Questions & Answers
We know you don’t buy a pool every day, and that can make the process a bit overwhelming for some. We want you to have all the information you need to feel at ease. Feel free to talk to your California Pools team about any questions you might have. And because we get asked questions all the time, we’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions here
How are pools priced?
Pool pricing is typically based on a price for a standard sized pool. Pricing can also be affected by the many different design features, materials and equipment installed. Each job site also provides possible variables that can affect the pricing. Let our experienced project managers work with you and help customize the best project for your needs. After each in-home estimate our customers receive a detailed price proposal and plan specific to their project.
What is the best way to begin planning for a pool?
Our design staff can meet with you at no cost. If you live in the home where the pool will be built, we will measure the yard, consider how construction equipment can enter the yard, discuss potential equipment location in relation to existing utilities and the pool, and begin to discuss your desires. This allows us to create a project matches your lifestyle needs, desired look and budget. If you are building a new home, the pool can be designed from plot plans and a site inspection. Through early planning, you can often save money and achieve a more integrated final product.
How do I decide what shape and features I would like?
Our design staff will have hundreds of pictures, DVDs, CDs and color plans of many of our past projects for your review. We feel that one of the reasons we have won so many design awards is our ability to listen and hone in on the plan and features that will best serve the client. In addition, we can develop a color rendering of the pool you and our designer will create. This drawing will include a bird’s-eye-view perspective drawing of what the pool will look like from your patio.
What pumps, filters, cleaners, water features, automatic systems, deck products, interior surfaces, masonry effects and lighting are best?
We feel that our job is to thoroughly explain all the pool features that may interest you. This explanation will include the positive and the negative traits of each product, including costs, how it works and a recommendation depending upon the needs and desires you have expressed. We feel that our clients make really great decisions for themselves when complete information is provided.
How do I pick a pool builder? Isn’t every pool the same in its basic construction?
California enjoys a solid reputation for our unique construction practices and providing cutting-edge technology and constant customer communication. We believe in building the “best value” into every project.
After our project manager completes the design of your custom backyard living area with you, the plan is prepared for construction. The CAD construction plans are created and any special engineering is generated. Our processing department, construction team and project manager review these plans together and then apply for permitting. The project is then painted on the ground followed by a site visit from your construction superintendent. This is his first of many quality control inspections.
The next phase of the process begins with the excavation of the pool, spa and any sunken bar areas. We construct our pools with vertically excavated walls, create slight radius at the transition to the floor and flat floors. This type of construction requires more steel and concrete but our customers find a larger, more usable pool. This method of building also allows us to provide the best warranty in the pool industry. We can warranty your shell for as long as you own your home and this warranty can be transferred to a new owner. What really makes this building practice even more special is it also allows us to warranty the pool against rust “migration or bleed through” from the steel in the shell to the surface of the pool. I would ask this of any pool company you are considering constructing your pool.
We build all of our decks specifically for expansive soil. All of our poured decks have a continuous 4-inch turndown to prevent moisture from getting under the deck. Our decks are not tied into our shell with sky bars. If the ground underneath is expansive and needs to move, we want it to move independently from the pool shell. By floating the deck we can prevent damage to the shell and elaborate repairs to the surface of the deck.
At California Pools we provide the start of the technology that helps reduce the cost of running, maintaining and using your pool. We can offer control systems, multiple speed pumps and sanitation systems that can benefit you for many years to come. We are also continually searching for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of our product. LED pool and spa lights are now available and offer lower wattage than standard pool lights typically used in the industry. You will get many more hours of usage before the light bulbs need to be changed. The additional benefit to LED lights is that the customer has the ability to change the color of the pool water at night. The LED lights come with four colors and can be upgraded to run by remote.
Length of Construction
How long will my pool take to build?
California Pools averages just under six to eight weeks of actual construction time for every pool we build. This is a point of pride for us, particularly when you consider the complexity of many of our pools. Specialized products and/or material availability could possibly increase construction time.
A good rule of thumb to use when planning a project is one week of construction time for every $4,000 of pool cost. In other words, a $20,000 pool should be complete in five weeks after the excavation is complete, while a $40,000 pool will take about 10 weeks after the excavation is complete, depending on the complexity of the project. Many factors combine to affect construction time. We find that comprehensive pool planning and design can reduce changes and unexpected delays.
