Thinking of building a pool? Hear what Jeremy Smith of California Pools and Landscape, one of the experts in this industry, has to say.
How do I choose a builder? Do your research. Check with the state licensing board and the BBB. Does the builder have complaints? Are they properly insured and bonded? Find out how long they have been in business and always ask for customer referrals. Also make sure to see some the builder’s recently completed projects. Judge for yourself if you like their quality of work.
How do I budget and watch for hidden costs? How do I get financing? The best way to watch for hidden costs is to have a clear and concise contract and building plans from your pool builder. All agreements should be in writing. Financing is not easy to come by. If you do not have equity in your home to finance by a 2nd mortgage, then your only option is to apply for unsecured lending (ie personal line of credit).
How long will it take? We can only speak for California Pools, but most of our pool projects are completed within 4 to 6 weeks.
What are some design and lifestyle trends?
- Travertine paver decking
- LED pool and spa lighting
- Varied elevations (ie raised pool wall, raised deck areas, sunken swim-up bars)
- Fire pits, fire pots and fire and water effects
- Natural products like stone facing, pebble interior and boulder waterfalls
- Backyards transformed into another family room or an extension of the home’s living space
What can I do to make my pool as safe as possible? Install child safely barriers per your city’s building code. Supervision is also key. No pool fence, alarms or door locks can ever replace adult supervision.
For more tips and a amazing photo gallery, visit California Pools and Landscape.