10 Common Regrets People Have About Their Swimming Pool

1When it comes time to make a large investment in your property, such as building a swimming pool, there are many things you’ll want to consider throughout the process. These countless decisions leave much room for uncertainty and regret if you don’t do your research to learn what options are available to you, and then select the ones that best fit your wants and needs.

Take a look as we cover 10 common regrets people have about their swimming pool. Why would we share this? Because hindsight is 20/20 and it’s a valuable opportunity to learn from what other pool owners might have chosen to do differently – so that you can learn what they wish they knew!

1. It’s not the right size.

This can go both directions, too small or too large. Sometimes pool owners may feel like they got the size wrong based upon how they ultimately end up using the pool and the upkeep required to do so. This is why it’s so important to begin your pool design process with an understanding of how many people you plan to have in or around your pool on an average day.

2. It’s not the right depth.

The depth of a pool can have a profound impact on the swimmer experience. What we mean by this is a pool that is too shallow for safe jumping and diving can be frustrating to swimmers who really want to experience this activity in your pool. In contrast, a pool with a significant deep end may not be used all that often by people who prefer to wade or stand in a pool. Again this comes back to understanding how you plan to use your pool, and building it to suit this lifestyle.

3. It’s in the wrong location.

One of the worst realizations of any pool owner is that your pool could have been positioned in a better location. What defines “better?” Well, a couple of things. If you want a pool that receives sun the majority of the day, you have to be mindful of the trees on your property which will cast shadows at various points in the day, or drop debris into your pool. Or maybe you placed your pool at an awkward space in your yard where it feels disjointed from your home. As with any real estate, location is everything.

4. I didn’t think through my hardscaping.

Many people become so focused on their pool that they forget to account for any patio or hardscaping they wish to create next to their pool. You must consider working with the grade of your property, or be willing to change it. Also, you’ll want to consider what materials you use as they can enhance the quality of your pool, or bring it down.

5. I didn’t budget properly.

It’s extremely stressful for any new pool owner when they realize they didn’t budget properly for their pool project. Expected (and unexpected) pool costs may feel as though they are piling up, leaving you anxious about something that should be bringing you excitement.

6. I didn’t speak up.

You have to go with your gut! Maybe you’ve made a material selection that doesn’t feel quite right, but you don’t want to upset anyone by going back and changing your mind. Any professional pool company will tell you – speak up! Don’t live with a decision that isn’t 100% what you want, especially if you still have the opportunity to change it. Speak up early and often in your pool designing process – we assure you, everyone will be glad you did!

7. I cut corners in important areas.

When you cut corners in important areas, you may soon realize you created more work for yourself long-term. For example, if you didn’t go with your pool company’s recommendation for appropriate cleaning and filtration systems in your pool, you may be disappointed by the amount of extra time you spend cleaning what could be a low-maintenance pool. Consider what you need to spend your money on now, that can’t be made up for down the road, and prioritize these investments in your pool project.

8. I wish I would have talked to more than one pool company.

In so many instances in life it’s important to get a second (or third) opinion. Each pool company has its unique skills and advantages. You want to be sure you’re working with the company that aligns with what you value most. Aim to talk to two to three pool companies that have good reputations and positive reviews. In doing so, you’ll gain sufficient information to make a confident decision of who you’d like to work with

9. I didn’t do my research.

As important as it is to find a pool company that can provide expert advice and guide you throughout the process, it’s still important to do your own research. Foremost, you need to know the options available to you as far as style, material, and technology. This will allow you to have a knowledgeable conversation with whatever pool company you select, and to be your own best advocate.

Additionally, your research should include talking to people you know who have built a pool, especially if they used the same pool company you’re considering. This conversation will offer insight into the designing and building process from the client’s perspective, and will also give you an idea of the cost and time commitment required with pool ownership.

10. I should have done it sooner!

And the final, yet most common regret people have about their swimming pool is simply this…they wish they did it sooner, often much sooner! So what are you waiting for?

As with anything in life, there can be regrets when you don’t fully think through the options available to you. When it comes to designing and building a custom swimming pool, this doesn’t have to be an exhaustive or overwhelming process. In fact, if you simply make your top priority working with a trusted and experienced pool company, then virtually all of these regrets can be avoided with the right advice to guide you.