What should I know about pool layout?
The pool layout is the painted shape and position of the pool that we paint on your ground prior to any work being done. It is used as a guide for excavators when they dig your pool. We ask that you approve the location and shape of the pool prior to scheduling the dig. Because it’s a flat representation of your pool, the layout will appear much smaller than the finished pool. We lay out the pool 6” larger in every direction. In other words, a pool that will finish 30′ long must be laid out and dug 31′. This allows for 6″ thick concrete on the pool walls.
I’ve heard there is a lot of dust, noise and destruction at dig. Is this true?
I’ve heard there is a lot of dust, noise and destruction at dig. Is this true?
There is no gentle way to remove 15 to 30 dump truck loads of dirt out of a backyard. This will be one of the noisiest and is certainly the dustiest stage of construction. It is also one of the most exciting. We routinely see kids of all ages with their noses pressed against the window as the pool begins to take shape.
Protecting plants and existing landscape is a must because anything between the street and the pool that is not cared for will be ground into the soil by this heavy machinery. Fences need to be removed, dogs put up, and the right machinery must meet the conditions in your particular yard. Your pool designer will discuss the options and pricing with you when you design your pool.
What is a rock (hard) dig, and how are the extra costs involved handled?
A rock excavation is encountered when the machinery that’s has been planned for your yard cannot dig the pool without using special techniques and equipment due to the soil conditions. If the crew finds that their machinery is incapable of the dig, the excavators will expose the soil condition by digging a hole and leaving it open. Typically, we will secure three bids and get your approval on the extra costs prior to proceeding.
If you suspect you are in a rocky area, we can secure a bid and make it part of the original agreement. This can save time and allow for the extra costs to be financed. Many times excavators can dig a rock pool in about the same time as a pool in softer soil. To accomplish this task, we contract with highly skilled machine operators. These workers are more experienced and skilled than typical laborers, providing peace of mind that the job will be done right.
Plumbing and Equipment
How do I know that my plumbing is done correctly and will not leak?
In addition to using Schedule 40 PVC (very thick pipe), we keep all plumbing under pressure throughout the construction process. We routinely check these pressure readings to ensure that the plumbing is secure. Our plumbers follow a detailed plan for the location of every feature, pool return and drain. You will notice that pipes are protruding out from the pool dig. These will be cut off near the end of construction and will finish flush to the final pool wall.
When is my equipment plumbed in place?
If you live in the house where we are building the pool, we will install the equipment the day we plumb the pool. If your home is not occupied or is under construction, we will delay the equipment set until you are in the house. This is necessary because unfortunately there are people out there who will walk off with your pool equipment if it is easily accessible. If you own the home and the equipment is stolen, your insurance will cover the loss and will pay the replacement cost. From a technical standpoint, once the equipment is attached and installed, you own it.
What does steel reinforcing do for my pool?
The steel rebar is installed in a grid pattern. Depending on the loads and soil condition, it can be 12″ apart, 6″ apart, or in rare cases 3″ apart. Our civil engineers work out the exact pattern to be used for your pool, and this is part of the engineering required for your pool permit and for our structural specifications. The steel is blocked 2” to 3″ off of the excavated floor and walls of the pool. It greatly strengthens concrete by providing tensile strength.
Be careful — although we cover or bend the ends of the bars to protect people, the wires used to tie the steel together are very sharp. Please ensure the safety of children and pets. A scratch from the steel or tie wire can infect easily and may require a tetanus vaccination.
What protects my pool from electrical problems?
In most cases, a trench will be dug from your electric panel to the equipment location. By code, this conduit must be metal, wrapped with insulation and buried 6″ underground. It is important to mark any sprinkler lines or other obstructions that must be protected. The conduit must remain uncovered until the city inspects it. GFI circuits protect all light and electrical plugs. These are also used near sinks and bathrooms inside your house. GFI-protected circuits instantly trip and shut down when contact is made with water. In addition, all steel, motors and metal within 5′ of the pool are grounded. You may notice small copper wire attached to metal windows, fences, handrails and diving boards.
When does the city inspect my pool?
When does the city inspect my pool?
