New Pool Build – Shotcrete Stage
The Treemont Job
Hello Summerhill Pools, Inc. customer! We first off want to congratulate you on passing all of the pretty and beautiful swimming pools to take a moment and inspect this dirty and rugged job site. Did you bring your hard hat and steel toe shoes? No? Yikes! Well, that’s okay. Just don’t tell Mark that you are here. Since you stopped by, we are happy to give you a tour anyway.Welcome to the Treemont Job! This pool is currently a work in progress and we are already off to a running start. We have a lot of information to share with you so we will go ahead and dive down into it!
Getting Down & DirtyWhat you see before you is a pool shell that is being created before your very eyes! This stage of the project is known in the pool world as the Shotcrete stage. At this point, we have already Excavated the earth, run our Plumbing, installed our Electrical, laid our Rebar and added our Forms. Not sure what all of this means? Don’t worry, we are continuously publishing more articles to fill you in! To provide a little explanation – Shotcrete is a pre-mixed concrete solution that we inject into the rebar to produce a rigid pool shell. We use shotcrete compared to gunite, which is the standard of the pool industry. Shotcrete is stronger, costlier and about 8 times stronger than its gunite counterpart.
Setting the FormsIn order for the Shotcrete to take on the shape that we need we install Forms. More simply put, forms are aluminum or plywood that are braced along the walls to create a stable structure that creates our pool shape. Secondly, we also use Rebar to produce an interlocking web of reinforcement material for the shotcrete to grab hold of and adhere to. This is a technical and labor-intensive process that typically takes 1-2 days to complete. If you ever watch a rebar installation crew you will be amazed at the speed that some of these craftsmen are able to tie steel! It’s certainly something to see if you are at one of our job sites.
Based On Our DesignsAs you may have already guessed, we orchestrate this entire process based on our designs and Pool Studio renderings that we create during the planning stages. You will be guided through the entire phase of our design process and given every option to design, shape, and create any pool that your imagination can create. This is the fun stage of the process and one that we enjoy every time! For more examples of our previous design work, we invite you to follow any of the following articles:
Pool Specifications for the Treemont JobNow that we have either provided a path to enlightenment or bored your socks off, we think its a great idea to give you some more specifics on the Treemont Job itself. Specifications for the Job:
- Desired Pool Shape: Rectangle
- Special Accommodations: Wanted special steps for pets to enter/exit the pool (don’t worry pet lovers… you will get your pictures in the next article)
- Budget for the Project: $45,000
- Construction Time Frame: Pool Dug on January 2 — by January 12 we are ready for Plaster
- Plaster Color: Marquis Magic Azure (see page 7 of this attached brochure)
- Coping Material: QDI Travertine Eased Edge in Ivory Color
- Tile Selection: Noble Tile NPMS 610
- Lighting: Jandy LED Low-Voltage Nicheless Light
- Automation: iAqualink wireless iPhone Controller