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5 of Our Favorite Modern Atlanta Pool Designs

Our Atlanta area swimming pools are both unique and beautiful. Some of the best projects we have completed have a modern feel that transforms a backyard into a spa oasis.

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Here is a closer look at five or our favorite modern Atlanta pool designs:

Take a few minutes to browse these pools to get inspiration for your upcoming backyard project. 

The Double Decker

This beautiful pool spans two levels so you can sit and soak your feet in the shallow area or allow children to play safely away from the deeper water. The separated levels give the pool a modern feel and a great aesthetic that goes perfectly with the landscaping. 

The Waterfall Oasis

When you first see this pool, you immediately notice the waterfall feature on the far side. As the water quietly cascades down the rocks, it creates a peaceful vibe that continues through the entire design. On the other end of the swimming pool, there is a fountain feature, perfect for kids to splash and play. Tucked in the corner, a hot tub promises long soaks and the ultimate luxury for mom and dad while they watch their kids swim.

Where Turtles Play

This playful design is perfect for a home or community pool. As you wade into the shallow end, the cheerful turtle designs will be a great reminder that you are officially ready to rest and recuperate. Plus the kids will love following the turtles as they step down into the water to go for a swim!

Triple Fountains

If you are looking for something totally unique, this pool design might be perfect for your backyard. Three fountains filled with river rocks create cascading waterfalls into the pool. Sit beneath the stream for a gentle massage or just enjoy the sound of the falling water as you float in the water.

A Small Piece of Paradise

If you don’t have a lot of room for your Chattanooga pool, this layout might be the answer. Though the pool isn’t very large, the waterfall feature gives it the look of an upscale spa. It is both elegant and functional to create the perfect outdoor paradise for a warm summer night.

 

Chattanooga Pool Design: Gunite vs. Shotcrete

These two words might not mean a great deal to the vast majority of the population, but to those in the pool building community, these are very commonplace. There are many misnomers and a lot misinformation regarding these materials, and the largest cause for this is a lack of knowledge about the materials. In an effort to help shed some light on this topic, we are going to give you a brief introduction to each of these.

Shotcrete

Shotcrete is not a different building material, but instead a different variation of standard concrete. While traditionally-poured concrete is the most common form used in the pool building process, this is not always the best option. In many cases, shotcrete is a much chattanooga pool constructionbetter option simply because it cures into a harder final state and it forms a more water-tight base.

What is Shotcrete? Shotcrete is concrete that has been mixed with much less water. Because of the lack of water, shotcrete is applied by spraying the material onto the surface. Due to it’s dry properties, shotcrete is better equipped to bond to a vertical surface such as a swimming pool wall.

Gunite

Gunite is also a different variation of a standard concrete mixture. Much like shotcrete, gunite is a very dry mixture of concrete that must be applied with a spraying tool. However, unlike shotcrete, it is not mixed completely at the concrete facility. Gunite is actually mixed on the job site with the assistance of the special spray nozzle. Since the gunite is mixed inside the spray gun, it allows for the mixture to be very dry. This eliminates long curing periods and allows for the work to progress much more quickly.

Both shotcrete and gunite are great building materials, and each has a benefit over regular slab concrete when it comes to new pool construction. Perhaps the greatest benefit for each of these materials is the ability to avoid large expansion joints. While expansion joints will still be needed, the expansion joints that you see will be much smaller and less likely to leak water.

Energy Saving Tips for Your Atlanta Pool

Energy costs are always on the rise, especially with rising temperatures. Luckily, if you have a pool you can cool off on those sweltering hot days in Atlanta and save money on those soaring energy costs by following these energy saving tips for your pool.

Energy Saving Tips for Your Atlanta Pool | Artistic Pools Atlanta Georgia

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1. Keep the Pool Maintained

This applies to both keeping it clean and making sure all the pumps and filters are working properly. Leaves and other debris, like lawn clippings, can clog filters causing them to work harder and use more energy to get the job done.

2. Run the System at Off-Peak Hours

You will save on energy costs if you run the pump and filter systems at off-peak hours when energy costs go down and there is less strain on the power grid. To really cut back on costs, invest in a timer for your system. You can set the timer to start the system at off-peak hours and turn off automatically. This is a definite cost saver if you have a habit of forgetting to turn the system off after it has run the required time period.

3. Let the Sun do its Job

Cut energy costs by heating your pool with the sun’s power, not the heating system. Invest in a pool cover or solar screen pool covers. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes at several price points to fit your needs. A pool cover will trap the sun’s heat in the pool and limit the amount of energy required to heat the pool.

4. Choose the Best Placement

If you are installing a pool and worried about energy costs, you will want to consider pool placement. Place the pool in an area that gets a lot of sun to allow the sun to naturally heat the pool. If you can, locate the pool in an area that is out of the wind, which will cool the water and make it less comfortable. Also, be careful about plants and shade trees that will limit sun exposure and cause leaves and debris to fall into the pool which makes the cleaning and filter system work harder.

