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Alka Pool Construction Featured In Aqua Article

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Wed, Feb 03, 2016

Master Pools Guild member, Alka Pool Construction, Ltd. once again finds themselves the center of much deserved attention with a feature article in Aqua Magazine.  This project was the recipient of the annual Master Pools Guild International Award of Excellence for 2014.  The distinction is bestowed on one project,  selected by the membership of the Master Pools Guild each year.  

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This swimming pool, located near Whistler Mountain Ski Resort in British Columbia was part of a luxury, custom home design.  Alka Pool entered the project in the Guild's Annual Excellence Awards in the Technical Engineering Achievement category. The precise engineering required to accomplish this daring, cantilevered swimming pool design firmly placed the project at the top of the Excellence Awards and places Alka Pool Construction at the forefront of the industry.

Click the link below to read the Aqua Magazine Article:

http://aquamagazine.com/builder/a-soaring-achievement.html#!/ccomment-comment=2343

If you would like to know more about the Master Pools Guild, click this link "About Us."

 

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Why Buy A Pool From A Master Pools Guild Builder?

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Nov 04, 2013

There is no better place to look for a pool for your family than a Master Pool Guild Builder.  While the swimming pool and spa industry offers numerous organizations for builders to join membership in the Master Pools Guild is handled differently.  Guild members have to be invited to join and the membership process includes review and verification of financial strength as well as a check with the Contractor’s license board in the state where they build.  The Guild will also verify with pool supply vendors if the perspective member pays their bills on time.  Once all of this is checked out, then the new member is approved to join the Master Pools Guild. 

Mission Pools   Pool design and construction by Mission Pools San Diego, Orange and Riverside Counties

The Master Pools Guild is made up of approximately 100 members.  It is the only international group of its kind. The Guild has been in existence for 51 years and prides itself on building quality pools with the best equipment available.  Adding to what makes the Guild unique is that the members meet twice a year to discuss and share with each other new ideas and better ways to build pools.  Since our members do not compete with one another there is no limit to what its members will share. 

Mission Pools   Pool design and construction by Mission Pools San Diego, Orange and Riverside Counties

The Master Pools Guilds past director Cruse Lewis said; “There is no question that the opportunity to exchange confidential information with each other has resulted in our pool builders increased profitable sales and companies to grow stronger.  I firmly believe that this exchange of information has led to the guild evolving into a superior organization for the betterment of the Master Pools Guild family and the community”.

Mission Pools   Pool design and construction by Mission Pools San Diego, Orange and Riverside Counties

 The Guild established A Code of Ethics years ago that each member must still follow today.

 To hold inviolate the concepts of free enterprise and unselfish service to the public.

  1. To continually strive to gain respect for the industry, both locally and at the national level.
  2. To make the largest contribution possible to the health, safety and welfare of the public in the installation of swimming pools.
  3. To support all efforts to improve swimming pool products and service.
  4. To advertise and sell the merits of their own products and refrain from attacking competitors.
  5. To reveal all material facts, to avoid concealment of information in advertising and selling that might cause customers to be misled.
  6. To advertise only bonafide prices and products and to refrain from the use of “bait” advertising methods.
  7. To design or build in a manner compatible in every respect with public health and safety and to comply with all applicable laws, ordinances or regulations.
  8. To fulfill contractual obligations, to offer a reasonable warrant of products and services, and to perform on such warranty, either written or implied.
  9. To refrain from owning, investing in, joining, operating, being employed by, or otherwise participating in, directly or indirectly, any organization similar to the Master Pools Guild.

For 51 years the Master Pools Guild members have been building pools worldwide.  The members continue to work together to build better pools for the community.  The members build fun and everlasting memories for families. 

Mission Pools has been a member of the Guild since 1983.  The sharing and camaraderie amongst the members with each other is second to none.  Members go to great lengths to support in any way their fellow members much like a family.  When you buy a pool from Mission Pools, or another Guild member, you are buying a Master Pools Guild pool and we welcome you into our family.

Brad P. Cotton

CFO, Mission Pools

Chairman of The Board of Directors,

Master Pools Guild 

 

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Jorge Martinez, Watermaina, S.A. Pool & Spa News 2013 Award

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Aug 30, 2013

Watermania, S.A., Master Pools Guild member headquartered in Guatemala, has been recognized by Pool & Spa News with a 2013 Masters of Design Award for this striking and unique swimming pool design. 

Watermania, S.A.

The article in Pool & Spa News is captioned “Lush Life” and explains that the architect, Juan Lacape, & Watermania, S.A. president, Jorge Martinez, worked together to design the pool to frame the homeowners view of Guatemala’s San Pedro Sula City.  A limited amount of available space kept the vanishing edge pool design to approximately 30 feet of swimming area.  A shallow-water sun shelf is an additional design feature that compliments the clean lines of the pool while increasing usability.   

The design team incorporated dark colors for the pool using black tile for the sunbathing areas and blue for the pool.  The effect gives an added sense of depth when looking out from the windows.  The unique use and placement of wood in the design gives the steps the illusion of floating and blends seamlessly with the home’s modern architectural style.  “The wooden areas are not aligned, so they look as if they are floating…inside the pool.” stated Martinez.

Watermania, S.A.

In 2011, this pool was awarded the 2011 Master Pools Grand International Award of Excellence.  That award is bestowed on one pool design each year by the members of the Master Pools Guild.  Watermania, S.A. is the only member of the Master Pools Guild to win that award in two consecutive years, 2010 & 2011.  

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Eric Drolet, Master Pools Dominion Gunite, "We build continuous relationships with our clients."

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Aug 19, 2013

“We build continuous relationships with our clients. We do everything in-house, from sales through to design, construction and after-care…By keeping all of the work in-house, MPDG offers unparalleled quality control, as well as a single communication point. Everyone on the team is on the same page, making it easier to exchange feedback and information with customers.” – Eric Drolet, Owner & President

Working in both the commercial and the residential sectors, Master Pools Dominion GuniteDominion Gunite Calgary Calgary, designs and builds some of the most beautiful custom designed swimming pools and aquatic centers in western Canada.  The company began as Dominion Gunite, in 1955 and did not build swimming pools for the first ten years but, by the early sixties their focus changed and in 1965 they joined the Master Pools Guild and began concentrating on swimming pool design and construction. 

Master Pools Dominion Gunite constantly pushes swimming pool design further incorporating new techniques and materials.  Their passion for the industry is clearly reflected in each project.  There success is evident by the awards and recognition that continues to flow in their direction.  The Master Pools Guild is proud to count them among its members.

We invite you to read the entire feature article recently published in Canadian Business Executive by clicking here.  

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Rainey Pool Company, Texas, Honored By The Master Pools Guild

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Thu, May 30, 2013

Outstanding Traditional Pool

A new set of awards were announced at this year’s Excellence Awards Ceremony by the Master Pools Guild.  These awards were bestowed upon the designs that scored the highest points in their category during the judging process.  Rainey Pools of Texas was awarded the first Outstanding Traditional Pool Award for this design.  The Tiffany trophy was presented by annual sponsor Pool Corp.’s Manny Perez & was accepted by Tim Rainey, Jr. for Rainey Pool Company.

This backyard oasis is located next to the water and was constructed utilizing 13 wood sub-pilings to support the gunite retaining walls.  This unique design includes a play ledge, attached spa and gas fire pit.  The pool scape measures 36 feet long and 3 ½ feet deep – providing the perfect cool, refreshing escape for the owners and their guests.

"The swimming pool on this property is the perfect finishing element - truly custom designed and complimenting the home.  This is one of the areas where our members excel." Dick Covert, Executive Director of the Master Pools Guild.  For more information on the members of the Master Pools Guild visit  ABOUT THE GUILD &/or -Testimonials.

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Mission Pools Honored By Master Pools Guild

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, May 17, 2013

Swimming pools and spas come in all shapes and sizes but none have a champagne acrylic spa suspended over the pool and overlooking the Pacific Ocean – at least not until now.  Constructed using stainless steel structural members welded to a stainless steel post that extends down below the pool floor.  The all glass tile, quarter circle pool was built with a stainless steel coping and a rotating post which is designed to allow the interior quarter circle of the house floor to rotate from inside the house to outside the house and cover the pool when the owners would like to use it for outdoor dancing!  This pool is truly extraordinary in design and absolutely stunning to behold. 

Outstanding Tech Achieve

The Master Pools Guild, during the March 2013 Excellence Awards Ceremony, announced a new series of awards.  These awards were bestowed upon the designs that scored the highest points in their respective categories during the judging process.  This swimming pool design was awarded the first Master Pools Guild Excellence Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement.   The trophy was presented by Art Grimmitt of Pentair Aquatic Group, to Jeff Dunn of Mission Pools of California.  Somehow it seems very appropriate that we say “To the entire Mission Pools Team, Congratulations and Cheers!

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Master Pools Guild Honors Claffey Pools of Texas

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Apr 26, 2013


Claffey Pools Texas

Overlooking a private lake, this Claffey Pool design is a beautiful reflection of natural design expertise.  The client’s request?  To build a pool 75 feet in length that complimented the 10,000 square foot log cabin home.  What did the Claffey design team deliver?  A breath taking natural design that could make Mother Nature herself stop & take notice. 

One key component to the overall plan was to ensure visibility of the waterfalls from the house as well as from the outdoor area.  Then, there is the 150 foot river.  It gives the appearance that the pool is gushing toward the lake, when in reality, the river is circulating from the lake.  The waterfalls around the pool are seamlessly woven into the pool system and the entire poolscape blends so well into the setting it is difficult to see where Mother Nature stopped & the Claffey team began.  Add the custom elements of fire features, in pool fountain, grotto, attached spa stools & table and a captivating vanishing edge and your journey to paradise is more than complete.

The Master Pools Guild, during the annual Excellence Awards Ceremony (March 2013), announced a new series of awards.  These awards were bestowed upon the designs that scored the highest points in their category during the judging process.  Claffey Pools of Texas was awarded the first Outstanding Natural Pool Award for this design.  The Tiffany trophy was presented by annual sponsor Zodiac Pool Systems’, Bruce Brooks & was accepted by Brian, Charlie & Shelly Claffey for Claffey Pools.

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Master Pools Guild Honors Blue Stone Pools of Australia

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Wed, Mar 27, 2013

 

The Master Pools Guild, during the annual Excellence Awards Ceremony (March 2013), announced a new series of awards.  These awards were bestowed upon the designs that scored the highest points in their category during the judging process.  Blue Stone Pools of Western Australia was awarded the first Outstanding Geometric Pool Award.  The Tiffany trophy was presented by annual sponsor Arch/Lonza’s Buck Hall & was accepted on behalf of Blue Stone Pools by Keith Lombardo, member of the Guild board of directors.

 

Blue Stone Outstanding Geometric

This incredible design is a geometric pool measuring 25 feet in length and is 5 feet deep.  The pool is located on the first floor and the driveway wraps around the rear of the pool which leads to the garage.  The pool has three port- hole windows which are viewed from the front entrance.  The vanishing edge has a glass observation window on one side and the ocean on another.  The freefalling spillover empties into a catchment pond that is creatively woven into the landscaping.    The pool is constructed with a soffit edge, that acts as the pool entry steps inside.  

Blue Stone Above    View From Above

Blue Stone Pools is the Guild's newest member.  Guild Executive Director, Dick Covertt, shared "Blue Stone Pools is a wonderful example of the caliber of swimming pool company we invite to join the Guild.  Grant & his team are professionals dedicated to their craft and committed to an unparalleled level of excellence.  Unique designs are a standard for their company.  We are excited to share this success with them and expect to see them represented often in our Excellence Awards."

Blue Stone Pools Front

Click on the photo above to visit the Blue Stone Pools website.  

Again, our congratulations go out to the team at Blue Stone Pools!  

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We encourage visitors to click on "About The Guild" & review the area of our website that explains what it means to work with a Master Pools Guild member.  

We also have a number of free, downloadable resources available to help you select a builder, and to help you begin to design your poolscape.  

 

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Johnson Pool and Spa Celebrates Their 25th Anniversary

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Tue, Mar 05, 2013

Johnson Pool and Spa was founded twenty-five years ago when a family started their quest to create a better life for future generations.  In the past twenty five years, this California business has grown and expanded to include an operation with 28 employees, 19 trucks and a 3,500 square foot showroom. 

Johnson Pool & Spa Gold Award Winner

The business began as a pool construction and renovation company operating out of the owner’s residence. The company was co-founded by Lupe and Barbara Perezchica, joined by their daughter Tina Johnson with her husband Stan.  The first company employee was their son, Matt Perezchica.  Lupe had 16 years of construction experience in the swimming pool industry.  His understanding and appreciation of construction best practises contributed to the company’s reputation for building a quality, long lasting swimming pool.  Stan was in charge of sales.  Matt helped Lupe with construction and Barbara and Tina handled all the bookkeeping. 

