Most architects and landscape architects are not versed in the requirements of swimming pool construction, technology, hydraulics or the space requirements of the support equipment.
Shoehorning an Elephant into a Gopher Hole
By hiring a swimming pool designer during the conceptual phase of developing plans for a home or yard, you will save yourself a lot of money. How can spending $3000+ on a swimming pool designer save me money, you ask?
If an architect or landscape architect is allowed to run amuck creating a design based upon their limited knowledge of pools, then you will find yourself spending even more money and aggravation redesigning the project that you thought was complete. The resulting project will be a compromise of what you really wanted. Why not get exactly what you want?
Oftentimes, the structure of the pool or features an architect sold the client on, can not be created or built in the manner they envisioned. The 4 foot x 8 foot space they allowed for the pool equipment is always way too small! They often design pool walls that are too thin to place the required piping inside the concrete and rebar. Pool equipment placed uphill from the pool, needs to be re-located below the pool. Retaining walls without waterproofing and drainage will quickly fail from hydrostatic pressure.
Just because it's on the internet, it's not so...
A lot of architects and landscape architects rely on details and information that they find on the internet.
And a lot of information available on the internet is garbage posted by idiots. These are the "fly by the seat of their pants" types, who build and design without experience or regards to the building codes and industry standards.
Remember the commercial.. "Here comes my boyfriend. He's a French model I met on the internet." Only he's gangly, ugly and speaks broken french?
Pay me now, or pay me a lot more later
It costs a lot more to tear out portions of a failing project, than it costs to design and build them correctly in the first place.
Add to that added cost, the aggravation of tearing up the project, damaging good work to get at the failed portions. Throwing good money after bad. Not to mention the lawsuits and sleepless nights.
Paolo Benedetti - Aquatic Artist "Creating water as art."™
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