Our latest terrace design

Although living at the beach has its benefits, there is one drawback. Sand gets everywhere, especially if you have sand next to a pool area. Pools are magnets for sand, which makes the pool hard to keep clean and is hard on pool cleaning equipment as well. Our latest terrace was designed to keep the sand out, while providing an area for lounging. The terrace is finished in Roman Slate stamped concrete with contrasting highlights. A pool side stone wall blends into the terrace area and functions as a sand trap and wind break. The end result is a nice combination of utility and protection combined with a stunning look.

Checking the first slab

Checking the first slab

Getting it right

Getting it right

Why a rock pool is a better choice

When you are getting quotes for pool construction make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Block is fine for smaller dipping pools, but if you are building a larger pool, at the beach, rock is better.

Rock is also more labor-intensive. As you can see in the first photo, block has parallel lines of mortar which can create a place for the pool to fail over time, especially with large volumes of water and its pressure.

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Pool being built with block

Rock on the other hand is non linear and is structurally stronger as it is not hollow. Notice on the rock-constructed pool below how the rebar reinforces the wall, which is not common in a block pool. So if you have a small dipping pool on a solid surface like in Merida, block is fine. If you are building on sand at the beach, block may be an issue in the future.

Rock-built pool
Pool being built with rebar and rock

Not all pools or pool construction quotes are apples to apples, so read the specifications carefully.

Casa Kaana

New pool and outdoor kitchen, were just the beginning. We have completely remodelled interior sections of this house and will soon be adding a second story addition.

 

Casa Amarilla Project

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gorgeous pool and patio

This custom pool and Mayan temple waterfall was designed to utilize the available space, but make the area seem larger than it is. Separate outdoor BBQ and shower area complete the concept.

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