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Designing A Custom Swimming Pool

Designing A Custom Swimming Pool can be an exciting add on to your landscape design, but actually installing one can seem like a long and complicated process. So knowing more about what is involved can help you make better choices. Custom Pool Designer Jesse Escalera has years of experience and even more creativity and breaks down the process for things to know before you get started.


Before you start spending your money on a big investment like an inground pool, first hire someone like JE Proscapes to survey the site for the pool. The ground around your landscaping may not be suitable for a pool, or there might be hazards that need to be considered when you decide where to put it. If the all goes good, the next steps are to get a permit to install a pool and to contact your utility company. You need to know about lines under the ground to avoid when you dig.


Next is the fun part, designing the your custom pool. Determine the size and location first, then the type of material to use. There are three basic types: concrete, vinyl-lined and fiberglass. After you have determined what you want and what best suits your needs, bring on more a team of electricians and plumbers They are necessary to plan and install the proper plumbing to the pool for draining water, and to get electricity to your pump or any other systems you want to include for maintaining your pool.


No matter the size and custom design of pool you want to install, digging is the first step. Mark the area that needs digging, then start moving dirt with an excavator. It is, of course, possible to dig by hand, but this would be crazy! So renting excavation equipment and hiring someone to operate it is the best method for getting the work done in a timely manner.


The installation process of a pool varies depending upon the type of pool you install. A fiberglass pool essentially is a solid shell put into the hole. It’s usually the fastest and easiest method of installation, but more difficult to customize. The fiberglass pools are preformed by a company to specific shapes and sizes. Getting the pool to your home can take time, too. Concrete and vinyl-lined pools require solid panels along the sides of the pool. For a concrete pool, the inside is shaped and lined with concrete. A vinyl-lined pool uses either concrete or sand in the bottom and can use padding along the sides, then is covered with a piece of vinyl. All versions require some external stabilization in the form of poured concrete and sometimes gravel.

Other Needs

An in-ground pool requires a security safety system to prevent people from falling into the pool accidentally. There are a few ways to do this, but a fence is a typical tactic. For design purposes, you may want other features, such as a pool deck. Another important consideration to make is whether you want features that are not essential to pool function, like waterfalls, fountains or landscaping lights. Of course in Newport Beach you will plan on using the pool at night, functional underwater lights are another exciting option.