You can also skip heating the pool altogether and take a dip in cooler water.

Pools are an asset to your home and lifestyle, but can be an energy nightmare. Take control with these energy saving tips for your pool. 

Summer Water Chemistry Checklist from Artistic Pools

Keep your Atlanta or Chattanooga swimming pool sparkling with this summer water chemistry checklist from Artistic Pools!

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In order for you and your family to enjoy all the benefits of having a pool, you must keep your swimming pool maintained throughout the year. While it can be easy to overlook your pool during the summer months, this is a time when you need to stay vigilant about proper upkeep. When it comes to proper maintenance, there is nothing more important than good swimming pool water chemistry.

Your pool water can change very quickly and if you are not routinely checking the pH balance, the chlorination levels, or the calcium levels, you could potentially find yourself in a sticky situation. There are really five things that you aspects to be aware of pools chemistry that your need to monitor: chlorine, stabilizer, pH, alkalinity, and calcium.

The most common sanitizer for pool owners, chlorine helps kill bacteria and it keeps your water clear. It is recommended that you keep your chlorine levels around the 1.0 parts per million or ppm for short. Chlorine comes in tablet form, granular form, as well as liquid form. 

A stabilizer is a type of acid that is used in swimming pools to help your chlorine work better and last longer. The sun will break down chlorine over time, and stabilizer keeps this from becoming too much of an issue. It is best to keep your stabilizer around 40 ppm. This chemical is typically used 3-4 times throughout the year.

Alkalinity is a measure of the carbonates and bicarbonates in your pool. It is a good idea to keep this level in the range of 80-120 ppm. When kept in the safe range, this will allow you to better control your pool’s pH balance.

The pH level of your water is a measure of the baseness or acidity of your water. The best pH level for a pool water is in the 7.4-7.6 range. Not only will a proper pH level allow the chlorine to work better, but it will help maintain the integrity of your pool. 

Calcium tests will measure the hardness or softness of your water. The acceptable range varies, but most will agree that the best range is between 180-220 ppm.

 

What is Pool Coping?

Swimming pool coping is essential to the structure of the pool and adds a touch of class and beauty to the pool itself, but what is coping? Coping is the material that is used to cap the pool shell; it is always placed directly over the wall of the pool. When it comes to coping, there are many options that you have to consider. While the most common type of coping is a basic plastic form, this is not always the best style for the look that you are going for. Here is a quick rundown of some of the most popular coping styles right now.

Cantilever

A style that has made somewhat of a comeback, the cantilever edge is simply a poured concrete that forms a square edge all around the pool. This is a very common coping in commercial pools found in recreation centers and hotels.

Brick

Brick is a very popular building material and it has become an even more popular pool coping option. Just like a brick home, brick coping offer many different colors and shapes. This type of coping can be placed around the edges of your pool and worked seamlessly into the concrete to form a smooth surface.

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Natural Stone

Natural stone has become the go to option for many modern pool lovers. This material offers earthy colors and really has an ability to blend your pool paradise with your surroundings. Natural stone coping can be made from limestone, granite, or even fieldstone, so the stone that you use is up to you.

Coping is essential to any pool. It adds strength to the structure and it helps bring the total look of the pool together. Be sure to spend some time considering the type of coping that would best fit your home and the vision that you have for your backyard pool escape.

 

Top Kid Friendly Water Features

While some people will install a pool for themselves, the vast majority of pool owners choose to build a pool and install water features because they have children at home and the kids love to swim.

Swimming is not only a great exercise for the family; it is also a great way to get everyone out of the house and experiencing nature. If you have children, then you probably have many different questions regarding the safety of pools and the many different features that we offer. It is important to note that not every option is considered child friendly. With that in mind, here are a few of the water features we offer that are kid friendly and sure to please.

Pool water features

Fountains are always a great choice for the pool. Whether you are 8 or 80 years old, fountains are fun to walk through and they are about as safe as it gets when water is involved. Fountains can be placed in the pool itself or they can be placed on the deck. If the fountain is placed on the deck, it is often referred to as a deck jet. Deck jets typically shoot water in an arch directly into your pool. Fountains that are inside the pool will have a similar effect to a jet in a hot tub, except our fountains will push the water higher. 

Another great kid friendly water feature is a waterfall. When choosing a waterfall, it important to understand that we never recommended that a child walk or dive off of the waterfall. With that in mind, our waterfalls can be built in the shallow end or the deep end of your pool, and they can be added to any existing pool as part of a remodeling project.

Perhaps the best water feature for most kids is a waterslide. The slide not only allows the kids to get wet, but it also allows them to experience the pool from a different perspective. Slides are very fun and your experienced pool builder can help you make sure yours is as safe as possible.