Gunite Pool Building Process Phases: From Start to Finish
Millions of homeowners across the country love owning gunite pools as they provide a fun, visual appeal with countless other features.
Whether you want sharp angles, smooth curves, or a myriad of added features, the gunite pool building process allows for any configuration and style preferences.
Premier Pools & Spas is the top-most custom pool builder that has installed over 70,000 stunning designs in the American homes. From tanning ledges to swim-up bars, elevated spas to beach entries, we can customize your pool design to boost the beauty of your backyard.
All About the Gunite Pool Building Process
In about 8-10 weeks, you will have the most spectacular pool you have ever seen. In the meantime, it will be overrun with our pool construction crew that is working hard to make your dream a reality.
Here is how we begin to transform your backyard:
Phase 1: Design and Permits
First, our crew will visit your site and take the measurements. Our qualified pool designers listen to your every single idea that you have gathered over the years.
Next, we show a 3D model rendition of your plan, which gives you an idea of how the pool looks at your site. You can further make additions like a spa or fire and water features.
Once you sign the contract, we get the permits for the on-site build. However, the time taken to get the permits depends on your location.
Phase 2: Layout and Excavation
We layout the pool design on the property that indicates the exact size and shape of your pool and spa build.
Next, the excavation crew digs the site per the engineering plans. Depending on the site topography, whether it is hard soil or there is excessive groundwater, the time taken for the dig may vary.
Besides, if you have a sloping yard, you will need a pool retaining wall, which we build in this phase.
Phase 3: Plumbing and Electrical Equipment
We put up a wooden frame along with the layout and mark out where the plumbing goes to ensure the best pool circulation. We put in the pool filtration equipment, pumps, and other accessories.
Your pool equipment needs electricity supply, for which we add the wiring in this phase. Additional pool features that go in the water, such as in-pool lights, also need electrical fixtures.
Phase 4: Rebar Setup
Along the length and breadth of the pool dig, we install reinforcing structural steel that warranties the gunite pool shell from any cracks or defects. This steel rebar framework consists of vertical and horizontal series of bars that add strength to your pool.
Phase 5: Gunite Application
This phase is the crux of the gunite pool building process. Here, our contractors work with dry concrete- a mixture of cement, sand, gravel, and other aggregates.
Using a high-pressure nozzle, they shoot the gunite onto the rebar. Another nozzle releases water that mixes with gunite as it exits the high-pressure hose.
Once the gunite pool shell forms, it is left to cure for a few days. Curing is a crucial time for a gunite pool build since it allows for the concrete to bond properly.
Phase 6: Pool Features
One of the benefits of the gunite pool build is the material’s high adaptability to any design. Likewise, gunite also works well in incorporating any pool feature.
If you wish to add a trickling spillway with an elevated spa or a tiered rock waterfall with hidden fire bowls in a cave, gunite can deliver. You can also make way for underwater or surface-mounted light features for added security or to bring out the beauty of your custom pool in the dark.
Lavish Gunite Pool Design Ideas
- Floating deck: Outdoor lounging platform over the pool, bar, and entertainment system
- Beach view: Infinity edge, tile or glass finish, and subtle lighting
- Secret lagoon: Lazy river, rock waterfalls, and lush tropical vegetation
- Back to nature: Eco-friendly materials, rugged landscape, filtration with rocks and stones
- Resort appeal: Extended tanning ledges, submerged outdoor seating, and a cantilevered roof
Phase 7: Tile, Coping, and Decking
As the pool shell is curing, we add the perimeter tile and pool coping. A striking pool deck installation comes with the territory of building a gunite swimming pool.
Gunite pools mostly accompany concrete decking or pavers. While concrete can be stamped or acid wash, pavers come in brick, tumbled travertine, and concrete. This is also the time when we add deck features like a fireplace, deck jets, or rain descents.
Phase 8: Pool Interior and Landscaping
The pool interior finish is essential to give it a waterproof, luminescent layer. You can choose from many interior finish options, such as tile, glass, plaster, marble, or paint.
No pool building process is complete without addressing the surrounding. Whether it is adding a secluded and private gazebo or an outdoor kitchen, we have experienced pool landscape architects who can understand your vision and work to achieve it.
Phase 9: Pool Startup
We do a full sweep of every equipment we installed and make sure they are up to working standards. After the final cleanup, we add water, balance the chemicals, and start the pool.
The last phase is the pool handover, where we schedule an orientation, and explain how to operate the equipment, maintain your pool and chemistry. Now your pool is ready!
Get a Dedicated Service and Superior Pool Building Process with Premier Pools & Spas
Gunite pools are constructed entirely on-site, which means we take full responsibility for our every build. With careful attention and planning, our team of expert builders ensures that we deliver the dream pool that you deserve. To know more about our pool building process or to schedule a free estimation at your site, contact Premier Pools & Spas now.