California Pools & Landscapes works with each client individually to understand their hopes, dreams, and objectives for their ultimate backyard. Our team brought this client’s vision to life and the end result was an entertainer’s dream!

Our client was a well-known real estate agent who loved to host parties and events. Her objective was to transform her backyard into a venue perfect for hosting a wide array of gatherings – from intimate backyard drinks, to afternoon barbeques, to larger soirees under the stars. She also sought to add to her home’s value. Understanding the real estate market, she knew that a well-designed backyard and high-quality pool and spa would increase her home’s worth and attractiveness to buyers.

Our client was open-minded and trusted our designers completely. She was inspired by modern desert designs, so we worked together in that direction. She was committed to installing unique, one-of-a-kind features throughout. We focused specifically on accentuating the desert landscape while maintaining a seamless flow from indoors to outdoors.

The home itself had great features to begin with, such as pocket doors that made the transition from the living room to backyard area effortless. The home also had a very unique travertine color that we matched to the outdoor flooring – increasing the continuity between indoors and out.

For the spa, we decided on an elevated look – giving the impression of a fountain, lending a striking character to this central piece. We installed a custom copper insert water feature so one could see the spillway from the spa to the pool, and included a waterfall accent. The pool itself had a dreamy Baja shelf so guests could lounge poolside, while not missing any of the conversation near the barbecue area. We used a rough saw wood arbor for the barbeque area to match architectural feel of house, tying both structures together harmoniously. We also installed a covered outdoor kitchen and gorgeous bar as another gathering area.

To enhance their nights outdoors, we built an outdoor fireplace with a lush, botanical garden feel. We used stabilized granite and step pads to naturally lead people from the spa to warm up at the fireplace.

For finishing touches we used specimen cacti to add both texture and color to the modern design and accent the structure of the pool itself. We intentionally played up the negative space, letting landscaping features compliment the architectural feel of the pool, decking and hardscape features. We finished off with bushes and vines to soften and balance the entire space and add flourishes of color.

Our client was overjoyed with the final project and maintained a friendly relationship with our team. She hosted scores of memorable gatherings in this beautifully designed space and had great times with family, friends and colleagues. When she eventually sold her home, she reached out to let us know that the backyard design was instrumental in the final sale of her home. We are delighted that our work together served her so well!

California Pools & Landscape has an impeccable legacy of bringing our client’s backyard dreams to life. We worked to entirely transform this client’s property into a desert sanctuary and sunny winter retreat! Our client owned multiple homes in several states and Canada and had an abundance of experience with large-scale remodel projects—including pools. We were honored that this family, with their depth of experience, said that ours was “the single smoothest project” they had ever built. At California Pools & Landscape, we pride ourselves on exceeding the expectations of the most discerning clientele.

How We Did It


As always, our team was extremely detail oriented. No feature was too small to merit consideration. We communicated with our clients regularly and clearly – all the more challenging as they were out of town for the duration of the project!

The family had an existing pool on their property, which had in fact been purchased as two separate properties they had combined into one. The second home on the property had been converted to a “Cantina” – dedicated to nothing but fun and quality outdoor living. This was a family that passionate about the outdoor experience and creating a space for their family to make rich memories. As grandparents, they sought to reconstruct the space to better suit playful young personalities. The original pool was aesthetically pleasing, but lacked functionality – it was long and narrow, better suited for swimming laps than doing cannonballs.

So we started from scratch! After demolishing the existing pool, we created a perfect custom solution for this outdoor loving family. We built a pool with depth and wide-open spaces—perfectly suited for jumping into! For the adults, we added a spa with sweeping views, marrying form and function.

But our work on this inspiring project did not stop at the pool! At California Pools & Landscape, we pride ourselves on being able to build every facet of the ultimate backyard.

