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Landscape and Pool Design & Installation: 5 Things to Know

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If you’re considering a complete transformation of the property around your home, here’s what you need to know about luxury pool installation and landscape design before you get started.

Turning Vision into Reality

The first goal is to turn your pool and landscape design vision into a reality. You must start with skilled designers who can transform your dreams into pool designs and a blueprint. This requires someone who will work with you from concept to construction and will help you make sure your contractors get the work done.

Work with a company that will respect your vision, budget and timeline. Ask to see examples of their home-resort style design and installations to make sure they can create ultimate year-round retreats, no matter where you live.

Truly Custom and Experienced

Look for a design company that will craft unique and exquisite outdoor living spaces, not something that is common or cookie-cutter. Ask if they’ve created designer swimming pools, outdoor kitchens, fire bowls, waterfalls and cascades, outdoor fountains, natural swimming pools, infinity pools and inground pools. Find a company with a design team that is staffed by skilled artisans who produce exclusive, highly personalized layouts and features to match your precise specifications and unique aesthetics. Make sure they can truly transform your property into a personal resort.

3D Rendering

It can be difficult to visualize your completed outdoor design when you only have 2-dimensional plans. What will you see when looking out your living room window? How will the scale of the proposed water feature relate to the existing trees that you love so much? The solution is 3-dimensional, realistic looking rendering.

It takes advanced software and design expertise, but a great designer can literally take you on a tour of your new outdoor living space via a 3D fly-through, allowing you to experience your design from all vantage points. Ask your designer if this is an option. Not everyone has the tools or expertise.

Engineering & Permits

The pre-permit process can be frustrating and complicated for homeowners. Several weeks or even months can go by without an update or progress from the city engineers or municipal departments. Look for a pool and landscape designer who will help you coordinate and respond to any concerns and requirements from your city to get your permit. Ask about all the engineering needed for your swimming pool: structural, geotechnical, electrical, drainage, and/or survey.

A pool designer should have your engineering, plans, and paperwork ready and waiting to submit for permits and that can take up to eight weeks off the time it takes to actually build your project.

Project Management

Sometimes you’ve got a plan that has been waiting for the right time and the right help. Some landscape design companies are limited to working with only their own ideas and drawings, they can help you oversee the building and installation of a design you bring to them. From engineering and demolition to planting and construction, find out if your pool designer or luxury home resort contractor can do this for you.

Take the time to research these five things BEFORE you make a choice in pool design and landscape design companies so that you get exactly what you want in transforming your property into a luxury, resort-style landscape.

Artisan Home Resorts is a luxury pool design, landscape design and pool construction company focused on transforming your home into a year-round  resort style retreat. We offer complete landscape and pool design and build services for the Bay Area (specializing in hillside pools) and Central California. We offer design services for anywhere in the country. For more information, visit

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