Choices in Swimming Pool Design
Adding a swimming pool to your backyard in Bakersfield makes a world of difference in the summer and our long swim season. At Sparks Custom Pools, we have over 10 years’ experience building all types of pools. We begin the design process by asking you questions. You’ll see a 3D design rendering as the final step, to ensure that every detail is exactly as you want.
How do you want to use your pool?
You may be a lap swimmer, or just want to float and enjoy a cool dip. Or you have kids or grandkids that want a place to play and invite friends. How you use your pool determines depth – all the same vs. shallow end and deep end. What’s important to you drives the design of the pool.
How do you want your pool to fit within your yard?
For some people, the swimming pool is the primary feature of the backyard. For others, the pool is part of a complete backyard design that shares space with an outdoor kitchen, play equipment, or landscape area.
What features are important to you?
Many water features are available, such as waterfalls from rocks, a water wall, or a spray that aerates the pool. Fire features are also becoming popular. A large bowl contains glass or lava rock much like a fire pit, but it’s part of the pool design. Beach entries are another option. Lighting is also a consideration.
What type of surface do you like?
We’ll talk about color and type of surface for the pool. Classic white plaster, gunite, aggregate (pebbles that come in varying colors), or a complete tile surface. Your choice of surface coordinates with the edging and tile around the perimeter of the pool.
Do you have thoughts about the pool deck?
We will make suggestions based on your other choices. Options include patterned concrete, aggregate, pavers, or stone. The deck is an important part of the overall look of the pool design.
Spa or no spa?
Many people like a built-in spa because it extends the season of the pool. A hot spa on a cold night is a great combination.
Please visit our gallery to see photos of pools we designed and built.