Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Design phase - beach, tanning shelf, - need advice

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Posts
    27

    Design phase - beach, tanning shelf, - need advice

    Ok, so we thought we had our design done - small (24X11) gunite pool, rectangle, spa, and a few steps the meander about and create seating - with a couple swim out benches at the "deep end" (5 ft).

    Anyway, we looked at a pool recently with a "beach" (no slope to entry), but 6" deep shelf with bubblers. Now this is creeping into the design, but I'm afraid with my small pool, this is going to eat into my swimming area and possibly increase the temp of my water.

    We have 2 very little kids that could make great use of the beach area, but it isn't like we can remove the beach when they get sick of it and want to swim and we are going to be in this house for a long time. I could maybe see putting some chairs in it, but you're not really going to be sitting "in" the water at that depth.

    So my question is, should we do the large 6" beach, or maybe a deeper shelf area (12"-16") that would get more use over time, or just stick with the steps that double as benches (16" deep) and create more swimming area? I mean, after kids get older, how useful is a 6" beach area?

    Thanks!
    My current plans...
    11 x 32 IGP w/ spa ~10000 gal
    Gunite w/ NPT Quartscapes Luederstone coping
    Badu Stream II Pkg A Swim Jets
    Pentair VS pumps with Intellitouch/ScreenLogic controls

  2. Back To Top    #2
    JasonLion's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD
    Posts
    37,879

    Re: Design phase - beach, tanning shelf, - need advice

    It is tricky to advise you, as tastes vary. Personally, I would never use a shallow beach area, but I know people who setup up lounge chairs and an umbrella in their beach area (they sit above water, but there is water below the lounger) and swear it is a wonderful thing
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
    Creator of PoolMath and Pool Calculator. Other handy links: Support this site, TF Test Kits, Pool School

  3. Back To Top    #3
    Hemess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Norman, OK
    Posts
    95

    Re: Design phase - beach, tanning shelf, - need advice

    I think the chairs sitting in water is weird if your body isn't immersed. Just my opinion.

    We have a 9-12 inch tanning ledge. I love it, nice cool place to sit, but not get my hair wet, but stay cool. However, it is hard to give up precious pool space for that. Benches are awesome too. On another notes, the tanking ledges are great places for adults too
    28,000 IG, gunite, IntelliChlor IC40 SWG with SPA,
    Intellichlor/VS Pentair
    Norman, OK

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Posts
    27

    Re: Design phase - beach, tanning shelf, - need advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Hemess
    I think the chairs sitting in water is weird if your body isn't immersed. Just my opinion.

    We have a 9-12 inch tanning ledge. I love it, nice cool place to sit, but not get my hair wet, but stay cool. However, it is hard to give up precious pool space for that. Benches are awesome too. On another notes, the tanking ledges are great places for adults too
    I kinda feel like this too. So 9-12" - can you explain this to me? I take it there's a first step and then a sloped area from 9 to 12? Just trying to visualize.

    thanks.
    My current plans...
    11 x 32 IGP w/ spa ~10000 gal
    Gunite w/ NPT Quartscapes Luederstone coping
    Badu Stream II Pkg A Swim Jets
    Pentair VS pumps with Intellitouch/ScreenLogic controls

  5. Back To Top    #5
    Hemess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Norman, OK
    Posts
    95

    Re: Design phase - beach, tanning shelf, - need advice

    I do have a semi circle step in, kind of small, good for people of all ages. The slope is gradual over the span of the area, so you don't really notice it. I will see if I have some pics.
    28,000 IG, gunite, IntelliChlor IC40 SWG with SPA,
    Intellichlor/VS Pentair
    Norman, OK

  6. Back To Top    #6
    Hemess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Norman, OK
    Posts
    95

    Re: Design phase - beach, tanning shelf, - need advice

    28,000 IG, gunite, IntelliChlor IC40 SWG with SPA,
    Intellichlor/VS Pentair
    Norman, OK

  7. Back To Top    #7
    Hemess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Norman, OK
    Posts
    95

    Re: Design phase - beach, tanning shelf, - need advice

    28,000 IG, gunite, IntelliChlor IC40 SWG with SPA,
    Intellichlor/VS Pentair
    Norman, OK

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •