The Master Pools Guild is a network of over 100 elite custom residential and commercial pool builders from the United States, Canada, Guatemala, England, Spain, Australia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, India, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, and Mexico. A leader in the pool and spa industry, the Guild is the only group of its kind; membership is extended by invitation-only, thereby bringing together the industry’s brightest talent.
Each year, the Guild’s members conduct an Excellence Awards contest, submitting favorite projects to be judged by a group of their peers and each year one project is selected as the Grand International Excellence Award. The 2017 recipient was Claffey Pools based in Southlake, Texas. The designer shared the following insights:
“In designing this pool my main objective is to have no furniture blocking the pool. Regardless of where you’re at inside the home your view of the pool is never blocked or cluttered with furniture. Incorporating straight lines along with some soft curves allowed this pool to take on its own shape. In efforts to be different, we incorporated features such as a knife edge scupper system along the front side of the pool and IPE wood decking along the backside. To give the appearance of a “floating dock” we cantilevered the wood dock over the water’s edge by 12” giving the appearance that it’s floating. Within the dock, we have five leaper jets from Crystal Fountains, which dance from show to show illuminating the different colors. Throughout the pool there are a series of casted brass scuppers which also enhance the effect when viewing. Installing an in-floor cleaning system along with different landscape pockets around the pool has allowed this backyard to be somewhat maintenance free.”
Falcon Pools, Ltd. headquartered in Surrey, UK was also among the award winners recognized for excellence in design. For the past several years Falcon Pools has dominated the Outstanding Indoor Swimming Pool category using sleek, modern lines and colors.
Shasta Pools is another member often in the award winner’s circle. This Shasta design was built for entertaining and includes a 12’ custom designed rain curtain flowing from the spa roof.
For over 50 years, the Guild has harnessed the combined talents of its members—all of whom have been chosen based on the merits of their innovative design style, high-level of professionalism, ability to deliver superior-quality construction, and appreciation for the importance of fostering strong working relationships with their customers, contractors, and vendors. In such company, there’s no doubt that choosing a Master Pools Guild member is like choosing a local expert with access to over 100 additional consultants from around the globe.
Master Pools Guild
713 North Courthouse Road
Richmond, VA 23236
In Business for over 50 Years
Service Area: International