FAQ & Planning Checklist

Frequently asked questions

Planning a pool involves consideration of all future usage for the backyard environment and consideration of a budget so the plan can be developed with this in mind. Some features can only be done during the initial build whereas others are possible in a second phase. Here are some frequently asked questions about the process.

Q-1: What size and shape should the pool be?

A-1: The decision regarding the pool size and shape will be influenced by several external elements such as:

  • the backyard dimensions
  • the views surrounding the backyard
  • the family’s lifestyle needs regarding swimming and entertaining
  • landscape style and features
  • the architecture of the house, structural features
  • by-law standards

Our experienced sales staff and design team will help you decide, first by getting your input to many of these issues and pointing out the pros and cons of different pool designs, and then by giving you a design proposal.

Q-2: How can the pool be incorporated into a sloped yard?

A-2. When designing a pool into a backyard, the existing slopes and their directions have to be considered. The drainage (natural water flow) must be addressed in the landscape design and followed through in construction. The steeper the slope, the more it opens another dimensional field to work with; the vertical field. Some of our most successful designs have been incorporating the pool into a steep slope using landscape features such as steps and retaining structures.

Q-3: Who oversees the project to completion?

A-3: The owner or a representative is responsible for the coordination of the pool integration with the yard landscaping and any other construction surrounding the pool. Gib-San offers their clients this total “Project management” option, whereby we are your designated representative, coordinating the complete project of pool, landscaping and other custom features required. When you have us manage your project, you have one point of contact which provides a turnkey approach to a custom backyard oasis. If you’d prefer, you can coordinate the various trades, making sure the work and timing of one trade is compatible with the work and timing of others.

Q-4: How do I determine a budget for a pool and backyard landscaping?

A-4: Budgeting for a pool environment is somewhat like shopping for a car. There are different model categories at significantly different price points. The price varies by the quality category as well as the features and options built in. Similarly custom pools are endless in possibilities, both from visual as well as performance and maintenance features that can be built in. So first of all you need to determine what budget category is appropriate for you financially and for the residence from an investment point of view. Then develop a wish list for the pool, the patio setting, and property landscaping. There will be some landscaping challenges to be met as foundation work in some cases will impact the budget. The budget will evolve from the various project components, and obviously the wish list has to be in relation to the determined budget category. So in summary, the budget is arrived at by a combination of “top down” (ie: budget category level) and “bottom up” (cost of each wish list segment) determination.

Q-5: Can it be done in phases?

A-5: Yes, most plans can be done in phases. It is always a good idea to invest in a good overall plan, and then if you cannot do it all at once work towards the plan in logical phases. Planning it this way ensures the end result will have a uniformity of materials. For example, some buried work should be done before landscaping to prevent having to disturb work that has already been done. We can best advise you on the logistics of phase planning.

Q-6: Is there a charge for the plan?

A-6: After our initial meeting to discuss your ideas, the Gib-San representative can quote you on the design charge. The fee will vary from depending on whether we are building just the pool or planning a total back yard pool and landscape creation. It will also vary in proportion to the complexity of the customization of pool and landscape features. The plan may be two phases, the first being design concept and the second being a detailed working plan. Contract specifics will be determined prior to the design stage.

At Gib-San we provide you with extensive information on this website both about our company and the quality and creativity of pools we build so you have the confidence to appreciate the value we bring to both the design and the ultimate creation of your pool and landscape creation.

Design planning checklist

You can use the attached checklist and graph sketching paper to make notes and check off what you like as you review the gallery.Click here to download a Design Planning Checklist. [PDF – 186KB]

Check off the options you want – Whether you are looking at a new pool or renovating an existing one, the following information will make you more aware of the available options, features, and “technical toys” available.

Design planning checklist

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Gib-San Creation Process

The Gib-San design team has refined a process that makes it easier to design a pool and landscape creation that best captures your family’s vision for your backyard resort. Key to it is capturing your lifestyle needs, providing you with a good overview of the options, and then refining the plan through an interactive process with the designer to make sure it meets both your dream and your budget.

Pool & Spa News Top 50 Builders List 2019

Pool & Spa News presents the most revenue-generating, well-rounded builders in the swimming pool and spa industry for the 16th year,. They recognize the builders who shine the most in five criteria:

  • Revenue 
  • Staff Management and Training,
  • Industry Associations and Community Involvement
  • Web Presence 

This is the fourth year Gib-San has been ranked in the Pool & Spa News Top 50 Builder list. While ranked 11th overall in 2019, Gib-San ranked even higher in the following categories.

  • Staff Management: Average tenure among a company’s staff, along with its level of training and education, as seen in its in-house training regimens, continuing education, degrees and certifications.
  • Website and Social Media Accounts.
  • Involvement in business associations industry and non-industry specific. 

Project Management Team

Planning your backyard resort is very personal

What People Are Saying About Our Work

From start to finish, Gib-San has been an absolute pleasure to work with. Every step of the way was handled professionally and punctual. Our end result was even more amazing than we had imagined and we would recommend them to anyone looking for a detail-oriented and friendly company!

Julia B

We were very impressed with GibSan. Would highly recommend this company. All the members of the Gibsan team were very respectful and professional. It was the hottest summer and our backyard has direct sunlight. The Gibsan team worked very hard everyday despite the incredibly hot working conditions. They arrived dressed in GibSan attire and they were friendly and always respectful. We absolutely love, love, love our new pool!!! We would highly recommend the GibSan team!!! Special thanks to John, Mario and his fantastic team!!!


Gib-San was terrific. They were very nice to work with, had great design ideas and finished the project on time. We love our new pool! Special thanks to John and Reggie. The whole team was great.

R. Borins

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