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Transform Your Backyard Oasis with Custom Pool Design & Installation

I'm Kevin Runyon

…and I’ve been the owner of Custom Creations for over 20 years.

I work with clients around Southwest Missouri to create their outdoor vision, while taking into consideration natural limitations like water flow, topography, and long-term functionality.

People ask why I haven’t expanded my business to run multiple crews, and the answer is simple. I expect perfection on every project. By personally managing and working at every job site, I know each client will get the outcome they desire.

I encourage you to set up a consultation to see what we can do for your outdoor space. Unique ideas welcome!

Creating a personal oasis in your backyard is a dream shared by many homeowners in the Springfield, MO area, and the perfect way to achieve that dream is through a professionally installed swimming pool. But creating an outdoor paradise isn’t just about the pool itself. As our owner, Kevin, says, “A swimming pool without a beautifully designed pool deck is like a masterpiece without a frame. The surrounding details enhance the overall appeal.”

The Initial Stage: Dirt work and Excavation

Before the first tile is laid or the first concrete is poured, there’s a vital step that lays the foundation for your pool installation: dirt work and excavation. This step involves preparing the ground for the pool’s construction, marking the beginning of your dream pool becoming a reality.

Executing precise excavation is paramount to the integrity of the project. Properly conducted dirt work ensures the pool is set at the right level and that the ground is adequately compacted to support the weight of the pool structure. It also involves assessing and addressing potential issues related to soil type, drainage, and groundwater, setting the stage for a smooth and successful pool installation.

The Stability Factor: Retaining Walls

In many pool projects, particularly those on sloped or uneven terrain, the next step involves the installation of retaining walls. Retaining walls play a critical role in stabilizing the pool site and preventing soil erosion and movement, which is essential to maintain the longevity and safety of your swimming pool.

But retaining walls don’t just have a functional role. With a myriad of materials and designs to choose from – including natural stone, concrete, or even wood – these structures can be a visual treat, adding to the aesthetic appeal of your pool area. Moreover, retaining walls can serve as an integral part of the landscape, offering additional areas for landscaping, or acting as a backdrop to your pool.

A retaining wall can become a work of art, enhancing the beauty of your pool while ensuring its structural integrity.

Bringing the Vision to Life: Installing the Pool

After the groundwork has been laid and the site is stabilized with retaining walls, it’s time for the core of your outdoor oasis to come to life: the pool installation. We choose a subcontractor and provide project management to ensure the highest quality.

This stage involves everything from setting the pool shell in place to installing the pool’s plumbing and electrical systems, to adding the interior finish. Pool installation requires precise coordination and oversight to ensure every detail aligns with the planned design and that the quality meets the highest standards. By subcontracting and expertly managing this step, we guarantee a smooth execution and an exceptional result.

Understanding the Need for a Pool Deck

A pool deck is much more than an aesthetic addition to your swimming pool installation. It is the area that surrounds your pool, providing a safe, slip-resistant surface to navigate when entering or leaving the pool. Its importance cannot be overstated – it’s not just a practical feature, but a vital aspect of the entire pool experience.

Aside from functionality, a pool deck serves as the canvas on which your swimming pool sits, helping it blend seamlessly with the rest of your landscape. The right pool deck can elevate the design of your pool, transforming your backyard into a stunning outdoor retreat.

More than just a backdrop, pool decks also offer an excellent space for lounging, dining, and entertaining. Picture relaxing on a comfortable deck chair under the summer sun, or hosting a lively pool party with ample space for guests to mingle. With the right materials and design, a pool deck can offer the perfect mix of functionality and style, making it an integral part of your pool installation project.

The Charm and Versatility of Concrete Pool Decks: From Basic to Stamped

Once the pool is installed, it’s time to focus on its perfect complement: the pool deck. When it comes to pool decks, concrete stands out as an incredibly durable and versatile material. It can withstand extreme weather conditions and heavy use without losing its appeal – making it an excellent choice for families and avid entertainers.

What makes concrete even more appealing is its versatility. “Concrete pool decks can be as simple or as elaborate as you want them to be,” says Kevin Runyon. “You can have a basic brushed concrete finish, or you can elevate the look with stamped concrete.”