The first inspection occurs after electric and before shotcrete. The city inspector ensures that all electrical connections and work are proper. They also review the pool’s structural engineering and steelwork. They do not inspect the shape of the pool, pool depth, or in most cases, pool plumbing, as these are not safety or code issues. They will check the pool’s location to ensure it is out of all setbacks and easements. We typically have very little problem and get a green tag to proceed quickly.
In some cases, inspectors will ask to see more engineering verification than is normally necessary. We provide this at our expense. While the delay can be frustrating, it is better to be safe now than sorry later. Remember that these inspectors are trying to ensure the best and safest possible construction. We do not control their schedules, but in most cases, they are remarkably responsive.
When will my pool start looking like a pool?
The pool really begins to take shape when the concrete is placed. Steps and benches are formed, spas take shape, and the pool begins to look like a pool. Shotcrete (premixed concrete) is sprayed into your pool through a hose under pressure. It’s noisy, messy, surprisingly artistic and fun to watch.
A curtain is put up around the pool to block the over-spray from getting on you house. Shotcrete dries and gets hard very quickly. As a matter of fact, it can dry too quickly. It is necessary for you to water-cure your shotcrete to slow the drying time. In the summer, wet the pool down at least five times a day, more often if you can. In the cooler months (temperatures below 80 degrees F), two to three times a day is fine. Spray water on the sides until it starts to “sheet” off. Then move on to another part of the pool. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete a pool watering.
Don’t worry, you can’t over water a pool. A puddle will accumulate in the bottom of the pool, and that’s ok; we will pump it out later. You will also notice cracks forming in the pool, particularly in the floor. This is normal. These are shrinkage cracks and do not affect the structural integrity of the pool. The shotcrete shell needs to cure for three to four days before we can proceed with construction.
Waterfalls, Boulders, Etc.
What has to happen before my deck is installed?
We must have all rockwork if things like boulders and waterfalls are part of your pool. This is also a good time to install any masonry such as barbecues, fire pits, benches and equipment walls. Any gas lines, landscape sprinkler and drip lines, landscape lighting lines, etc., that are to be run under the deck should be in before we form for the deck. This is also a good time to review and make sure that the way your deck is designed on the plan is still the way you want it. Extra costs wlll result if you make changes to the deck after it is installed.
What are my responsibilities concerning the deck?
Here’s where the pool starts to look really pretty. We always find that once the deck gets started, our customers get very excited and start planning their first pool party.
The deck crew will come out and put up forms (thin strips of wood) outlining the deck. You will see where any steps and drains go. You must approve these forms prior to the pouring of deck. Once the deck is poured, it cannot be changed. It’s a good idea to double check the color and texture you have chosen to make sure it is still your favorite. The concrete for the deck will be poured into the forms and troweled to a smooth finish. If you have Kool Deck®, it will be applied now. If you have Cal Deck, it will be applied when the concrete is dry enough to let it adhere.
Other types of toppings and deck, such as flagstone, tiles, pavers or artistic stone, have their own requirements. Regardless of what kind of deck you have, stop water-curing your pool, do not walk on or get water on the deck, and do not cover the deck with anything for at least 48 hours. Concrete does not dry evenly so it will appear to be darker in some places and lighter in others. Don’t worry, it will reach a consistent hue after it gets through a full summer’s heat.
How do I make my pool safe and ready to pass final inspection?
Access walls, gates and springs (gates must be self-closing), sliding door closures, window locks, wrought iron fencing, etc., are all done at this time. Types of required barriers — which restrict access to the pool — can differ depending on the city you live in. The pool cannot be finished until your city is satisfied that all required barriers are in place and functioning. The inspector will check for barriers and you must be at home during the inspection to demonstrate them. Please see your designer or construction scheduler for more information.
When do I get rid of this construction mess?
We would like your help in policing any personal trash. It is absolutely our policy that gum wrappers, drink cups, lunch sacks, etc., never be left on your property. We consider it to be a great help if you let us know at any time you see trash of this kind left in your yard. By staying on top of this problem together, we can keep it to a minimum!
The unavoidable construction mess begins at shotcrete as the concrete truck gets cleaned out and continues until the deck gets cleaned up just prior to the pool being finished. Trenches are all filled, light grading is done, and the yard is raked. Basically we make everything neat and presentable. Landscaping is not provided unless it was part of your pool contract.
