Unlike a factory-manufactured product, a custom, concrete pool is a multi-phase construction project with many variables, ranging from a backyard’s shape and elevation, to equipment options, including custom features, decking and landscaping that make your pool unique. As a result, construction is a very detailed process that we have mastered to make it as efficient and worry-free as possible.
Step 1: Excavation
Now the exciting part of the process begins! Heavy machinery will remove the dirt, exposing the size as well as the shape of the pool. Our measurements are very accurate and require precision work, so our crew will hand contour the walls and floor of the pool according to the construction plan. We remove all spoil from the pool site, unless you request otherwise.
Step 2: Steel
Structural support is vital for the foundation of your pool. The entire pool is fortified with steel bars that are placed at intervals that maximize structural integrity.
Step 3: Plumbing
During the plumbing stage, we dig trenches around your pool. Our plumbing crews use Schedule 40 PVC, which is corrosion resistant. Many other companies use flex-pipe, which is easier to install, but prone to premature failure. We also install our pipe outside the walls of the pool so that if a problem ever arises, troubleshooting is much easier. Our over-sized plumbing lines ensure that the proper hydraulics are achieved to provide efficient circulation, thus minimizing electrical and chemical costs. Before completion, we pressure test the lines to guarantee trouble-free operation.
During this phase, additional trenches are dug to lay conduit to supply all the necessary electrical connections. There are 6 inspections that will occur throughout the building process. All electrical work is performed in compliance with National Electrical Code and with all state and local building codes and requirements.
Step 5: Gunite
Gunite, a high-strength concrete mix, is pneumatically “shot” into the steel form to create a tough, solid shell. Tanning ledges, steps, etc. are sculpted by hand to match precise plan measurements.
Step 6: Tile & Coping
Our expert masons will install your choice of brick or stone around the top edge, or bond beam, of your pool and spa. Any special work with stone or rock, such as waterfalls or retaining walls, is typically done at this time. Your water-line tile is then installed. Our masons and tile-setters are dedicated craftsmen who ensure that every detail meets your specifications.
To achieve your individual poolscape design and ensure an attractive, durable deck that’s appropriate for your soil and climate, we offer a full range of materials, colors, textures, and surfaces. Typically, we form your decks in one day; the actual installation can take from one to several days depending on size, materials, and finishes.
Step 8: Clean-up
After decking, all of our construction debris is removed, and a general clean-up and rough grading of the area is completed.
Step 9: Landscaping
Landscaping and the sprinkler system will be installed before the interior finish of the pool is applied. It is not to be the responsibility of Blue Haven for landscaping, irrigation, or any other items outside the scope work.
Step 10: Interior Finish
This is the last phase of construction before the pool is filled with water. Before this phase is scheduled, one of our representatives will meet with you to do a walk-through inspection of the project area and discuss any questions you may have. At this time, you will be given instructions on how to properly fill your pool with water after the interior finish is applied. You will also be scheduled for our on-site, Blue Haven Pool School.
That’s it. We dig it up. We build it up. Then we clean it up. Ten giant steps and we’re done. Your personal pool expert will give you an estimated timeline for construction and completion of your backyard paradise. Keep in mind that, while most projects are completed on-time, unforeseen circumstances – especially inclement weather – could cause an occasional delay.