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Complete Landsculpture's Jeff Ditta Offers Practical Advice for Pool Construction and Renovation

One of the most notable aspects of flying over the Dallas-Fort Worth region is seeing the landscape dotted with swimming pools in almost every other backyard.

Swimming pools are a way of life in Texas. There is no better way to beat the summer heat than taking a dip in a cool, crystal-blue pool. Many local homeowners strive for the perfect outdoor oasis, and a pool is the icing on the cake. But there are many things to consider before starting construction or renovation on a swimming pool.

“It is important to think about the size of your family, who will be doing the primary swimming or enjoyment. Also, the number of guests or functions you entertain on average. Other things that are important are diving ends, play pools or both from a depth and layout perspective,” says Jeff Ditta, executive business development manager for Complete Landsculpture.

In addition, homeowners should consider the style of pool that best suits their aesthetic. Jeff says Complete Landsculpture offers modern/geometric and curvilinear options with features, such as tanning ledges, grottos, slides, water features and fire bowls.

When it comes to maintaining pools, Jeff says homeowners are no longer opting for trendy saltwater options.

“Saltwater pools are becoming a trend of the past as they are corrosive to stones, furniture and are a high-maintenance cost,” he says. “A natural mineral ionizer with chlorinator combo keeps your water clear while using half the chlorine of traditional chlorinator.”

Once homeowners have decided on a style, size and features, they can begin construction. Jeff says a typical play pool on a standard-size lot will cost about $50,000 to $60,000. Larger lots with larger pools or dive pools range from $70,000 to $95,000.

Construction can begin anytime, he says.

“Being in the great state of Texas, we have a year-round construction schedule," he says. "Keep in mind certain months are wetter than others and can cause delays in the process. A typical residential pool is a six- to eight-week project given minimal weather delays,” Jeff says.

Many homeowners who already have backyard pools are looking for ways to update them. Those looking to revamp older backyard pools should first have the structure examined, Jeff says.

“Structural integrity and remedy to faults are extremely important. Things such as leveling beams, cracking and settling should all be addressed and repaired during the process. A pool remodel should stand for 10–12 years without additional issues,” he says.

Once the pool is installed or renovated, homeowners should consider additional features to complete their outdoor oasis. Jeff suggests adding hot tubs, fire features and pavilions to create year-round outdoor enjoyment.

“A great pool starts with a master plan design to include and layout all outdoor patio spaces, kitchens and needs,” Jeff says. “Creative landscape design, lighting, grading and drainage can all help these spaces really come together. Popular backyard trends we are seeing now also include bocce ball courts, putting greens and fire features.”

Complete Landsculpture has been helping families design their perfect outdoor retreats since 1985. The company has grown into one of the largest, most recognized full-service landscape firms serving commercial and residential clients in Texas and Oklahoma.

“We offer expertise, experience and professionalism, truly the complete approach, to residential and commercial landscape and outdoor living environments, helping you realize your vision and maintain a beautiful outdoor atmosphere,” Jeff says.

For more information about Complete Landsculpture, visit