We Can Do it All


In the middle of the family’s back patio, there were two support columns that obscured the natural view of the mountains abutting the home. These columns were not merely aesthetic features, but critical structural supports. To expand the space and maximize its great potential, our team engineered an entirely new support system. We utilized steel beams to reinforce the upper floors and opened the patio to striking panoramic views from their doorstep. California Pools & Landscape has the capability and staff to build anything and everything you can dream of!

Going to Any Lengths


While adding other essentials to this outdoor haven, we spared no effort in making sure every detail was perfect. As the pre-existing Cantina structure had been built from a beautifully textured reclaimed wood, we went to great lengths to obtain the same look for the newer features in the yard, including a lush arbor, outdoor shower, and shade structure. To create cohesion with the Cantina, our team tracked down and imported the perfect 100-year old barn wood from Tennessee, creating a seamless blending of old and new elements.

Beauty in the Details


Throughout the Sonoran Desert Haven project, we sought to complement the natural elements surrounding the property. We focused on creating an organic flow between the interior and exterior of the home and let nature dictate how we designed. The result was a stunning elemental synergy between the property itself and the magnificent mountains surrounding it. For example, boulders line the pool to create a negative edge, giving the appearance of the pool spilling down into the desert. We also used stoic boulders on either side of the pool to create a natural frame for the mountain vista.

Finally, as the clients came to Arizona from Canada each winter, we installed 1 million Btu of heating in this pool—making it a perfect retreat from the cold weather!

California Pools & Landscape comprehensively transformed this space to create an ideal home away from home. We were delighted to build our clients a luxurious retreat to make memories with their family for years to come!

 

 

This backyard has it all and a little something for everyone!

This gorgeous outdoor retreat was built for clients who recently had retired to Arizona from San Francisco. They were ready for good times in the sun and wanted to create the ultimate backyard space for the whole family to enjoy together. These were clients who knew what they liked, and we worked alongside them to create an at-home recreational space that met all their needs. The end result was a bright, open space full of elegance, fun, and every amenity under the sun.

Poolside Entertaining!

A highlight of this sunny oasis is the sunken, swim-up bar leading to a covered ramada. This serves as the central focal point of the space. It creates a welcoming, open feeling—encouraging interaction from wherever you are. Swim up to enjoy a drink without leaving the water, or enjoy your front row seat to poolside fun without ever leaving the shade! The seamless connection between spaces makes this a true gem for entertaining. The sunken seating area offers a total escape, with a flat-screen TV wall and a cozy fire pit to make this the ideal spot for evening drinks, chatting with friends, or watching the game.

To finish off this total relaxation station, we added an outdoor bathroom, complete with full sink and shower. This met a unique need for our clients – the layout of their home featured two large, en-suite master bedrooms – and no easily assessable guest bathroom. Adding the outdoor bathroom kept their home dry and the fun outside!

A Deep, Deep End and a Golfing Green

Our clients happened to be quite tall people, who took their swimming seriously. They wanted more than a plunge pool, so we went the distance and made their swimming pool truly cavernous, with extra depth and length for dedicated swimming. We added a flowing waterfall on one end and a bubbling fountain along the side, adding elegance to the views in each direction.

No detail went unnoticed in this project – finishing touches included Art Deco patterned tile to add texture and finesse to the columns supporting the patio. We also used two-toned travertine tiles in the pool itself, giving the steps contrast and drama.

To make this space complete, we added a putting green! This golf-loving family delighted in practicing their game without ever having to leave home.

Challenges Met

This was a large project in every respect—from the sheer volume of the pool to the putting green to the size of the outdoor lounge area. Bringing our materials in presented a unique challenge. Although there was a 12-foot gate off to the side of the house, it sat on a septic system that was not well equipped to handle the weight of truck traffic. Our creative project managers tracked down the owners of a vacant lot next door and secured their permission to knock down a side panel, creating an ingress route for our materials. It was a fine example of California Pools & Landscape’s willingness to go to any lengths to get the job done for our clients!

