19' x 12' Kafko In ground Pool and IPC Enclosure Project.

Friday 11 March 2011 by Dolphin Leisure


Our clients asked us to plan and install the project which included the pool, a patio surround and enclosure.

Harris pool project initial site survey 1  Initial site survey

Initial site survey  Initial site survey

Initial survey Pictures

The project was started late 2010 but due to heavy snowfall was completed in early 2011.

The Plan

On our initial site visit we took all the necessary measurements and discussed the various options. A plan was drawn up, for the installation of a 19' x 12' Kafko polymer panel kit with 8ft Roman end step and a 10m x 5.5m IPC 'Laguna' enclosure.

Kafko / IPC Enclosure project

The clients liked the plan and the work commenced in November 2010.

Pool shell installation

After excavation and the concrete base laid the wall panels are put together in a matter of hours. The blocks for the other wall of the patio was constructed. The Aluminium Coping screws into the top of the wall panel. The 8ft roman end fitted into the wall at one end to allows access directly when entering the enclosure.

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The Kafko pool kit requires two ring beams of concrete. Ring beam 1 - to a depth of 150mm. Then fit the Skimmer and return fittings, niches for underwater lights and run 1.5" hard pipework to the plant room.Then backfill with MOT Type 1 or Hardcore to 150mm below the top of the wall panel. Ring beam 2 - 150mm deep up to the top of the wall panel.

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The paved surround was then laid up to the aluminium coping making sure that the deck boxes and skimmer lid are are set parallel and level with the pool.

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IPC Enclosure Installation

The IPC enclosure was made specifically for this project and so the measurements for the rail channels had to be exact. When the enclosure arrived the rail was secured and the enclosure did fit in EXACTLY as planned, 'phew!'. Our clients were delighted as it gives them complete versatility as to how they want to use the pool. In five sections, each independent from the others. On a dull day completely enclosed, on a sunny day completely or partially open. I predict all year round swimming for our clients.

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Insulating the pool

We used 50mm 8' x 4' sheets of 'Jablite' floor insulation, which although not an actual swimming pool product works extremely well for the pool base. By doing this, the floor has a lovely soft feel under foot, and is well insulated for the heating systems used on the pool. On the walls we used 8mm insulation foam. Before installing the liner it is necessary to sweep the base and cut the foam around any pool fittings i.e. Skimmer openings, returns, underwater lights and Roman end step. 

Insulation   pool insulation

Installing the Liner

The 'Mosaic Tile' liner is manufactured so it fits perfectly into the pool shell. We fitted the liner under the protection of the enclosure. The 'Kafko' aluminium coping has the bead receiver built in, so fitting the liner is a quite straight forward job. Normally we use a liner vacuum to suck the air out from behind the liner which removes most of the packing creases and wrinkles. On this occasion we pushed out the wrinkles on creases by hand.

At various levels during the fill up the water is turned off to fit the face plates for the step, lights, returns and skimmer.

Liner installed - filling up   Pool full of water

Pool full ready to swim

Project Completion

We have three forms of heating on this pool.

Enclosure open, pool in the sunshine   Landscaped garden

Enclosure and Kafko pool in beautiful landscaped garden

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Esther Williams 18' Round Aluminium pool - Customer Self-build

Monday 30 March 2009 by Mr & Mrs Staplehurst

For 5 years, we have had an Intex plastic pool. 15ft circular x 3ft deep. One thing we learnt from that basic pool was that even in our British summers,  if you enjoy swimming- then a pool is worth having. Time was coming up for a replacement- and so it was down to Dolphin Leisure to see what was going to be the new one.

 We wanted something bigger - and deeper and one that could stay up each year. Tony talked us through the various types of pool- the benefits of each and the few Points to note. We settled on the Esther Williams Classic pool.  A bit bigger at 18ft and  52” deep. This would be a permanent structure and I would be assembling it myself. I do have some mechanical knowledge- but very few building skills to note and absolutely no Carpentry expertise for the Decking that would be required. But Tony managed to persuade me that IF I followed the instructions well enough - I would have no problems.

 I do not have an over large garden but the old pool was set in a space that was 24ft wide and 40ft deep. Enough room to be able to set the pool in and have sufficient decking in front to give us a Resting area. This was in fact the only place the pool would fit in the garden and one point to note- was that it is at the bottom of the garden and would require its own Main electricity supply run to it. As we were also going to set a heater into this pool- I left the electrics to a qualified electrician to sort.

 I have to say that throughout the assembly of the pool-Dolphin Leisure have been very helpful. The instructions were very concise for the building- but if I had any queries at all- The Dolphin Team were able to talk me through my doubts and explain everything fully. A Pool of this type is a big investment and it has to be right. Not only are we happy with the pool we bought- We bought it from the right company. Without the help we got from Tony and the Dolphin Team - I doubt that I would have tackled a building job such as this. As it was- we now have a pool that not only looks good- It is good and was easier to build than I thought-even with my limited skills. Now about that extra decking to finish off the BBQ area-------

Only a couple of pointers-

The Dolphin Team were spot on  - Get the base right- time spent on this will pay you back over the years.

And take time to get the wrinkles out of the liner. As we found out on the last pool- they are annoying.

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Customer Testimonial

Thursday 12 March 2009 by Eric and Andrea

Andrea and I would like to once again thank you and the Team at Dolphin Leisure for making it possible to buy the Catalina Classic XL4000CD Spa. You really feel like you are a member of the Dolphin family when buying your Hot Tub from Dolphin Leisure. One thing we really appreciated was how you were able to arrange a special order for a color combination that was no longer offered in Europe. Moreover you kept us constantly updated when the tub a) left the factory in the USA b) arrived in the UK c) was picked up by the shipper. Your shipper used a local company here in the mountains of Switzerland, who actually knew us (they helped us move the tub into place in the back yard) You also answered our questions and advised on the right accessories (the covermate 11 underside, comes to mind)  Finally you had the lowest price we found on the internet and we certainly saved £££££'s versus a local supplier.

A note about the Catalina XL4000CD. This Hot Tub has it all and is truly a joy. We use it about 3 - 4 nights per week and find it easy to maintain. It is a great package that includes everything on our list. Lots of jets, nice lighting and the Trevi fountains are great to sit under. It also has a good stereo system. Finally the Ozonator seems to work well and I just quickly clean the filters every two weeks (in addition to adding the normal chemicals). The jets are high quality and the Balboa control unit commissioned on its own and simply started working. The Hot Tub's compact size also allowed us to fit it into a tight space. Overall you can't ask for a better tub at that price.

Thanks and regards from Kublis Switzerland.

Esther Williams 21' x 12' Oval Aluminium pool Case Study

Tuesday 26 August 2008 by Dan Young

EW Bottom rail and Buttress construction EW Bottom rail and Buttress detail


EW Bottom rail and Buttresses on Paving slab and Grano Foundations


EW Wall and Uprights EW Filled with side decking


EW from terrace above with gate and decking


EW with sunburst fence leading onto deck

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Esther Williams 30' x 15' Oval Aluminium pool Case Study

Friday 22 August 2008 by Dan Young

EW Buttress detail    EW Buttress system

EW Curved stabiliser rail top plate    EW Corner top plate

EW Straight section top plate    EW Captive Nut in Top plate

EW Wall and Uprights without liner EW_Deck_construction.JPG EW Deck completed    EW Above ground disguised as In Ground Pool EW with decking steps to top deck and ladder    EW Timber Cladding around curved end EW Top Cap detail    EW Oval One piece rail perfect for decking    EW Stainless Steel Off deck Ladder EW 'No Diving' Safety feature EW Ready to Swim!


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