Ae you considering building a custom swimming pool and want to speak with Central Pennsylvania’s premiere custom gunite pool company? Contact us today!


Opening Day: Tips to Prepare Your Pool for the Swim Season

OWe can finally say with certainty – warmer days are ahead of us! This means that pool owners will soon be enjoying fun and sun in the water for many months to come. But to get to that moment, you must first accomplish the very important step of properly preparing your pool for the swim season.  

For pool owners who want a smooth and seamless pool opening – and we imagine that’s everyone – take a look at 5 things you can do to help your pool company provide you with top quality service and a well prepared pool.

1. Be proactive when scheduling your pool’s opening.

Keep in
mind that pool companies start booking their pool services well in advance,
especially for pool openings. When you’re ready to have your pool open, it’s
likely most other people who own a pool in your area have the same idea. It’s
smart to be proactive when setting the date for your service. Additionally, if
you have a special event or occasion for which you want your pool to be open
and looking its best, we recommend opening your pool at least two weeks prior
to that date. This way any unforeseen issues can be corrected in time and the
pool will impress your guests.

2. Make sure the pool is topped off with water before your pool service company arrives to open the pool.

When the
pool is winterized and closed for the season, the water level is lowered and
lines are blown out to prevent freeze damage. In the spring opening season, your
pool company needs to have enough water back in the pool to be able to start up
the pumps and filtration systems. Consult your service company to find out what
the proper water level should be for your pool before they arrive to open the
pool. If this step gets missed, it could result in the service company needing
to schedule a 2nd trip to your pool to start the system up, which will bring an
extra bill with it!

3. Have any necessary pool equipment and components available for the service company before they show up.

Typically,
your pool service company will leave some items for you to store for the winter
when they are done closing your pool for the season. These items might include
skimmer strainer baskets, plumbing fittings and plugs, ladders and railings,
and various other small items. An easy way to keep everything together is to
place them all in a plastic tub or bin for storage. When you schedule your spring
opening, make sure that your bin full of “pool stuff” is out by the pool or
somewhere that is accessible to your pool technician. If it is locked in a shed
and we don’t have access to it, we will have to reschedule and you may get hit
with a “trip charge” for our lost time.

4. Do a general clean up around the pool area.

Take a
broom or leaf blower and eliminate as much debris from around the pool as
possible. Also, clean up after any pets that may have been walking around the
pool area. Dodging doggy doo all day doesn’t make for a happy service tech! We
want to open your pool and have it as clean and inviting (although maybe a
little chilly to swim in yet) as possible. The more debris we have to clean up
around the pool, the less time we are spending on the actual pool, and the
higher your invoice will be!

5. Have reasonable expectations.

We pride
ourselves on going “above and beyond” the call of duty at pool openings so that
when we leave, the pool is sparkling and ready for the season. That being said,
just because we leave an immaculate pool behind as we pull out of the driveway
doesn’t mean a storm can’t roll through and blow a bunch of leaves into the
pool. There are always a few circumstances beyond our control that can affect
the status of a pool opening. We provide a full service opening for our
customers which means we vacuum all debris out of the pool, adjust the water
chemistry and start up all pool mechanicals to ensure everything is in proper
working order. Other pools service companies may just pull the cover off and
turn on the pumps…the rest is up to you! Different levels of services come with
different costs. So if you are shopping around for quotes to open your pool,
make sure you know what is included in the estimate for the service. Don’t make
the mistake of comparing apples to oranges.

Are you preparing to open a
swimming pool this season? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions or
for some expert advice. Contract us today!


4 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Your Swimming Pool

It’s hard to imagine that there are truly “bad” swimming pool trends or designs that could offset the luxury and convenience (not to mention fun!) of owning your own swimming pool. And in our experience, there are not that many at all! We live by the philosophy of “to each their own.” That’s the beauty of being a custom pool design company. Every client and every pool is unique – as it should be. What one person may love in a pool, may not be the other person’s cup of tea, and that’s quite alright.

