design/construction editor of Pool & Spa News,
recently enjoyed a ride-along with Steve Sargent, president of
Elite Custom Pools in Lake Forest, Calif. Steve builds some
of the most high-end pools in Orange County.
On our first stop, we visit a pool in progress, built
right against a sea wall in Newport Bay. The customers originally
asked for a pool that was 5 feet deep throughout. After the shell
was shot, they decided to add a bench around the inside perimeter
so they could have a shallow area.
Here, Steve’s measuring the pool so he can make that
As Steve inspected the equipment room, he couldn’t find the
wiring for the pool controller. The general contractor helped him
find it behind the insulation.
At the next stop, Steve and his son Geoff, who works for Elite and
has his own service company, try synching up the controller with a
Steve and Geoff recently finished the pool, with its vanishing edge
on the back framing a view of the hills in Newport Beach.
This complex pool in the Laguna Hills was hard to catch in one
photo. The shallow area with floating walkway sidles up directly
against the house. The whole thing will be finished in basalt
Another Laguna Hills pool, this one with a window in the floor.
Steve had to check the elevation of the pane to make sure it was
right before applying an epoxy product and then the interior
The vanishing edge spills into a shallow, narrow gutter that leads
to a remote holding tank.