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Rio Vista Swimming Pool Construction Process
1. FACT FINDING MEETING AT YOUR SITE
Site Analysis & Design
Our initial meeting with you is a fact finding meeting. It allows us to explore your project requirements, your vision, property
potential and to learn more about your expectations, concerns and desires for your future Rio Vista Pool Project.
The first step to a GREAT and unique Rio Vista design is the Creation of a detailed plan. This custom plan includes the
prepared detail cost estimate and a 3D presentation. This plan will show your home's foot print, lot easements, setbacks and
other site contingencies, such as slope or grade concerns.
These realistic renderings help you to see all of the elements of your pool design and how they integrate into your backyard. It is
in this stage that you make revisions and improvements as necessary. Once we have your approval of the complete design and
cost, we use these drawings to create a detailed engineering drawing for construction, and we begin the layout process.
2. LAY OUT AND PERMITTING
Once the project approval has been agreed upon, construction plans and the contract have finalized we will layout the pool, and
apply for any necessary permits. This is the first stage in the construction of your Rio Vista Pool. The dimensions of the pool
design and engineering drawings will be spray painted onto the proposed site area. This provides you the visual opportunity to
see the outlines of the actual size and shape of the pool in the yard. It is at this time that we ask you to review the plan and make
any changes to the size or location of the pool PRIOR to us actually breaking ground with excavation.
Once you have had time to review the design in the site setting we will sign the layout agreement, follow up with any necessary
permits and begin excavation.
3. EXCAVATION, FORMING, STEEL
Excavation begins with loud, heavy machinery in your backyard! The Rio Vista goal is to create a peaceful environment for you to
relax and enjoy, unfortunately the process of construction can feel disconcerting and leave your yard in temporary disarray. Be
assured that we will communicate with you to help minimize the disrutpion and insure your overall satisfaction. Your patience and
flexibility will help to expedite the process.
During the process of excavation the grass, underlying soil, rock and possible trees will be removed by machines and work crews.
You will need to be diligent in keeping pets and children out of the construction site. Rio Vista will work with you in every way that
we can to assist you. The reality is that the big machinery is a danger to little ones (pets and children). In addition to keeping
your family safe, we also want to keep the crew safe from larger animals who may demonstrate their concern or displeasure in a
But not to worry - this process generally only takes about 5 days.
Just as steel and wood are used to form a solid foundation for a home; it is also used to form and shape the structure of your
The structural steel/rebar installation will begin as soon as the excavation and forming have finished. Steel bars are put in place
for the walls, floor, and the beam of the pool. These bars 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 consist of 4-#4 bars - (1/2" thick) placed around the perimeter
of the pool. The beam will also have deck dowels extended where deck will be added to reinforce the steel installed in the deck
phase. Normal steel schedule for the walls and floor is #4 bars placed on 9" centers both ways.
4. ELECTRICAL & PLUMBING (Gas Line)
Next we install all the plumbing and electrical components. We ensure that the plumbing is pressure tested and the electrical
meets the necessary codes.
We will install the wiring that runs the pool’s lights, pumps, heaters, time clocks, and remote controls.
Gas line run (if applicable) - If you purchased a gas heater, a licensed gas plumber/installer will install a gas line from your existing
gas meter/tank to the pool heater. You may be required to upgrade your gas meter.
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 2” and 2 ½” diameters. Plumbing lines are classified as either return lines or suction lines. Return lines bring
filtered water into the pool and suction lines are the main drains which draw water from the pool to the pump. Rio Vista uses only
the highest rated anti-entrapment safety drain standard on all of its pools.
5. GUNITE INSTALL
This stage is just awesome– Our team of contractors will spray the gunite over your pool with what looks like a fire hose. Your pool
quickly takes shape right before your eyes. This is a pretty impressive operation and one you should watch if time allows. The
gunite forms the tough inner shell of your new pool. It truly is exciting to see the gunite concrete applied and worked onto the
forming structure so that you get the first real time vision of your dream pool.
6. TILE AND COPING INSTALLATION / MASONRY AND STONE WORK
The Tile and Coping phase is the beginning of the finish out 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 of natural stone is
placed on the beam of the pool. Special detail is emphasized by using quality stone that can be from 1" to 2 1/4” thick and by
manually cutting each stone to create the look of random or sawn stone grout lines.
Your stone water features will also be installed at this time by our skilled stone masons. Rio Vista takes great measures to
monitor the quality control during the installation process to ensure that the work is done correctly and is built to last.
7. DECKING INSTALLATION (CONCRETE POUR)
At this phase we will mark out where the patios will be installed. We will meet with you to ensure that the original design meets
your expectations. Now is the time to double check, ask questions if you are doubtful. Any changes and there associated cost
will be worked out prior to forming.
The deck process begins with the installation of a layer of base that will be spread on the ground. The deck will be formed
according to the design plans. A reinforced steel mesh will be installed and tied back to the rebar pool dowels. If required, the city
will inspect the deck form 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.
8. INTERIOR FINISH & START UP
This is an exciting phase because your new pool is going through the final interior finish. No more raw gunite, soon you will be
swimming. Our standard pool finish is StoneScapes. This finish is applied with a hose and troweled on to smooth out the finish.
Then the finish is rinsed. After the rinse the finish requires that the next day (after drying) an installer comes back and uses an
acid wash to expose the stones to reveal the beautiful and long lasting finish.
Fill pool and start-up - You finally see water in your pool but we ask you to wait just a few more days before swimming to allow for
the work to be done. We turn the systems on, troubleshoot, address any inconsistencies, and get the pool water's chemistry
stabilized for you.
9. POOL SCHOOL AND FINAL CLEAN UP
At this time we'll set up an actual appointment to meet with you. The time has come to show you everything about properly
operating your swimming pool. Quite often a first time pool owner can feel overwhelmed by the initial start-up and maintenance of
the pool. We provide every homeowner with the necessary training on how to operate and maintain your pool.
Debris will be removed from the yard and your yard will be graded using any remaining dirt and sand left on the job site. The
sections of the fence that were removed must be replaced and all gates and latches must pass city codes. Most cities require
gates to be self-closing and self-latching. Your city may also require door alarms. If landscaping and fencing are in your contract
we will begin that process after this phase.
10. WALK THROUGH AND FINAL INSPECTION
If required an inspector will need to look over all the work that has been done and give a stamp of approval regarding your
Within a couple of weeks Rio Vista will schedule a final walk through of the project to ensure that any warranty items are noted
and if necessary schedule follow up work to be done.