Swimming Pool with Travertine Pavers Pool Deck in Fairhope, AL

Gunite Pool Installation

Beautiful freeform Gunite Pool with retaining wall and travertine pavers deck and coping.

Southern Poolscapes’ own Cameron Rhodes tackled this large scale free-form gunite pool installation, retaining wall, stone veneer water feature, and travertine paver and coping install for a backyard, in Fairhope, AL. This was a complex project in conjunction with the client's new home construction. However, they wanted an outdoor footprint large enough to entertain guests, family, and most important, their grandchildren! Cameron worked with the clients and incorporated features, colors, textures, and tones that captured the architecture of their home and the requests of their grandchildren. The clients opted to go with a gunite pool instead of a fiberglass pool or vinyl pool because of the design flexibility with gunite pool construction.

We service Gulfport & Hattiesburg MS, Daphne, Spanish Fort, Fairhope & Orange Beach AL, and Gulf Breeze & Navarre FL and neighboring cities.
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Retaining Wall Surrounding the Pool Area

The decision to include a “knee wall” retaining wall around the pool area allowed us to overcome elevation issues and also to frame the space, driving together the outdoor and indoor spaces.

Building a Pool Deck out of Travertine Pavers and Coping

Instead of installing the traditional concrete or a decorative concrete pool patio, this client selected something with a natural and elegant look. Travertine pavers and coping were the final selection due to the minimal cost increase and the amazing look of the stone. With a great selection of colors and patterns the travertine pavers met their needs and had the approval of the Architect for the home. Sealing the pool pavers and coping with a natural stone sealer to ward off any unwanted marking from foot traffic and the weather, completed the deck. We highly recommend all our clients seal their pavers whether they are concrete pavers in driveways and patios or in this case travertine pavers on the pool deck.

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Pool Design

The pool design was a combination of the wife’s desire for a free-form pool and the husband’s desire for a formal pool shape. Needless to say, the right designer can create anything and this concept was shaped by incorporating both pool concepts to combine the different desires and achieve satisfied clients. This pool installation had to both look great and overcome an elevation issue which is not uncommon of Fairhope. We utilized the retaining wall to elevate the decking to the desired level. Using a custom blended dark Diamond Brite plaster with a matching waterline tile and trim tile on the steps. We also used LED lighting, a gas heater for year round swimming, a variable speed pump, cartridge filter and salt water system for sanitized water along with a control panel that allowed the client to monitor and adjust settings from their PC, Android and Apple electronics. Also included in this pool installation were custom water features. The first feature was both a raised planting area with stone cladding and multiple sheer descent waterfalls. The second was a sheer descent waterfall with a sitting bench so guests could enjoy basking in the sun with the water running over their neck – A sure hit with the grandkids!

Swimming Pools Done Right by Southern Poolscapes

The final result was a truly beautiful custom built project including a custom gunite pool, custom waterfalls, stunning travertine paver decking and coping, and a masonry retaining wall. The client's favorite feature was the ability to control the light functions of the pool from her iPhone so that the LED underwater lighting system coordinated with holidays and special occasions like grandchildren’s birthdays.

Our goal is satisfied clients with impeccable design and execution. Have you spoken to the Gulf Coast’s #1 pool designer 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.