Our team of designers can create a masterful poolscape and spa specifically tailored to your backyard, style preference, and family’s needs. From modest to extravagant designs, we specialize in providing a custom experience unique to fit your lifestyle.

We have taken time to create outstanding processes in both the design and the build of your custom pool and spa. We encourage you to take a closer look.

Be sure to check out gallery that provides a glimpse of the diverse portfolio of work that Designer Pools and Outdoor Living has designed and built. You’ll find that we create harmonious and aesthetically pleasing outdoor spaces that flow with the beautiful Texas Hill Country landscape and look amazing in every backyard.

Designing Your Swimming Pool

There are many exciting features that you will need to consider when you are designing your swimming pool.

Our team of designers will work with you to understand how you plan to utilize your swimming pool. They will also make recommendations on the best resources for choosing your selections within each area. Here is a look at some of the different areas clients will need to consider as they design their swimming pool.

Step 1

Determine the best location for the pool by answering these questions:

  • Where do you want the location in proximity to your house?
  • How will you utilize the pool?
  • Who will be using the pool?
  • What type of aesthetics are important…water features, slides, rocks, and/or benches?
  • How will the pool be maintained after it is built?

Step 2

Determine the size and shape of the pool.

Step 3

Determine the type of pool, such as free-form, geometric, or Grecian, infinity or vanishing-edge pools.

Step 4

Determine the features, such as water features, oversized steps, benches, rocks, slides, diving boards, etc.

Step 5

Determine the look of the swimming pool materials, like tile and coping, by determining what would go best with the exterior of your home or existing outdoor space.

Step 6

Determine the type of equipment, filtration, and cleaning system that is right for your swimming pool.

Building Your Swimming Pool

Let us sweat the details during the construction of your custom pool. Here is a list of steps that will take place during the build of your swimming pool:

Step 1

The first step is obtaining a pool permit to begin construction. Permits are governed and issued by the jurisdiction in which you live; either city, county and/or HOA.. To make this a streamline process and easy on our clients, we will secure all official permitting for you.

Step 2

During this meeting, you will sit down with your Designer as well as the Operations Manager and Scheduler. At this time you will review all construction drawings and policy documents. All expectations and processes will be discussed.

Step 3

After the pool has been laid out and shape and location have been approved by the client, our Operations Manager will schedule the excavation (dig) of the pool.

Step 4

Prior to shooting gunite, all rebar, electrical, and plumbing will have been installed.

Step 5

Tile, coping, and water features will be installed after the gunite has cured. If you included a rock waterfall or accent boulders in your pool design, this is the phase in which they will be added.

Step 6

Clients will meet with our Operations Manager to approve the deck layout. Once approved, the concrete subdeck is poured, then either spray deck is added or stone is laid.

Step 7

A licensed, professional electrical contractor will carefully make all of the electrical connections in your pool using National Electrical Code approved conduit, wire, and bonding. Next the equipment will be set and a final walk-through will take place. Once final items are complete, the interior finish is installed.

Step 8

Our start-up technician will apply a protective UV coating on all exposed plumbing, finish the installation of your pool’s cleaning system, and label all your pool’s equipment. After balancing the pool’s water chemistry, they will start up your new pool and assure you that everything is running properly. The final step in completing the build process is teaching clients how to care and maintain their pool (and if applicable, the spa).The Start Up Technician will walk our clients through the equipment, chemical start-up, and answer any pertinent questions. Lastly, our Start Up Technician will visit your home and meet with you one-on-one to familiarize you with the operation of your new pool.

Swimming Pool Case Study

Project Name: Freeform in Terravista
Location: Round Rock, Texas
School District: Round Rock ISD
Clients Wish list: Large pool with soothing water feature, spa and bar seating for entertaining guests. A shade structure to cover fire place, seating and kitchen area, and a way to address the severe slope towards the end of the property and make it into a functional space.
Solution: A freeform pool was designed to fit snugly into the space with a gorgeous, natural stone waterfall and a sunken spa flanking each end. In between these features, and to utilize the newly created lower deck level, a bar top off the pool coping serves as great seating and socializing space for family and friends. A wood pergola was constructed to add shade and privacy to the outdoor living areas and help create a cozy getaway for dinners on the patio or unwinding by the fireplace.
Job Scope: Swimming Pool, Spa, Pergola, Outdoor Kitchen
Features: Large Natural Stone Waterfall, Swim Up Bar Seating
Shape: Freeform
Price Point: $80,000-$90,000

  • Coping: Oklahoma Flagstone
  • Tile: 6″ Frostproof Waterline Tile
  • Interior Finish: Pebble Tec
  • Deck: Spray Deck

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