Choosing Hobert Pools & Spas means you’re working with the premier custom pool builder in the Rockwall and Murphy area. We are a pool construction company dedicated to exceeding your expectations and going beyond your wildest dreams. You can be confident that you’re going to get the most outstanding design and construction of your new inground gunite pool.

Custom Pool Design

When you initially contact us, you’ll be put in touch with our custom pool design team. We’ll chat with you to get an understanding of why you want to build an outdoor living space, how you want to use it, and your ultimate goal for how it should look. We will then schedule a consultation to get a first-hand look at your backyard. 

From there, we go back to our design studio and draw up your backyard plans. We’ll present them to you at a follow-up meeting to ensure we’ve captured the exact look you were hoping to achieve. Our goal is to give you a wonderful customer experience while creating an outdoor oasis you will enjoy for years to come.

Once the design is complete and sent for permitting, there is always much excitement about the anticipated construction of your backyard pool. Most customers find the process fascinating and eagerly await each phase of construction as it progresses one step closer to your dream.

Watch our videos below to learn more about some of the different phases of the construction process. Contact us today to see what Hobert Pools & Spas can do for you!” Let’s also hide that blurry slideshow at the bottom bc the steps dont match up with the videos.

Step 1: Excavation

Step 2: Steel

Step 3: Plumbing

Step 4: Gunite

Step 5: PrePlastering & Plastering

Step 6:Tile and Coping

Step 7: Gas and Electric

Step: 1

The day of excavation begins with the removal of fence panels to allow access for the track hoe or bobcat to enter and exit the backyard. The yard will be graded, and shrubs or concrete in the designated construction area will be removed. Then the pool will be staked-out and elevations set according to the design plans. The dirt will be removed, and the hole will be made ready for steel installation. *Homeowner is required to be home*

Step: 2

Steel bars are placed on the walls, floor, and beam of the pool and are used to reinforce the structure of the swimming pool and maintain structural integrity. The beam is tied using a 4 bar box beam which consists of 4-#4 bars – (1/2″) placed around the perimeter of the pool. The beam will also have deck dowels added to reinforce the steel installed at the deck phase. Normal steel schedule for the walls and floor use #3 bars – 3/8″ placed on 10″ centers. Additional steel support may be added to high stress areas creating 5″ centers. The bars are lifted approximately 3″ to ensure a strong bond with the gunite.

Step: 3

Plumbing is installed behind the steel framework. Proper plumbing and the appropriate use of valves is essential for maintaining ample flow of water to and from the pool, spa and water features. Normal plumbing lines consist of schedule 40 PVC in combinations of 1 1/2″, 2″ and 2 1/2″ diameters. Plumbing lines are classified as either return lines or suction lines. Return lines bring filtered water into the pool and suction lines include skimmers and main drains which draw water from the pool to the pump. Hobert Pools uses only the highest rated anti-entrapment safety drain standard on all of its pools. Hobert Pools uses VGB-compliant main drains, as well as Pentair’s IntelliFlo VS+SVRS (Variable Speed + Safety Vacuum Release System) pump as a standard feature on all pools. This is the highest-rated pump on the market that ensures the safest swimming environment for your family and is also the most energy efficient.

Step: 4

Gunite is pneumatically applied concrete where cement and sand are mixed and applied through a hose under pressure while at the same time mixing with water. With gunite, only enough water is added to start the chemical reaction referred to as hydration which allows for walls to be vertically stacked without falling. After gunite is applied it is extremely important to keep the shell damp to aid in the curing process. It is recommended that the shell be watered twice a day for seven days. Several holes will be made in the gunite to relieve the pressure from beneath the shell. These holes need to remain free of debris to allow water to surface when necessary.

Step: 5
Tile & Coping

The Tile and coping phase helps create the overall aesthetics of the pool using the materials that you have selected. The top of the gunite shell will be leveled, smoothed, and sealed in preparation for applying a 6″ waterline row of tile. Coping usually consists of stone, brick, or precast material and is placed on the beam of the pool. Special detail is emphasized by using quality stone that is approximately 2″ thick and by manually cutting each stone to create larger pieces and minimizing grout joints.

Step: 6

If you purchased a heater for your pool and spa, a licensed utility plumber will dig a trench from your gas meter to the pool equipment heater. Often times this requires tunneling under your driveway to create the shortest gas run between the meter and heater.

Step: 7

Our licensed electricians will install the wiring that runs the pool’s lights, pumps, heaters, timeclocks, and remote controls. The electrician will require access to your electrical panel, usually located in your garage. *Homeowner is required to be home*

Step: 8
1st Clean

At this time our clean-up crew will be sent out to remove any excess debris from around where the decking will be poured.

Step: 9

Decking is a critical phase of construction because of the expansive soil conditions that exist in the Dallas/Fort Worth areas. The deck process begins with the installation of a drainage system that uses 4″ PVC pipe that will carry water from the gutters and deck away from the pool and into the lower lying areas of your yard. A layer of sand will be spread on the ground to create a base and the deck will be formed according to the design plans. Reinforced steel is installed using #3-(3/8″) bars. If required, the city will inspect the deck forms and the plumbing lines will be tested to ensure they hold adequate pressure. The deck will then be poured and expansion joints placed throughout to allow for ground movement and minimize cracking.

Step: 10
Pre Plaster

Your superintendent will be out on this day to do a final inspection of the entire pool construction prior to calling in for plaster. He will check all equipment, make sure the yard is cleaned, and all phases have been completed to the customers satisfaction. *Homeowner is required to be home*

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Choose from the different features you want in your ideal poolscape including your budget, pool & spa option, pool shape, custom features, outdoor living options, water care service, purchase time frame and financing options.

Once we receive your wishlist, we will get back with you with next steps towards a consultation for your new poolscape.