In their on-going quest to provide the best service to their clients, Johnson Pool and Spa added a Service and Repair Department in 1993 which has grown to servicing over 600 clients throughout Sonoma County.  When asked about their client base, Matt put it best, “Our job is to make their lives more enjoyable and for 25 years that is what we are most proud of.”

About the same time that their Service and Repair Department was being established, Johnson Pool and Spa opened their first retail store, an 800 square foot space in Raley’s Shopping center.  They remained in that location until moving in 2005 to their current space at 9650 Old Redwood Hwy. Windsor, CA.  This move accommodated their continued growth and allowed them to add products such as Caldera Spas, Traeger Pellet Grills, Lynx gas grills and an assortment of pool chemicals, toys and accessories to continue to enhance the enjoyment of their client’s backyard spaces.  In 2010, Johnson Pool and Spa accepted an invitation to join the Master Pools Guild.  They are active participants and award winning Guild members and are helping to shape the pool and spa industry on a global level. 

 

Johnson Pool & Spa Employees       (click on image above to visit the Johnson Pool and Spa website)

Through the years both the family and the business has remained strong and dedicated to their industry and their clients.  Today they employ Lupe and Barbara’s grandson, Aaron Johnson, and other extended family members. Most importantly they feel as though all of the employees are part of the Johnson Pool and Spa family. In return, they have an amazing and dedicated crew, all of who have the same goal of making Sonoma County the best place to live outdoors!  “We extend our congratulations to everyone at Johnson Pool and Spa on achieving this important milestone and we are proud to count them among the Master Pools Guild family,” Dick Covert, Executive Director of the Master Pools Guild.  

Visit Johnson Pool and Spa online for more information.

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HGTV Features Medallion Pool’s CLOUD POOL On "Cool Pools"

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Sat, Feb 16, 2013

Cloud Pool by Medallion Pool

Medallion Pool Company owners, Mark and Lynne Dorsey of Asheville, NC, have been receiving some great attention for their Cloud Pool design, an outdoor living area and swimming pool recently featured on HGTV’s “Cool Pools.”  The episode first aired on January 1, 2013, a terrific way for Medallion Pool to kick off a new year.  Since then, the praise has been pouring in.

“I have to thank the Master Pools Guild staff for passing along the request from HGTV’s production company,” said Medallion Pool Co. owner, designer and lead engineer Mark Dorsey.  “We responded with a rather elaborate effort to position the Cloud Pool so they couldn’t pass it up.  Our entire staff did an excellent job as did our hosts for the day, homeowner’s Debbie and Mitch Steenrod.”  The pool and outdoor living space was built in 2012 at their residence which they use as a weekend getaway. 

Medallion Pool Cloud Pool View

The segment was filmed on site this past October by AMS Pictures from Dallas.  Due to weather conditions, filming took place literally in the clouds and true to its’ name, the swimming pool design showcased a totally different look compared to most of the other pools featured in the segment.  During the day-long shoot in sub-50 degree, windy weather, Mark and Lynne’s two sons took a quick dip in the steaming Cloud Pool to demonstrate its use and do some filming of their own with the underwater camera.  Everyone else enjoyed the poolside living space with fireplace, grill, smoker and pizza oven which was demonstrated by cooking dinner for the crew and guests.

Homeowner Mitch Steenrod commented on the project:  “The entire pool is designed to capture the breathtaking views of our property. This is truly an amazing engineering effort – very few contractors could have succeeded in this endeavor. We were honored to help show off Mark’s work for HGTV.”  Mark Dorsey is an award winning swimming pool designer and currently sits on the Master Pools Guild Board of Directors.

The Cloud Pool is a state-of-the-art engineering and waterscape design.  Working on a precarious in-fill slope on a virtually-inaccessible backyard, the build required a structure with 8- and 10-foot concrete support piers. The pool floor is actually a 2-way structural floor system with the equipment area housed below.  The distance from the pool’s infinity edge to the ground below is approximately 20 feet.  The pool and in-pool spa design is complete with fully-automated systems and a retractable cover to accommodate the homeowners use as a vacation home.

The next scheduled airdate is Friday, February 24th at 8 p.m. EST.  

Medallion Pool Co.

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