Pool Design article by Skip Phillips, SWD Master, GENESIS® Ambassador & Co-Founder and Gene Brown, SWD Master
Collaboration is an important part of any swimming pool design/build. Most projects have input from a number of professions and trades, including architects, landscape architects, engineers, and the various skilled workers installing the vessel. Every role must be filled and executed carefully in order to create a successful final product.
I have had the privilege of working with Gene Brown (Valley Pool & Spa) out of Kelowna B.C. on numerous projects in Canada, several of which have generated international recognition. In our collaborations, I am retained to create a design, while Gene takes on the role of builder.
From our experience, communication cannot be overvalued on a project- we are constantly in contact with Gene and his construction managers throughout the design process and often well into the building phase. With clients that demand nothing less than the very best, knowing how to transition between edge details, or the elevation differential between the deck and waterline are not things that can be left open to interpretation.
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Collaborating with Skip on projects has been a great experience for me. It has been a lot like a mentorship program where I have been privileged to work with one of the best pool designers in the world. We are able to mix a lot of fun with work, live large and produce some real works of art.
One of the greatest aspects of our collaboration is the friendship that we have built. The other is we work together with a great deal of trust knowing each other will do an incredible job and we will end up with a phenomenal product and customers that are excited about their pools for years to come.
When you work with a partner at this level there are many benefits, the most important is the flow of information back and forth which makes everyone better in the long run.
I personally feel I could never have gotten to the level of work I have without working with Skip, I highly recommend working with others like this for people that truly want to learn and excel.
Skip Phillips, SWD Master, GENESIS® Ambassador & Co-Founder
Pool Spa Technologies, Inc
600 S. Andreasen
Escondido, CA 92029
T (760) 270-0600
Valley Pool & Spa
1659 Cary Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 2C1
T (250) 860-2266