Benefits of a Hybrid Pool
If you are looking for something that is new, interesting and exciting, you’re in the right place!
Award winning designer Al Curtis is revolutionizing the swimming pool industry with a new design and construction technique called the hybrid swimming pool. A hybrid pool utilizes both vinyl liner elements and gunite elements for a truly spectacular pool experience. Customers get to enjoy the benefits of vinyl without the limitations, and the benefits of gunite without the drawbacks.
“I always like to challenge the boundaries of what people expect,” explains Curtis. “I deliver an experience, a life enhancing addition to their home.”
In an industry where builders are typically set in their ways, Curtis thrives on experimenting and expanding what people can expect, particularly considering the short season in Michigan’s climate. He thrives on giving homeowners something truly new, with design and function features typically only seen in high-end tropical settings. “Let’s give them something wonderful. Even if they can only use the area for a few months each year, why not make those moments extraordinary?”
Take, for example, the hybrid vinyl/gunite pool and backyard resort he built for a homeowner in Saline. Far more than an attractive in-ground swimming pool, the entire design includes a swim-out seating area with a floating table; a 10-foot sun shelf where guests recline on lounge chairs in a few inches of water; a sheer drop waterfall that conceals a water slide; and a hand-built mechanical and storage shed built to resemble an old-west style adobe.
By combining vinyl and gunite elements within one swimming pool, Curtis is able to customize each swimming pool he builds and create a truly one-of-a-kind work of art in a client’s backyard. He uses vinyl liners for the basic structure of the swimming pool, because it is the most cost-effective and practical for most customers. The limitations of vinyl liners, though, lie in the design features available. Curtis knew there had to be a better way—some way to give clients the benefits of vinyl with the freedom of gunite. So he began combining the elements in a way unlike any other.
Curtis is developing this process of combining the elements to form a hybrid swimming pool. A vinyl liner pool can have a gunite sun shelf, so swimmers can sunbathe in shallow water. It can have a swim-up bar or a built-in, tiled waterslide. By combining these elements that have been separate for so long, Curtis is able to build backyard getaways that are specifically tailored to each and every one of his clients.
A hybrid pool is an investment in experiences and memories. It’s perfect for someone who wants something trend-setting, artistic and unique.