Instead, we wanted to take a humorous approach as to how you essentially can’t go wrong with your pool design, so long as you are using quality materials and working with an experienced and professional pool company. So what are the four swimming pool mistakes you should avoid at all costs? Take a look!

  1. Copying someone else’s pool – exactly.

Foremost, where’s the fun in this? The whole concept of choosing a custom pool company is the ability to custom design your very own swimming pool, one that is unlike anything anyone else has! While it’s perfectly fine, and often helpful to show your pool company pictures of other pools you admire and may want to pull design elements from, you should want to have a truly custom design. Second, every backyard is unique in its size, shape, slope and view. How someone else’s pool fits on their property will not be how your pool fits on yours. All the more reason to embrace the flexibility and creativity of a custom pool design!

  1. Choosing short-term solutions.

The next mistake is choosing short-term solutions in an effort to save on cost or time, and as a result you set yourself up for higher maintenance or increased costs down the road. Sure, you can technically skimp on some technical aspects of your swimming pool, but you will only be shooting yourself in the foot. If you don’t install an adequate filtration system, guess who will have to make up for the slack? You will through more manual labor! It’s so important to properly budget for long-term, common sense solutions and technologies for your pool, to make pool ownership a joy and convenience long-term.

  1. Favoring glitz over function.

It’s so tempting to want to spend a large portion of your pool budget on features and finishes that provide that “wow” factor. And there’s no problem with doing so unless you then have to sacrifice function. Whenever you are making a design decision on your pool, whether it be its shape, size, depth, finish, and the list goes on, make sure you are also asking yourself (and your pool company), could this negatively impact the functionality of the pool. For example, if you’re not prepared for your electric bill to double due to the cost of maintaining and heating your pool and adjoining hot tub all summer (and possibly spring and fall), then you may wish to scale back on the depth or square footage to create a smaller pool.

  1. Not going with your gut instinct.

No matter how you slice it, building a residential swimming pool is a large project. There are many decisions you’ll need to make starting with what pool company you choose to bring your vision to life. The biggest mistake a potential pool owner can make is not listening to their gut instinct when it tells you what pool company will be the best fit, what budget is most reasonable for you right now, what design and finishes you should select, and countless other examples. Every step of the way you should be listening to these instincts and communicating them with your spouse or anyone else involved in your pool building project. To ensure you are fully happy with the finished project, your gut will almost always lead you in the right direction.

Is there another mistake you’ve seen made when people design their swimming pool? Share your experiences by leaving a comment below!


3 Things Aquavisions Does Differently Than Most Pool Companies

When someone asks, “What does Aquavisions do?” the simple answer is we build custom gunite swimming pools. But is that all we do? Not even close! It’s a little (a lot) more complex than that. Why? Because so much goes into a custom swimming pool – and it all starts with having a relationship with our clients.

When anything is designed custom for someone, it requires a much deeper understanding of that person and their lifestyle, wants, and wishes than simply picking something from a catalog, having it delivered and installed. So what makes Aquavisions different than most pool companies? Our major points of differentiation full under three main categories.

  1. We get to know you personally.

Building a pool gets personal. Okay, maybe not as personal as some other things in life, but in order to really understand what it is our clients want and to make sure we are providing you with all options available to you, it’s important we understand you on a personal level. We will visit you at your home to see your outdoor space and also to talk with you, in a space that makes you most comfortable, about your hopes and goals for this pool project. From here, we’ll take all of this information into consideration and start by crafting an initial pool design that we feel hits all the right marks. Every step of our process is custom and personalized to you.

  1. We’re your partner through it all.

When it comes to every step of physically building your pool, we’ve got you covered. However there are many other moving parts to this project that people forget to consider. For example, how will you hardscape and landscape around your pool? Who will you use for your fencing company? When these questions arise for our clients we are happy to offer recommendations and guide them through the process so they can appropriately budget for these aspects of the pool project. Also, we want to see that they work with trusted vendors who we are confident will uphold the same standard of quality to which we provide. Simply put, when you work with Aquavisions, we are your partner who will guide you through it all.

