Design & Construction
The Elements of Design
With a thoughtful blend of innovative style and the latest technology, Architectural Blue Utah (ABU) creates state-of-the-art pools and spas that are not only distinctive in appearance, water and energy efficient – they are also easy and enjoyable to own.
“Our pools achieve the form and function that satisfies today’s busy, tech-savvy, environmentally conscious consumers,” says President and Founder J. Matt Naylor. “Taking design to the next level allows ABU to integrate cutting-edge systems that automate care, enhance a pool’s beauty and longevity, and increase client comfort and safety. The payoff is genuine value—a real return on your investment, with an inspired, worry-free design that delivers the clients vision.
Each pool is designed to blend seamlessly into its environment—from a rugged scene of Utah’s natral beauty to a formal setting with pure, polished elegance. Elements such as fiber-optic lighting, elaborate water features, masonry, and indigenous plantings encompass ABU’s pools with impressive style. “Our building experience highly influences our designs. Knowledge of plants, masonry, and watershapes allows us to find unusual and creative resolutions for our clients. We can envision the final product and maintain that vision through each aspect of the project.”
The firm is constantly elevating the standards for both design and construction. The firm’s goal is to collaborate with vendors, contractors and directly with clients to create water as art, while also maintaining and specifying the highest functional standards. The team provides detailed plans and specifications for all areas of their projects—which can be extremely earth-friendly.
Mr. Naylor and his team are known for their uncompromising attention to detail, quality engineering, selection of materials, and on-site execution. The firm’s reputation for specializing in unusual, innovative, and conceptual designs and for providing a particularly high level of service to its clients is unmatched.
The company’s goal is to exceed expectations in every way.
The design process is far more than simply sketching a picture of a swimming pool on a piece of drafting paper. Creating the perfect waterscape requires a communicative relationship between customer and designer, the use of current technology, and the artistry that is developed through years of experience.
ABU uses the most current technology and follows a detailed plan that will transform your wants, needs, and vision into a “dream reality” - all within your budget.
The design process begins with a detailed consultation where we fully discuss your dream, vision, budget and needs.These questions will also extend to the overall look and functionality of project space, including specific design features clients would like incorporated into your vision.
All options are explored, questions are encouraged and clarified, and the foundation of your vision is created. AB then takes all of the information, as well as detailed measurements and pictures of your existing backyard, and starts the design process. The possibilities can be as simple or elaborate as you wish – and can accommodate virtually any budget.
Once a client has approved the overall project design, we then meticulously review every aspect, angle, and measurement of your site - all with multiple checks for accuracy. At ABU, we take great pride in our commitment to design, construction, and customer service excellence. Every project we undertake is personal and a dream that we are honored to help realize for our customers.
ABU is uncompromising when it comes to the quality of our construction. The construction process of an in-ground pool is very detailed and unforgiving. If mistakes are made, they are not easily reversible. You want a company who is committed and passionate about your project - someone who will never cut a corner or compromise on the quality of materials or workmanship. At ABU, we take great pride in our dedication to excellence in building. We only use the highest grade of materials and only work with experienced contractors who share our vision. We are committed to innovation - both in design and functionality. We have been building energy efficient pools long before they became a popular request, simply because we knew it was better for our customers. We made changes in our designs to ensure the safest swimming environment.
As actual construction begins on your project, unwavering and detail-driven attention remains our mission and approach. Together with our diligent and careful contractors, every step and checklist is completed with precision-with the ultimate goal being perfection. We enjoy taking the time to include you in the process of realizing your dream - from design, all the way to training you on how to clean and operate your pool.
The quality of materials used in the construction of pools and spas can vary greatly, and some companies use lower grade materials to cut costs in a less visible area. We do not believe in compromising on quality at any stage of construction. We only use the highest-grade materials and most reputable components in all of our projects. All of these extra details make for a more beautiful, longer-lasting, and reliable waterscape for years to come.
The plan layout of your project is a critical in your project. The main component of this plan layout is the placement of your pool. This design element is pivotal and can be quite complicated, especially in a smaller project space. If this step of the project is neglected or mismanaged, major cost overruns may occur.
Our designers and contractors work hand-in-hand to ensure a proper plan layout. We take detailed measurements of your project space, which are always double and triple checked. We involve you, the client, throughout the entire excavation and building process. We follow these guidelines with every project to ensure a trouble free plan layout and element placement. Beyond using the best quality products in the industry, we know that it is the skilled application of these materials that is most important. Because of this, we only work with the most talented and experienced contractors and artisans. They have years of experience and continue their education to ensure that they remain in the absolute top tier of skill and workmanship.
Our clients end-result operating cost (electricity, gas, chemical etc.) are always forefront in our design process. These costs are directly related to the quality of materials used during the building process of your swimming pool. Many other companies cut their costs by using lower quality and less energy efficient materials, but this cost is passed on to you throughout the life of your pool. At ABU, we use higher-grade materials that create a more energy efficient pool, which generates a significant savings for you. Our commitment to creating energy efficient pools is yet another way that we strive to set the bar for our industry.
At AUB, we use the highest quality materials and only collaborate with reputable and respected vendors. Our workers and craftsmen are highly respected and noted in their respective fields.
Detail. Detail. Detail.
Building a pool requires hundreds of steps, procedures, and processes - all interrelated and dependent on each other. An undertaking this large has countless possibilities for errors if mismanaged or approached with any degree of carelessness. At ABU, we respect the complexity of pool building and approach the process with razor sharp attention to every detail. We take great pride in our commitment to the highest quality of design, materials, construction, and customer care. There is no aspect of creating your project that is not carefully planned and strategized. Every detail, large or small, receives full attention and careful thought.
This extraordinarily focused and conscientious approach begins from the very first consultation, is continued through construction, and is evident long after your project is complete. We feel that there are no small details in your project - every element is crucial and worthy of pointed attention. The true beauty of your project is realized through the details, and that is why we will never compromise the attention that we devote to each and every one.