Stamped concrete pool decks are gaining popularity, and it’s easy to see why. They offer the durability of concrete but add an artistic touch to the pool surroundings. Mimicking the look of materials like natural stone, brick, or even wood, stamped concrete allows you to create a truly unique and personalized pool deck that enhances the overall appeal of your outdoor oasis.

Choices Abound: Flagstone, Limestone, Pavers, and More

While concrete is an exceptional choice for pool decks, it’s far from the only option. A variety of materials are available to meet different tastes, budgets, and pool designs.

Flagstone, for example, brings a rustic charm to pool surrounds, with its natural color variations and rugged texture creating a beautiful contrast to the smooth water surface. On the other hand, limestone provides a more sophisticated look with its smooth, soft finish and subtle colors.

Pavers are yet another popular choice for pool decks. Available in a wide array of shapes, sizes, and colors, pavers allow for unique and creative deck designs. They’re also very durable and easy to repair – if a paver gets damaged, you can simply replace that single paver instead of redoing a large section of the deck.

Choosing the right material for your pool deck is an important decision and one that should be made in consultation with your contractor. The right choice will not only complement the design of your pool but also enhance the overall aesthetic of your outdoor living space.

Poolside Structures: Guest Houses, Pump Houses, and Pool Bars

Beyond the pool itself and the deck that surrounds it, several other structures can significantly enhance the utility and enjoyment of your outdoor oasis. These include guest houses or pool houses, pump houses, and pool bars, each adding a unique touch to your pool area.

A pool house or guest house provides a convenient place for guests to change, use the restroom, or even stay overnight. It can also serve as a quiet retreat, a place to escape the sun for a bit, or a location to store pool toys and equipment when not in use. Whether you choose a simple structure or a fully outfitted guest suite, this can be a valuable addition to your pool area.

A pump house, on the other hand, is a more utilitarian structure, but it’s vital for your pool’s functioning. This structure houses the pool’s mechanical systems, including the pump and filtration system. But just because it’s a functional element doesn’t mean it can’t be attractive. With careful design, a pump house can blend seamlessly into your landscaping, looking less like a utility shed and more like an intentional part of your outdoor design.

A pool bar brings a sense of fun and luxury to your backyard. Whether it’s a simple setup with a few stools or a fully equipped bar complete with a grill and outdoor refrigerator, a pool bar can transform your pool area into the ultimate entertainment spot. Imagine the convenience of having refreshments at your fingertips without having to leave the pool area.

These structures add function and style to your pool area, making it more than just a place to swim. With the right design, they can enhance your outdoor living experience, adding convenience, fun, and even a touch of luxury.

Completing the Picture: Landscaping and Furniture

With the pool and deck installation complete, it’s time to round out the picture with thoughtful landscaping and furniture selection. These finishing touches can significantly enhance the look and feel of your pool area, turning it into a true backyard oasis.

Landscaping involves everything from selecting the right plants to creating a beautiful and functional layout. A well-landscaped pool area not only adds beauty but also privacy, shade, and can even help to improve the pool’s energy efficiency.

Furniture selection is equally important. The right pool furniture can significantly enhance your comfort and enjoyment of the pool area. Whether it’s loungers for sunbathing, a dining set for alfresco meals, or a comfortable seating area for relaxing poolside, the furniture we choose will play a significant role in defining the ambiance of your pool area.

In this final stage, our team can provide expert guidance, ensuring the landscaping and furniture perfectly match the style of your pool and deck, completing your pool installation project with a flourish.


Installing a pool in your backyard is about so much more than just adding a place to swim. It’s about creating an outdoor living space that offers relaxation, entertainment, and aesthetic appeal. From the design & excavation to the final landscaping and furniture selection, every step in the process plays a crucial role in bringing your dream to life.

A well-designed and installed pool deck is a critical component of this vision. Whether it’s a basic brushed concrete deck, a stylish stamped concrete pool deck, or a deck made from flagstone, limestone, or pavers, the right pool deck can significantly enhance the overall appeal of your pool area.

With a professional team like Custom Creations handling your pool installation, you can rest assured that every detail will be carefully considered and expertly executed. Schedule a consultation and see how we can bring your vision to life.

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