Classic Outdoors


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1. Will my pool be a custom design?
2. What about the associated construction items?
3. How long will the construction take?
4. How much mess will the construction make in my yard?
5. Who do I call if I have problems or questions?
6. How deep does my pool have to be if I want a diving board?
7. What is the difference between a lap pool and a play pool?
8. Is a darker color better than a lighter color for the interior of the pool?
9. What is the least amount of money I can spend to get a nice pool?
10. Can I build a spa with no pool?
11. How many therapy jets come in a spa?
12. How much time and effort will it take to maintain my pool?
13. What are the construction steps/phases?
14. Will we be able to swim as soon as we fill the pool with water?
15. What costs will I incur above and beyond the contract price?
16. What are my options for payment?
17. How can I make my pool safe for my children?
18. How much will it cost to operate my pool?
19. Can I have a pool built on or into a steep slope?
20. What kind of warranty comes with the pool?
21. What permits will I need for the construction?
22. Do I need to be home during the construction?
23. Why do different builder’s estimates vary when the designs are similar?
24. How soon can construction begin?

E-mail   stan@classicoutdoors.net

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(903)696-POOL Gunter, Texas

(972)382-8616 Celina, Texas

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1.  Will my pool be a custom design?

Classic Outdoors is what you might call a “boutique” builder. We are small by design and very hands on. Every Classic Outdoors pool design is done in a CAD style software program and begins with a blank screen.  After our initial meeting with a potential client, the design is done in our office and is then uploaded to You Tube in video format.  Then the link is given to the client via e-mail and can be viewed in the comfort of their own home or office.  Any changes desired by the client can be accomplished rather easily.  It is a very efficient use of everyone’s time!  If you don’t know what you want your pool to look like, we can send you the link to our design library. 

There is a distinct and intentional advantage to our being a smaller company rather a mass quantity builder.  From the initial survey of your property by our designer/salesperson, continuing through the design and all the way to the finished product, you can be assured your pool will be a unique experience designed specifically for you and your family.

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 2. What about the associated construction items?

Classic Outdoors knows that many people don’t have the time or desire to become a general contractor.  We therefore can include any and all items necessary to create your back yard environment.  Such items as fencing, landscaping and irrigation, as well as shade structures, cooking stations, fireplaces and bars can be included into your design.  

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3. How long will the construction take?

There are many factors which influence the total construction project and the time to build it.  The estimated time of completion is based on your choice of pool size, shape, variety of features and materials, such as waterfalls, lighting, decking type, fencing, landscaping etc. It is important to remember that our estimate is exactly that: an estimate. There are factors beyond our control such as weather, material availabilities, machines and people.  In our many years of experience building pools, we have learned that there is a delicate balance between time, cost and quality.  We want your pool to be finished as quickly as you do, but rest assured we will not sacrifice quality for speed.  A good rule of thumb is one working day per one thousand dollars worth of project cost.

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4. How much mess will the construction make in my yard?

Our contractors make every effort to minimize and contain the construction debris.  One big reason they are our selected contractors is that they share our vision regarding customer service and satisfaction. We also place a premium on safety for crews and customers.

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5. Who do I call if I have problems or questions?

Each and every one of our clients gets the personal cell phone number of the owner.  Our involvement with our customers is one of the notable differences between us and the mass production pool companies.

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6. How deep does my pool have to be if I want a diving board?

It is our belief that a diving pool is no more dangerous than a shallow pool, quite possibly the opposite may be true. The reason is simple, people will always want to dive into a pool whether it’s shallow or deep, but with a diving pool there is a designated diving area, thus making it safer overall. We won’t build a diving pool any less than 8’6” deep and we have built pools as deep as 12‘.  A diving pool’s floor profile, which is the incline/transition from the deep end to the shallow end is as critical as the maximum depth.  The deeper the deepest part of the pool, the longer the incline must be in order to be safe.  All Classic Outdoor pools are designed with a “safety first” thought in mind!

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7. What is the difference between a lap pool and a play pool?

Lap pools, play pools and diving pools are not necessarily mutually exclusive.  Lap pools are normally built longer as they are targeted more for fitness and exercise.  To gain as much benefit from lap swimming, we recommend a pool length that will increase swimming distance and reduce the number of turns per stroke. Lap swimmers will tell you that the actual exercise comes from the swim strokes and not from having to turn around. It can be very frustrating in a shorter pool where the swimmer is turning after 4 or 5 strokes, therefore most of the lap pools we build are at least 40’ in length.  We also recommend a 3’6” minimum depth at both ends of a lap pool in order to make kick turns.  Play pools (sometimes called sport pools) are designed to provide more of an entertainment factor. The typical floor profile being 3’6” - 5’- 3’6” of water depth.  This allows for the two most common types of activity, water volleyball and water basketball. It will be important for your designer/architect to understand your priorities regarding how you wish to use your pool.  It is possible, (and we have done this many times), to design and build a  pool that accommodates all of these requirements simultaneously

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8. Is a darker color better than a lighter color for the interior of the pool?

We offer a wide variety of both color and product choices.  There are both aesthetic and functional advantages to lighter and darker colors.  The darker colors when compared to a pure white interior finish, tend to result in slightly warmer (approximately 5 – 10 degrees) water temperatures.  The darker colors will show less staining as well and are therefore a big advantage in wooded or highly landscaped yards.  The darker the interior finish, the more reflective the pool will appear.  You may select from our color charts or we will create a custom color specifically for your pool.

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9. What is the least amount of money I can spend to get a nice pool?

Classic Outdoors is committed to quality yet we are able to be very competitive because we keep our overhead at a minimum.  We estimate a minimum investment of $28-30,000 for a pool, and $35-40,000 for a pool/spa combination.