  1. We’re in it long-term.

Finally and most importantly, we are committed to our long-term relationship. That’s right, we want to be the people you call upon should you ever need anything related to your pool, even 20 years from now. We never see our pools as a one-off project. Rather, we pride ourselves on always be responsive and helpful to our clients whether they have a simple maintenance question or need a solution to a complex problem. And of course, we are available to assist any pool owner, even those who do not own an Aquavisions pool, with the proper opening and closing of your pool each season. This alone will greatly help to maintain the quality of your pool and reduce the time and labor required of you to take on such projects on your own.

At Aquavisions, we do things a little bit differently when it comes to designing and building custom gunite swimming pools. And quite frankly, being different has made all the difference, not only to us but to our clients who continue to express in many different ways how owning an Aquavisions pool has changed their lives, brought their families closer and helped them to create memories that would never have been possible otherwise. This is why we are so passionate about what we do!

Do you someday hope to build a new pool or upgrade your current one? What qualities in a pool company are most important to you? Share your response in the comments below!


What Inspires Our Custom Gunite Swimming Pool Designs?

You only need to see one Aquavisions pool to know that we create much more than a traditional swimming pool, we create a piece of art that you can also swim in. Because each pool we build is custom, it requires a great deal of inspiration to continuously generate new designs. The good news is that we have many sources of inspiration that provide us with new ideas. If you have ever wondered what inspires our custom pool designs, you’ll be interested to know that it’s usually a combination of many things. Here are just a few!

Nature

We believe your swimming pool should feel like a natural oasis that blends seamlessly with you’re the rest of your backyard. For this reason, we’re often inspired by elements we see in nature that can be incorporated into a pool’s design. Instead of diving boards, we use large boulders and instead of traditional slides, we find ways to creatively design slides into the landscape so they feel natural. There is nothing quite as soothing as the sound of running water which is why we also look for opportunities to incorporate waterfalls and rock features into the design of our pools.

Enjoy your new pool!

Architecture

To complement the design features inspired by nature, we also look to architecture for ideas. When building a custom gunite swimming pool, we take into consideration the design elements of your home. Colors, materials, finishes and layout provide inspiration for the best pool design to match the look and feel of your home. The end result is a backyard space that acts like an extension of the home and reflects many of the same design elements.

Latest Trends & Technology

Another source of inspiration for our pools designs is technology. As new materials and features enter the market, we’re always keeping track of how we can incorporate these trends and technology into our pool designs. More than just making for an eye-catching design, we also want to create a pool that functions as well as it can. So when a new technology is developed that makes a pool easier and more enjoyable to maintain, we want to know about it!

Experience

Our own experience also inspires our pool designs. As we gain new insight and expertise with every pool we build, we are sure to put this knowledge to use again in the future. We have learned what design elements work well, which ones offer the greatest benefits and which ones we recommend avoiding. This experience allows us to create exceptional pool designs that function as well as they look.

You!

Most importantly, our clients are the biggest source of our inspiration. Because every pool we build is custom, the design process always begins by listening to the client and understanding what they want in a swimming pool. We take into account their lifestyle, personality, hobbies and how they plan to use the pool and then use this as inspiration to design a pool that hits all the marks. Sometimes this means making quite a few elements work together, but we are always up for the challenge!

Are you inspired to begin designing your custom gunite swimming pool? Contact us today to learn more about our process for helping you create the backyard space you’ve been dreaming of!


What’s the Right Swimming Pool Design for My Backyard?

When designing a custom gunite swimming pool, there are few limitations to what you can create. Everything can truly be customized to what you want. However, there are several factors that will impact what design will work best for your space.

Foremost the size and shape of your pool will depend upon your backyard and where your property lines are located. Additionally, the layout of your pool, including features such as fire elements or an infinity edge, will also be impacted by the size and sloping of your backyard. Finally, you don’t want to overlook how the design of your pool will also determine your hardscaping.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these factors individually to better understand how they can and will impact the design of your custom gunite swimming pool.

Size

One major benefit of a gunite swimming pool is that you are not limited by size. So long as you have the space, your pool can truly be whatever size you desire. Most often it’s your property that will determine the size of your swimming pool. What size of pool will best fit your space? How much of your property do you want to reserve for other uses? These are just a few questions to consider. You will also want to take into account your township’s rules and regulations for swimming pool setbacks and size, as this can have an impact on your pool’s design.

