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Building a Custom Pool In Virginia

Even in Northern Virginia, we get hot summer southern with average July temperatures hovering around 86 degrees.There’s no better way to beat the heat in Virginia than taking a dip in the pool.

If you’re tired of paying annual community pool fees and sharing the deep end with all of your neighbors, why not build a custom pool right in your own backyard?

Building a custom pool isn’t as daunting as it may seem. All you need is a plan for your dream pool and a trustworthy pool builder to take care of the rest.

Read on to learn the 7 steps you can take to design and build an awesome custom pool in Northern Virginia! 

1. Design Your Custom Pool

When you’re building an in-ground pool, you have plenty of freedom in your design choices. You can pick the shape and depth that suits your yard, taste, and swimming desires. 

While designing your custom pool can be the most exciting phase of pool building, it’s also one of the most frustrating. Work with a team like Crystal Blue Aquatics who will work with you throughout this process. Professional pool builders have experience assessing the allotted space in order to come with the best design solutions. 

2. Decide on Extra Features

The pool, itself, is only part of the fun. When you’re designing a pool, yourself, you can decide on any extra features you need to create the perfect backyard oasis.

Common extra features include waterfalls, built-in hot tubs or spas, and custom pool covers. Lighting is also considered an extra feature. While not all pools contain in-ground lighting, we recommend incorporating lighting into your pool so that you can take a dip on those hot summer nights.

3. Consult an Engineer

Once we come up with the perfect design together, we pass that design along to one of our trusted engineers. Over the course of about one to two weeks, our engineer will look over the details of the design as well as the details of your yard and the space where the pool will be built. 

The purpose of this phase is to ensure that the design we’ve come up with is structurally sound. Once we get that approval, we’re almost ready to start building.

4. Get Your Permits in Order 

Every county has its own codes when it comes to residential construction and its own bureau you’ll need to go through in order to get the proper permit. For example, in Loudon County, you’ll need to get a pool permit from the Department of Building and Development . Go online and search “residential pool permit” and the name of your exact county in order to find the right avenues to go through.

How long this phase takes depends on your local government. Some manage to get this paperwork in order in less than a week while others can take up to two weeks. 

The more thorough your design is and the more meticulous the engineer was in their consultation, the faster this process will be. Crystal Blue Aquatics puts together clear, well-checked design plans that tend to pass the permit process quickly.

5. Excavation and Early Building

Once you’ve got your permit in order, it’s time to begin excavation. This process can be on the messy side as we dig out the space for your custom pool, but once it’s finished, you’ll never know we were there! 

After we finish excavating, we move quickly into the early building stages. The first objective is to install rebar. This is a series of steel rods that maintain the shape and structure of your pool. Think of this as the foundation.

After that, we’ll spray the gunite, which is a combination of concrete and sand. Gunite is one of the most durable materials used in pool construction. It takes about four weeks to cure before we can move on to the next stages of building.

6. Plumbing, Electrical, and Shotcrete

When we refer to pool plumbing and electrical systems, we refer to the systems that keep pool water well-circulated. That includes the main drain system, the skimmer, and more. Every custom pool has a unique plumbing system.

Once the plumbing and electrical are taken care of, it’s time to lay the shotcrete (pressurized shotcrete). Shotcrete is the waterproof shell that keeps your pool from cracking or leaking once it’s filled with water. 

Laying shotcrete is a delicate process that requires experienced professionals. Shotcrete is what gives your pool smooth walls and surfaces but it is also used to create features like stairs. Shotcrete takes much less time to dry than gunite and tends to cure within about three days.

7. Tile, Decking, and Final Touches

Finally, it’s time to give your pool the beautiful appearance you envisioned from the start. During this last phase, we lay the tile of your choosing. How long this takes will depend on the size of your pool and the complexity of the patterns you wish to create.

Then, it is time to lay the decking surrounding your new pool. Most of our homeowners prefer a slate or stone decking, which creates a luxurious appearance and is easy to keep clean. Plus, these materials are safe to use and don’t become slippery when wet.

Once this process is complete, you can get your pool up and running soon after. We’ll even help you get it started!

Start Building Your Dream Pool

Do you want a break from the hot summers of Northern Virginia? Have you always wanted your very own custom pool? The building process isn’t as daunting as you may think.

To get started, contact Crystal Blue Aquatics to set up an appointment. We’ll begin with a consultation before diving into these 7 simple steps!

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