There are some things you should know before ordering your swimming pool
Definition: Swimming pool, sometimes shortly called pool is a sport facility used for practicing water sports such as swimming, water ball and diving. It is an artificially enclosed body of water mostly built of concrete but plastic or metal could be used too. Designed in various different shapes and sizyes generall there are two types of them: open-air and in-door swimming pool.
And if this dry definition on Wikipedia seems boring be sure that the swimming pool is the most exciting attribute of your property. The description above does not give even the slightest idea of this wonderful and thrilling source of coolness – your swimming pool.
Why do you need a swimming pool?
The swimming pool is probably the most important extra and it is a must if you own a property in Bulgaria. Forget about anything else and build a pool in your backyard. No matter whether your property needs reconstruction or it is newly built think about the swimming pool first:
- when viewing an old house with an yard
- when viewing a plot of land for building purposes
- when buying a new house without a pool
Most people who buy properties in Bulgaria do not pay much attention to the pool probably because they are with limited budget. They prefer to invest in the property design and materials rather than in building a pool. They do not think of its location in the yard, its shape and size and the arrangement of the sun beds area. Usually they design and build their new house in the centre of the yard, landscape the garden and put a high and solid fence to surround the plot. Anyway these mistakes people make when designing or building their new homes in Bulgaria are not so frightful.
In the building industry everything could be done and everything is possible. Is is only a matter of price. The correct and advanced planning of your swimming pool could save you many future costs especially if you contact us on time. We will advise you how to plan and build your pool and our professional assistance will save you many troubles and money and will allow you to concentrate to more important things in your life – your family and your business. ‘InvestConsult’ Ltd has a wide experience in designing and construction of houses and swimming pools, landscaping, construction of covered BBQs and mini golf courses and we belive that our know-how is helping us and our clients. We can help you get an unique property at reasonable cost.
If you are 100% sure you wish to have a pool there are a few things you should think in advance.
If well designed and well maintained the pool will be the most attractive place for relaxing, fun and sport activities, a place for family gatherings and meetings with friends or simply a place for escape from the summer heat. You should think of the questions why you want it, who will use it, will there be any children considering their age as well. Answering these questions in advance will help you to clear up pool’s shape and depth. For example if you intend to use the pool for water sports it is advisable its maximum depth to be no more than 1.60 m. (a swimming pool with depth of 1.20m. throughout would be ideal). If you have children, the pool should be designed with either a special lower section or better a separate lower part. You could always rely on our professional help and advices even if you did not think out these details in advance.
The professional design and well constructed pool together with the landscaped adjoining area will add a finishing touch to your yard. If you still hesitate (or feel unsure) whether you need a pool the answer is YES. Having a pool skillfully combined with the surrounding area will no doubt increase your property value. Properties with pool are much sought after (especially if you are going to rent it out), easy to sell and more expensive. If your budget is limited and you are wondering if you could afford it call us from the very beginning of your building project and we will help you save money and finance building it.
Save from your house
There are many options for saving money during the building process of your new house – mainly from the quantity and the quality. Saying “quality” we do not mean the quality of building itself, it is the quality of the building materials or in other words their luxury. If you replace some expensive building materials with cheaper and more ordinary ones you will save several hundred percents of the costs for these materials. The difference will be hard to notice but most important you will be able to save money. The other option is to reduce the size of the house – do not built a cellar or a covered garage (if you are using the property as a holiday home); you will not actually need fourth bedroom or a second floor. A well-sized single storey house, with three bedrooms is a perfect choice for you and your family and will save you money. Now you can afford to have a pool, BBQ, kids play area or mini golf course instead of a cellar, for example.
A brand new swimming pool
The construction of a pool together with a new house on an empty yard is not a very difficult task. Please do not follow us wrong. Pool’s construction is serious responsibility just there is no any particular challenge that makes many building companies think they could make pools.
At first site it seems quite easy but only the real professionals know how responsible is to design the pool and that finding the right builder for the pool is of great importance. Unfortunately it is difficult to come upon reliable builders who will build your pool in time and of high quality. Usually you find out what is the quality of the building works (and the quality of the pool) when your new swimming pool starts loosing water about 10 m 3 per day. Then it becomes clear that there is a hole or a leak (just a few mm.) somewhere at the bottom or at the walls of the pool. These hidden technical defects are very difficult to discover and the repair could cost you a lot.
