Biz Look: Dunford Pools
David Dunford loves a challenge. He’s been the owner of Dunford Pools for 16 years, and he never hesitates when a customer asks for something special. His usual answer is, “Wow! Let’s make that happen.” Then he looks at the existing space and the customer’s needs to come up with a design they’ll love.
To give one example of his creativity, right now he’s working on a pool in the shape of a dog’s paw print. The decking areas around the pool will be shaped like a puppy’s floppy ears. The pool itself is a simple one, but the whimsical design is perfect for the homeowners, who are dog lovers.
Dunford Pools are not only eye-catching, they’re also low maintenance. David says, “I try to make sure the customer is enjoying the pool rather than spending hours maintaining it.’” He makes careful design and equipment choices to keep his customers’ pools safe and clean. Dunford pools use a low amount of chlorine and other chemicals. All the work is fully warrantied. “People won’t be disappointed,” he says.
To ensure high-quality construction, David stays fully involved in every project, from start to finish. When additional contractors are hired, he’s often out there working right alongside them. “We are a small, customer service oriented company,” says David. It’s also very much a family business. David’s wife Johnni manages the office, his youngest daughter is the secretary, and his other daughters and son have also worked with them at Dunford Pools.
David’s advice to anyone considering a pool installation is, “Don’t wait for the perfect time. Go ahead and put it in.” The building process takes several weeks, so customers who begin a pool now won’t get to swim in it every day this summer. But they’ll reap the rewards of their new landscape all year long, even if they aren’t into polar swims. “You can still get out there and enjoy the sight and sound of it,” says David. “Most of our pools stay open all winter.” Many of David’s designs include landscaping features that give pleasure through all four seasons, such as fire pits and fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, pergolas, spas, and waterfalls.
Most people look at a backyard and see a patch of grass. David sees a blank canvas. “It’s exciting to create a design and then see the design come to reality,” he says. “We’re taking a space most people don’t use and turning it into a functional living area they can enjoy every day. We love to cater to customers’ needs.”
Dunford Pools is located at 616 Enterprise Drive, #136. Visit them online at www.dunfordpools.com.