Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, "Creating Water as Art."™

Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, "Creating Water as Art."™
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Showing posts with label design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label design. Show all posts

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Why Swimming Pool Designs Designer

Why do you need a swimming pool designer?
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."™ 
Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa © 
You may contact Paolo Benedetti at: or at 408-776-8220

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Swimming Pool Designer - Custom Designs

Custom swimming pool designs for YOU, your lifestyle and architecture.

Custom Designed Swimming Pools

Open any yellow pages or browse any swimming pool builder's website and they all tout "custom designs."  But what really is a custom design?


A commissioned sales man is not a designer.  Assembling options from a list and placing them around a predefined shape is not design either.

A designer is someone who truely has the clients best interest in mind.  A designer will seamlessly meld the architecture of the site with the landscaping.

They will consider the prevailing winds, neighbors views, primary lines of sight, shifting seasonal sun, scope & scale of the property and the clients lifestyle.  They will even plan for forecasted changes in the clients lifestyle - whether it be the addition of children, soon to be empty nesters, teenagers or just clients who want something beautiful to look at.


Swimming pools have graduated from mimicking body parts plopped aimlessly in the center of the yard, to architectural wonders.

A designer is one who can create the sense of "belonging,"  as if the yard would be missing something if the pool was absent.


It takes decades to develop the knowledge and background to become a designer.  Merely drawing well or being able to select harmonious colors does not qualify one as a designer.

One must understand the mechanical and hydraulic designs as well.  Being able to draw a pretty picture without understanding how to actually build it, is a waste of the clients' time.

Qualified Designers
There is only ONE accredited course of aquatic design study in the world - the Society of Watershape Designers.  Only those that have completed the course of study and who maintain their continuing education, can display the S.W.D. certification.

In selecting the Best of the Best, one would naturally hire S.W.D. course instructors.  After all the best could only learn from those that are better!

Paolo Benedetti, S.W.D. - Aquatic Artist 
"Creating water as art."™ 
Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Swimming Pool Designer & Consultant Watershape Architect

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.  Internationally acclaimed swimming pool designer Paolo Benedetti, discusses why an aquatic architect needs to be a member of the initial design team when integrating water elements, fountains or pools with a structure.


Property owners often hire architects to design their palatial estates.  The owners often buy into a design conceptThe 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©

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Design Disconnect - where's it happening?

Negative edge pool & infinity edge pool designer, watershape builder and aquatic consultant Paolo Benedetti discusses the "disconnect" in design between the buildings and the landscaping & pool.

Where does the disconnect begin?

Though most people begin designing their dream estate with grand intentions, once construction begins, the reality of change orders and cost over-runs begin to set in. What started as a harmonious design, thoughtfully integrating the architecture of the buildings, landscape, grounds and pool, quickly disintegrates.

Why? It is a rare individual who is willing to put the "design before all else." These are individuals who really "get it." As the construction costs begin to exceed their initial budget, they do not begin to modify the design to reduce costs. They have the moxy to dig deeper into their wallets, in order to ensure that the designers vision is executed flawlessly.

These people are the true connoisseurs of the art of architecture. They understand that everything in architecture needs to work together... like they belong together.

How the pool & landscaping become so hideous

As the construction expenses launch into the stratosphere, most owners begin to look to other areas of the budget for money. Those areas don't have money growing like weeds. Rather they are seeking areas where they can scrimp, cut, trim & compromise on the design, materials, quality and contractors, in order to free funds for the phases of the project that are under construction and committed.

Since the landscaping and swimming pool are usually the very last aspects of a project to be completed, they are the first to be "borrowed from." Hence, what started out as a well thought out design, quickly becomes a second rate pool on a first rate estate.

Examples are all around us
Browse through any high-end real estate magazine at the expensive estates for sale. Almost every listing has a picture of the swimming pool. Look closely at the pools... you'll see cheap interlocking pavers, boring rectangular cover pools, precast concrete stairs and coping stones... signs that they ran out of money, cheapened out or had champagne tastes on a beer budget.

Sometimes you'll see just poor taste... volcanoes, waterfalls on flat properties, boulders stacked in a contrived fashion in the yard with water bubbling out of the top.

This is not to say that everyone must be a billionaire to enjoy the ownership of a good design. Quite the contrary. Anyone can afford good design. What it means, is that all of the elements of a project must work together.

If the inside of the residence has ancient limestone floors imported from a demolished French Chateau, then the pool decks should not be cheap Mexican Durango stone. The pool copings should not be precast concrete - no matter how expensive. This is not the place for cheap gravity block retaining walls, precast fireplaces, columns or railings.

By contrast, the owner of a modest track home can enjoy more modest finishes, provided that the materials are consistent with the quality of the balance of the home. Designs can also be over done - over built for the property. Lavish finish materials on a modest track home will not look right. Nor will the owners ever recoup their investment.

The key to good design is hiring an aquatic designer with a proven portfolio, sticking with the initial design and using compatible materials - inside and outside.

Why did this happen?

Because the people consulting on the initial design usually do not fathom the true costs of construction. They grossly underestimate the cost of the pool and finish materials Quickly the pool is seen as being "over budget."

In reality it is not the pool that is over budget, but rather the architect or designer who is ignorant as to the true cost of quality, details and supervision. The initial cost of the "dream pool" was just too low.

As my grandpa used to say, "anyone can build cheap."

"You only have to pay for quality once."

Paolo Benedetti - Aquatic Artist"Creating water as art."™Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa©