Imagine lounging by a sparkling pool in your backyard, surrounded by lush greenery and custom-designed outdoor space. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, we're here to tell you that it's entirely within reach.

We're not just another swimming pool builder; we're your partners in crafting an outdoor experience that you'll treasure for years to come. Leveraging cutting-edge 3D landscape design technology and a customer-focused approach, we've been transforming properties into private paradises. Our expertise extends to the greater Chicago area, making a dreamy custom pool accessible to more homeowners like yourself.

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Why the anticipation? Because what follows isn't just a set of tips; it's a meticulously curated blueprint from one of the most trusted swimming pool companies. Our swimming pool contractors are experts in crafting custom pools that meet and exceed your expectations. From the initial site assessment to navigating the complexities of local regulations, every aspect is covered. We even touch on specialized topics like pool deck drain installation and how to winterize your swimming pool for the chilly Illinois seasons.

So, let's embark on this journey to transform your backyard into the ultimate oasis. Trust us; the invaluable insights that lie ahead are not to be missed.

Planning Your Dream Pool Installation with 3D Design

Site Survey and Assessment By Expert Pool Builders

Before envisioning your first poolside gathering, it's essential to understand that a successful pool and deck installation starts with a meticulous site survey. Our team of experts will conduct a thorough examination of your property, taking into account factors like grading, drainage, and even existing plants, and roots. This initial assessment ensures that your pool and deck installation will be a seamless addition to your property, both aesthetically and functionally.

Utilizing 3D Design Tools For Swimming Pools: Precision in Planning

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The use of advanced 3D design tools allows us to bring your vision to life in a virtual setting. This isn't merely a visual exercise; it's an integral part of our planning process. By creating a lifelike model of your future pool and deck, we can tailor every detail to align with your lifestyle and preferences, setting us apart as one of the premier pool deck builders in the area.

Space Planning and Sun Exposure: Balancing Comfort and Aesthetics

The sun plays a significant role in your pool experience. Whether you're looking to maximize sun exposure for those who enjoy sunbathing or prefer a design that offers shaded areas, our 3D design tools are invaluable. They allow us to optimize the layout to suit your preferences, whether you're considering an above-ground pool with a deck or a more traditional in-ground option.

This guide will provide valuable insights into navigating the complexities of permits and zoning, choosing materials that resonate with your aesthetic vision, and adding custom features that will undoubtedly impress your neighbors and visitors alike. Your journey to a sophisticated outdoor oasis is well underway.

Real Examples

Take a look at a couple of 3D Designs that incorporate swimming pools (use the circles to navigate and hold the image to move around):

🏊‍♀️ Large project with pool and pool deck installation

🏊‍♀️ Making use of a smaller space with a custom pool design

Navigating Legal and Zoning Requirements: A Seamless Path Through Complexity

Permitting and Local Regulations: Expert Guidance for Compliance

When it comes to installing a pool and deck, navigating the labyrinth of local zoning laws and permits can be daunting. As seasoned pool deck contractors, we bring a wealth of experience in understanding and complying with the regulations specific to Mount Prospect, the Chicago area and its surrounding suburbs. Rest assured, our team will guide you through the intricacies of securing the necessary permits. This ensures that your pool and deck installation not only enhances your property but also adheres to all local guidelines, offering you peace of mind.

Insurance Considerations: Safeguarding Your Investment

A pool is more than just a luxurious addition to your home; it's a substantial investment. As such, it's crucial to consider the implications it may have on your homeowner's insurance. We provide expert advice on how to update your insurance policy to include your new pool and deck. This step is not merely procedural; it's about ensuring that your investment is protected, allowing you to enjoy your new outdoor space with complete confidence.

As you consider transforming your outdoor space, the choice of materials becomes a pivotal decision. It's not just about aesthetics; it's about selecting elements that resonate with your lifestyle and the ambiance you wish to create.

Material Selection: Crafting the Essence of Your Outdoor Oasis

Choosing the Right Materials: A Confluence of Form and Function

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The material you select for your pool and deck is more than a mere construction choice; it's a defining element that shapes the character and longevity of your outdoor sanctuary. Whether you're drawn to the timeless elegance of concrete or the sleek modernity of fiberglass, each material comes with its own set of attributes and considerations. As experts in concrete pool deck construction, we offer nuanced guidance on the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Our aim is to align the material's properties with your aesthetic vision and functional needs, creating a harmonious environment that stands the test of time.

Budget Considerations: Transparency in Every Transaction

In the realm of luxury pool installations, budgeting extends beyond mere numbers; it's about value. We understand that your investment in a pool and deck is significant, both emotionally and financially. That's why we maintain a transparent pricing structure, devoid of hidden fees. Whether your design involves a specialized pool deck drain system or the intricate installation of pavers around the pool, we provide unambiguous cost estimates. This clarity allows you to make informed decisions, ensuring that every dollar spent contributes to the realization of your dream outdoor space.

As you explore the details of pool installation, the allure of custom features and aesthetics becomes increasingly compelling. These elements offer an opportunity to infuse your personality into the design, transforming your pool and deck from mere structures to expressions of your lifestyle.

Custom Features and Aesthetics: The Art of Personalization in Pool Design

Adding Unique Water Features: Elevating the Experience

The addition of water features such as spas, waterfalls or jets can transform a pool from a simple body of water into a dynamic, sensory experience. As expert pool deck contractors, we specialize in seamlessly integrating these elements into your design. Whether it's the soothing sound of a waterfall or the invigorating force of jets, these features serve as focal points that enrich the pool environment, making it uniquely yours.

Lighting for Ambiance and Safety: A Dual-Purpose Approach

Lighting transcends mere functionality; it sets the mood and character of your outdoor space. The strategic placement of landscape lights can create a serene ambiance for evening swims or social gatherings. But beyond aesthetics, lighting serves a critical role in ensuring safety. Well-lit pathways and pool areas reduce the risk of accidents, allowing you and your guests to navigate the space with ease. Our offerings include a range of energy-efficient lighting solutions, suitable for both above-ground and in-ground pool options, that marry form and function in a harmonious blend.

When considering these custom features, it becomes evident that a pool is more than a luxurious amenity; it's a responsibility. The next aspect to ponder is how to make your pool environment not only beautiful but also secure and safe for everyone who enjoys it.

Safety Measures

Fencing and Alarms: A Shield of Security

While a pool serves as a centerpiece for leisure and socializing, its safety implications are paramount. We provide a curated selection of fencing options that go beyond mere utility; they complement the aesthetic of your outdoor space while serving as a robust barrier. Additionally, we offer advanced pool alarm systems that act as vigilant sentinels, ensuring that your pool area remains a secure environment for family and guests alike.

Slip-Resistant Surfaces: The Understated Guardian

The surface underfoot is often overlooked, yet it plays a critical role in pool safety. Slip-resistant surfaces are not just a feature; they're a necessity. As part of our comprehensive pool and deck installation services, we incorporate materials designed to minimize slip hazards. These surfaces offer a dual benefit: they enhance safety without compromising the visual appeal of your pool area.

When thinking about the ongoing care your pool needs, it's worth considering that a pool is not a set-it-and-forget-it endeavor. The long-term enjoyment of your luxurious outdoor space hinges on effective maintenance and seasonal care, aspects that ensure your investment remains as pristine as the day it was installed.

Inground Swimming Pool vs. Above-Ground

When it comes to creating your dream outdoor oasis, one of the first decisions you'll face is whether to opt for an inground swimming pool or an above-ground model. Both have their merits and drawbacks, and the best choice for you will depend on various factors, including your budget, available space, and aesthetic preferences. Here's a breakdown to help you make an informed decision:

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Aesthetic Appeal

Inground Swimming Pools:
Inground pools offer a high level of aesthetic flexibility. They can be designed in various shapes and sizes, seamlessly blending into your landscape. Custom features like waterfalls, tanning ledges, and intricate tile work are easier to incorporate, making inground pools a more luxurious option.

Above-Ground Pools:
While above-ground pools have come a long way in terms of design, they generally don't offer the same level of aesthetic customization. However, they can still be attractive and functional, especially when complemented by a well-designed deck or patio area.

Installation Time

Inground Swimming Pool:
Expect a longer installation process, often taking several weeks to months, depending on the complexity of the design and weather conditions.

Above-Ground Pools
These pools can typically be installed much more quickly (depending on the type, size and features of your pool), sometimes in as little as a few days, making them a good option if you're looking for a speedy setup.

Pool and Deck Construction


Inground Pool:
Inground pools are generally more expensive due to the excavation required and the materials used. However, they can add significant value to your property.

Above-Ground Pool:
Above-ground pools are more budget-friendly upfront but may not add to your property's value in the same way an inground pool can.


Inground Swimming Pools:
Expect higher maintenance costs, including potential repairs to the pool's interior surface. However, they often come with more advanced filtration systems, which can reduce the amount of manual cleaning required.

Above-Ground Pools:
Generally easier and less expensive to maintain, but they may not have as long of a lifespan as their inground counterparts.


Inground Swimming Pools:
Inground pools allow for more secure fencing options, making it easier to restrict access and enhance safety.

Above-Ground Pools:
The pool's elevated structure can act as a barrier to entry for small children and animals but may not offer the same level of security as an inground pool with a dedicated fence.


Inground Swimming Pools:
With proper maintenance, inground pools can last for decades, making them a long-term investment.

Above-Ground Pools:
Typically have a shorter lifespan, often needing replacement/renovation after 10 to 15 years.

Navigating the world of swimming pools can be complex, but you don't have to go it alone. When you're ready to take the plunge, our team of experienced above ground and inground pool builders is here to guide you every step of the way. From initial design to final pool construction, we offer a seamless, stress-free experience tailored to your unique needs and preferences.

Our reputation as premier swimming pool builders is built on a foundation of quality, craftsmanship, and customer satisfaction. Whether you're leaning toward the enduring elegance of an inground pool or the quick setup of an above-ground option, we're committed to transforming your outdoor space into a personal paradise.

Maintenance and Seasonal Care: Sustaining the Elegance of Your Investment

Maintenance Equipment and Storage: A Place for Everything

The longevity of your pool's allure is closely tied to the quality of its upkeep. Essential maintenance equipment like nets, skimmers, and chemicals require proper storage solutions. We design storage options that are not mere afterthoughts but integral components of your landscape design. These solutions are both practical and aesthetically pleasing, ensuring that your maintenance tools are conveniently accessible yet discreetly tucked away.

Preparing for Chicago's Seasons: Pool Maintenance

The seasonal shifts in Illinois present their own set of challenges, particularly the harsh winters. A pool is not merely a summer indulgence limited to the pool season, but a year-round commitment. We offer expert guidance on winterizing your pool to protect it from freezing temperatures and other seasonal elements. This preparation allows you to extend your swimming season and ensures that your pool remains in optimal condition throughout the year.

Considering these long-term benefits, it becomes evident that this luxurious addition to your home is more than a mere amenity. It's an investment that, when properly maintained, not only provides endless enjoyment but also significantly enhances the value of your property.

Long-Term Benefits and Resale Value: The Enduring Rewards of a Thoughtful Investment

Energy-Efficient Options: A Sustainable Luxury

In today's world, luxury and sustainability can coexist, and your pool is no exception. We offer a range of energy-efficient pumps and heaters that not only reduce your carbon footprint but also offer long-term cost benefits. These eco-friendly options ensure that your pool remains a source of pleasure without the guilt of excessive energy consumption.

Impact on Resale Value: A Tangible Asset

A well-crafted pool does more than provide a venue for relaxation and social gatherings; it serves as a tangible asset that can significantly enhance the resale value of your home. According to real estate experts, an average 14x28-foot in-ground concrete pool can potentially add 5 to 8 percent to the real estate value of your home. This makes your pool not just an immediate luxury but a long-term investment that pays dividends when it's time to sell your property.

Why Choose Us? A Cut Above the Rest

When it comes to swimming pool companies, not all are created equal. What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Unlike other pool contractors who may offer a one-size-fits-all solution, we pride ourselves on delivering a truly personalized experience. Our team of skilled swimming pool builders is dedicated to crafting a custom pool that not only meets but exceeds your expectations.

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Pool, pool deck and complete yard construction - building a custom backyard

We understand that a pool is more than just a place to swim; it's an extension of your home, a centerpiece for gatherings, and a sanctuary for relaxation. That's why we go the extra mile to ensure every detail aligns with your vision. From the initial consultation to the final touches, our focus is on making your dream pool a reality.

So, if you're looking for a company that combines expertise, craftsmanship, and a customer-centric approach, look no further. Your journey to the perfect custom pool starts here.


At Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design, we don't just build pools and decks; we craft experiences. Our commitment to excellence is evident in every facet of our work, from the initial site assessment to the intricate details of custom features and the final step of the pool construction. Our comprehensive suite of services is designed to guide you through the entire process, ensuring that your outdoor space isn't just an addition to your home, but a reflection of your lifestyle and a lasting investment in your property's value.


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