Phases of Construction

There are many construction phases that occur before you are ready to go swimming. Pool Specialists has been designing and building luxury in-ground, concrete pools in the St. Louis region for over 30 years. Our team of innovative pool designers help bring your backyard dreams to life.

During every step of the construction process, your pool is built by The Pool Specialists’ year-round, trained professionals. Our project managers are regularly monitoring the construction to assure the utmost in aesthetics, quality and durability. We take pride in the custom concrete pools we design and build for our clients.

All Pool Specialist pools come standard with the most advanced pumping and filtration equipment from Pentair. We can also provide a wide range of additional premium equipment to make maintenance easy and to add excitement to your pool environment.

We start the design process by asking general information about their desired pool such as shape, size, and depth. We then ask which pool and landscaping features they would like implemented into the initial design. We have the capability to create 3-D models of your design before we begin construction. These models allow you to see all the elements of your pool design as they integrate with your existing or future home and backyard. At this stage, you can make revisions and improvements as necessary. Upon approval of your design, we use this layout and create detailed engineering drawings before moving on to the layout process.​

This next stage is the first in the construction of your custom designed pool by the Pool Specialists. We take the dimensions of the pool design & engineering drawings and lay it out onto the proposed site area. This provides an ideal opportunity to see the outlines of the actual size and shape of the pool and allows you to visualize and make any changes to the size and location of the pool before we actually break ground with excavation.

Once the layout stage is complete we then proceed to excavate the grass, underlying soil, and rock in order to prepare the site for the pool construction. Access by heavy machinery is important to consider depending on your site’s accessibility.

Steel and wood are used to outline the shape and structure of your custom pool. This serves as the framework for a poolscape with high structural integrity. Before we start spraying the shell of your pool, all of the electrical and plumbing need to be placed.

Once we install all the plumbing and electrical components an inspection is called in to obtain approval before moving forward. We always ensure that the plumbing is pressure tested and the electrical meets the necessary city and state codes.

A team of experienced personnel applies the gunite using high-pressure hoses to create the tough inner shell of your new pool. Your pool design will start to become realized after the gunite concrete is applied and worked onto the forming structure revealing your dream pool’s final size and shape.

The Pool Specialists offer a wonderful selection of natural stone tiles, slates, ceramics, and mosaics. The pool coping can be crafted from natural stone or an assortment of other materials.

Our masons have a tremendous amount of pride in their craft. Our project managers help monitor quality control during the installation process to ensure that the work that is done is flawless and built to last.

The perimeter area surrounding your pool can be just as important aesthetically as the pool design and color itself. There are a variety of surfaces that are implemented here based on your design from the Sundek material or custom stone. If your design includes add-ons such as outdoor fireplaces, firepits, fountains, outdoor kitchens they will be addressed at this stage.

Our team of trusted plasterers moves in to coat the pool shell with a durable, non-slip surface. It is blown onto the gunite and requires a quick, experienced and hard working crew to smooth the surface to assure a beautiful finish. This finish offers a refined texture and is available in a wide range of colors. The pool is then immediately filled with water following the application.

In order to meet building requirements, a fence must be installed around your pool for safety reasons. This is typically the final step in the construction process. Setback requirements may limit your fence location and often vary from municipality to municipality. Our team of designers coordinate and adhere to meet all codes and requirements.

Quite often a first-time pool owner can feel overwhelmed by the initial start-up and maintenance of the pool. We provide every homeowner with the necessary training on how to use the controls of the pool equipment, plus a complimentary manual that explains in great detail how to easily care for your pool. In addition, our service department is available to answer any questions you have regarding the care of your pool and equipment.


Information About Building a Pool

If you’re here, it’s probably because you’re like us and you’ve dreamed of having a pool for a long time. There’s a reason a swimming pool is an iconic symbol for relaxation, quality time, and status. It’s the ultimate place to bring loved ones and when it comes to throwing a party, there’s no setting that can compete. Check out some additional information about what is needed to building a pool.