Six Steps to Paradise | Custom Pool Designs in Southern and Northern California


Custom swimming pool design animation from concept to reality.

Take an imaginary journey from dream to reality:

These are the steps to creating a personal paradise in your very own back yard.

Dependable Custom Swimming Pool Builder.  At Swan Pools, we believe in dreams. Your dreams!

Step 1: Dream

At Swan, we believe in dreams. Your dreams! Before you call us - or any pool design company - we encourage you to go outside, relax in your yard, and let your imagination roam free. Make notes for yourself, and discuss them with your family.

    What kind of environment do you imagine?
  • A tropical forest, with grottos and waterfalls
  • Crisp, contemporary architecture
  • A Grecian bath, with marble archways
  • Your own, unique paradise
    What do you see yourself doing?
  • Relaxing with your family?
  • Romantic evenings with your loved one?
  • Entertaining a crowd?
  • Swimming laps, for exercise?
  • Playing sports?

Once you're satisfied with your dreams, it's time to call 1-800-FOR-SWAN or fill out this simple estimate request. We'll work with you to make them a reality. And to show you possibilities you've never dreamed of!! Call us today! 1-800-367-7926

Swan Pools award winning designers design custom swimming pool construction projects.

Step 2: Design

Our designers win awards for creativity, but their skill in construction techniques and financial planning is equally impressive. They do more than design your personal paradise - they help you get the most for your money.

Your designer will listen to your hopes and dreams, study your space and discuss your options. He or she will sketch out possibilities, and work with you to draw a "vellum" plan with all the elements in place.

If you wish, our artists will then draw a three-dimensional perspective and a watercolor painting to help you envision your oasis.

Consider a built-in spa

For an added touch of luxury, many Swan customers choose to to complement their pool with a built-in spa. Because the spa is filtered and sanitized through the same system as the pool, it is more efficient than a portable spa, and twice as powerful. Your Swan spa can be fitted with soothing, sensuous features like rotating Waterway jets or our unique Swan Hot-Seat™.

Swan Pools - Quality swimming pool construction since 1954.

Step3: Engineer

The next visitor to your home will be a Swan Pools field technician. Working from the designer's vellum, the technician ensures that the dimensions for the work of improvement are accurately measured, any potential construction problems are identified, the scope of work is correctly calculated and all government permit requirements are met.

After the visit, the Swan Pools Engineering Services group creates the formal computer-aided drawings that guide the Swan construction team. The same drawings are submitted for your city's permit process. Swan Pools obtains all necessary City permits on your behalf.

Once we receive your City permits, we're on to construction!

Step 4: Construction

    Your aquatic environment will be built in stages, starting with removing the soil and ending with a beautiful finish in the pool interior. Browse through the steps and imagine your dream coming true.
  • Excavating
  • Installing plumbing and electrical
  • Installing the re-inforcing steel
  • Forming the actual pool structure with Gunite
  • Installing the decorative coping and tile
  • Installing the hardscape
  • Installing the softscape
  • Installing the interior finish
  • Adding water and starting up the project

Complete custom swimming pool construction project with artificial rock grotto by Swan Pools.

Step 5: Complete

Startup and Orientation

Years ago, Swan Pools raised the bar for pool service companies in California. We were the first company to provide a complete set-up, orientation, and an education program for the pool owner once you have filled the pool with water. Our technician will ensure all equipment is performing properly and that all of the special features are properly set and adjusted. Then they will meet with you and your family, and help you understand how to operate and care for your new oasis, safely and efficiently.


Nothing is more important to us than the safety of you, your family, and friends. Therefore, Swan Pools are designed and built to the safety standards required by city and state codes. Just the same, all aquatic environments have some risk. We strongly suggest that you study the safety products that are listed in our site AND the links to various other sources of safety information.

Please remember, there is NO substitute for careful, consistent, and capable adult supervision of the pool area at all times. No child should ever be left unattended near water.

Swan Pools - Built to Last a Lifetime for the Times of Your Life.

Step 6: Complete

Startup and Orientation

The work is done. Anyone for a swim?