Moving to Gulf Breeze, FL prompts desire for Custom Gunite Swimming Pool with Travertine Deck

Dan and Kara were longtime residents of Colorado Springs but fell in love with Gulf Breeze, Florida on an impromptu vacation. The plan was to build a vacation home, but it turned out that they loved the area so much that they converted their home in Colorado into a vacation property and began living in Gulf Breeze, Florida full time! As with most of our coastal residents, having their own swimming pool was part of the complete dream and we were excited that they contracted us to bring it all to life. 

We service Gulfport & Hattiesburg MS, Daphne, Spanish Fort, Fairhope & Orange Beach AL, and Gulf Breeze & Navarre FL and neighboring cities.
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Custom Gunite pool with Travertine Paver Deck
Pool photo not of this property due to privacy request
by owner.

Swimming Pool Design after Consultation adding an electric heat pump with a chiller

The first phase is an onsite consultation to determine the client’s goals while accessing setbacks, accessibility, elevations, which all contribute to a proper site survey. Over the following week pool design consultant Cameron Rhodes put together a 3D rendering and, after a review, made minor modifications that Dan and Kara wanted to adjust. Once Dan and Kara agreed on the final design, numbers were applied and proposal was emailed out. The proposal for a custom Gunite pool was accepted with Dan adding an electric heat pump with a chiller to the scope of work for year round enjoyment of the pool. Since all of our proposals are transparent and itemized, this was an easy item to add to the project.

Custom Pool Cleaner—PV(3) in-floor cleaning and circulation system

Within a week after breaking ground on Dan and Kara’s project, the Gunite shell, plumbing and a clean jobsite, was in place. Dan was amazed at how much 2” pipe was required to plumb the pool. All of Southern Poolscapes’ Gunite pools come standard with an EcoPool circulating system but they had opted for a PV(3) in-floor cleaning and circulation system. This system has dedicated returns across the floor of the pool that act in concert to drive debris to specialty drains which collect the material at the equipment. Nearly a mile of plumbing went into the pool, but for a 99% clean guarantee and a huge reduction in pool maintenance, this was an upgrade that, as Dan put it, “was worth its weight in gold”!

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Pool deck with ivory travertine pavers and matching coping and DiamondBrite Blue Quartz plaster

During Cameron’s initial consultation with Dan and Kara, Kara knew she wanted pavers for a decking material but was unsure of what type or color to use. After looking at a few samples of concrete pavers and travertine pavers, Kara decided to use an ivory travertine paver due to its long lifespan and elegant look which matched the aesthetics of the home. We installed a 6x12 ivory travertine paver deck on a 45 degree herringbone pattern, which gave the area around the pool great character and movement. She also chose matching coping on the pool edge with a rounded bullnose for a subtle and homogenous feel. This ivory colored deck transitioned incredibly well to the Aquarius Bermuda Blue porcelain tile that complemented the DiamondBrite Blue Quartz plaster.

Pool Maintenance including Screen Logic Smart Phone Automation System

Southern Poolscapes uses a 3 HP variable speed pump, oversized cartridge filters, and 2” plumbing as a minimum standard on all pool construction unless otherwise specified by an architect or engineer. This combination of updated equipment technology saves our clients’ money in the long term by reducing maintenance and chemical load. Dan and Kara chose to add the Screen Logic automation system to their pool so they could control each aspect while out of town or even the country, right from their smart phone or tablet. We like to believe that we build the best pool for each application and will not overlook the appropriate technology for our clients just to close a sale. We will educate you on what choices you have and make recommendations along the way.

Another Happy Gulf Breeze, Florida Swimming Pool Customer

Dan and Kara were ecstatic with their dream pool and we were happy to be selected to build it. From start to finish, we completed the project in five weeks and had the property ready for their landscaper. Happy clients and innovative pool design/build is who we are, have you spoken the Gulf Coast’s #1 Pool Builder yet?

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We Provide Services to the Following Cities and Towns in AL:

  • Fort Morgan
  • Elberta
  • Loxley
  • Saraland
  • Semmes
  • Silverhill

The following towns in Florida: Pensacola, Perdido Key, Navarre, Gulf Breeze, Cantonment, Pace, Milton, Pensacola Beach and Innerarity Shores.

The following towns in Mississippi: Hattiesburg, Pascagoula, Ocean Springs, Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach, Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis, and Diamondhead.