This lakeside gem was a spectacular example of California Pools & Landscape’s seamless blending of a beautiful natural landscape with a modern backyard oasis. The stunning lake at our client’s doorstep was a central focal point of their view, so we worked to create a space that would accentuate the surrounding natural beauty while still reflecting our client’s strong style.

Our clients for this rewarding job were an artistic couple with high tastes, high standards and a fantastic vision for their space. We worked together to create a backyard that was reflective of their personalities and keen design sense. We found these clients particularly fun because they encouraged our design team to push the envelope with materials and approach – we used the opportunity to incorporate unique, cutting-edge materials throughout and enjoyed every minute of it!

This modern swimming pool meets the lake with a dramatic negative edge as the pool’s water drops off seamlessly into the vista. With no fencing obscuring views of the lake, this free-flowing, unobstructed layout brings a sense of continuity and spaciousness. This design approach also gives the yard an openness and unrestricted feeling – perfect for relaxing and taking in the view.

With the same sense of daring, we utilized this property’s unique topography to create a multi-tiered look to accentuate different gathering areas. From a chic swim-up bar, guests could step down a level to be at a modern, multi-level outdoor kitchen, complete with trash shoot, drawers and cocktail area! Continuing down another level brings guests to a covered fire pit, with an entertainment area, widescreen TV and glam overhead lighting. Stepping down a final layer brings people to the spacious lakefront. Multiple layers were creatively arrayed under cover of a tiled gazebo, matching the home’s roof.

The existing pavers were a dark, rustic color that we matched to keep the project on budget. Because our client wanted a fresh, modern feel, we used white travertine on the pool and a white Marbella stackstone that brought the clean look they were after, while effortlessly complimenting the existing pavers.

Our clients sought a Mediterranean feel for the landscape, so although the homeowners’ association required a certain amount of grass, we added vibrancy with bright desert wildflowers lining the path to the pool. Finishing touches included a cool, modern wall with a wide window to showcase potted succulents.

One of the challenges of this project was the property’s very strict homeowners’ association. We worked to meet their rigorous requirements while still satisfying our client’s vision – from rules pertaining to trees and grass species, to setback policies and other strict technical requirements, we lost none of the glamour of our design while meeting the association’s requirements.

We are delighted that this rewarding project created a perfect sanctuary for our clients to relax, entertain, and spend time with the family! California Pools & Landscape is here to make spaces for you to make memories for years to come!

At California Pools & Landscape, we realize that each client is unique and will approach their project in their own way. Our design team can accommodate any level of involvement a client has in mind. Our Desert Gem project is a modern beauty and perfect example of a wonderful collaboration with a very involved client. This client had a passion for design, and a very specific vision for their property. Our team worked tirelessly alongside them to make it happen seamlessly.

Our clients were a couple who had recently retired from a fast-paced California lifestyle to settle into a more tranquil life in Arizona. They had purchased a gorgeous property at the base of Camelback Mountain and wanted the mountain vista to serve as the central point of focus in their home. During the building process, they oriented all of the windows towards the mountains and the pool area in the back.

 

For the pool, they were seeking a modern, industrial look that would both match their home well and complement the surrounding natural areas. They wanted the pool itself to be fashioned out of a copper-colored metal to match the industrial look of the home itself. Obviously, constructing a pool out of metal presents functional problems, so we were tasked with the unique challenge of sourcing material with the right look and feel that would also not rust.

Our team went to work! We scoured the region to find the tile material that would suit the couple’s vision with both form and functionality. Once we found it, we miter-cut the tile, giving it almost imperceptible grout joints and the appearance of a single sheet of copper-toned metal. We elevated the pool slightly to make it a focal point, introducing some unique lines, and built the entire backyard around it.

 

With the rest of the outdoor area, we took a “destination” approach, creating several distinct areas for relaxing. As our clients liked to entertain, we made the spa fairly large and added an outdoor kitchen. We installed a striking fireplace behind the spa, creating another seating area with jaw-dropping mountain views. We continued the industrial theme with a sleek metal-roofed ramada – which in fact was one of our most bespoke ramada projects to date. We built the fireplace with matching tile from the pool area, tying together the look with cohesion. We continued the modern approach with metal planters for the landscaping.

