New Builds

Creating a new pool and outdoor living space is made easy with PebbleTec.

For your new pool, insist on REAL PebbleTec. We deliver the vibrant water color of your dreams through expert sourcing, formulation and screening of all materials. We never compromise on quality! Consider adding Lightstreams Glass Tile and artisan Fire & Water elements to take your pool scape to the next level. Our expert Builders, Authorized Applicators and service team will be there for you every step of the way.

New Pool Buying Guide

Confidently start your new pool process with our 6-step New Pool Buyer Guide.

Step 1: Get inspired
The most important thing to do before buying a pool is to explore pool styles and carefully consider any specific needs you may have.  Check out the pool photos in our inspiration gallery or visit Pinterest to get inspired.  Doing this early homework before meeting with a pool builder will ensure that you are well-versed and can ask meaningful questions.

Create an inspiration book.

It sometimes can be difficult to put your ideas into words, so pull pictures of pool styles you like, including shape, water color and special pool water features. This gives your pool designer a good sense of what you’re interested in and how to incorporate your style into the swimming pool design.

What shape of pool best fits your needs?

Swimming pool design is critical to the overall aesthetic and functionality you’re trying to achieve.

  • Geometric shapes are great for people wanting a classic or contemporary look. They also work great for playing games or swimming laps.
  • Free-form styles offer a more casual and natural look. They work well with waterfalls and boulders.

How will your pool be used?

Consider the main use of your pool. Will it be meant for relaxation, exercise, entertainment, aesthetic beauty or as a play area for the kids? Also think about depth requirements: Will your pool be a diving pool, play pool or lap pool? Think this through before talking with a pool builder.

Which water color do you prefer?

The water color of the pool is dependent on many factors, including finish color, water depth, sun exposure/placement and type of vegetation. Water color options are often grouped into multiple color categories: Deep Dark Blue, Dark Blue, Medium Blue, Light Blue, Teal and Green. Click here to use our Virtual Water Color Selection Tool.

What type of interior finish would you like?

There are typically 3 finish types to choose from: plaster, quartz and pebble. It’s important to research these options and understand the performance characteristics of each. Generally, plaster or quartz are considered a standard finish offered by pool builders, while aggregate pebble finishes are considered premium in the industry. For the most beautiful and long-lasting of these, insist on a genuine PebbleTec brand finish: PebbleTec (the Original), PebbleSheen, PebbleBrilliance, PebbleEssence, PebbleBreeze or PebbleFina. (Remember: A “pebble finish” doesn’t mean it’s from Pebble Technology International.) Get it in writing.

Consider any special features you would like to include.

Examples of special features include a waterfall, diving board, sun shelf, slide, fire & water feature(s), a grotto, lighting, sound system, safety equipment, cabana and enclosures for weather protection. If you’re interested in adding one or more of these to your swimming pool, it’s best to do so during the initial construction. Retrofitting can often be tricky and costly.

Where would you like to place the pool in your yard?

Pool placement is an important design decision. Consider sun exposure patterns, where you’d like the pool entrance to be, privacy needs and whether or not you need to work around any existing landscaping and/or other structures.

Set a budget.

Know the maximum amount you would like to invest in your pool project. Make a list of must-haves before meeting with a builder so you are less likely to go over budget.

Step 2: Find a Pool Builder

Take Your Time

Visit pool builder websites to evaluate whether or not they meet your specific needs. Read customer reviews and review their project gallery. If you want a real PebbleTec pool, be sure to locate a select Builder or Authorized Applicator from our exclusive network. We sell ONLY to these specific Builders and applicators.

Step 3: Meet the Pool Builder

If you select pool builders who have a showroom, schedule a visit there. Often, these showrooms display model pools, finish samples, tile options and decking solutions.

Once you choose your select builder, share your inspirational photo book to provide a clear understanding of the environment you wish to create. In most cases, the pool builder will arrange for an on-site visit to your home to evaluate the space and take measurements.

After the site inspection, the pool builder will create a drawing of the pool design for your review. Once the design is finalized, you’ll need to choose the materials. Based on your selections, the builder will put together an estimate for your project. This estimate should include all labor and material costs including electrical, plumbing, excavating, equipment, tile, finish, etc. Many pool builders offer financing programs if needed.

Step 4: Finalize the Project

Before signing on the dotted line, carefully review the following items for accuracy.

Pool design

Your drawing should include exact dimensions, depth elevations, step and special feature placements, along with the pool’s specific position in your yard.

Pool Specifications.

Make sure the details document exactly what you want. The specifications should include interior finish – brand type and color, equipment – brands and model numbers, plumbing details, special features – size and quantity of each, electrical and any other special options (landscaping, decking, etc.).  If you want a real PebbleTec pool, get the finish brand name and color in writing on your contract.

Step 5: Construction and Installation

Prior to construction, your pool builder will have to submit a building permit for approval.  Afterwards, you should be given an installation schedule outlining excavation, plumbing and electrical, gunite, coping, decking, interior finish and start up.  (Again, confirm that your finish type and color is in writing on this schedule.)

Step 6: Enjoy

Once the pool is filled and the water chemistry is balanced, it will be time to celebrate the new addition. Throw a party and have fun. Don’t forget the toys, games, floats, patio furniture, etc.  Accessorizing is half the fun!

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