Category - Swimming Pool Construction

Finished work of custom spa in C section of Palm Coast

Custom Spa in C Section of Palm Coast

Below is a great write-up that a happy client sent to us and we thought we would share it with you. Thank you for your kind words and thank you for letting us create your backyard paradise for you!

Greetings: As everyone knows, we moved, got our dream retirement house/little corner of paradise that was perfect except…Needed a little something to jazz up the backyard. Oh boy…did we ever jazz it up!!! With the work, guidance & creativity of our contractor Dan at Agua Construction & many excellent craftsman, our vision is now our reality;
our dream paradise come true!

Picture of yard before construction:

Picture of yard before construction.

October 2016: Project begins with tree removal, big hole in backyard. Here comes Tropical Storm Hermine. Big hole now filled with a lot of water! Have to wait for it to dry out before work can continue.

October 2016: Back to work. Oh wait, now we pause for Hurricane Matthew 🙁
LOTS more water, lots more time needed for everything to dry out.

January 2017: Work is proceeding so nicely! We can see our dream coming true!

Pictures during construction:


Work in progress - custom spa in C Section of Palm Coast

Work in progress - custom spa in C Section of Palm Coast

March 2017: Absolute Paradise! It doesn’t get better than this! Our “Castle By The Sea” is perfect!

Pictures of finished work:

Finished work of custom spa in C section of Palm Coast

Finished work of custom spa in C section of Palm Coast


Palm Coast Pool Construction Time Lapse Video

Enjoy this time lapse video of a recent custom salt water pool we designed and built for a homeowner in Palm Coast. This backyard vacation included a raised spa with waterfall, travertine coping, deck jets, LED lighting, and custom glass tile inlays.

You can view more of our custom pool designs and completed projects in our gallery.

Call us for all your swimming pool and spa needs. We can make your backyard vacation a reality.

(386) 246-7212

Custom pool design with sun shelf, raised spa, travertine coping, and large paver deck.

New Pool Spa Combo with Travertine Coping Finished in Palm Coast B Section

Another backyard vacation finished in the B Section of Palm Coast. This custom pool spa combo featured glass tile inserts, large paver deck, travertine coping, French silver interior finish, and sun shelf.

Below you can see photos of the pool construction process from start to finish.

Contact us for all your swimming pool design and construction needs!

(386) 246-7212

St Augustine Custom Pool Construction Process

Here’s a glimpse of our pool construction process we finished for a home in St Augustine. This pool featured a sundeck, glass tile, 3 foot sheer raised waterfall, lighted LED bublers, deck jets,  and tumbled roma pavers.

Contact us and we can start working on your own backyard paradise next!

You can view more photos of our work here.

Maintaining Proper Chlorine and PH Balance for Your New Swimming Pool

Here’s a video we shot at a recent custom pool and spa construction we finished for the Edwards family in Palm Coast. Before we go into the proper maintenance tips we do a little run down of what this 100% custom design consisted of.

If you have any questions regarding custom pool and spas, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

More information about our custom swimming pools can be found here.

Difference Between Gunite, Concrete, & Shotcrete in Swimming Pool Construction

model house poolGunite, concrete, and shotcrete are basically the same thing with variations in inherent water-tightness, strength, and construction methods. People throwing around these terms so carelessly must know that they are just different types of concrete with unique weaknesses and strengths.

Concrete can be considered as a man-made strong rock. There have been many forms of concrete since the Assyrian times and the Romans made huge strides in constructing some structures out of crude effective concrete forms. The different types of concrete come from differences in the specific formulas used by engineers while designing these structures. Admixture chemicals, water, aggregate and cement are part of every concrete formula. The quality of a swimming pool will have to do with the strength and water-tigthness of the concrete used in the construction. Now that you know something about concrete, we are going to talk about the differences between cast-in-place concrete, gunite and shotcrete.