Pre-Interior Finish Inspection
How do I get the go-ahead to finish the pool?
We will call the city for a pre-interior finish inspection. This is where the city checks that all of your barriers are to code. Types of required barriers can differ depending on the city you live in. We cannot schedule a specific time for an inspection, nor will the city agree to a specific inspection time. Because the inspector needs access to your home to check some of the required barriers, you must be there to give him/her access. This can be frustrating, but if the inspector cannot inspect all barriers, he/she will leave and we will need to call for another inspection. We are at the mercy of the city here. We cannot legally proceed with construction until the city gives us permission.
Your construction scheduler can advise you of the barrier code requirements if you are installing them yourself. In any event, whether we install them or you install them, you still need to be home for the inspection so the inspector can enter your home. Some cities do not have interior barrier requirements and final inspection goes much easier there.
Plaster: Plaster will be applied, and the plasterers will start your hose to fill the pool as soon as they are done. Do not turn off the water until your pool is full! Let the pool fill all of the way up until it reaches about an inch below the deck; then turn the water off. This is slightly overfilled but you will be backwashing, and it helps to have a little extra water in the pool until the plaster dust is filtered out. Follow the plaster care instructions given to you by California Pools.
The plaster may appear a little mottled because the plaster does not dry evenly. (Yes, it really does dry under water). Some parts stay wet longer and so appear darker, like a wet spot on a shirt. Brushing the pool and chemical balancing are extremely important on a plaster pool. Plan to spend a lot of time during that first week caring for your pool.
Sea Glass Pebble®: Your Sea Glass Pebble will be applied on the first day and acid washed the next. The acid wash exposes the pebble aggregate. The workers will start the hose filling the pool as soon as they finish acid washing.Do not turn off the water until your pool is full! Let the pool fill all the way up until it is about one-half the way up the skimmer opening. The color will appear slightly mottled for about three months. It takes that long for the chemicals to finish the curing and bleaching process.
You will have a much easier time taking care of the pebble finish than a plaster finish. The product’s main and popular feature is that it is naturally forgiving. You will see variations in stone colors and concrete exposure. This is why Sea Glass Pebble camouflages many of the traditional problems with pool plaster—it is to be expected and is desirable.
Startup & Orientation
When do I learn how to use the pool?
At startup we turn the pool on and check the system to make sure everything is working properly. Then, at the orientation, you will be told everything you wanted to know about a pool and probably even more than that. Plus, we show you how to work the pump, filter, light and the rest of the equipment. Video cameras are permitted and encouraged.
You can also refer to our Pool Care FAQs here some of the most common questions. Also, you can request a re-instruction at no charge within 30 days. We recommend you wait about a week before requesting a re-instruction. By then, you will have specific questions that can be addressed.
With California Pools, building a pool for your Arizona vacation home is a breeze. Our long history as an Arizona pool contractor has helped us truly understand the needs of out-of-state buyers, so whether you’re in Colorado or Canada, New York or Nebraska, we make the process easy and hassle-free.
We stay in constant contact throughout the building process, providing construction schedule updates and photos of our progress via e-mail. And you’ll have the peace of mind that your swimming pool will be built to your specifications.
If you’re not in Arizona year-round, we can help with automatic cleaners and other options to make your pool as maintenance-free as possible. That way, when you’re in town and ready to enjoy your new pool, it can be ready too. And if you’re only here in the winter months, we can help you explore heated pools and spas as well!
Here’s what one customer had to say about the pool building process while out of the country.
Now I’m on the way back to Chandler next Monday to a new pool and landscaping that I have not seen (again other than pictures). It’s so nice to know there are good people like all of you taking care of everything. The pictures have been great by the way, and can’t wait to get there and see the pool full of water.
Guess that should be sometime today. What a new year’s present.
I know all of you do this everyday, but you made all of us up here in Canada, feel as though this was your one and only important job!
I hope you all had a safe and happy Christmas and I wish all of you a most successful and prosperous new year.
See you next week.
Styles and Elements
Types of Pools
A custom pool is just what it sounds like – a pool that has been designed exclusively to fit your property and lifestyle. A custom pool can incorporate countless variations of water features, lighting, and landscaping. Do you want a pool that enhances the views from your property, do you want a luxury pool that is a gathering place for family and friends, or would you like a pool that can be used for fitness or therapeutic purposes?
