Designer: Ryan Hines, a pool designer at Pool Designs, says a pool design is like a puzzle.
Each puzzle piece, according to Hines and other designers, is designed to be completed by two people, but one of those people needs to have some experience with the pool design.
“If they can do it with a little help from an architect, they can build it.
But if you’re a beginner, you have to figure it out on your own,” he says.
“It’s not like it’s a set of instructions.
You need to be able to put it together on your spot.”
Hines says it’s not difficult to find people who have experience with pool design, but it can be intimidating.
“People are very protective of their time and resources,” he explains.
“You can get a lot of help if you want to learn.
But I’ve also had people that I really feel sorry for when they’re trying to learn.”
So Hines created a pool-design workshop that he says is “a little more hands-on.”
“People can’t go on their own.
They have to come to the pool and they have to get their hands dirty,” he said.
The workshop has over a dozen participants, but Hines recommends it be a group of at least four people.
“There’s not much of a sense of urgency, so you can just sit down and play and get comfortable with each other,” he explained.
The goal is to have people work on a pool concept that is “the most intuitive, the most natural, the simplest to create.”
“We’re not going to tell you to do this or that,” Hines explained.
“We’ll tell you where you want it to be and how to go about it.”
The workshop includes a “game of pool” and a game of “sliding.”
Both games are designed to teach people how to construct a pool, but the slides take place in a “water” environment, while the game of sliding takes place in the “air” environment.
The idea behind both games is to get people to think about the pool concept and then help them get it down, so they can finish the puzzle pieces in the time allotted.
“I think it’s really good for a first pool design,” said Hines.
“And it’s fun, and you can feel like you’re not alone.”
How do you do a pool?
“You get a few pieces of plastic, a piece of wood, a bit of metal and some screws and you start at the bottom of the pool, and as you get to the top of the bottom, you can slide your feet under the water and get underneath and under the bottom piece,” Hins explained.
This “slide” is similar to how you slide a piece down the stairs of a building.
When the slide is completed, Hines said, “the top piece is the top piece.”
“If you slide your toes under the top, you’ll be able put a hole in the top,” he continued.
“That will put a piece under the sink, so the water will come in and fill it.”
Hine recommends people do the slide at the end of each day, and then do a “back to the basics” exercise.
“For the first few weeks, you need to learn the basic design of the design,” he emphasized.
“Then it’s all about making it work.
And once you get the hang of it, it’s super easy.”
How does it work?
“It depends on how you’re building the design, and how you want your design to look,” Hine explained.
You can create your own water design or use a pool to illustrate a design.
Then you can use the slide to demonstrate your design.
Hines also suggests practicing the game.
“The pool slide is really a way to practice and test your own designs,” he stressed.
“Try out different ways to slide your design, so that you get comfortable.”
And the best part, the next day, you’re free to move on to the next part of the puzzle.
“Once you get through the back-and-forth, you know you have it down,” Hens said.
“Now you can get back to the design.
And you can go back to your work.”