Shape

The next consideration of your pool design is shape. Again, building with gunite allows you infinite possibilities for your pool’s shape. For some property layouts, a geometric design is the perfect fit. For other types of properties, a free form design might better allow you to maximize your space. You may also have a personal preference as to the shape of your pool.

One of the most important things you should consider when choosing the shape of your pool is how you plan to use it. For example, if you want to be able to swim long, straight laps, you might be better suited with a rectangular pool. Or if you want your pool to provide various “nooks” where people can spread out to relax and socialize, a free form design can best accomplish this.

Location

As for the physical location and layout of your pool, this goes beyond simply “fitting” your pool on your property. You’ll want to consider how close you want your pool to your home. Some clients prefer a pool set further away from their home with an adjacent pool house for convenience. Others want to be able to step out their back door and be just feet away from water. Think of what will best fit your lifestyle and how you plan to use your pool, as well as the rest of your backyard area.

Features

Another important aspect of pool design is the addition of features such as a sun deck, fire elements or an infinity edge. With a gunite swimming pool you can incorporate all of these elements to truly customize your pool to be exactly what you want. Should you want built-in bar stools and a swim-up bar – we can do it! It’s important to consider all the features that are available to you and narrow this list down to just the ones that are going to accentuate your pool design without distracting from it. Then you can incorporate these elements into your design from the start.

Hardscaping

Finally you’ll want to consider your hardscaping while designing your pool. While a final hardscaping design doesn’t have to be ironed out exactly as you determine your pool design, it is helpful to have an idea of what you might envision. For example, should you wish to have a large patio with various levels and spaces, this type of hardscaping design will require more space, and a larger budget, all of which can impact your pool design. Your hardscaping will also have to adhere to your township’s rules and regulations for size and property setbacks, so this should be considered as well. All the elements of your backyard design should work together and complement one another, which is why it’s best to begin with a clear idea of what you want for hardscaping as you design your pool.

Are you dreaming of building a custom gunite swimming pool? It’s never too early to begin exploring the design process to get a better feel for what will make the best use of your space while incorporating the elements that are most important to you.

Contact us today so we can help you navigate the next steps!


Ready to Get Serious About Building a Swimming Pool? Here’s Where to Begin.

The start of a new year may have you thinking about setting new goals, or possibly picking up a few that have fallen off over the last few months or years. For some, this might include the goal to finally build your dream swimming pool that you have been longing for year after year. And right now is a great time to set that goal and make a commitment to achieving it this year!

However, if you find that you’re not quite sure where to begin, don’t worry. Getting started is fairly straightforward and does not have to be an intimidating process. Like any other project you’ve tackled, there are small steps you take along the way that lead you to the end result. Take a look at our advice for getting serious about building a swimming pool – and taking the right steps to launch your project this year.

Get Inspired

First and foremost, you want to start with inspiration. Especially for a project such as creating your dream outdoor living space, it’s important to develop a clear vision for your wants and needs. Everyone has a different lifestyle! How do you want your backyard and pool to reflect yours? For some, this may be a tranquil and serene space to relax and lounge. For other, this may be an energizing and exciting space filled with lots of options for activity like slides, games and sports. Or maybe it’s a combination of both. No matter where you land on the spectrum, it’s important to identify this point before moving on to the next step.

Understand the Building and Zoning Permit Process

Inspiration is one important component of building your dream pool, but it has to be met with a balance of reality. This is why it's so important to investigate the building and zoning permit process for your particular local municipality. Rules and regulations can vary significantly from township to township and county to county, so you want to make sure that any obstacles or restrictions are known before you get too far along in the design process. Keep in mind that this is something your pool company can and should assist you with. It can be a daunting task to navigate along, but with the right pool company to guide you through the process, and share their expertise, this can made a manageable task. When brings us to the next point.

