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!


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!


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!


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.


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!

5 Signs You’re Working With a Quality Pool Company

There are different pool companies that serve very different needs. A company’s size, specialties, experience and scope of work will ultimately attract a unique clientele that it can best serve. Some people have a very specific vision for their pool that can only be created by a certain pool company with the experience and resources to do so. Other people may desire a simple and straightforward pool project that requires less specific skills.

No matter your budget or “must-have” features for a pool, inevitably there will be certain things that require compromise. However, you should never have to compromise on quality or customer service. If you’re searching for the right pool company to build your dream pool, be sure you look for these five signs that you’ve found someone who will provide you with a high quality product and exceptional customer service.

  1. They are responsive

Foremost you want to work with a professional pool company who is quick to respond to your questions or requests. You shouldn’t be left waiting weeks or longer to get the information you need to make decisions or solve an issue. Especially if your situation is urgent, you want to be confident that your pool company is ready to respond and help fix things so you can spend more time enjoying your pool.

At Aquavisions, we pride ourselves on be easily accessible to our customers. This starts with the pool design process and carries through project completion into regular maintenance. Every project we complete has a designated project manager who remains in direct communication with the customer to ensure their needs are met and they are kept informed of progress.

  1. They Listen

In addition to being responsive, you want to look for a pool company who listens carefully to your wants and concerns. It can be frustrating if you feel like you’re running around in circles and not coming any closer to a pool design you love. This is often the result of ineffective communication between you and your pool company. Finding a company who really “gets you” will save you a lot of time and headache in the future.

Our team of pool professionals understands how important it is to listen to our clients early and often in the pool design process. We love when we can “hit the nail on the head” with a design without it taking rounds and round of editing and back and forth. This is most commonly because of carefully listening to what clients are telling us they want, even if it’s simply describing how they want the space to “feel” or showing us a few inspiration photos. This is all we need to connect the dots!

  1. They are knowledgeable

The best pool companies have grown a successful business because they are experts in their field. They have substantial industry knowledge and they stay on top of emerging trends and technologies. In your search for a pool company, be sure you’re evaluating the knowledge of the person you’re working with. How in depth is their advice? Do they give you options and explain each clearly to you? You want to be sure you work with someone who has a vast understanding of pools as well as access to resources that can help you overcome even the most interesting challenges with your pool design.

  1. They are respected by clients and other industry professionals

You can tell a lot about a pool company by the way other industry professionals, and their own customers talk about their experience working with them. At Aquavisions, we are honored to produce award winning projects that are recognized by industry organizations nearly every year. In 2018 we attended the Northeast Spa & Pool Association's Outstanding Achievement Awards where we received the following awards: Gold Award/Judge's Best of Competition; Gold Award/People's Choice Best of Competition; Silver Award; and Merit Award. But the biggest award we receive are testimonials from satisfied customers who share the many ways their new pools are enhancing their lives!

  1. They do what they say they will do – and go beyond!

Lastly, you should look for a pool company who consistently delivers what they promise, on-time and as expected. If you run into situations where this does not happen, especially early on in your relationship, it’s a red flag of more trouble that may be yet to come. You want to have complete confidence in your pool company’s capabilities and the promises they make. Additionally, you don’t want to settle for the bare minimum. Look until you find a pool professional who doesn’t just meet your expectations, but works hard to exceed them!

Are you currently trying to decide what pool company will best meet your needs? While searching, be sure to keep a lookout for these signs of a quality pool company!

The Vision Behind Aquavisions: Who We Are and What We Do

What was started more than a decade ago by two brothers with a shared vision, Aquavisions custom gunite pools, has transformed into Central Pennsylvania’s premiere provider of visually stunning, low maintenance backyard retreats that withstand the test of time.

Aquavisions was brought to life by a combination of talent, passion and fate. Co-owner Matt Lusk was living in California, job hunting while his wife attended grad school. Coincidentally a magazine was delivered to his apartment with a photo of a magnificent pool on the cover. As an art major at Penn State with an interest in building and creating things, this photo sparked Matt’s desire to create backyard masterpieces of his own. After calling various local pool companies, Matt ultimately connected with Gene Wells at Aquarius Pools whose company built custom pools like the one Matt saw on the magazine cover.

As fate would have it, Gene hired Matt and Matt’s brother Andy to work for his company. Together, Matt and Andy grew an expertise in the custom pool industry to the point at which they were ready to establish their own custom pool business on the east coast - and Aquavisions was born.

Since planting its roots in Central Pennsylvania 15 years ago, Aquavisions has continued to set the standard in custom gunite pools by using the best 3-D design software in the industry and the highest quality material to deliver a complete outdoor lifestyle that is uniquely tailored to each and every client.

Aquavisions gives clients a very personal experience and listens closely to what is most important to them. As a result, we are able to turn virtually every dream into reality! Our business is founded on the principles of giving honest advice and doing what we say we are going to do. Truly, it’s our employees that set us apart. We have a crew that genuinely cares about what they are building for our customers and that is invaluable!

What’s most important to Aquavisions is that we are known as a company that puts our customers and our employees first. We have always been loyal to our customers and in return they are loyal to us. We realize that our employees are the backbone of our company, so we are invested in them and their families. With great employees and great customers, Aquavisions is able to build projects that are truly one of a kind. At the end of the day, we want to be remembered as a company that treated people fairly and did things "the right way".

matt lusk andy lusk and aquavisions staffWhile our customer satisfaction is our greatest pride, we are also honored to be consistently recognized as an industry leader. Aquavisions is the recipient of NESPA’s Outstanding Achievement Awards Builder (2013, 2014, and 2015), People’s Choice Best of Competition Winner (2014) and Pebble Tecs World Greatest Pools (2015). Most recently, Aquavisions also received NESPA’s 2017 Gold Award/Judge's Best of Competition; 2017 Gold Award/People's Choice Best of Competition; 2017 Silver Award; and 2017 Merit Award.

From what started as a fateful inspiration from a magazine cover, has grown into Central PA’s top custom gunite pool company. The Aquavisions team is incredibly proud of what we have achieved so far – and we’re just getting started!