Pool Design & Construction
Tired of searching for the perfect pool builder in Dallas or Abilene? At Taylor Landscape Company, we understand that finding the right company to build your pool can be an overwhelming and strenuous process. That’s why we make an effort to educate our potential clients on the important aspects of swimming pool design and construction. We believe that as one of the leading pool builders in our service area, it’s our responsibility to educate pool and spa shoppers on the most important purchase points when selecting a pool builder to design and build your pool or spa. There are thirteen essential steps to our pool design and construction process.
Initial Consultation – The first step in the pool design and construction process is the initial consultation. Taylor Landscape Company offers free in-home consultation for all of our design and construction services. At this point in the process, one of our experienced design professionals will come to your home and perform a site assessment before sitting down and discussing your swimming pool needs and wants. Our design team will prioritize your pool design “wish list” with your project budget and make any necessary adjustments to stay within budget.
Design & Planning – The design and planning phase is one of the most exciting parts of the pool design and construction process. Our design professionals will take your site assessment along with your pool design wish list and put together a swimming pool and/or spa design to meet your requirements. Our award winning pool designs are full of unique features and specialty effects that are guaranteed to impress. Our design team will present the proposed pool design to you before moving into the contract phase.
Contract Signing – This step in the process is exactly what it sounds like. A member of our sales team will present you with a contract containing all of the agreed upon terms for the project. Any concerns to the contract can be discussed and adjusted if necessary prior to the signing of the contract.
Site Layout – After the contract has been signed, our design team will begin the construction process. At this point, the site will be marked with flags and spray paint to reference where the pool, spa, water features or any other specialty effects will be built. Our team will also perform any additional site prep that is necessary to the excavation process. Our design experts will review the marked site layout with you to make sure that it matches your understanding of the contract agreement. If you have any changes to make to the project, now is the time to do it!
Excavation – Once the site is properly marked and prepped, excavation takes place. This is where you will really start to see the construction of your new swimming pool or spa take off! Our team will excavate the site to design specifications using a backhoe or other necessary machinery.
Steel, Plumbing and Electrical – Once the pool area has been fully excavated, our team begins placing steel rebar on a 10” x 10” grid-like pattern throughout the entire shell area. After the steel has been placed, all of the in ground plumbing for the pool is installed. Our team puts the newly installed plumbing through pressure testing to check for any leaks. Once the shell’s plumbing is installed and tested, electrical work takes place. During the electrical phase, our team installs light niche and rough electrical while making sure to perform proper bonding to comply with national code. All metal within 5 feet of the water’s edge is required to be bonded.
Gunite Shell – The gunite process is where our clients will really start to see their pool take shape. Gunite is a mixture of cement, sand, and water applied through a pressure hose, producing a dense hard layer of concrete used in building swimming pools and spas. Our build crew shoots the gunite and then inspects it shortly after to ensure proper compaction and curing of the material. The gunite process is what gives the pool the superior strength and durability to a lifetime. Proper gunite application is essential to the integrity of the pool. If you do not use Taylor Landscape Company to build your pool or spa, make sure that the gunite process is properly monitored to ensure maximum compaction.
Tile & Coping – Our experienced team of stonemasons installs your choice of tile and coping materials to perfection. This step in the process requires a great amount of attention to detail to ensure every piece of coping, tile and stone is laid and secured properly. Rushing this step can often cause structural issues resulting in deterioration of tile and coping elements.
Water Feature and specialty effects construction – Waterfalls and other specialty effects like fountains, deck jets, sheer decents, bubblers, diving rocks and slides are installed and constructed to add that high-end custom feel that many clients enjoy in their pool design. This step often involves a collaboration of designers and stonemasons to craft our unique custom designed water features to perfection.
Set equipment and electrical trimout – Pool equipment (pumps, filters, heaters, etc) is set in place and hooked up to the in-ground plumbing. The pool is now nearing the final stages of construction. Licensed electricians will schedule an appointment to gain access to your main electrical panel. They will wire the lighting and filtration systems to your homes electrical service. Electrical service re-routes and panel up-grades are determined by the city and electrical codes.
Install decking – At Taylor Landscape Company, we believe that decking is one of the most important parts to achieving a true “custom pool” look. Our design and build team has the capabilities to do a wide variety of deck styles using a multitude of materials. During the deck installation phase, our build crew will prep the area by laying down base material and building forms if necessary. If the deck is paver or flagstone, our stonemasons will craft the hardscape material to fit the size and shape of the deck.
Plaster/interior finish – A 1/2” thick layer of plaster or other finishing material is applied to the surface of the gunite shell. This is a very fast and difficult step in the process. The plaster is blown onto the gunite and then quickly smoothed by a crew of our build team to ensure an elegant and flawless finish product. The interior finish color that you choose will give the water in your new pool a unique color effect.
Fill & Adjust water quality – Once the plaster dries, it’s time to fill the pool! The plaster will continue its curing process underwater for the next 7-10 days and the pool should not be drained for at least 30 days. It is crucial that the owner properly maintains the fresh plaster. The pool should be brushed 2 times a day for 10 days. This will remove all plaster dust from sticking to the surface and will help smooth out the surface completely. For quartz and pebble tech finishes, there is a 5-day acid curing and brush time. Once the pool is filled and ready for swimming, a representative from the Taylor Landscape design and sales team will cover the necessities of pool ownership.