Throughout this project, we sought to create a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors. As the home had floor-to-ceiling windows, we wanted to create a sense of uninterrupted flow as people moved from living room to backyard. We used 24 x 24 Travertine decking, creating grout joints that matched the home exactly. We used natural, organic materials that lent a softness that kept the modern look warm and inviting. We finished the project off with majestic Saguaros and lighting that complemented the natural desert landscape.

For the duration of this great project, we collaborated completely with the homeowners. At California Pools & Landscape, we encourage clients to get involved as much or as little as they care to. For this modern gem, we enjoyed interacting with homeowners with such great vision and passion!

California Pools & Landscape is Arizona’s ultimate backyard builder! More than just pools, our award-winning designers create a master plan for your outdoor living space. We consider every option to maximize a backyard’s full potential, creating yards with cohesion and synergy in every element. From pools and decking to landscaping, outdoor kitchens, fire and water features, we are licensed by the ROC to build every aspect of your project! Consult with our world-class designers today and request a free estimate on your family’s backyard dream. At California Pools & Landscape, we bring ease to the building process and give our clients one point of contact for everything under the sun.

Imagine the Possibilities

Explore your backyard’s potential with our acclaimed designers and customized 3-D renderings. Our state-of-the-art design centers, located in Chandler and Scottsdale, are the perfect venue to gather inspiration for dazzling pools, Baja shelves, infinity or zero edges, submerged seating, and floating cocktail islands. We offer the most innovative energy-efficient lighting and pool cleaning technology, including new UV systems that use ultraviolet light to reduce chemical levels and make pools easier to maintain. From outdoor kitchens to covered conversation areas and spas—the possibilities are limitless. Stop into one of our design centers and find everything you need to create the perfect year-round outdoor oasis!

Financing Your Backyard Sanctuary

Whether you are planning a complete backyard resort or a simple pool remodel, California Pools & Landscape is your one-stop shop. Our expert financing team is on hand to help you turn your backyard vision into reality with great deals and options for every budget. Our team prides themselves on walking you through every step of the process—from start to swimming!

Our Legacy

When you partner with California Pools & Landscape, you’re joining a family-owned and operated company with a 30-year legacy of excellence. We’ve got the experience and expertise to make your vision a reality—and to make it fun! Our commitment to client satisfaction and sterling service has been recognized with a BBB Ethic’s Award, and we pride ourselves on our unmatched reputation throughout Arizona.

We Build More than Pools

For three decades California Pools & Landscape has turned backyards into sanctuaries. We create spaces for swimming and relaxing, for good times with family and friends. We put our hearts into our work because we know the true value of a pool—an investment in your family, your home, and ultimately your quality of life. At California Pools & Landscape, we build more than pools. We build memories. We are here to help you enjoy Arizona year round—with a luxurious personal oasis, right on your doorstep!

Bring your ultimate backyard dream to life!

Contact us at 480-756-7045 / info@calpool.com

California Pools & Landscape has a 30-year legacy of building award-winning backyards and providing sterling service to our clients throughout the valley! Family-owned and operated, we were founded on the belief that pool building should be a great experience. Our devotion to helping people create the outdoor space of their dreams has driven our growth from a small pool company to Arizona’s premier outdoor living builder. In our years of business, we’ve built over 30,000 pools and had zero ROC complaints! This unwavering commitment to client satisfaction has made us the only pool company to be recognized with the BBB’s coveted Ethics Award. Our track record building world-class backyards has earned us our unmatched reputation!

How We Began

California Pools was founded on the ideal of making pool building a better experience for people. We were motivated by a sincere desire to create great relationships and to make a difference in the lives of the people we build pools for. We are a family-run business in the truest sense: the original California Pools began as a little computer hutch in a kitchen, run by husband and wife team Mike and Joan Smith. Even though our business has expanded to multiple locations, it is still a family business at heart.