The possibilities are endless with a custom pool and at California Pools, every pool is a custom pool! California Pools is the most awarded pool designer and builder in the U.S. We build custom pools designed exclusively for you to fit your budget, taste, and lifestyle.
When we think of a “traditional” pool, we often think of a long rectangle used for swimming laps. Today’s traditional pool takes that rectangular shape and builds upon it to create a pool that is unique. By adding water features, lighting, exciting finishes, or landscaping, a traditional pool can become something that is completely yours.
Traditional pools tend to be more formal and are a wonderful complement for an architecturally classic home or minimalist landscaping. California pools can help you adapt a traditional pool so that it makes exactly the statement you desire. Just because a pool is traditional does not mean that it is boring!
A geometric pool combines all the shapes and angles that we remember from our school days. The geometric pool has even lines and features from steps to spas to cut outs. California Pools can design a pool for you that incorporates rectangles, squares, arcs, or circles – or any combination of these! Your pool will be custom designed to best fit the size and shape of your yard.
If you want a deck, a geometric pool is an excellent choice. A geometric pool has a modern look and feel and is a great way to make your pool a design feature for your property.
A freeform pool is exactly that – a pool that follows no particular shape. The freeform pool is a series of curves that create the pool’s outline. A freeform pool is a perfect choice for a pool that is designed for cooling off and relaxation. The human eye finds curves naturally soothing and a free form pool lends itself to a feeling of peace.
California Pools will design the curves of your freeform pool so that they harmonize with your landscape and surroundings and bring the utmost in relaxation to you.
A natural pool often incorporates a waterfall, rocks, or even a beach entry for an oasis like feel. Whether you want to bring in the native plants of your surroundings or to create a tropical feeling, a natural pool is the perfect way to do this. A natural pool can blend into your property giving it the feel of a hidden treasure and respite from the cares of daily life.
A natural pool is perfect for gatherings with family and friends or for just floating alone and enjoying the sound of falling water. California pools will help you decide which features will bring you just the ambience you want for your pool and landscape.
Pool Deck Options
This stone surface is an excellent choice for a natural style pool. It will blend well with waterfalls, boulders, or any other similar feature. Travertine is available in many shapes, sizes, patterns and colors so it is extremely versatile. Travertine can really add a touch of elegance to your pool and yard. Travertine is also slip resistant and stays cooler on the feet.
Flagstone is a sedimentary rock which means that it is soft and porous. This makes it another excellent choice for pool decking as it will absorb water quickly so that it dries quickly as well. It also means that it is slip resistant. Flagstone can be cut into tiles (which looks great with a formal pool) or it can be laid down in natural slabs (which makes it a beautiful complement to an oasis style pool). It is also low maintenance and long lasting so it is a great value!
Concrete is a traditional pool decking material but it can crack and get awfully hot. Now you can use concrete for your pool deck with an acrylic topping. The acrylic ensures that your deck stays cooler in the heat, resists cracking and breaking, and is slip resistant. It is also very easy to clean with nothing more than a garden hose. The acrylic also helps protect the deck from erosion by chlorine and saltwater. This is a wonderful deck for a traditional pool or a custom pool with lots of curves.
Concrete pavers are another choice for a pool deck. Pavers can be made to look like stone or brick and the variety of sizes they are available in means that they can complement almost any type or shape of pool. Concrete pavers will be hot in the AZ summer so this is a great deck option for all those winter visitors. California Pools is an authorized dealer of Belgard interlocking pavers and also works with Phoenix Pavers to offer you an astounding array of options.
Artistic pavers will give any pool an elegant look. They will not crack like concrete and are wonderful for avoiding stubbed toes due to their beveled edges. Artistic pavers can be slightly more expensive but their extreme durability makes them worth the cost. Artistic pavers are available in unique natural stone, coral, seashell, and tumbled finishes. They are also slip resistant and stay cool so you can avoid burnt feet. The huge amount of finishes and colors give you an endless amount of choices to enhance your pool and landscaping style.
