Frequently Asked Questions
A plot plan is a drawing of your property that shows, existing structures, and easements. A plot plan is included in the closing documents of real estate sales. It can be obtained from municipal public records and/or may be available on-line.
Fence requirements vary by local building codes. One can call their local building department for their specific fencing regulations. Most pools are required to be surrounded by a fence. A few areas with lot sizes of three acres or more are exempt. Generally swimming pool enclosure fencing must be a minimum of 4'-0" and a maximum of 6'-0" tall. If it is chain link, the mesh size may not be larger than 1.5". For wooden fences, typically board on board is acceptable but the specific construction detail may have to be approved. No larger than a 4” space can be found either beneath, or anywhere in the fence body including abutting and adjoining fences.
Our price includes obtaining a building permit for the In-ground swimming pool within the G.T.A. within normal or average conditions and compliance with temporary fence requirements around the excavation for safety purposes. It is the owner’s responsibility to provide any deposits required for grading, curbs, sidewalks and trees etc. Other issues that may need to be addressed could include; geo-engineering evaluation, letters and or drawings, conservation authority clearance, certain tree preservation, access through public or private lands not owned by the client, committee of adjustment preparation and proceedings, acquisition of minor variances, un-assumed lots, etc. The homeowner is also responsible for providing the necessary association approval letters.
A vinyl lined pool can be completed between 10 and 14 days depending on complexity and extenuating circumstances. A concrete pool requires approximately 4 weeks depending on complexity and size.
Absolutely! In fact, over 90% of all our pools are customized. Often there is no, to minimal cost involved to create a unique or one of a kind shape. As well, we invite you to review over 70 standard design we can offer you.
The minimum depth of a diving pool is 8 ft, the width 16' and the length 32'. Furthermore, specific bottom configurations must be adhered to in creating a legal "diving envelope" that has been approved for construction from the APSP, North America's governing body.
Access for the excavation of the swimming pool and surrounding area is based upon clear access. This includes a standard backhoe excavator to access the desired location and deposit the excavated earth directly into a dump truck for removal. This requires a minimum width of 12'-0" not withstanding any complexities such as uneven ground, overhead wires or conduits, evestroughing and soffits, air conditioners, gas or electrical meters, required turning radius etc. Absolutely any site/excavation obstacle can be overcome with the adequate machinery. This could include Bobcats, track machines, mini excavators, conveyors, cranes etc. The varied extra costs associated with each of the aforementioned shall be outlined within the quote sheet. To gain access, it may be necessary to remove trees, shrubs and flowers. A labour charge (at cost) will apply for the removal work as well as to the replanting of any trees, shrubs or flowers that can be saved. Other structures not specifically mentioned are to be priced accordingly
The following are all variables that will affect chemical usage:
- condition of pool chemicals when pool is opened
- size of pool
- chemistry of tap water
- swimmer load
- quality of chemicals
- how well water is kept balanced
- length of pool season
The pump has the highest electrical draw and could run between $200 and $500 per season. The electrical costs for the lights, salt/chlorine generator and heater are nominal. Fuel costs for the heater could be as low as $500 and could reach thousands depending on the factors listed above.
Either woven fabrine or 16-mil vinyl water bagged or beaded lock lock-in are normally used. Another option is a winter safety cover that is put on every fall and removed in the spring. Electric covers allows you to cover the pool automatically, year round. The electric cover is about six times the cost of the safety cover. However, it creates savings on chemicals and heating costs.
At the end of the season, all the equipment, plumbing lines, and skimmers must be drained and winterized for freezing temperatures. The pool is pumped down to allow for the winter precipitation. Finally the winter cover is installed. In the spring, the winter cover is taken off, plumbing lines are reopened and the equipment is put back into operation.