As we grew over the years, we heard our clients say that they wanted us to be involved in their entire backyards and build more than just pools. We listened and we expanded! We are licensed by the ROC to build every aspect of your backyard: gazebos, outdoor kitchens, sunken bars, ramadas, bathhouses, and more. This growth has turned us into the most trusted outdoor living company in the valley, and we have our customers to thank.

Our Beliefs

Although we have grown, the values of our business remain consistent. At the heart of our company’s ethos is a simple desire to be of service. Commitment to this vision informs each interaction with our clients here at California Pools & Landscape. If you buy a pool or not, we know your interaction with us will a positive one.

We know we are building more than just backyards for our customers. We are creating spaces where they can grow their families and make memories for years to come.

“The vision we set out with, and the heart that we put into this business isn’t a bit different today than it was when we started—there’s just a bit more of it.”

–Mike Smith, co-founder and Vice President 

We have you, our clients, to thank for our tremendous growth and continued success! Here’s to the next 30 years!

Consult with our world-class designers and receive a free estimate on your family’s backyard dream. Visit us at calpool.com or stop into one of our state of the art design centers located in Chandler and Scottsdale.

At California Pools & Landscape, we believe that culture matters. Our business was built on the conviction that we are building more than backyard living spaces for our customers. We are creating spaces where they can grow their families and make memories for years to come.

At the heart of our company’s ethos is a simple desire to be of service. Commitment to this vision informs each interaction with our clients here at California Pools & Landscape. If you buy a pool or not, we know your interaction with us will a positive one.

“We set out, 30 years ago, to just be of the absolute best service to everyone we met. It didn’t ultimately matter if you bought a pool from us. We were just happy to that you called and let us be helpful to you. We’ve kept true to that vision. We are a service culture at California Pools & Landscape. It would be a boring day at work to just come and collect a paycheck. We are here for a nobler vision—how we can be of the greatest service to our clients and our teammates.”

–Mike Smith, Founder and Vice President 

The atmosphere at California Pools & Landscape is permeated by our values

Integrity, teamwork and craftsmanship. Every member of our team is invested in each aspect of a project. We work together closely with a shared goal of bringing people’s backyard visions to life and making it fun! Knowing we are working as a team to turn houses into homes gives us a feeling of true satisfaction.

“I like working for California Pools & Landscape because it is such a great atmosphere. Everybody cares about you, everybody cares about the customer. We all end up feeling really good at the end of the day about what we are doing for the families we serve”

– Cammy Dreher, Senior Manager Processing

“My favorite part about being an owner is working with the employees. It is so important to me that they have a place where they can come to work and feel like they are making a difference. We know we build projects, we know we build pools and we change people’s backyards, but we want to make the process for the homeowner really fun and we want to give them a place to hang out with their friends and family and to make memories with people who are important to them. And we want our employees to feel part of that and it is really important to us that they see the bigger picture.”

– Joan Smith, Owner and Co-Founder

Knowing that each member of the team at California Pools & Landscape sees the big picture in what we do is a key part of our business. They see that we are building more than just pools. We love watching them develop personal relationships with clients that often endure long beyond the building process. We empower them with the resources they need to go the distance to serve our customers at every turn.

“I get to have an opportunity to have such a tremendous impact on every client’s life not only during the process of design and getting to know them through the construction process, but also long after the fact.”

–Jeremy Smith, Owner and President

Ultimately, California Pools & Landscape has grown into the tremendous success it is because of each and every employee’s contribution to our culture of excellence.

“It really is a great place to work for many reasons. Most important are the people we are surrounded by at this company. There are good people all throughout California Pools & Landscape.”

