Building a Legacy of Design

Photography by Nicco Baumann


an Francisco Bay area-based Creative Environments has been planning, designing, and building outdoor living and entertainment environments since 1979. Specializing in customized swimming pools and water features, the company is renowned for its highly skilled design work and efficiently executed builds—and that stands to reason, given owner Chuck Baumann has been in the swimming pool industry for more than 60 years. His youngest son, Nicco Baumann, a graduate of the University of Colorado, is also helping design and craft swimming pools as the third generation of the family-owned custom pool builders.

Photography by Nicco Baumann

Nicco graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and yet has found the designing and building of custom swimming pools the most challenging of all his four years at university. Since Nicco joined the family business, he has attended numerous GENESIS educational classes and traveled to 27 different countries, continuing his education of water features and different cultures. “Nicco brings a burst of energy and a whole new set of eyes on the way we design and build pools,” comments Chuck. 

At Creative Environments, clients’ ideas are made to harmonize with their surroundings to create tasteful “backyard water recreation resorts.” Working with an in-house designer and artisans, clients watch as their ideas are translated into drawings, which are ultimately scaled to life—always on time and on budget.

Each project showcases the company’s aptitude for fine craftsmanship and feel for how to best use excellent-quality materials. “We pride ourselves on team building with other artisans to provide the complete backyard living experience,” notes Baumann. Every one of their 15 annual projects result in a wholly unique water element.

Photography by Nicco Baumann

Company accolades include more than 50 national and international design awards. For five years running, Creative Environments has received the prestigious Industry Choice Award. Additionally, Baumann and his team have been chosen by pool and spa professionals as one of the top 50 Best Pool Builders in the U.S. And, in 2002, they were 1 of 14 pool builders in the U.S. to be inducted in the Hall of Fame of Pool Builders. 

Proud members of the Carecraft Pool Professional Group and the Golden Circle Club, Creative Environments promises the level of professionalism required for such elite memberships. In short, Creative Environments will see that your dreams of a personalized water oasis come to fruition. 

Creative Environments

P.O. Box 586 Alamo, CA 94507

In Business Since 1979
Designs / Builds 15-20 Pools per Year
Service Area: San Francisco Bay Area

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