The Sea Glass Pebble finish is buffed so that it is smoother than the traditional pebble finishes. Thus, a Sea Glass finish is more gentle on skin than standard pebble finishes. The addition of abalone shell and a 30% mix of iridescent glass beads adds a luminescence that is unmatched by any other type of pool finish.
Sea Glass Pebble is available in a variety of colors and color combinations so that you can customize your pool to achieve the look and feel that you want. The extreme durability of this pool finish and its easy care, make it worth the investment. For a one of a kind pool, Sea Glass Pebble with Abalone Shell is the way to go.
Pool plaster is a marble based mixx that has been used since the 1960s. The smooth, white plaster surface is a mixture of white cement and crushed marble for a hard and smooth finish. The overlay of clear water transforms the look of white plaster to a shimmering blue.
Tile finishes for pools have been around for a long time (Romans, anyone?) and for good reason. Tile is durable and low maintenance. The infinite variety of colors and combinations means that you can create a look that is uniquely yours. Many pool owners like a mosaic style while others have chosen designs like dolphins, turtle, or fish to enhance their pools.
California Pools can help you create a pool using tile that is like no one else’s! Although pool tile costs are generally more than all other pool finishes, it rarely has to be replaced like other finishes, thus a tile pool finish can pay for itself over time.
Beadcrete is a swimming pool finish that is a polymer mortar impregnated with tiny glass beads. A Beadcrete pool finish has many advantages. It can be applied to the tightest of curves and its adhesion properties make it very resistant to the effects of the constant exposure to the pool water and chemicals. It is also very easy on skin and will not irritate the bottom of your feet.
Finally, the glass beads give the finish an especially sparkling appearance that can be breathtaking. A Beadcrete pool finish is more expensive than traditional plaster pool finish but much more durable.
Pebble finishes consist of small , smooth river pebbles embedded in the pool finish product. Pebble pool finishes have grown hugely in popularity over the past few years. They are extremely durable and resistant to the chemicals in the pool water. There is a wide array of colors and color combinations available that can be used to get just the look you want.
Many owners of natural or free form pools choose this finish. The texture can be a drawback as it can be less gentle on skin than other traditional pool finishes. Plus, cost can be a factor, but like tile pool finishes, the long term durability of pebble finishes can pay for itself in the long run.
A scupper is an opening in the pool wall through which water drains. In the old days, it was opening in the wall of a ship that allowed water to drain from the deck. Today, a scupper is a widely found water feature on many pools. Scuppers can be made of many materials and incorporated in many different ways – making them very versatile and adaptable for the type of pool and landscaping you have. Here you can see that the scuppers are made of stone for a classic look and feel.
A vanishing edge is sometimes also known as a disappearing edge or an infinity edge. This is where the edge “merges” into the next body of water and creates a visual effect of “vanishing”. It can be incredibly dramatic and is often found at luxury resorts around the world. Imagine being able to create this atmosphere at your own home!
A spillway is a long chute that provides a controlled release of water from a larger body of water. It is typically found on a levee or dam but it makes a beautiful and original water feature on a pool. In this photo you can see that the spa doubles as a water feature with the stacked side of the spa forming a gorgeous spillway.
Scuppers can be made from many different materials. In this picture, the scuppers are made from copper lending a beautiful modern look to the pool while incorporating the colors of the desert environment as well. What a wonderful way to blend the desert landscape with your sparkling pool!
In this photo, the scupper is made from custom stone. While most scuppers tend to be very geometric in their form, they can also be customized and reshaped to fit your aesthetic. Whether you have a traditional pool or an oasis style pool, scuppers can be created from almost any type of stone or metal in any shape so that they establish exactly the setting you want.
A sheer descent water feature is when the water falls vertically or almost vertically down a straight wall. The effect can be very subtle or incredibly dramatic. The walls can be made from many different types of stone and other materials. The walls can also be straight or curved to fit a geometric pool or a customer pool. There are no limits!
A water spout is similar to a faucet and the flow can be adjusted according to the amount of water you want flowing into your pool. If you would like a quiet trickle for an intimate evening or a roaring gush of water for a large gathering – no problem! In this photo, the spouts emerge from classic columns giving this pool an elegant Roman feel.
Here is another example of using more than one water feature in order to create completely unique surroundings for your pool. Here a copper spillway from the spa connects it to the pool while a sheer descent on the pool wall adds a gorgeous visual of smooth, rippling water.
