Custom Swimming Pool Features

Chicago Custom Pool Features

If you are building a gunite inground pool, talk to us about adding custom features to your pool design.

A gunite pool has the most flexibility for customization and creativity, so be sure to discuss your ideas with us early on in the planning process. Here are some examples:

Swimming Pool Custom Entry

Custom Entry

If you’re looking for a more dynamic entryway than standard steps or a ladder, you have a lot of options. Steps can be built into a corner or can span a much larger area, creating a multi-tiered oasis for sitting and splashing. Another option to consider is a beach entry – a gentle, sloping walk-in pathway that mimics the feel of the ocean. Beach entries can take up a lot of space, so depending on the size of your pool, a combination of the two entries may be ideal.

Swimming Pool In-Water Bench and Table

In-Water Bench and Table

Built-in underwater benches and chairs offer a cool, relaxing spot to sit, and can be outfitted with hydrotherapy jets for added enjoyment. Pair them with an in-water table, and you’ve got an ideal place for reading, snacking and playing games – just be sure to build a table that is umbrella-compatible to keep the area shady and comfortable.

Swimming Pool Tanning Ledge

Tanning Ledge

Tanning ledges are typically about six inches deep and built into the perimeter of your pool. Also called Baja benches or sun ledges, they provide a large, shallow area where everyone can relax or tan.

Swimming Pool Grotto


A grotto is an imitation cave that is built onto the side of your pool. They can be built out of natural boulders, but are usually created from artificial rock, and work best when tucked away behind a waterfall. When combined with an underwater bench, a grotto makes a magical water fort for kids or a romantic hiding place for adults.

Swimming Pool Swim-Up Bar

Swim-Up Bar

Swim-up bars are typically built with underwater seating, and are popular with folks who do a lot of entertaining. How you choose to incorporate one depends a lot on your overall poolscape. Install a swim-up bar that is surrounded by water and strictly for swimmers. A second option: Build one along the edge of the pool for those who also prefer to stay dry. These are usually built adjacent to, or in conjunction with, a sunken patio bar.