About Alfresco Creations
Every great project begins with a great idea, but can only be completed with a great plan. When it comes to transforming your exterior living space into your personal corner of paradise, you'll need a design that equally reflects inspiration and practicality.
At Alfresco Creations, we specialize in creating detailed plans for your outdoor project. This will result in a smoother process as it passes through the permitting and construction phases.
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- Swimming Pool Design and Build
- Pool Construction
- Pool Remodeling
- Pool and Landscape Design
- Complete yard remodeling
- Hardscape Design
- Patio Covers
Well I have worked with and used all of the 3 major pool equipment manufacturers(Pentair,Hayward,Jandy) I have no loyalty to any of them. I go with who I think is the best and that has changed several times over the years and at this time I think it is Jandy/Zodiac.However if you want a particular pool equipment that is fine with me as they all will get the job done.
Questions and Answers
What questions should a customer ask before hiring you?
Who supervises your projects?
How many projects do you average in a year?
I only do between 10-15 projects a year because I supervise all my projects myself to make sure it gets done right with very close attention to detail and this limits how many projects I can do. I specialize in higher end projects with clients that are looking for something more distinctive. If you are looking for a basic lower end pool then I would recommend you to choose one of the larger builders because that is their specialty.
What kind of questions do customers ask you?
1.How much?,2. How long will it take?3.,How long have you been building poolsAnswers 1. Depends on the project 2. Depends on the project. 3 Over 20 years
What do you recommend to know before hiring you?
Material costs have quadrupled in the last 8-10 years Do some homework so that you understand what the costs are these are costs that every contractor will incur so maybe your budget is unrealistic many of my own projects have gone in phases just make sure you have a master plan that accounts for what will be needed for the next phase.
How can we save money hiring you?
I would recommend that you pay for a design with a designer or architect who knows your budget (Typically a Landscape architect is overpriced and has absolutely no clue what it costs to build) So most often it will be a designer. A typical yard price should be between $800.-$1,500. for a design and it should call out The equipment, The plumbing sizes for all of the pool plumbing and all the amenities you want even if you cant afford to do the whole project at once it was thought out as a master plan for your personal dream yard and your plan includes a stub for gas and electric for your BBQ and Cabana location that you will do a few years down the line. Ok I know most of you are thinking but they do free designs. 1. You get what you pay for. 2. They are charging you it is included in their bid.3.Its what they want not what you want. Now you have completely leveled the playing field all contractors are bidding the exact same thing and you know ahead of time what it should cost.Apples-Apples Not Apples-Oranges Then go with the contractor you feel the most comfortable with not just the lowest bid. You will be amazed at the difference in pricing and then you can ask them "Why are you $9,600. more for the exact same thing"?
What types of jobs are the most common?
Pool and spa new decking,I also do several remodels, something to remember the remodel may cost twice what you spent on the pool originally depending on how old it is. Copper plumbing is no longer used in pool plumbing and should be replaced and single main drains need to be replaced with split main drains with anti-entanglement drain covers.
I have always had a very good eye for design and that is what set me apart from 90% of my competition. From my first job in the Swimming Pool industry I was taught to truly design with the architecture of the home in mind. The best designs complement the architecture of the home and seamlessly integrate the home with the yard. Everything flows like it was always there or should have been.
Do you offer any service after finishing the work?
An additional inviting environment, increasing your property's usable square footage and in turn Property value.Since I supervise all my projects personally if there is a problem it is one call if it is a Warranty issue, workmanship,Quality or just "How does this thing work" lol.
What are you most proud of?
I love what I do so and I am proud of all of them, but one in particular it is one of the smallest spaces square footage wise and we used every square inch to incorporate every amenity the client wanted it is such a warm and comfortable space now that the client spends more than 50% of their time at home in their yard.
What we may not know about you?
I am half Italian and The name of my company is half Italian Alfresco is Italian for Outdoors or outside.
What is important to know about your profession?
1.Not all contractors are the same.Bigger does not mean better.2.Free designs are a gimmick 6 different pool builders 6 different designs or interpretations of what you want. 6 different prices Confused? Its designed to confuse you.3. Most pools in So. Cal. are like Kit cars with a Ferrari body on a Fiero. It may look like a Ferrari but its not. It's important you understand that only one thing on your property works harder than your pool and it is your refrigerator your pool is working 10-18 hours a day 7 days a week circulating, filtering and sanitizing your pool water with today's equipment on a pool that is ideally plumbed 21/2" Suction 2" Return No 90 degree elbows all sweeps or 45 degree fittings,3 pool returns a correctly sized pump LED pool and Spa lights LED landscape lights with the lights on 4 hours every night =$20-$30. a month in energy costs that includes heating your spa 12 nights a month! Standard incandescent pool and spa lights what it costs to run for one 4 hour night will power the LED lights for a year! So aside from the stone and tile exterior make sure the internal parts of your pool are up to today's standards.