Fountains are another possibility in adding the sights and sounds on flowing water to your pool. Fountains are found all over the world in parks and gardens and anywhere people crave the coolness and calming effect of trickling water. Fountains can be customized in many ways depending upon the way you want to express yourself. Here a fish sends a sparkling arc of water into the pool in order to create a pleasing splash for your ears.
The small natural rock waterfall is an extremely popular water feature. Because it doesn’t take up too much room, it can fit into almost any landscape and pool size. It is also a beautiful way to incorporate the natural rocks of the desert landscape into your pool environment. Even though the waterfall may be small, the sound is still extremely soothing and adds to the peace of your surroundings making your pool a refuge from the cares and worries of the outside world.
A lateral waterfall grotto can create romance and mystery and really works well with an Oasis style pool. Having your own hidden grotto in your pool can make you feel like you are on an island in the South Pacific. Imagine being able to hide from the heat of an Arizona day behind a cool sheet of water – how refreshing!
LED pool lights are a really popular choice these days both for new pools and existing pools that need a little “freshening” up. These lights use much less energy and produce less heat which is a bonus in our hot climate. LED lights can be used in many different ways to produce an inviting glow in the pool.
Another gorgeous way to light your pool is with fiber optics. Both fiber optic lights and LED lights can be installed in different colors or you can even have an array of color changes for your pool. These lights can set any kind of mood you like – from romantic to festive to serene. It’s your choice depending upon the activity you have planned.
A basic incandescent or halogen light may be placed under water in the pool wall. This is a very common type of pool lighting and is a simple and effective way to allow swimmers to see in and around the pool at night. This is a great and economical way to extend the amount of time that you can use your pool. These lights require very little maintenance and give you thousands of hours of light before the bulbs need to be changed.
Seat walls are just one form of hardscape. The seat wall can be built out of pavers, poured concrete, or masonry brick that can coordinate with the deck of your pool. A seat wall is a great way to add additional entertaining space around your pool. It is both decorative and functional and you can even add in plant boxes or beds for greenery and lushness. Seat walls are a fantastic way to add dimension and depth to your outdoor living space and harmonize your pool with your existing landscape.
Another type of hardscape that is a great addition to your pool area is a fireplace. With a fireplace you can have an actual outdoor living room. A fireplace can extend your entertaining season all year round. Even on cool evenings when it is too cold to swim, you can still gather around your fireplace with your family and friends. A fireplace adds romance and a gorgeous focal point to your pool and patio. Many homeowners are building stunning fireplaces of stone that look beautiful next to any kind of pool.
A popular type of hardscape near the pool is a fire pit. The fire pit can be wood burning or gas. Through the use of decorative flagstone, pavers, or brick, it can be a beautiful addition to your pool environment. Again, it is a wonderful place to gather on a cool evening next to your sparkling pool. The warm fire and dancing flames invite you and your guests to just sit and relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Your BBQ can be incorporated right into your pool and patio area or you can have an entire outdoor kitchen. Again, it allows you and your friends to enjoy your pool even more by allowing you to have meals right next to the pool. No more having to disappear back into the house to prepare meals or fetch drinks or appetizers. With an outdoor kitchen you can keep your guests well supplied and not miss a minute of the fun!
Add exciting fire features, a high-definition television to enjoy sports and shows year round, a gas hearth matching colors and textures of your home fascia and LED lights in the pool, under your countertops or wrapping trees. We’ll set colorful planters on pillars we install and uplight your trees through an automated system requiring almost no maintenance. And, your landscaping, including a lawn area, if you choose, will remain green with an on-the-cusp irrigation system.
Working together with you, our award-winning team will transform your pool area into an oasis retreat, your family’s backyard haven. Add a built-in barbecue or a full outdoor kitchen and a dining ramada and lifestyle vignettes such as chaises and umbrellas resting in cool shallow water or a fire-and-ice pit with adjacent pillowed loungers for entertaining during starlit winter nights
Add a natural rock waterfall, a koi pond or other water feature as well as heating and electronic controls you can control a mile or continent away with your laptop or cell phone app. Finish your landscape with features you’ve seen at resorts or the environment you experienced during an island vacation or mountain getaway and want to relive every day.