Designing & Installing a Custom Spa
What is a Gunite Spa?
Gunite is a concrete blend of sand, cement and water that is applied pneumatically to a reinforced steel frame to create a solid structure. It’s the solid structure which forms the shell of a Precision Spa or Spool. For decades, gunite has been used to create in-ground swimming pools and spas, including New York and the Northeast. It is the number one choice for custom spas and many residential customers choose gunite for its unparalleled strength.
We’ve been working with gunite for over 20 years and have found it to be an amazing material. Two main reasons it’s so popular is its durability and design possibilities. Our craftsmen are focused on building Precision quality in-ground spas, that’s why we choose gunite.
Designing The Perfect Spa
Because there are no molds or templates to follow, every spa we build is a unique design. We can design it to fit your lifesytle with a list of options and features to compliment what you are going to get the most of out of you pool experience. When you can design anything, taking a look at other designs is a great way to benchmark what you like. We have been designing pools and spas for 20+ years so we can guide you through the process.
What is a "Spool"?
A Spool, or a Small Pool, is a smaller pool design created as a solution to having a swimming pool fit for a small backyard or limited space. While it was originally designed as the solution to fit into small yard, Spools are quickly becoming the hottest trend for any size yard and small families. Our small swimming pools are perfect for lounging, wading, and cooling off. For ultimate luxury consider adding a spa to your in-ground plunge pool design. Most Spool owners use it as a “pool” in the summer, with the water at cooler temperatures for swimming, and use it as a “spa” in the fall and spring. This option has the capability to be used 3 seasons, or even all year!
Excavation and Construction
Once you’ve decided on the final design we will begin the excavation phase. We really dig gunite pools—we mean it, we really do! We enjoy watching the amazing transformation from the blank, undisturbed earth, to the vast opening which later becomes your unique pool and spa. This phase begins by marking the outline of pool on the ground. An excavation crew swiftly removes the soil and the construction phase begins. In this phase, Precision Pool and Spa professionals will assemble a metal rebar frame and install the plumbing.
The next phase is the most impressive—it’s the gunite phase! Most homeowners invite their neighbors to watch as a heavy coating of gunite is sprayed on the metal frame. During this process you’ll begin to notice Precision Quality. Our team will trowel every inch of the pool and spa, by hand. Our experienced team meticulously smoothes the gunite which builds an outstanding foundation. The smooth gunite surface is almost ready for the final and most beautiful finishing touch—the plaster. But, before the plaster can be applied, the coping, in other words, the edge of the pool, will be crafted. At this time, the masonry and stone work is built and the decking around the pool is completed. At last it is time to “finish” the gunite pool.
Our Finishing Touch Makes the Difference
The final phase includes applying a plaster, also known as the “finish”. This process is completed in one day. The plaster is blown onto the gunite shell by the experienced Precision team. Meanwhile, Precision Pool and Spa craftsmen smooth the surface. By smoothing the service, the aggregates and eye-catching colors of the finish will illuminate.
In-ground Pool Water Features
Precision Pool and Spa is a luxury gunite spa and spool designer and builder. We believe that your pool and spa is a reflection of your lifestyle and personality! View a sampling of our previous pool designs for inspiration. Each spa is handcrafted with custom water features, massage jets, design elements, plaster finish, stone and custom tile, and lighting to give you the resort-style pool you’ve imagined.
Below are some of the popular features available. When we sit down to design your custom spa, we will go over all the options and features available.
Pool and Spa Combo
Enjoy your pool all year long or just simply add a spa. Imagine the relaxation and romance you’ll find in your spa through the snowy winter months when the pool is closed. During the summer, the spa creates a place for quality conversation and relaxation while the pool is available swimming and splashing. When it comes time to design your spa, you can choose a spa that is raised, integrated in the pool design, adjacent to the pool, elevated with a spillover waterfall, or maybe you’ll add distinction with glass tile or a custom border.
A Spool, or a Small Pool, is a smaller pool design created as a solution to having a swimming pool fit for a small backyard or limited space. While it was originally designed as the solution to fit into small yard, Spools are quickly becoming the hottest trend for any size yard and small families. Our small swimming pools are perfect for lounging, wading, and cooling off. For ultimate luxury consider adding a spa to your in-ground plunge pool design.
With a simple tap from your smartphone, you can control the temperature, air blower, and jets to your custom spa. It doesn’t get any easier than that! Ask about Spa Automation when you contact us for your custom spa consultation. We can show you all of the features and options for your smart spa.
Spa covers keep your spa warm and insulated, and available for year-round use. Since each spa is custom designed, we also specialize in custom covers to ensure the perfect fit. Get the best quality spa cover to keep your spa readily available for summer and winter use.
Endless Swim Jet
Are you looking for an in-ground leisure pool, but would also like the option of a satisfying workout? An Endless Swim Jet might be the perfect solution for you. This system can be used in almost any gunite swimming pool design. The powerful jet forces water into a smooth current which gives you an invigorating workout, in the privacy of your own pool. Swim against the powerful current for as long as you want and easily adjust the speed from the pool.
Indoor hot tubs are popular to those who are looking for the benefits a spa without having to step foot in the snow in the winter. Speaking of steps, every indoor spa is completely custom, so if you would like the steps in a particular location, we can do that. Indoor spas also offer an added level of privacy and comfort and are available in any shape or size. We recommend using glass tile and other enhancements to turn your spa into a beautiful focal point.
Relax with maximum comfort and constant massage when you build your custom spa with custom jets! Add as many as you can dream up and view samples of different options available. Control them with smartphone automation, available with every custom spa or spool.
Rock waterfalls and fountains add a touch of nature to a good number of luxury in-ground spa designs today. Soothing water sounds and lighted water features to bring tranquility and relaxation to your backyard spool or spa. By using the majestic natural beauty of oversized boulders and slab cut stone you’ll create an ideal focal point your friends will surely notice. Every waterfall is unique to your spa design.
Gallery of Spas
Sometimes the best way to start your design is to find out what you like or don’t like. These are some of our favorite Spas we have built. Keep checking back as we add more to our website and share some of the pools we have designed.