The Process

Initial Consultation

We will meet with you at your home to analyze and discuss the basic layout of your project. We work with any ideas you may already have as we go over the size, shape and elevations of your pool and its surroundings.

We will then go over any features you may want to add.

Many measurements will be taken of you yard and house to aid in the design process and a preliminary sketch will be made.

Once a conceptual budget has been determined, we will take what we have gathered from your proposed pool area and any design and water feature ideas that we have previously discussed to create a detailed plan for your review. We will take into consideration, existing architecture, view opportunities, sun exposure, privacy and functionality.

Each pool we build is specifically designed to complement your backyard, your house and your unique style.

I do not like to refer to myself as a salesman. I will never try to up-sell anything just to make an extra buck. I am here to help you get the pool, spa and landscaping that will work best for you within your budget. I will however make suggestions, give ideas and educate the consumer.

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Design and Bid

Once a conceptual budget has been determined, we will take what we have gathered from your proposed pool area and any design and water feature ideas that we have previously discussed to create a detailed plan for your review as well as an itemized bid.

Each pool we build is specifically designed to complement your backyard, your house and

your unique style. We never use templates so you will be sure to get a truly unique design.

Poseidon Pools uses an amazing 3D design program to recreate your house. Then we add a pool/spa and landscape. Now we can engage in a virtual walk-through of your newly designed pool area. We can easily change the color or material of the coping, tile, decking, pool interior or any other change you might want to your liking. I will even spend time with you to make changes such as reshaping your pool, changing materials etc.

You can view some of our 3D design concepts on our YouTube channel:

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Contracts

Once we have earned the privilege of working with you, we will go over the construction agreement together which will contain a detailed price sheet, materials selected, features, equipment and a start and end date.

Always make sure you know what you are getting. Get everything in writing. No verbal agreements should be made. Our bids are solid, meaning there are no hidden fees.

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Permits

We will work on obtaining your building permit immediately after signing contracts. There are several factors which may influence the time frame in which permits are granted such as HOA’s and the complexity of your project. It may take a few days for simple projects up to several weeks for projects that may involve custom engineering and multiple reviews by the building department or your HOA.

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Site Prep and Layout (Checkpoint #1)

Once the permits are obtained we can begin work. We will begin by clearing and grading the proposed pool area. The pool will be painted out. This will be the first check point to make sure that the size, shape and location of the painted pool area is to your liking. After your approval, elevations will be determined and the pool will be formed.

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Excavation

We will hang a letter on your surrounding neighbor’s doors, explaining that you will be undergoing pool construction and if they have any concerns they can call us. In most cases a fence panel or two will need to be removed for the excavation equipment. A skid steer will be going back and forth, removing dirt from the rear yard and taking it to the dump truck until the pool is completely excavated to your specified shape and depths. Walls steps and benches will be hand trimmed for precision. Streets and sidewalks will be swept clean and an orange temporary fence will be placed where we removed the fence panels.

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Plumbing The Pool Floor

We will install the skimmer(s) and the  plumbing in the floor of the pool.
Poseidon Pools utilizes floor returns which make for better circulation, chemical distribution and heat distribution.

We will use directional wall returns where we see fit, such as in large, shallow ledges or large benches to help clear debris and circulate water as the pool sweep may not be able to reach these areas.

If you have decided to get an in-floor cleaning system, the plumbing for that would be done at this time.

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Steel Reinforcement

The steel makes up the skeleton of your pool and ensures its structural integrity. The steel will be specifically engineered for your pool. Block spacers called adobes will hold the steel three inches above the soil floor of the pool to allow for the proper thickness of the gunite.

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Plumbing, Electric and Gas Rough Plumbing (Check Point #2)

Trenches will be dug and plumbing lines for your pool circulation system and water features will be ran as well as any electrical and gas lines. This is a check point to make sure everything is in place such as plumbing for water features or future solar, electrical conduits for outlets and gas lines for barbecues, fire pits etc.

While the trenches are open, this is also a good time to start installing irrigation, drainage and sleeves for future landscaping.

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Pre-Gunite Inspection

The building inspector will make sure all the requirements are met before the placement of gunite.

