Building a New Pool
Pool Build Process
Once you've settled on your design, and we have received approval from your HOA and permits from your local municipality, we will meet you onsite to do a final layout. Using flags and paint, we will mark the final destination and shape for your new pool! This will be the time to make any changes to shape and position. Once you review and agree to the position and shape, your project will be scheduled to dig!
Form and Excavate
Our crews will be out quickly to first use wood to form the shape of your pool, ensuring things stay exactly how they were laid out, and then to dig! This is where the fun really begins, and your dreams become a reality as you see a hole in ground finally! (This step is also the beginning of a bit of a mess!)
Each pool has a unique hydraulic plan that must coincide with that pools structure. During this phase, all returns, drains, skimmers, fill and overflow lines, vacuum lines, and any water feature lines, will be stub plumbed in the pool, ready to be hooked up a bit later in the process.
Now that the pool has been dug and pre-plumbed, we need to get it ready for gunite! Rebar will be custom bent and fit to strengthen and reinforce your pool shell. Things are starting to like more like a structure than just a hole now!
This is the concrete that will form your pool shell, and it is a very exciting day! Gunite is a specific type of concrete that can be pumped through a hose and sprayed on to be hand shaped to form curves, benches, steps, and vertical walls. It is extremely strong! This is a step that you will want to watch, as your pool takes shape within hours right before your eyes.
Tile and Coping
The tile that will make up the waterline of the pool, as well as any feature wall or spa tile will now be installed. There are almost endless choices of tile, from glass mosaics to square porcelain tile, and many in between! Once tile is done, the coping, or top edge of the pool, can be installed. This will run the entire perimeter of the pool. Coping can be natural stone, travertine, concrete pavers, or many other types of stone. These pieces are either custom manufactured, or custom cut and fit on site. These materials will be chosen with the help of your designer at a separate selections meeting!
This step makes a bit more of a mess, as we now need to dig plumbing trenches from the pool to the pool equipment location, so that we can run plumbing and electrical, and connect it to your equipment. We use all schedule 40 PVC piping, and pressure check all of our work to ensure there are no leaks.
Now that we are all done digging, we can install the deck that will surround your pool. Decking materials widely vary, but all decking is cut and fit on site. We will prep the surface, bring in materials to compact and lay your decking of choice on, and set everything perfectly to be enjoyed for years to come. This is also a step that has a tendency to change from the original plan, so we will always do a final deck layout in person to make sure that everything is just right.
This is the final step in the construction process, you made it! There are many different types of interior finishes on the market today, and your designer will have already helped you choose the type and color. Once the finish is complete, a regular garden house from your house will be used to fill your pool. You will be informed when the water needs to be turned off.
Start Up and Enjoy
Now that the pool is full, we will get your pool started up within the next few days. This is when we power up all of your pumps and equipment, test everything to ensure it is working properly, and add the necessary chemicals to begin balancing your new water chemistry. The next 30 days will be crucial for your water chemistry and equipment, so we will keep a close eye to get everything balanced and calibrated perfectly.
We have now left your backyard and cleaned things up, so it’s time for you to enjoy your brand new Aquatica Pool! The first 3 months of service are included at no extra charge. During this time, you will be trained on how to operate your pool and its equipment, balance chemicals, and perform basic pool maintenance. Many owners choose to continue this pool service even after the 3 months is up so their pool is kept in tip top shape, and doesn’t require anymore work from them!