If you already have a house and a landscaped yard and you wish to have a pool, the challenge is much bigger and you can discriminate the skilled builder from the … unskilled one in this situation. We have the experience in building swimming pools in a landscaped yard and we would be glad if you contact us. There are some special features you should be aware of in advance as well as some details we would request from you before starting the project.
Access to the yard
If you already have a new solid fence that surrounds the property be aware it has to be partially damaged or removed to provide access to the building machinery – the excavator.
When the excavator starts digging the hole for the pool you will be surprised to see how much earth will appear. Even from a rather small pool sized 4 x 8m., the quantity of the excavated earth will be around 90 3m. It is more or less the height of a single storey house. Of course this mound will not be located in one centralized spot in your yard. It is very precious to be thrown away. Part of it will be used again for filling the excavation around the pool (the hole should be bigger that the pool size because of placing the shuttering) and the other part will be used for leveling the yard and only the upper layer of the earth which is most fertile for the garden. So you may soon have grown up plants with fresh and green leaves.
Due to the big dimensions of the hole digging by hand is impossible and the excavator is a must. Even a fairly small excavator is as big as a mid-sized family car. So this building machinery requires enough free space. If your garden has been landscaped, you have planted flowers, bushes and trees and have maid pathways be aware that they could be damaged and should be restored. This could be such a waste of time (growing up new plants is a long process) and money (for renewing the pathways). The one and only comfort for you due to this situation would be a new landscaped garden with perfectly designed pool and pool areas performed by our landscape specialist.
Let’s suppose the excavator is already in your yard, we examine the weather forecast and look out for a day without rains to start the excavation works. But before that we have to find out if water, sewer, cable, electric, gas, or telephone etc. are under ground or in the way. If so they have to be re-routed so we will do our best without any inconvenience for you.
Your pool will take about 6-8 weeks to be build. After the shell is ready it needs time to dry and cure out. This process needs time of about 4 weeks that cannot be saved even if you are in hurry. After the period of waiting the pool will be filled with water and tested for leaks.
The truth is the gunite shell keeps the water in the pool and not the tiles or the insulation. Even being in a rough mode it should not leak. This is possible due to some special pool building techniques as well as to special supplements in the gunite which make it waterproofed. After the gunite is tested and everything is OK the building process of the pool continues with placing the hydro insulation, tiling and fitting of filtration unit. At the same time works on neighboring pool area carry on: pathways connecting the pool with other parts of the yards (BBQ, kids’ area, mini golf course) are designed in a way that makes the pool a part of scenery. We guarantee your yard will be in perfect condition – cleaned up and landscaped after the construction works are over. So enjoy your brand new swimming pool and your renewed garden.
Consider your budget for building the pool in advance – think carefully of the funds you can afford. Thus you will avoid being in an owner of half built pool and that first plunge into your brand new refreshing swimming pool will not be just a dream. If we are previously aware of your funds limit we will be able to offer you the best options that suit to your budget.
Many of the swimming pools building companies use unscrupulous tactics to collect installment checks as the pool construction progresses. On signing the building contract you have to pay 50 % of the purchase price. Upon completion of the gunite phase they require the next 35%. Тhat leaves a final check of 15%. The key word here is FINAL. You would expect upon completion of the pool and when you are completely satisfied, that at that time you would pay the FINAL check . Then they make you pay the final 15%. They make you pay the FINAL check BEFORE plastering the pool, doing the final cleanup, or any other incompleted work on your pool. In other words “NO CHECK, NO PLASTER”. We have heard from many upset customers calling us for help, but they are at the mercy of the company at this point.
Not so with us
When we start working on your swimming pool project we will work out a payment plan together as per your requirements. We are always ready to negotiate and we believe that both loyalty and professionalism is the key to successful business relationship with our clients.
Concrete swimming pool
We offer a first class construction service for reinforced concrete swimming pool with a tiled finish. We use the reinforced concrete method as it offers the ultimate in strength & freedom of design.
A high tensile steel reinforcing framework is fixed throughout the pool and high quality concrete mixed with waterproofing additives is poured in place. The floor and walls build a monolithic construction free from work joints. This is absolutely essential that there is no movement or cracking within the pool shell or water loss and subsequent damage can result.
In a Concrete in-ground swimming pool the finish is applied directly to the walls and floor of the pool. The shell of the pool is therefore the water retaining unit and for this reason the construction has to be very strong, to be able to withstand the pressure exerted by the water.
Coping stones are then placed around the pool to finish the edge. This type of pool offers greater flexibility as it can be formed into different shapes. We recommend for the internal finishes brightly colored mosaic tiles.
Here are some sample pictures of swimming pools built by our company
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