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10. Can I build a spa with no pool?

Yes, you can build a spa without a pool or a pool without a spa.  We can show you several examples of each.

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11. How many therapy jets come in a spa?

The standard Classic Outdoors spa is 7’ in diameter with a step coming into it, split level benches and 6 therapy jets.  However, size of spa, number of jets, jet location as well as overall depth and seat height are all variables.  We have installed spas with as many as 20 therapy jets, located in different areas so as to massage your back, neck, legs and even the bottoms of your feet!

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12. How much time and effort will it take to maintain my pool?

Every Classic Outdoors employee is a current or former pool owner. Therefore, we understand the more time you spend maintaining your pool, the less time you can spend enjoying it.  Every Classic Outdoors pool is designed to reduce the maintenance effort.  We provide the most efficient and reliable pool equipment on the market.  Still, there are some basic maintenance tasks that must be performed to ensure smooth pool operation throughout the year.  Essentially, the pool chemicals should be monitored on a weekly basis to maintain proper pH and chlorine levels.  Skimmers need to be emptied regularly and filters should be backwashed (recommended monthly) to ensure pure, clean water.  All together, these tasks usually average about less than an hour per week depending on the time of year.  We also have affiliations with and can recommend professional maintenance companies so all you have to do is come home, put on a suit (optional), hop in and enjoy.

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13. What are the construction steps/phases?

Please see the PROCESS OVERVIEW page.

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14.      Will we be able to swim as soon as we fill the pool with water?

The water used to fill your pool will come out of the tap or your well.  It is as clean as the water you drink, shower and cook with.  So go ahead if you want to.  We do the “Start-up” phase on your pool as soon as we can, usually within a day or two of its being full of water.  Typically your pool water will be clear and blue within 12 hours of this “Start-up” procedure.  To completely balance the water in your new pool may take up to a month.

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15. What costs will I incur above and beyond the contract price?

Classic Outdoors believes in covering our bases up front.  By the time we reach a contractual agreement with you, we hope to know exactly what we are building for you.  Although field adjustments are an integral part of any construction project, the more details we can nail down before we start, the smoother and faster the actual construction process will occur.  Normally, the only additional costs incurred by our clients, are for items which are added during construction by the clients themselves.

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16. What are my options for payment?

Payments are called draws, and are required at various stages of completion throughout the project.  Typically 30% @ excavation, 30% @ gunite, 30% @ deck, and 10% @ completion.  Of course we accept cash, but if you are financing your pool, we will work with your preferred lending institution.  These are known as home improvement loans.  Many customers who are buying new homes have obtained mortgages with the cost of their pool included.  This allows us to build the pool simultaneously with the construction of the home.

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17. How can I make my pool safe for my children?

We use the term “Barriers of Safety” and are fanatical about it.  These barriers of safety can be very effective when done in a layered fashion, and the more layers, the safer.  For example, installing a keyed deadbolt (with only adults having accessibility to the key) to all doors leading to the pool area, door alarms and a wrought iron railing between the house and pool are three barriers which when combined can help create a very child safe environment.  We can incorporate wrought iron railings or mesh fencing specifically designed to be removed when no longer necessary.  Other barriers of safety to consider are water disturbance alarms, security cameras and spring-loaded, self-closing door hinges.  The most important thing is that no one ever gets hurt in your pool.

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18. How much will it cost to operate my pool?

Operational costs vary depending on many factors.  Pool size, time of year, how much you use your pool and your cost for electricity, natural gas or propane.  Pump motors use electricity and spa/pool heaters use natural gas (where available).  Also, chemicals will be needed to maintain proper pH and chlorine balances.  The types and amounts of the chemicals needed will depend on the season and how much the pool is used.  A 2 horsepower Pentair pool pump draws approximately $.30 of electricity per hour.  A 350,000 BTU Pentair pool heater uses about $2.30 worth of gas per hour.  A standard 7’ diameter spa will take approximately 1 hour to heat in the winter.  

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19. Can I have a pool built on or into a steep slope?

Absolutely.  This is a specialty of Classic Outdoors.  Working with challenging landscapes has been a trademark of Classic Outdoors for a long time and we have a reputation for being able to transforming an unusable back yard into a center of entertainment and/or an oasis of solitude and relaxation.

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20. What kind of warranty comes with the pool?

Please see the EQUIPMENT and CONTRACTURAL AGREEMENT pages.

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21. What permits will I need for the construction?

Classic Outdoors will take care of all necessary construction permits, licenses and building inspections needed for your project.  However if you have a homeowners association you may need to get their permission.

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22. Do I need to be home during the construction?

Only a couple of times during construction will you need to let us into the house.  Once when we are wiring for the necessary electrical connections and installing your computer control center (if you have one).  Another time when we install the gas for the pool heater, we will need to have access to relight any pilot lights in your home for water heaters of furnaces. 

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23. Why do different builder’s estimates vary when the designs are similar?

While many pool builders wake up every morning figuring out ways cut corners and build a pool cheaper, we wake up determined to build a better pool which will withstand the tests of time.  We look at worst case scenarios when determining steel schedule requirements which will keep your pool and deck from cracking if and when the soil around and under them moves.  We use larger plumbing lines to allow for less restrictive water flow, which translates to less wear and tear on pumps and filters not to mention less energy is used to accomplish the same task.  Using the most efficient equipment available on the market may cost more initially, but should save you a lot of money in the long run.  The list of differences between Classic Outdoors and other pool builders is almost endless.  We build every pool the way you would have it built the third time around. 

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24. How soon can construction begin?

As soon as you have approved the design, and permits are obtained, we can begin building your dream pool. Weather can be a factor as well.

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