Find the Right Pool Company

Now with a clear vision for the space you wish to create, you must find the right pool company that matches your vision and has the necessary experience and resources to bring your vision to life. Each pool company is unique – as is every customer. This means you need to research and interview enough pool companies until you find the one that sparks a connection. There are several factors you’ll want to consider such as a company’s pool specialty, reputation, style, quality, customer service and pricing. When you feel aligned in all these areas, you know you have found the right pool company to take on your job.

Know Your “All-In” Budget

Next, you need to spend some time fine-tuning your budget. Many people begin with a rough budget and that’s a great place to start. But now that you know the scope of your project and have a wish-list for all that you want to be included, you need to know how much you can really spend to bring it to life. Most importantly, you’ll want to account for things like tax, the cost to open, maintain and close your pool each year, excavation, hardscaping around the pool and fencing. There are many outside costs, beyond the pool alone, that need to be included in your “all-in” budget.

Work Backwards from Your Desired Completion Date

With all of these other items in place, you might be wondering “When can I expect my project to be complete?” Many clients focus on the end project and how soon they can be enjoying the luxury of their own swimming pool. Start with your desired completion date, then work backwards. Be upfront with your pool company about when you hope to be finished, and they will be honest with you about the timeline for completion. These two dates may align, or may need to be adjusted to meet in the middle somewhere. Most importantly, be flexible with your completion date and your pool company. Your pool company surely wants to see your pool complete as much as you do, but keep in mind that having a well thought out design and quality product is always worth the time it takes to complete it.

Are you ready to get serious about building your swimming pool? If you need help deciding how to start the process, reach out to us today. We’re happy to answer your questions and provide insight!


The Best Pool Trends We Expect to See in 2019

It’s time to start getting excited about the new trends in swimming pool design and accessories that 2019 will bring! With the rapid growth of technology and ever-expanding ideas, the options are truly endless. However, there are a few trends we’ve spotted that we expect to really take off this year. Learn what they are and why you might want to incorporate them into your new or existing swimming pool. Take a look!

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  1. Built-In Ledges and Bars

Swimming pools aren’t just for swimming anymore. They’re for lounging and socializing. If you want to relax in your pool, you’re no longer limited to sitting on the edge or floating around on a raft. By incorporating built-in ledges you can place lounge chairs right in your pool on a sun-deck. You can also put benches and bar stools in your pool for social seating. One major benefit of choosing a custom gunite swimming pool is that you have endless options for built-in ledges and bars. You can select exactly the size and quantity you want to fit your pool’s design - and your lifestyle.

  1. Smart Lighting

Another big trend that will continue in 2019 is the use of smart lighting within and around your pool. For decades people have been incorporating lighting into their pools and hardscaping designs, however with new technology this lighting is being taken to a whole new level. You’re no longer limited to one color or brightness. And you have a lot more options than manually hitting an “on” switch. Most lighting can now be completely customized, day-by-day, through an app on your phone that allows you to set the color, brightness and timing of your pool lights. This trend is sure to wow guests, while making your pool feel like a completely new space each time you change your lighting.

  1. Dark Interior Pool Finishes

Dark interior pool finishes all are the craze as people are drawn to the serene, lagoon-like setting it creates. Combine the dark finish with rock features and a natural waterfall, and you have your very own piece of paradise in your backyard. Another added benefit of a dark interior pool finish is that it attracts and retains heat better than a lighter finish, helping to lower your pool heating costs. Not to mention, minor dirt and debris doesn’t stand out near as much as it would on a lighter finish.

Upon completion, we will schedule an orientation with one of our pool professionals to get your pool functioning properly.
  1. Features to Reduce Energy and Maintenance

Now more than ever, people want to reduce the energy consumption and maintenance requirements of their swimming pool. Achieving this will save you both time and money – plus it’s a bit more eco-friendly! Another swimming pool trend we expect to see in 2019 is investing in automated and efficient cleaning and filtration systems. Also, selecting the appropriately sized pump to accommodate your pool – neither too big nor too small. While this trend requires somewhat of an upfront investment, the long-term payoff is substantial. Additionally, saltwater pools continue to grow in popularity, which also goes hand-in-hand with achieving a lower maintenance swimming pool.