Cast-In-Place Concrete

A form is built using wooden boards. Then workers pour runny and wet concrete mixture into this mold before smoothing out its surface. Then this concrete will dry hardening into this structure. Walls, floors and decks are the typical concrete structures comprising any aquatic facility. Many contractors and designers use the cast-in-place methods because of its ease of use. To control cracking in any concrete structure, designers use joints between concrete sections of any pool. The reason for this is that tons of water is lost in this process.

Cast-in-place concrete system may be considered as straightforward systems. Workers will place steel reinforcement and fresh concrete on temporary molds. A ready mix supplier may deliver ready mixed concrete to any location, though workers can also batch concrete on site. Steel, wood and aluminum are the most commonly used formwork materials to cast concrete. Aluminum and steel forming systems allow for saving on costs as they are designed to be used multiple times.

Cast-in-place concrete produces very strong walls resistant to disaster. In addition to this, this type of material is resistant to mildew, rot and mold having sound-blocking ability. Constructors tend to like cast-in-place concrete due to their familiarity with this type of material and its cost-effective technology. Remember that most contractors have been using this type of material for quite some time, and they might prefer to use it for the construction of swimming pools. However, make sure that this type of technology is part of a group of technologies used for the construction of your swimming pool.

Pools must have joints properly designed so that they can become waterpoof in every possible way. Proper maintenance must also be given to every joint so that the swimming pool can remain waterproof. Any joint may become a source of water loss if it is not well constructed or designed.


– Most contractors have experience with this type of concrete. Remember that this is the most used type of concrete.
– The structure can be waterproof and strong if designed properly.
– You can also expect to get a smooth surface if this material is properly designed which allows for the use of epoxy based pool painting systems.


– The pool sections might have problems.
– It is the weakest of the three methods.

Shotcrete Concrete

Shotcrete concrete allows designers to create watertight and strong structures. Shotcrete concrete can also be used to form any underside of a ceiling as well.

Shotcrete systems are durable, strong, resistant to fires, insects and vermin, mold, disasters, and have good thermal mass, low permeability, and create tight envelopes. Shotcrete’s hardness is similar to cast-in-place concrete, but the nature of shotcrete’s placement provides further benefits such as fast erection which is particularly true on complex shapes or forms including archs and curved walls. Because of its minimal equipment requirements and speed of construction, shotcrete is a cost-effective building method.

There are 2 main types of walls that can be made with shotcrete: plain uninsulated walls and sandwich insulated panel systems. The latter are made of polystyrene insulation’s prefabricated panels put into two wire mesh’s parallel sheets. Galvanized welded wire is used to connect those two faces of mesh piercing the insulating at acute angles in order to create a truss-like, strong support system. Depending on the concrete layers and core insulation, these walls may achieve R-values from seven to thirty three. This concrete can also provide thermal mass benefits.

Shotcrete systems’ wall forms are lightweight, and this is the reason why these systems can be installed so quickly. Since they are very easy to handle and make, workers can erect the shape of any construction in a straightforward way. In addition to this, workers will avoid using tons of equipment. Panels tend to brace each other once connected before shotcrete hold them together. Shotcrete methods require pouring materials onto the mold.


– Shotcrete can make the most watertight and strongest concrete pool possible if well constructed and designed.
– Fewer joints will be found in the pool.


– The finish tends to be a little bit rougher than that of cast-in-place concrete.


Gunite is a type of concrete applied pneumatically to any surface. Gunite is also used in many vertical surfaces like pool walls. Workers do not use any water to apply gunite to a surface until the actual moment of the application using a gunite nozzle.


– Gunite can make the most watertight and strongest concrete pool possible if well constructed and designed.
– Fewer joints will be found in the pool.
– Higher compressive strengths than shotcrete and cast-in-place concrete.


– The construction process tends to be more time consuming than shotcrete.
– Fewer people are skilled in using this type of concrete.

We are proud to say that we use gunite for all our inground pool constructions.

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