Private Home | Kiawah Island, Usa

Beachfront Home Sets Trend

Movable floor transforms pool to dry deck, creating two spaces in one

Located on the magical Kiawah Island in South Carolina, this stunning outdoor swimming pool was the ‘brainchild’ of several minds – the family who owns the pool, the architects, contractor, pool designer, interior designer and Twinscape.

Already accustomed to enjoying leisure and social time in their private pool and spa at their full-time residence, the family wanted to have the pleasure of a swimming pool at their planned vacation home at Kiawah Island – the new property was being designed by architects Tyler A. Smyth and Chris Rose and built by Russ Cooper Associates. The broad brief was to design a property that maximized the potential of the beachfront and the enjoyment of the family.

Challenging brief

Properties built on the oceanfront must be 14 feet above sea level. With the setback rules, this meant the space for a pool was compromised – a traditional pool would lead to a loss of deck space.  The remaining space would then accommodate only a small pool, which would not have met the family’s aspirations. For the adults, they wanted a pool with a deep-end for swimming and playing pool games such as volleyball, and a shallow-end for the children (toddlers to 11 years of age) to swim comfortably.

How was the family and the architect going to tackle the unique challenges of the location, achieve their desire to maximize the available space and ensure that the pool depth reflected each family member’s needs?

Maximizing space with a movable floor

Extensive online research led the family to the Hydrofloors Movable Floor System from Twinscape, which was an entirely new concept for them.  It offered a solution to the unique design and space challenges they faced. A movable floor system enables a pool to be completely closed when it’s not in use. When the movable floor is lowered to the base of the pool, it allows for full-depth swimming and pool games.  When raised to deck level, it provides a solid, load-bearing floor - voilà, the family has a multi-purpose space! A pool with a movable floor would allow the family to maximize the available space – swim and play games whenever they wish, then ‘put the pool away’ when they want to use the same space for other activities.

Added safety feature

From all of the possible global manufacturers of such systems the family chose Twinscape.  Twinscape was chosen because it was the only movable floor that incorporated a ‘failed closed’ mechanism; an added security measure. In the event of the hydraulic system failing, the ballast system would force it to close, thereby rendering the pool safe until the mechanical issue could be resolved.

The family shared the movable floor research with the project architect, Tyler Smyth, who investigated further, working in tandem with Russ Cooper Associates, the contractor that managed the purchasing process and coordinated the movable floor installation.

Close collaboration between specialists

Smyth explained, “When we spoke with Hydrofloors, we peppered the team with questions about the feasibility and their capability of providing an effective movable floor system. I was reassured by their technical expertise, confidence and enthusiasm for the beachfront project. We worked closely with their engineers on the specifications for the pool shell and related systems, and then developed the design. We determined the parameters for the tiled deck and other related components so these materials could be appropriately selected.”

Designed by pool contractor, Aqua Blue Pools, the elegant swimming pool has a beautiful custom designed tile on the movable pool floor, surrounded by a deck comprised of Ramon Grey stone sourced from Israel. Contemporary furnishings and bronze rails play contrast to the solidity of natural lime based stucco and hand-carved stone columns, newel, and trim material. The outdoor pool deck space, material selection and pool tile layout were designed by Denise Balassi, owner and head designer of Interior Consultants.

When handling a complex project incorporating new technology, the quality of the people working in the team is very important. Smyth continued, “We were pleased with the professionalism of the Hydrofloors and pool design and build teams; together we overcame a number of technical challenges, from the tight tolerances necessary for the pool shell to the railing, tile finish and lighting specifications.

“Hydrofloors delivered what was promised and we were glad to be the first to install a Hydrofloors system in the Western Hemisphere. We’ve heard only good things about the function of the movable floor since it was installed in 2012.”

“Best build decision we’ve made.”

This positive view is echoed by the pool owners, “It’s truly the best build decision we’ve made – if someone were to ask our advice on a movable floor, I’d tell them to go for it! Our pool was the first movable floor that Hydrofloors installed in the USA so it was a learning process for all involved, but we had no problems because Hydrofloors guided us and the team working on the installation through the entire process.

“The movable floor allowed us to meet our requirements in the space available and to maximize the deck space when the pools is not in use. We use the pool regularly, adjusting the height of the pool during each session depending on who is using it and what they want to do. Our kids love the pool, and we love that we can use both the pool and deck space separately. With the pool closed when no-one is swimming, we don’t have to worry about the kids being in the pool without our knowledge. This gives us peace of mind from a safety and liability aspect.”

Create more space in your home

Smyth sums it up perfectly, “Flexibility is the key advantage of the Hydrofloors movable floor system; it allows a client to have a substantial swimming pool while also enjoying increased floor space when required. And with very young children, they have confidence knowing that when the floor is raised, any safety risks are eliminated.

“In addition to these benefits, there is a huge element of surprise and delight when we present the concept to clients because movable floors are not commonly installed in pools here. These days we discuss the potential of using similar systems with current clients.”

“Before we began working with Twinscape, I peppered their team with questions about feasibility and capability of their Hydrofloors system and I was reassured by their expertise, confidence and enthusiasm. They delivered on all their promises and we were delighted to be the first to install Hydrofloors in the Western Hemisphere. Most importantly, we’ve heard only good things about the function of the movable floor since it was installed in 2012.”

“It’s truly the best build decision we’ve made – if someone were to ask our advice on installing a Hydrofloors movable floor, I’d tell them to go for it! “ - Owner, Kiawah Island

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"Hydrofloors is a fantastic invention with a ingenious design. We love the ability to use the space for a patio or a pool, the outstanding safety, the ability to set the pool to any height for different guests, and how inexpensive it is to heat. The Hydrofloors (Twinscape) team is very professional and great to work with - We very highly recommend the team and the products."

Steve Lawrence

Palo Alto

"The level of aftersales support offered is paramount, the technical support team is the best we have ever dealt with, and the staff are knowledgeable and professional. In short, the service offer is second to none and we thoroughly recommend to anyone."

David Bland

Portrait Pools UK

"The whole experience was fantastic. A really nice team of people that we frequently met and who always had time to answer our questions - whether from me or one of my children. We love our Hydrofloors movable floor. It has outperformed our highest expectations!"

Pilar Seagrove

Switzerland

"I love it. Guests used to marvel at our views but now the pool really is the most admired thing in the house!"

G E Bloch

Switzerland

"We use the room for parties as well as swimming and recently we even had a small orchestra on it for a recital. Hydofloors is an amazing concept that has given us much needed extra space without having to move."

Adrian Spreadborough

London

"We have been working successfully together for some years. From the first enquiry, through to producing design drawings and then handling the installation, nothing is ever too much and they make the whole process incredibly simple."

Jamie Smith

Managing Director, London Swimming Pool Company

"Before we began working with Hydrofloors, I peppered the team with questions about feasibility and capability. I was reassured by their expertise, confidence and enthusiasm. The team delivered on all their promises and we were delighted to be the first to install a Hydrofloors system in the Western Hemisphere. Most importantly, we’ve heard only good things about the function of the movable floor since it was installed in 2012."

Tyler Smith

Architect, USA

"It’s truly the best build decision we’ve made – if someone were to ask our advice on installing a Hydrofloors movable floor, I’d tell them to go for it!"

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Kiawah Island

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