  1. Shallow-Depth Pools

Think of most swimming pools that you’ve been in. It’s likely they have had a shallow end and a deep end. Well, the new trend for 2019 is a shallow-depth pool. Why? Several reasons. First, people who enjoy exercising or playing water sports in their pool are better accommodated by a shallow-depth pool. Additionally, this is a way to reduce excavation and construction costs. You’ll want to carefully consider your lifestyle and how you intend to use your pool before jumping on this trend. But if it fits the bill, this could be a great design for you!

  1. Luxury Finishes

One final trend that we expect to gain momentum in 2019 is the use of luxury finishes. People have realized they’re by no means limited when it comes to finishes, especially when working with a custom gunite swimming pool. There are beautiful finishes in a wide variety of colors and textures to cover the concrete. Additionally gunite pools allow for stunning tile work around the water’s edge. Then, you benefit from high-quality coping around the pool, as opposed to a standard concrete edge. Not to mention when it comes to landscaping your patio around your pool, the sky is truly the limit!

What 2019 swimming pool trend has you most excited? Is there another trend you’ve spotted that you think should be added to this list? Tell us!


The Process for Building a Custom Gunite Swimming Pool

Within a few moments of describing the process for building a custom gunite swimming pool, you’ll quickly realize that this is very different from the process of installing a fiberglass or vinyl liner pool. Foremost, a gunite swimming pool is fully customizable. Rarely will two pools be the same – which is why they’re great for people who want a unique shape or size that they know is one-of-a-kind and specially designed to maximize the use of their outdoor space.

To understand the process for building a custom gunite swimming pool, we want to walk you through the various steps so you know what to expect and also why this process is so unique – take a look!

On-Site Consultation

Because gunite pools are custom designed and built, the process begins by meeting with the client on their property. We want to see the space, take measurements and account for the unique aspects of the property we either want to alter or work with. This also allows the client to show us their vision for the space and challenges they wish to overcome.

3-D Design Process

Next, we take a client’s wish list and conceptualize an initial design. With the use of our Pool Studio Design Software and an Oculus Rift VR Headset, we are able to show clients all angles of this design. This virtual experience helps people to visualize their back yard space and the potential it has to be a one-of-a kind Aquavisions pool.

We then work closely with each client until a final design is agreed upon. Even if it takes many rounds of revisions, we don’t stop until it’s the perfect balance of beauty and function and works within the client’s budget.

Grading and Excavation

The physical process begins by grading and leveling the property. Next, the pool is painted out and formed using 6 inch strips of peg board and half inch steel rebar. The excavator carves the actual shape of the swimming pool directly into the earth until the desired depths are reached. Finally a six inch base of stone covers the entire bottom of the excavated pool shape.

Installing Plumbing

Once the pool is dug and the stone is placed, all necessary plumbing is installed. This is a critical piece of ensuring a pool is functional and can be properly maintained over time.

Building Rebar Cage

After the plumbing is completed, a steel cage is constructed using half-inch rebar to reinforce the concrete shell. This will become the backbone that helps to give the gunite its desired form.

Installing Lights and Electric

Next we install the lights and electrical bonding of the pool. Depending upon the design of the pool, this step can be fairly simple or extremely complex. Additionally, all of plumbing lines are air tested to ensure that all connections are properly sealed and there are no leaks in the lines.

Shooting and Forming the Gunite

Let the fun begin! Three inches of gunite is shot under the steel cage of the pool floor. Three more inches of gunite is added on top for a total floor thickness of six inches. After the gunite application is complete, the forms are removed.

Coping, Tiling and Rock Detailing

If the pool design contains natural rock detailing such as a waterfall or jump rock, the boulders will be moved into the correct placement and eventually mortared. Also, a six inch band of decorative tile is installed around the entire pool perimeter and the radius bull-nosed coping is placed above the tile for a fully finished look.

Hardscaping & Landscaping

Before any more work can be done on the pool, the hardscaping and landscaping finishes around the pool must be completed. This includes patios, landscape beds and fencing.

