Designing & Installing a Gunite Pool
What is a Gunite Swimming Pool?
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 Pool and Spa. 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 commercial swimming pools and many residential swimming pool customers choose gunite for its unparalleled strength.
We’ve been working with gunite for more than 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 swimming pools – that’s why we choose gunite.
Because there are no molds or templates to follow, every pool we build is a unique design. We can design the pool 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 for 20+ years so we can guide you through the process.
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 pool designer and builder. We believe that your pool is a reflection of your lifestyle and personality! View a sampling of our previous pool designs for inspiration. Each swimming pool is handcrafted with custom water features, 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 pool, 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.
Infinity edge swimming pools are featured in some of the most exclusive backyard pool designs. Imagine merging your lakefront view with an infinity edge pool to create a stunning optical illusion. For years the experienced professionals at Precision Pool and Spa have been extending zero edge pools to cascade into some of the most beautiful backyards in the Finger Lakes Region. Infinity edge pool designs can create a visual effect in almost any backyard space, including wooded and mountainous areas throughout New York State. If you are considering a vanishing edge pool please give us a call. We love mixing the art of pool design with the perfection of engineering.
Swim Up Bar
Are you looking for an exclusive resort experience in your own backyard? Consider adding a swim-up bar to your pool design. The best poolside bar designs feature seating inside and outside of the swimming pool, and offer counter space for food and drinks. Built-in bar stools with mosaic tile and other decorative enhancements offer a splash of elegance.
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.
Rock waterfalls and fountains add a touch of nature to a good number of luxury in-ground pool designs today. Soothing water sounds and lighted water features to bring tranquility and relaxation to your backyard swimming pool 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 in-ground pool and spa design.
Take advantage of the health benefits of swimming with your own lap pool. Your design could include one or multiple swim lanes using in-floor tiles as guides. Automatic retractable cover is available to extend your swim season. This kind of pool can be installed in small spaces both indoors or outdoors. Some of the most popular lap pool designs include an attached spa for relaxing after a vigorous workout. Often times the attached spa is designed to spillover into the pool creating a waterfall effect giving you additional beauty and benefits.
A tanning ledge in a gunite swimming pool creates a hotpot for fun. The sun shelf is perfect for resting in lounge chairs or a place to sun bathe while staying cool in the shallow water. A built-in umbrella stand creates a little shade for the especially sunny days or a cool place for kids to play. Adorn your tanning ledge with matching tile or a custom mosaic tile design. Add a bubbler or a waterfall to your sun shelf and you’ll have the perfect place to relax and enjoy your pool. When you design a custom gunite swimming pool, you will have the luxury of creating the perfect size, shape and location of your tanning ledge.
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.
Paw Perfect Entry
Does your dog love the water? Why not add a pet friendly entrance to your gunite swimming pool. Gunite pools offer the most durable in-ground swimming pool material available. Your dog will love spending time splashing around with the family while keeping cool all summer long. Pet entrances also offer a safe place for pets to rest while swimming and make it easy for pets to find the exit when they get ready to shake off. Stairs in most Precision Pool and Spa pools are marked with decorative tile which make it easier for our furry friends to see the exit while swimming.
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.