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Gunite Pools: Understanding the Construction Process

Gunite Pool Construction

Gunite Pool Construction

Gunite pools are renowned for their durability, versatility, and the endless possibilities they offer in terms of design. If you’re considering adding a gunite pool to your property, understanding the construction process can help you appreciate the craftsmanship involved and prepare for the journey from design to the first dive. Harpeth Valley Hardscape is your expert partner through this intricate process, ensuring that each step is executed with precision and care. Here’s a detailed look at how gunite pools are constructed.

Step 1: Design and Planning

The first step in the construction of a gunite pool is the design phase. This is where you get to express your vision, preferences, and specific requirements. Our team at Harpeth Valley Hardscape collaborates closely with you to create a custom design that fits not only your property’s landscape but also your lifestyle. We consider every detail, from size and shape to features like waterfalls, integrated spas, and landscaping.

Step 2: Excavation

Once the design is finalized and permits are secured, the next step is excavation. This involves digging the ground in the shape of the future pool, according to the precise dimensions outlined in the plans. The excavation process must be handled carefully to ensure the integrity of the site and safety, making professional expertise crucial.

Step 3: Framing and Plumbing

After the site is excavated, the next phase involves framing the pool with steel rebar. The rebar forms a grid-like framework that provides structural strength to the pool shell. Plumbing is also laid out during this stage, involving the installation of pipes for filtration, jets, and other hydraulic features, ensuring that they are perfectly integrated and concealed within the pool structure.

Step 4: Applying Gunite

Gunite, a mixture of cement, sand, and water, is then sprayed over the rebar framework under high pressure. This application is performed by skilled technicians who shape and contour the gunite to the specifications of your pool design. The gunite is then allowed to cure, gaining strength over several days.

Step 5: Tile and Coping

Once the gunite has cured, the next steps are the installation of coping and tile. Coping is the material above the tile line that caps the pool shell, and it can be made from various materials such as stone, concrete, or brick. Tiles are applied at the waterline to add aesthetic detail and to smoothly integrate the pool with the surrounding surface materials.

Step 6: Decking and Landscaping

Decking provides the finishing touch around your pool, which can be composed of materials such as pavers, concrete, or wood. This is also an ideal time to plan and execute landscaping that complements your new pool, enhancing the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your outdoor space.

Step 7: Finishing and Interior Surface

The interior surface of the pool is then finished with materials like plaster, aggregate, or tile. These materials are carefully applied to create a watertight, smooth, and visually appealing interior that complements the overall design.

Step 8: Filling and Final Setup

The final step is to fill the pool with water and install any additional equipment such as lighting and automatic cleaning systems. After a final systems check, your new gunite pool is ready to be enjoyed.

Ready to Build Your Dream Pool with Harpeth Valley Hardscape?

At Harpeth Valley Hardscape, we specialize in crafting custom gunite pools tailored to each client’s unique needs and preferences. We handle every aspect of the construction process with utmost care and professionalism.

Contact Harpeth Valley Hardscape today to start the journey toward your dream pool. Let us bring your vision to life with a bespoke gunite pool designed and constructed to the highest standards.

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