The construction phase of your custom pool project is the most exciting because you will start to see everything come to life. There are multiple phases of this part of the project and it will take the most time to complete. We will be with you every step of the way to make sure everything is constructed to spec and of the highest quality.
Our excavation crew will come in and start digging the pool in your yard. When possible, we use a large excavator to dig the pool and bobcat to shuttle dirt out of the yard. You will most likely need to repair irrigation, but we will handle that at the end of the project. This part of the process usually takes 1 to 2 days depending on the size of your pool. Soil in Dallas and the surrounding areas can be very dense clay, rocky, or loam. All three of these types require precision and may add some complexity to the project. However, being a Dallas custom pool company with extensive experience, we can handle any type of soil your property has.
Plumbing, Electrical & Steel
Once the pool is excavated, the plumbing gets installed. The plumbing is designed to give your pool the best circulation for easy maintenance and crystal clear water. We install all of the plumbing lines and ensure that they are the correct size for water clarity. The size of the plumbing pipes is very important and can have a major impact on the circulation in your pool. Our master plumbers know exactly what is required for your size pool to make sure it is as clear as possible.
Next, our master electricians install all of the electrical components of the pool equipment and run the lines to the main electrical box. Your pool equipment requires separate breakers on your electrical box. Electrical includes running power into the pool to power all of the lights and accessories. If you have a gas heater, fire pit, fireplace or built-in grill, we run the gas lines from the main gas meter in the front of the house to the equipment at this point as well.
After plumbing and electrical are finished and inspected, it’s time to add the steel reinforcement for the shell of the pool to give it strength per the engineering plans. This will include bars of steel placed horizontally and vertically specifically engineered for your pool. Most cities go through multiple inspections during this process to ensure compliance with Dallas laws and regulations. Our team knows the ins and outs of how Dallas and the surrounding cities work in regards to their permits, so we work directly with the city during this process.
Now that the structure is ready, we can shoot the gunite. Gunite is similar to concrete and is shot through a high-pressure hose to create the hard shell of the pool. In the Dallas area, gunite or concrete pools are the recommended type of pool to have due to the soil composition in most of the metroplex. The rigidity of the concrete structure makes it ideal to withstand the contracting soil. The gunite process typically takes 1 day to complete, but ultimately depends on the size of your pool. Upon completion, you will need to lightly water the gunite to allow it to cure slowly. We will also need to wait 5-7 days before moving to the next step.
Tile, Coping & Water Features
Once the gunite has cured, we are ready to install the tile along the waterline and on any water features that require it. During tile, we also install and finish waterfalls, sheer descents, deckjets, and laminars. Coping is then installed around the pool edge.
The project is now ready for decking/patio. The two most popular options in Texas are concrete or pavers. Concrete can be coated, dyed, washed, or stamped to give it dimension. Pavers now have multiple types, sizes, and colors, so they can be customized to fit your style. Pavers are the high-end option for decking, but they have become more desirable due to the look and longevity they provide. The size of the decking will determine the number of days it will require to finish.
At this point, we start applying the finish to the plaster. The most popular finishes are Pebbletech and quartz, which are both shot out of a high-pressure hose. Once the plaster has cured for 24 hours, we then come back and perform an acid wash. Our team also performs a quality control inspection to make sure the plaster is in pristine condition prior to filling the pool.