Builder Comments by James Atlas (Principal)
This pool was a challenge to build. The owner wanted an indoor swimming pool, but the setting was 30 ft. below natural grade. My partner, Terry Smith, and I knew we had to produce a design that was on the mark, because we had no room for error.
Both the pool and spa were built after the room's foundation was nearly completed. Since we did not design the room – Michael Henderson Architects did – we had to work with the chief architect when drawing up our plans. We also worked with Lakeridge Builders, who actually built the house and the pool deck. In fact, the construction of the building commenced after the pool shell was in situ, and then was completed simultaneously with the pool and spa.
The pool and spa are designed to be both practical and luxurious. Featuring a diving board, sliding board, deck jets and a water-resistance system for exercise, the pool and spa both feature automatic covers, which are vital for family safety. Since the location did not have an elevator or mechanical lifts, the transportation of materials and equipment was arduous. We met that test head on and were able to craft a shotcrete pool that has become the focus of the family's playroom.
Both the pool and spa are finished in Diamond Brite, and we used Valders Wisconsin Limestone for the coping. We covered the deck with a sturdy water-resistant carpet, which is a sensible touch that the owners appreciate, especially when the room is filled with kids splashing and playing.