have a background in architecture, world history, art and most of all - construction.
An aquatic designer will be sure that you allow sufficient chases in the walls for the appropriate sizes pipes & plumbing, that humidity is controlled to preserve artwork and to prevent mold, mildew, rot and corrosion.
A background in waterproofing is paramount, to ensure that water does not leak into the structure. Knowledge of the acoustics of water is also important, to prevent splashing water from creating annoying background noise.
Experience with materials and water surface tension, is important to ensure that water is not splashing onto areas that could create a slip & fall hazard.
Practical construction experience and management is critical in developing interface details that do not require extensive fabrication of custom parts.
Knowledge of construction practices and how temperatures variations in various components may cause condensation to develop. Condensation in walls can lead to the growth of mold, corrosion of wiring and fasteners and dry rotted wood.
The BIG picture
Just because someone calls themselves a "pool designer," "aquatic consultant," "watershape consultant," or "aquatic architect" does not mean that they have the requisite background to really contribute value to the overall project.
Being able to draw pretty pictures, but not knowing hot to develop plans for a commercial grade equipment room does not add value.
Being able to identify potential issues, BEFORE they become catastrophes and offering creative cost effective preventative solutions adds the value clients demand - AND DESERVE!
Don't be penny wise and pound foolish. A few dollars spent doing extra planning will save you a lot of stress and tens of thousands of dollars later!
Paolo Benedetti - Aquatic Artist
"Creating water as art."™
Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa©