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Construction Process

Utilities Stakes

1 Day Process

We will call the uitilities people to go out to your house and verify the location of utilities (they use identifying stakes with flags).

Layout of Pool

1 Day Process

The pool is marked in your backyard.

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1-2 Day Process

Normal digs usually take no longer than a day, depending on what time the excavator gets started. The pool is over-dug and may appear quite large. The steps will not be very noticeable at this point except for a bit of a ramp. If you won’t be available during the excavation process, be sure and call our office so we can help make the necessary arrangements. If you live in a yard with existing sprinkler lines, be sure to make arrangements to have them capped off or re-routed. Any lines left either in the access area or the pool area will most likely be destroyed


1-2 Day Process

The steel is put into place on a grid pattern using engineer’s specifications to help reinforce the concrete structure of the pool.

Pre-Shotcrete Inspection (AKA Steel inspection)

1-2 Day Process

The city inspector comes out to make sure all we have done will meet required codes. They are looking at several things but most importantly grounded light fixtures and sufficient steel usage.


1 Day Process

This is where the pool starts to look like a pool. This is the main structure of the pool and is an amazing process to watch and worth seeing if possible. It is very important to arrange to have pool watered down periodically, especially during the hot summer months. We always advise setting a sprinkler in the pool and turning it on in the morning and off in the evening for a few days. You cannot water the pool too much and do not worry about the standing water left in the pool. We will have it pumped out eventually.


1-4 Day Process

(This stage may or may not apply to your pool). This is where planters, waterfalls, bbqs, fireplaces, or water features are built.


1-3 Day Process

All the PVC piping for pool filtration, fountains and water levelers are installed and the equipment is set. The PVC pipes are left under pressure to ensure that all the plumbing lines are holding pressure to be sure there are no leaks. PLEASE do not move any valves.


1-2 Day Process

The electric lines are then run from your main electrical panel to the equipment, pool light, switches and junction boxes. The junction box and lite switch usually will be installed at or near the patio unless other arrangements have been made.

Electrical inspection

1 Day Process

Depending on inspection schedule of neighborhood there often is an electrical inspection. This is making sure all electrical connections are grounded and wiring is sufficient.

Deck Work

2-4 Day Process

This would be the process of pouring any decks around the pool such as acrylic deck, natural concrete, aggregate, etc, OR setting Pavers or other types of Stone around the pool. Unless it is a very small pour, we will form the deck on one day and pour a day or two after. The deck will be formed up as the plan shows. If this is a POURED deck, do not walk on the deck for a day. Also with poured decks, the color of the deck will lighten up and the color will change a bit from the color you will see on the day it is poured. This curing time will vary depending on the weather.

Clean Up

1 Day Process

We have a crew that comes in and cleans up all the mess left by the previous subcontractors. They also prepare the shotcrete of the pool to receive the final interior finish.


1 Day Process

Barriers are usually the responsibility of the homeowner unless other arrangements have been made. Depending on the city, this would include gate springs, door closing devices, alarms, iron fencing, or anything else the city may require to pass the final inspection.


1-2 Day Process

The city inspector comes out to ensure all codes are met.

Interior Finish

2 Day Process

This would be the plaster or other interior finishes. The subcontractor will leave instructions on the job for filling the pool. Be sure and leave a hose on your back patio for the plasterers to start filling the pool. Once the pool is full let us know so we can come out to get the pumps running and add the initial chemicals.

Start Up

2-7 Day Process

We will need to set up an appointment with you to come out and give oral and written instructions on how to operate and maintain your pool. If you’re interested in pool maintenance, we can recommend someone to you.

Award Winning Houston and The Woodlands Pool Builders

It is our business philosophy and commitment to provide you with exemplary personalized service beyond your expectations. Our practice is to listen, hear and truly understand your needs, a quality of business conduct that often seems to have been forgotten on today’s fast paced society.

Free Estimates On Your Dream Pool

We pride ourselves on understanding your unique needs and budget – and then delivering on our promise to build the perfect backyard at the right price.

Swimming Pool Financing

We know that a pool is an investment, in your home and in your family’s lifestyle, that’s why we offer multiple pool lending options.

The Construction Process

A beautifully designed pool is only as enjoyable as it’s construction quality. Pools By Design is recognized for our superior pool construction.

Just wanted to let everyone know that we recently had a pool built in our backyard and it turned out even better than I expected. The entire process from start to finish took about 9 weeks, with very minimal mess. I told Pools By Design what I wanted and what my budget was, and they did exactly what I asked for. Could not be happier with them. If you are looking to have a pool built, you should give Pools By Design a call.

Jessica Hamm-Prior

Our Swimming Pool Project Gallery

We know that a pool is an investment, in your home and in your family’s lifestyle. That’s why we offer pool funding options to help make your dream pool affordable. We have numerous unsecured and secured loan products available to you. How can we help make your dream backyard a reality today?

431 Nursery Rd # C-300
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Phone: (281) 367-7171

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