Making a Splash

Nicole Newkirk from Oasis Pools gives us the inside scoop on keeping cool with backyard pools. 

Edited by Maya Brenningmeyer

Photography by Jimi Smith


Starting Your Journey

The initial process begins with the desire to build your luxury oasis. We encourage homeowners to make initial contact with us immediately after deciding they are interested in a swimming pool. Homeowners should expect a collaborative and personalized experience, where expert designers and architects work closely with them to understand their aesthetic preferences, functional needs and any pre-existing easement, building setbacks and natural grade of their property. Once the design is approved and the construction contract has been entered, the official permitting process starts.

From the Ground Up

The best time to break ground is often influenced by seasonal and climatic factors, as well as the homeowner’s preferences for optimal usage. In our area, we have distinct seasons. The ideal period for finishing or starting new pool construction is typically during the early springtime, as this allows for favorable weather conditions and sufficient time for completion before the peak of the swimming season. However, in my opinion, any time is a great time to start as it makes it sooner for the completion and the many years of use following!

Plunge into Personality

The customization options for a pool are pretty much limitless, allowing homeowners to tailor every aspect of their outdoor oasis to their exact preferences and lifestyle. In essence, the customization of a pool extends beyond its physical structure, allowing homeowners to infuse their personality and preferences into every detail, creating a personal backyard resort that is a true reflection of their unique lifestyle and vision.

Fencing and Gates

Installing a secure perimeter fence around the pool area with self-closing and self-latching gates is required in every city and municipality. There are mesh options that can be added and removed for smaller children if additional safety is wanted/needed at your residence.


Alarms on doors and windows that directly open into pool areas can provide an added layer of security by alerting homeowners to any unauthorized access to the pool area and are also required in most cities and municipalities before final inspection approval.

Underwater Visibility

Clear and unobstructed visibility within the pool is crucial for monitoring swimmers, especially in deeper areas. Proper lighting, transparent water and the absence of underwater obstacles are important.

Safety Equipment

Access to safety equipment such as life jackets, reaching poles and first aid kits should be readily available near the pool area as a precaution.

Non-Slip Surfaces

Incorporating non-slip materials around the pool deck and entry points minimizes the risk of slips and falls, especially when surfaces may become wet or slippery.

Before You Build…

Establish a realistic budget based on your location. Prices vary. Locally, the cost to build is much higher because our projects are exposed to temperature extremes with freeze and thaw and construction methods cost much more when the extreme climate change is an issue. In addition, it’s also important to understand your property, plan ahead, think hard when choosing materials and research your pool company before beginning construction.

Pool Maintenance

New pools are not nearly as much maintenance as they used to be. These systems are monitored via an app on your phone and are very user-friendly. We do have a service side of our company and offer a range of pool maintenance services to assist homeowners in ensuring the cleanliness, safety and proper functioning of their pools.

Season Opening and Closing Service

Oasis Pools handles the hassle of opening and closing pools at the start and end of the swimming season. Our process ensures that pools are properly prepared for changing seasons, protecting them from potential damage for the next season.

Weekly Maintenance

Our team of experienced technicians at Oasis Pool Services performs essential maintenance tasks, including skimming debris, vacuuming the pool floor and brushing the walls.


Pool Trends

Cold Plunge Pools

These refreshing pools offer health benefits by promoting circulation and reducing inflammation. They have become a must-have for health-conscious homeowners.

Pool Rehabs

Renovating older concrete pools is becoming a popular trend, offering a new swimming pool and gathering place without the commitment of completely starting over. Whether it's a simple resurfacing or a complete overhaul, renovated pools are being transformed into stunning, modern backyard resorts.

Automatic Covers

Auto covers are not new to the industry, but they are a trend that more and more customers are choosing to install. The major advantage to choosing an auto cover is not needing a fence around the entire area and being able to push a button to cover and uncover the pool.

Underwater Speakers

I think this is a great feature and it's something I’ve been seeing and hearing about as a trend in the industry. Sound systems and color changing lighting are always game changers in your outdoor living area.