Custom Designed Pool Installations

Outdoor Pool Design

Summer is the perfect time to dream of relaxing in paradise and what better way to wash away all of your worries than soaking up the sun and summer heat poolside! While we are lucky here in Iowa to have a truly dazzling assortment of beautiful lakes and beaches to relax on, the convenience of having your own private getaway right in your backyard simply can’t be beaten.

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Why a Custom Pool Might Be Right for You:

Pools are not only a spot of recreational fun or an oasis of relaxation in the comfort and privacy of your own home, but they are also a natural gathering place for entertaining guests all summer. Everyone loves the idea of slipping into a refreshing pool with the convenience of home only a few paces away – and your family, friends, and neighbors will naturally want to join in the fun and enjoy the benefits, too.

With all the advancements in home pool materials and technology, adding a pool to your yard is no longer just about function, but it an opportunity for design, too. Your home pool is an integral part of your landscape design and your dream for the perfect backyard getaway – and you now have all the power to make the decisions for the perfect custom-fit pool to suit your needs and desires.

Along with the obvious aesthetic and entertaining benefits, your desire to have the perfect spot for summer relaxation cannot be understated. With the often extreme summer weather that we can see here in Iowa, many of us want to get outside to enjoy our outdoor spaces as much as we possibly can – and incorporating a functional pool into your beautiful backyard landscape is the ideal way to make the most of your entire property.

With all these benefits in mind, it’s also important to remember that a pool is not only an investment in your lifestyle, but an investment in your property value. An appraiser will help you determine how much value a pool can add to your property, but many pool design projects end up returning most of the money invested through an increase in property value that can be useful in the future.

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Planning for Your Custom Pool Area:

A custom pool is a significant investment, but once you get used to the benefits of owning one, it’s hard to imagine life without it. Instead of travelling to crowded locations to try to relax, you’ll have a poolside escape mere steps outside of your back door – the perfect place for your weekend R&R or for luxury patio entertaining all summer. When you’re dreaming up your own ideal backyard pool, here are some things to consider to make sure the real thing lives up to your imagination:

There are a lot of things to keep in mind to make your custom inground pool everything that you want it to be. The process to design your pool is comprehensive, taking all above and below ground factors into consideration and balancing them with design, function, and style. Plan far in advance to make sure that you have enough time to get everything perfect – many people start their pool installation process about a year before they’re planning to take their first swim.

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After you’ve decided to take the dive into getting a pool and have a rough idea of what you’d like, the first step is to contact a pool design company. The design team that you work with will help to realize your dreams, making sure that all of the logistics line up. They’ll help you to get a handle on your space, design, permits, materials, and installation – all so that you don’t have to worry about them.

It’s important to remember that your pool is not just an idealistic spa getaway, but it is also a part of the greater design of your landscape as a whole. Designers will help with everything from making your dreams fit into your yard in a way that works to recommending and sourcing the best products and materials for you. A pool is an investment in your property and your future, and you’ll want the best and most knowledgeable help to guide you along the way.

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Building a Pool:

You’ll work with the design team to decide on the particulars of your backyard landscape and pool design. You’ll get to make decisions about nearly every aspect of your pool so that it’s a perfect fit for your space and your family. Chlorinated or salt water? Concrete, vinyl liner, or fiberglass? Auto cover or manual? Shape? Hot tub and spa included? How do you imagine your new custom pool fitting in with the rest of your backyard aesthetic? Different design choices and materials all come with their own costs, benefits, and price tags, so it’s good to have the help of a team to walk you through finding the perfect fit.

Cover every detail of your vision for the perfect backyard pool installation that you hope to achieve, even if you don’t want to build everything at once. If your designers are aware of the big picture, they can help plan ahead to make every step work together seamlessly as you work towards your goals. They’ll also help you to manage a budget and come up with the preliminary design so you can figure out exactly how to meet those goals.

With a plan in place, you’ll get to get into all the little details that make your pool match your family and aesthetic perfectly, in addition to suiting your needs. Get creative with your designers and pick out the best finishes and details. Once you start pricing out different materials, like tiles and finishes, you’ll be ready to get excited about your final vision for the pool.

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The next step is the construction of your pool. As your backyard is transformed, there are usually inevitable modifications to the big design plan that can be worked into your vision as you see it come to life. Between excavation, grading, pool installation and other construction, final grading, planting, lighting, and touch-ups, you can expect your yard to be a work-in-progress for about 4-6 weeks.

Taking on a big landscaping and construction project in your backyard can be daunting, and the waitlist for good designers (and even the waiting time as your yard is under construction) can be difficult to get through if you’re excited about your new investment. If you spend your summer wishing you could be poolside with friends and family, enjoying the very best of relaxation inside the peaceful confines of your fence, then investing in a gorgeous and functional pool might be the right choice for your home – so dive in!


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