– Darren Tamburrelli, Senior Manager

 

Our award-winning designers are experts at bringing our clients’ visions to life.We take immense pride in our master plan approach, which enables us to truly envision a space in its entirety. We look beyond just the pool and consider every option to maximize a backyard’s full potential. This comprehensive approach enables us to create outdoor living spaces with cohesion and synergy in every element. From pools and decking to landscaping, outdoor kitchens, fire and water features, we are licensed by the ROC to build every aspect of your yard!

Client-Centered Design

We are a design-driven company, and our team is given the freedom to work creatively with a client, letting inspiration guide the process. We know that when you free creative designers from constraints, the results speak for themselves.

Our design team’s expertise lies in being able to understand a client’s vision and bring it to life in the most impressive way possible. We take the time to dive into each project and truly get to know our clients. This helps us understand what drives their excitement about their project, which in turn gives us cues as to what direction to move into design-wise.

We listen to our clients diligently and champion their ideas with products and design concepts. From pools with fluid lines and organic, whimsical shapes, to straight lines and crisp, modern approaches—we translate ideas into plans. From retro elements, classical Spanish colonial or Tuscan styles, we bring elegance, skill and craftsmanship to the most diverse of projects.

Understanding Your Options

A core responsibility of our design team is to help each client understand the costs potentially involved in their project. As we dive into their hopes and wishes for their outdoor space, we give them a broad range of options, with a focus on creating a space that is reflective of their personality and family culture. We thoroughly explain the various factors that can influence prices, and find the perfect design at the right cost. The architecture involved plus components like fire, LED lighting, ramadas, water features and landscaping can turn simple backyard swimming spots into luxurious backyard resorts. The range is wide, and ultimately our job is to make sure your pool reflects your taste, needs and lifestyle.

More Than Just Pools

Ultimately, our design team works to turn backyards into custom-designed sanctuaries. We know pools are about more than swimming. A pool offers a space to connect. To play. To take a break. It is a place for family culture and to laugh with friends. Memories are made around the pool!

 

California Pools & Landscape offers financing options to make your dream backyard affordable. Every client starts with both a vision and a budget, and our job is to meld those together to create the perfect pool at the right price. We carefully consider logistics involved in each project to make sure we maximize value and resources throughout the building process.

There are many financing options available for your pool, from new lines of credit, to second mortgages and bundling your project’s cost into your initial mortgage. Read more below for inspiration!

What do creditors look for in applications?

Most creditors look for a solid credit rating. They want to see a history of bills paid in a timely way, and that the debt to income ratio is in a good range. Creditors also look for customers who have a solid history of maintaining good credit practices.

Clients with some negative items in their credit histories can also secure financing! If these events, such as a foreclosure or short sale, were over four years ago, the lender will often still accept the application. Creditors will look for how the credit was rebuilt over time.

What are the average interest rates on a pool loan?

Average interest rates on a pool loan are generally in the low 6-7 percent range. Interest rates are determined by credit score and how much equity is in the home. If you do not yet have equity in your home, there are other options. This typically includes unsecured loans and those rates are determined by your credit rating. These can get as low as 3 percent upwards to 10 percent, depending on terms and credit score.

What Are the Three Main Ways to Finance a Pool?

One: Include the pool contract into your first mortgage. There are many rules and regulations regarding this and we here at California Pools & Landscape help you navigate the whole process.

Two: After-market financing: when you own the home, you’ve closed on the home and you want to finance afterwards—these are typically home equity lines of credit, second mortgages, or home equity loans.

Three: Unsecured lines of credit: these loans have nothing to do with your home but are rather based on your credit profile and credit worthiness. Also known as personal lines of credit.

Ready to bring the dream to life?

Our financing experts are here to walk you through the process and answer your questions. We are here to help you find the very best way to turn your backyard into a sanctuary.

Fill out an application on our website at calpool.com/funding. The process is simple and only takes about 10 minutes. Although the whole loan process can take around 2-3 weeks, we use that time wisely by getting the ball rolling and securing permits, so no time is wasted in bringing your backyard vision to life!

 

 

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