Swimming Pool Custom Built with Gunite, Cast Stone Coping and more in Perdido Key, FL

Gunite Pool and Man Cave Design

Matt was the consummate bachelor and former hockey player; he had decided years earlier that kids and a wife were out of the question for the lifestyle he wanted to lead. After custom building his home he needed to complete his bachelor pad with a proper man-cave and swimming pool, employing the same architect that designed the contemporary residence he called home. This was an easy one for us as the architect already knew who he would select for the concrete pool addition.

Large rectangular pool surrounded by deck at sunset.
Pool photo not of this property due to request by owner.

We service Gulfport & Hattiesburg MS, Daphne, Spanish Fort, Fairhope & Orange Beach AL, and Gulf Breeze & Navarre FL and neighboring cities.
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Pool Design went well and then ...

The clean lines of the design were easy to emulate, but matching the selected materials and the lines across the entire surface would present a challenge. Then we were hit with the biggest obstacle: The project needed to be complete for a party he was hosting for the hockey playoffs. We never rush a project at Southern Poolscapes; we like to say that we only get in a hurry if you are in a hurry. Our designer consulted onsite with the architect, homeowner, our project manager and the general contractor to determine the critical path. There was no way to get both projects completed and either the pool or the man-cave would have to wait. Since the pool would not interfere with the other construction, it made sense to start with the focal point of the yard. With five weeks to go before the start of the hockey playoffs we had to get moving.

Modified rectangular POOL with tanning ledge and cast stone coping and paver surrounds

The modified rectangle was lengthened beyond the transitional "golden rectangle " proportions, bisecting the yard from east to west, leaving space for the man-cave on one side and the room for Matt's two Weimaraner pups. A large tanning ledge was designed to view the future location of the outdoor TV, but truthfully was designed specifically for the dogs to have a place to rest. Cast stone coping and pavers surrounded the Gunite pool and added to the overall look. The light color of the pavers contrasted directly with the Onyx pool plaster and custom black Galaxy granite tile.

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Extra care taken for installing pavers in this location.

The architect had called out a stained and scored concrete deck, but the hydrostatic pressure inherent to Perdido Key accelerates the wear on concrete leading to cracks. The client was concerned with the pavers settling as his neighbors had had some issues. Pavers are not structural. Sure they are hard and heavy, but they are designed for the aesthetics of the surrounding area, the real strength in a paver installation is in the base material. A proper foundation of filter fabric, limestone base, bedding sand and a finish with poly sand yields superior results. (As an aside we also reinstalled the neighbors pavers when it was determined the pavers were just sitting on a sand base.)

Extra amenities included a ScreenLogic System controlled through an iPad

To top the project off we installed a ScreenLogic system for complete automation. The bubblers, multicolor led lights, temperature of the pool and even the landscape lighting were all controlled through the homeowner's iPad. His audio/visual guys even added cameras that the app can access.

Remote monitoring from anywhere in the world was a nice bonus, providing the ability to get the pool up and running on the way home from a late night out.

The SWIMMING POOL, the party and the PLAYOFF was a win for everyone

Admittedly we worked until the last minute, but the party still went off and Matts team took the win, although they lost out in the finals. He agrees he got the better end of the deal. A new pool is better than a win any day of the week.

It was a great opportunity to showcase our skills and work with the gulf coasts best architects once again.

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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.