Regardless of size and design, swimming pool installation requires a team of experts. If you want one of the new luxuries that’s starting to gain popularity among the high-end, elite crowd you might need a team of engineers as well. The ‘disappearing’ swimming pool as it’s known was originally developed for commercial usage, but more and more private owners are trying to set their estates apart by adding the feature that would make more sense in a spy movie to their backyard. It started in places like London, Tel Aviv, and Monaco, but has started popping up in the U.S. in the past couple years, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Pool Installation Magic Here
The magic behind the hidden pool design is a movable floor, which is operated by a hydraulic system put in at the beginning of the pool installation. When in place it provides a solid foundation to serve as an activity, social, or general patio area. With the press of a button the floor sinks to the bottom, or however deep you want it to be set at, and fills with water. Voila, just like that you have a pool to enjoy what is the third most popular activity in the U.S. behind walking and exercising with equipment (swimming).
You would think such high technology would require a great deal of care and maintenance, but pool installers and manufacturers say it really only needs an occasional check-up. Alan Crownover is the head of Paradise Pools and Garden, a San Francisco-area pool installation company, who’s designed at least one disappearing pool so far. He said the price tag for one similar to the one he put in would run someone about $2 million.
“It’s like buying a Ferrari,” Crownover said.
The movable flooring itself costs between $300 and $550 per square foot, making the innovative technology a niche amenity indeed. The average price of a standard inground pool is between $20,000 and $50,000. Jack Gottlieb is a spokesman for AGOR Creative Engineering, a Tel Aviv-based producer of movable floors, and believes that while the demand will obviously be generally low, they plan on starting a marketing campaign to take advantage of any opportunities in the United States. That being said Real Estate agents have reported seeing a trend in the number of homes on the market with hidden pools.
“There are a few hundred now in the U.S., and we think it could [grow to] anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 once it gets developed,” Gottlieb said.
In comparison there are currently about 10.4 million residential pools in the U.S. in total. The exorbitant luxury feature does have practical use as it can increase the available usable space in your yard during times you don’t want/need the pool. However, it will be a long-time before these start showing up in your average suburban neighborhood.