Pebble-Tec Interior Finish

The Pebble-Tec interior is sprayed and troweled over the gunite. This is an aggregate plaster material that is available in 3 textures and 48 colors to provide clients with ultimate flexibility to reach their desired look and feel. One day later we return to acid wash the Pebble-Tec which removes excess plaster and exposes the beautifully colored pebbles within the finish.

Adding Water

This is the step that really brings the pool to life! Chlorinated water is trucked in and added to the pool until it reaches the appropriate level in order for the pool’s pumps and filter to function.

Professional Orientation

Upon completion of the project, we will schedule an orientation with one of our pool professionals who will guide you through all of the important processes so you feel fully comfortable with your pool and to ensure it functions properly.

Enjoy your finished pool!

Throughout all of these steps, none is more fulfilling than seeing our clients’ reactions to their brand new gunite swimming pool. We love receiving photos and hearing stories of all the fun memories that are built within this new spacec. Most importantly, we remain available to answer any questions that might arise and to assist with the opening and closing of the pool each season. When you own an Aquavisions pool, you become a valued member of our family for life!

Want to learn more? Check out this video clip that shows the time-lapse of our building process all in about 2 minutes!

**Note: This is a very generalized and simplified description of the process. Every pool build is unique and can change depending upon the style and scope of project.**


What's the Right Budget for My Swimming Pool?

When it comes to building a swimming pool one of the biggest and most important questions is, “What’s my budget for this project?” The answer to this question will frame much of the discussion that follows, and will also guide decisions regarding your swimming pool design, and the timing of your project.

The easy answer is “It depends.” Each person’s swimming pool budget is as unique as their property and their project wish list. But we want to give you some more information to help you fully answer this question for yourself. Based on our experience, and having worked with many, many clients, this is how we advise every prospective pool owner to begin the process of determining their budget.

Give Your Finances a Fresh Look

First and foremost, you need to begin budgeting for your pool with a current look at your family’s financials. If it’s been a few years, or even a few months, since you’ve updated your spreadsheet, you might be surprised by how much has changed. Only with an accurate snapshot of your finances will you be able to make a sound decision for your pool budget.

Next, you want to be sure you’re accounting for all of the costs associated not only with building a pool, but with maintaining it. Additionally, you’ll want to include any costs for hardscaping, landscaping, fencing and patio furniture. To fully finish your backyard space, you’ll want these items and their combined cost included into your overall project price.

Prioritize Your Wish List

Now that you have a handle on the upper limit for your pool budget based upon your finances, you’ll next want to develop a wish list for the key details you want in your pool. You might learn that your expectations for your pool don’t jive with your budget. For example, you might desire a large pool with a lot of features such as a rock waterfall, infinity edge and sun deck, but all of these may not be possible given your budget.

The best thing to do is to agree upon the “must have” items and place these at the top of your list. You can still add your other desired features, but place these in the “nice to have” column. Your pool company will work with you to include as much as possible, but it’s helpful to have realistic expectations and to prioritize your wants.

Understand How It Will Impact the Value of Your Home

One very common question is how a pool will impact the value of a home. This is particularly important if you think you will ever want to sell your home. Most real estate professionals will advise that you should not build a pool for the sole purpose of increasing your home’s value. Generally speaking, a pool does not substantially increase the value of a home. However, there are exceptions to every rule. For a prospective homeowner who values a swimming pool, this could be the reason they choose your house over another option.

The bottom line to keep in mind is that you should build a pool because it’s something you value and will enjoy. Regardless of whether or not this impacts the value of your home, you should make this decision based upon your own wants and desires.

Talk to a Professional

Finally and most importantly, you want to seek advice from professionals. Start by talking to your financial advisor to ensure your plan for a pool, and your proposed budget, is in line with the rest of your financial goals. Next, you’ll want to talk with your bank to discuss your options for financing your pool. This alone will have a large impact on your budget. If you want more information on how a pool will impact the value of your home, you can seek advice from a real estate professional. And when it comes to getting a clear idea of how much your particular pool design will cost, you want to speak to a professional pool company who can give you an accurate quote and also provide you with some options for alternate styles and materials that will help you achieve your desired results while staying on budget.

Would you like to further discuss your pool project? We are always happy to answer questions and provide advice. Please reach out to us today!