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The Coral Pool & Spa Design Process

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We understand that buying a swimming pool is a big decision for any family. We also know that some families take weeks, months, or even years to make a final decision. We’re okay with that. We’ll help you whenever we can, but we will never try to pressure you into a design or purchase. That’s why we created the Coral Pool’s “No Pressure Design Process.” At all stages of the design and buying process, YOU are in control. We’ll proceed to the next step only if and when you tell us you’re ready to proceed.

If that’s the way you hoped to be treated, then you’re in good hands. (On the other hand, if you were expecting a high-pressure sales person to “strong-arm” you into buying a pool, then we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with our “no-pressure” approach. Here’s how it works:

  • Think about what kind of pool you want.

Review our website, our portfolio or any pictures you might already have in mind. Make a note of any particular pools, spas, custom water features or outdoor living features that you like.

Feel free to look at our competitors’ websites as well. (They’ve never built anything we can’t build!) If you see a pool in a magazine and book or newspaper, save a copy of that too.

  • Get some expert advice.

Telephone: We can discuss some ideas right over the phone if you like.

Backyard meeting: One of our designers will be happy to look at your backyard, and share some ideas with you.

  • Get a preliminary design and bid.

If you’ve got an idea of what you’re looking for, our designers can create a custom design for you. If you have a specific budget in mind, let the designer know, so that he can recommend the appropriate features and options.

  • Fine-tune your design.

You may want to add or remove certain features or options. You can choose your tile choices, deck choices and other special features at this time.

  • Decide if you want to buy this pool.

A simple proposal outlines exactly what your new pool is going to look like, and what it’s going to cost

      • Small down payment – we can reserve your build slot with a simple down payment
      • Schedule your start date – it’s time to decide when you want the process to begin.

It normally takes between 60 and 90 days to complete your new pool, depending on weather and the complexity of the project.

Remember, with the Coral Pool and Spa “No-Pressure Design Process,” you’re always in control. We look forward to helping you bring your dreams to life.


One is depth. For swimming, a depth of 3.5 feet is generally required. If you want to be able to jump into your pool, 4 feet is better. And for diving, you need a well of at least 8 feet. We can tell you what the regulations are in your area.


While many homeowners still opt for the traditional aqua pool finish, other hues are becoming more popular, such as gray, blue, black, white, and tan. If you want to be different but not that different, consider a less-common shade of blue.

Filtration System

We install a few different kinds of filtration systems that each come with their own benefits. Aspects to consider are energy efficiency, noise and ease of use. Your chosen filtration system can be combined with automated cleaners that can be programmed to clean your pool at night, while you sleep.

Pool Deck

The options for your pool deck are endless.. The standard finish is concrete, but many California homeowners opt for concrete pavers, porcelain pavers or stone. When choosing a pool deck material, you’ll want to consider durability, aesthetics and cost.


Summers in California are hot, but what if you want to use your pool year round? After all, your swimming pool is an investment, so why not spend a few extra dollars to be able to use it more often? We can go over with you the different types of heaters available for pools and what you can expect from each.


Light is another feature that allows you to use your inground pool more. Swimming at night is fun and relaxing, but it’s hard to do if your pool isn’t lit. You can choose from many types of pool lighting, including lights that change color!

Optional Design Features

Many homeowners want to make their pools unique with special features, such as fountains and waterfalls. Your inground pool design can incorporate trees or other plants, boulders, statues, slides, automation, sound systems, sun shelves or even a cabana. The options are endless.

Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)

The time it takes for us to complete your pool design in Silicon Valley depends on the complexity of the design and the season in which we are working. 

What’s exciting about swimming pool design is that you get to choose whatever you like — as long as it is feasible from an engineering standpoint and not against building code in your location. So if you want a swimming pool design with several tiers, rock formations, fountains, a infinity edge — all is possible. 

Creating a complex pool design like this usually takes several weeks. However, as you can imagine, spring is our busy season because that is when everyone in Silicon Valley starts thinking about pool construction, so you may have to wait longer for your pool design. 

Pool design is much less expensive than actual pool construction. And while luxury and custom pools do come at a premium, the added cost is not that much more. So as long as you are spending the money for swimming pool installation, you might as well get exactly what you want from your pool design. 

Factors that can affect the cost of swimming pool construction include the size of the pool, any issues with the soil that needs to be excavated for pool construction, and possible access issues that would make it difficult for us to get backhoes and bulldozers into your back yard. 

We welcome your input into your pool’s design, but as the experts in swimming pool design and construction, we are more than happy to show you a variety of pool design ideas. When we first meet with you, we will ask you questions about what you have in mind for your pool design, such as shape, depth, pool surround and special features. We may make some suggestions or run some pool design ideas by you at this time. 

Once we have a clear picture of what you would like, we create your pool design. After seeing the swimming pool design for the first time, most customers are excited and may want to make changes or additions to their pool design to make it better fit their vision of an ideal pool. 

Yes, these two ideas are not mutually exclusive. Ways to save money on a custom pool include opting for a traditional oblong-shaped pool, choosing a smaller pool and building your pool in stages, i.e., adding the custom surround next year. 

There are multiple reasons to want a custom pool that is not necessarily a luxury pool, and one of them is size. Some Silicon Valley residents simply want a small plunge pool they can use to cool off in after work and on weekends. The money they save on a small pool can be used to customize their pool design, possibly by adding features such as a heater so you can use your pool for longer.  

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