Take one look at this pool photo and you can understand that a project of this caliber, in this setting and of this design was truly a “once in a lifetime” experience for California Pools San Diego builder Mike Welch. After two years of design and redesign, weekly client meetings and intricate problem solving, this Pt. Loma pool is finally complete and already receiving the recognition it deserves.
The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) awarded California Pools, North San Diego, the Gold Award in the Technical and Engineering Achievement category in the 2011 International Awards of Excellence (AOE) program for Welch’s work on the Pt. Loma masterpiece.
“This project required extreme attention to detail and engineering as it is half suspended over the slope of the yard, and above the neighbor's property line below,” says Welch. California Pools was selected among other pool contractors in the area to work with the homeowners’ architect and builder as part of an extensive, “no holds barred” remodel. Welch took note of the landscape’s precarious situation and presented man-made solutions to nature’s challenges.
“We had to work with the cliffside, but we also had some other challenges in realizing the client’s vision for an infinity edge pool,” says Welch. The homeowner wanted a 350-foot long infinity edge (much larger than the average pool of this nature) to blend the pool and the landscape into the view of the city and the bay beyond.
“In order to give a good reflection of the skyline, you need still water,” Welch explains. “Our challenge was to keep that water still at a depth of only an inch and a half.” Through carefully planned physics and engineering, the water now reflects the beautiful San Diego skyline.
Welch’s 30 years’ experience with California Pools is certainly varied, but this award-winning pool certainly proved to be a most exciting adventure for the veteran builder. Granite water features and coping imported from Jerusalem add a deserving “shine” to this gem, and Welch is back in the field with a smile on his face and another award to add to his legacy.