One of the most extensive tenets of custom pool design is taking your dream from concept to construction and finished vision. When building custom pools in Conroe, we meticulously go over every detail including materials, lifestyle, color pallet and more.
With all the expansion and growth Conroe is experiencing, noise pollution is going up so custom pools in Conroe will have to be designed to filter out this increasing noise level. Soundscaping a pool area is a very real art but often overlooked by many custom pool designers.
“It’s usually an afterthought to most custom pool owners as well, 90% of homeowners are all about the look of the pool. It’s not until after they’re trying to enjoy a relaxing pool day and hear nothing but traffic or neighbors barking dogs— does it become an issue,” says Wayland Duckett, owner of Mitchell Custom Pools.
The sound acoustics of custom pools in Conroe is just as important as the visual aesthetics. Overlooking the crucial aspect of the soundscape can result in a pool that looks great but is a pain to the ears.
For example, have you ever been to a dam? From a distance the rushing water and the white crests of the current below are beautiful—try being in the water twenty feet from it. It is incredibly loud and you can’t hear a thing—plus it is dangerous, please do not attempt. Our point is, that there has to be a balance between the senses when creating the perfect custom pool.
When building our signature custom pools in Conroe we employ a multitude of tactics to isolate the external noise, create a balance of aesthetics and pleasant sounds, to create a soundscape that is relaxing.
Filter Out External Ambient Noise
Nothing ruins a nice float in the pool than your neighbors having a kid’s party, a dogs incessant barking or traffic if you live near a major road. At Mitchell Custom Pools we can mute these unwanted distractions by using white noise that phases those distractions out. Yes, we said white noise—believe it or not part of custom pool design in Conroe involves sound engineering.
To get white noise you could simply pipe in white noise audio through outdoor speakers embedded in faux rock features and that is an option as well for those on a budget. We don’t have the time to get into the science of white noise and noise cancellation techniques but trust us, it works.
So to drown out the noise and also benefit from a beautiful pool we recommend one of our custom water features, in this case, a waterfall. The simple rule is the more turbulent the waterfall is the more it can drown out those annoying sounds. If you just had a smooth low waterfall that is a sheet of water to the pool, it wouldn’t make much noise.
We usually like to create rock waterfalls with a tall drop down to a hard or rough surface to create a lot of white noise. Laminar sheet falls and arcs don’t create enough white noise because they are designed to be more visual. If you combine the two and use a sheet fall over a rock base and surface you have a beautiful sound barrier in your created oasis. You will want to install remote access to your water features as well. They can be controlled with a system accessible via mobile app, and the pumps can be turned down, flow restricted or turned off from your phone if it gets too loud.
Choosing The Materials
In order to create that beautiful sound barrier, we walk our clients through many materials choices, specifically the water feature parts and the materials the structure will be created out of.
In the past waterfalls had to be built with natural stone and pieced together so you never really had an idea of exactly how it would look. Now, with the advancement in engineered stone, we can give you exactly what we draw up. Using technology such as spray-on limestone over a waterfall mold—we can create a water feature that is easier and faster to build and costs significantly less.
Balancing With Surround Sound
Most homeowners think of surround sound for their home theater, not their pool—but when you understand the capabilities and benefits it becomes clear. When you add surround sound speaker setups to your pool area you can then use looping soundscape tracks found on streaming services like Spotify, to create a rainforest, beach or another soundscape. The sounds are high-quality recordings and can whisk you away to a private island in a heartbeat. Not to mention, adding an outdoor screen and projector to the mix creates a pool movie night similar to a cruise.
The reason for adding sound to the mix is not to rely so heavily on the waterfalls and other water features as a little goes a long way. It is very easy to add too many water features where you begin to sound like a rushing dam. You also have to be careful if installing a grotto with a waterfall overlay as the water rushing over the hollow structure can create a sound cannon of sorts—not something you want in your private oasis.
Conroe is booming as discussed, and that means more traffic and more developments that create more intra-neighborhood traffic. This increased activity can make your backyard sound like rush hour on Loop 336. Being the top builder of custom pools in Conroe we have found creative and effective ways to combat the nerve-racking sounds of traffic.
One of the techniques we find the most effective is installing 10 foot tall, curved radius rain curtains that fall on a bed of medium size river rocks. We can even incorporate these into a free-standing pavilion to hide the plumbing and provide another entertainment area or dining. This effectively cancels out the phase of the external noise and all you hear is the water feature—much better than horns and loud exhausts.
Let Us Create Your Soundscape Today
Maybe you already have a custom pool and are combatting the noise pollution we’ve mentioned. We can come in and redesign your landscape to filter out those noises and add on to your pool as needed. If you don’t have a pool and are concerned about the noise in your area—contact us and we can come to evaluate it and show you what can be done.
Either way, custom pools in Conroe need to be an escape from the monotonous sounds of the grind as well. Contact us today and let us show you what a properly engineered soundscape can do for your pool days.