During that auspicious period between spring and summer, Silvana Longo chatted with Peter Khatami, co-owner of Nostco Construction, to explore the world of pools and to find out how soon you could be cooling off from the sweltering heat in your own backyard
Q After much consideration of cost and ongoing maintenance, you decide to take the plunge and install an in-ground pool to create the backyard oasis you have always dreamed of… How do you get started in bringing this vision to life? What is involved (deed restrictions, zoning laws, etc.)? Basically what is the timetable from design plan to sitting poolside this summer?
A After a quick inquiry into zoning restrictions on your property, the “other” first step is design! Should you retain a professional firm to design and build the pool, which I highly recommend, they can provide 3D elevations of the proposal and take into consideration factors such as softscaping, location of the pool, location of maintenance equipment and the intended use (family gatherings, corporate/business meetings, etc.). Once the design is finalized, the permit process is next. A permit is required to ensure compliance with zoning and fencing requirements. You will require a site plan or survey as well. Design and permits typically take anywhere from two to six weeks and construction will take an additional two to eight weeks. You must take into consideration the complexity of the pool design and features, and the scheduling availability of the contractor(s), as they are typically the greatest factors in terms of timelines.
Q An outdoor paradise comes with so many choices…fibreglass, gunite, vinyl; the various aesthetic enhancements, pool shapes, salt water vs. chlorinated, lighting options, the latest technologies, where would you suggest is the best place to put your money?
A You might hear the word “softscape” amongst agricultural and landscaping circles being thrown around liberally as a term to define all the live horticulture that surrounds what in our case will be the pool. This includes shrubs, trees, flowers, plants, etc., which in my opinion is the most critical feature in creating an “environment.” Lighting would be a close second and for construction material I prefer concrete. Although more expensive, it affords the most durable option which I, as a construction guy have learned to appreciate more and more throughout the years.
Q If you already have a swimming pool but it needs some updating, what are the steps in remodeling it with a more modern look making the most of energy-efficient technologies?
A Speak to an expert who can assess your pool on an individual basis but rest assured that when it comes to remodelling your pool, you will be surprised by the many different options at your disposal, including energy-efficient upgrades.
Peter is co-owner of Nostco Construction, a design/build, project management and contracting firm serving residential and commercial clients throughout the GTA. With more than 10 years of industry experience, Peter prides himself in working tirelessly on behalf of his clients to transform vision to successful reality on every project. nostco.com
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