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Gunite

This is an exciting process as you will see your pool start to take shape. Gunite is essentially pneumatically placed concrete. Hoses are ran from the gunite truck to the pool. Air, water, a dry mixture of Portland cement and sand are pumped from the truck through the hoses at a high pressure and mixed together in the air after leaving the nozzle.

If you have any waterfalls, grottos etc., gunite may be used as a foundation.
Gunite may also be used for retaining walls or wing walls in some cases.

The gunite needs to be watered down 3 times a day for one week. This is critical for the curing process.

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Tile and Rockwork

Tile will be installed at what will be the waterline of the pool. Trim tile may also be installed along the surface of steps and benches. Flagstone may be used on beach entries.

If you have any boulders for waterfalls, grottos, jump rocks or notch rock, they will also be installed at this stage as well as tile on any raised walls. If you choose to have stone on raised walls, that will be installed after concrete decking.

There is a vast variety  choices when it comes to tile and stone selection. We can recommend places to view materials, websites to view materials and provide samples of materials.

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Deck Layout (Check Point #3)

We will go over the deck layout with you and paint out where the forms will be placed. We will discuss colors and textures. This is a check point to make sure the decks look as good in reality as they do on paper and to make sure they will be functional. This is also a good time to make sure sleeves are in place for any future landscaping needs such as irrigation, drainage, conduits, or low voltage lines for lighting.

Pre-Deck inspection

We will schedule a pre-deck inspection before the concrete can be poured.
The inspector will make sure everything is properly placed before the concrete can be poured.

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Pool Deck

The material that surrounds your pool can be concrete, stone, brick, wood or even grass. To create a custom look that will suit your personal style and complement your pool as well as your home you will need to decide on colors textures and boarders. Some pool decks may be set at different elevations to create more depth, separate certain areas and add visual interest.

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Pool Equipment

We use Pentair products; the most innovative, energy-efficient, Eco-friendly equipment available. The equipment is installed on a designated concrete pad.
All the necessary connections will be made and the equipment will be tested for proper function.

PVC pipes are painted with UV protective paint so they do not become brittle in the sun.

If you have gas lines that need to be connected, we will need to briefly turn off your gas meter to make the connection and when we are done, we will re-light your water heater.

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Pool Side Structures

After the concrete has cured, any barbecues, fire pits, kitchen islands, arbor, pergolas etc. may be placed or constructed.

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Plaster Prep and Clean Up

The decks will be pressure washed and all debris from construction will be cleaned up. Water will have collected at the bottom of the pool from watering it down for the curing process. This water will be pumped out. The walls and floor will be scraped of any excess gunite, mortar and grout. The tile will be acid washed and rinsed.
The skimmer and auto-fill will be cleaned of any debris. The pool suction and return stubs will be cut down and fittings will be placed on them and will match the color of your pool finish.

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Fences and Alarms

Before your pool can be filled with water, fences must be placed/ replaced to conform with building codes and gates must swing away from the pool area.

Alarms will be placed on any doors that lead to the pool area.

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Pre-Plaster Inspection

A pre-plaster inspection consists of making sure fences and gates comply with building codes, door alarms are in place and working, equipment is installed and all necessary bonding is done.

This is the only inspection you must be home for.

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Pool Interior Finish

There are many different types of pool interior finishes. This decision will affect the overall look of your pool and in some cases the temperature of the water (slightly.)

You can even tile the entire surface of your pool if desired, or tile or stone an entire shelf, step or bench and plaster the rest. Flagstone looks great on beach entries and Cabo Shelves.

Click here to learn more about pool interior colors and how they are affected by your surroundings.

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Start-Up

We will set you up with a pool service for the first 30 days to take care of your pool during the interior finish curing process. During this process you  will need to brush your pool 3 times daily. Your service person will do it on days they are there. Your pump will be running constantly to filter out excess plaster dust. By the end of this time, your pool water will be balanced and your pool equipment will be programmed. You will be given an orientation where you will be shown how your pool and your equipment and controls work. You will be encouraged to ask questions. You may continue to use this pool service company for your regular maintenance, have another company take care of your pool or do it yourself.

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Final Inspection

When your swimming pool is complete, a final inspection will be scheduled. The final inspection is to make sure that every part of your pool complies with building codes.