Ian Charnley Pool Design

Barefoot Pools has built 3 pools for us since 2002. Each pool was unique based on our family needs at the time. The first was very basic: rectangular shape, slide for the kids, above ground hot tub with rock waterfall. The second was more free-form with a vanishing edge, in ground hot tub. The third, built in Spring 2011, is an ultimate design, Ian Charnley has a gift of really listening and taking note of all the details of our requests. Some clients may want to leave everything up to the builder and can certainly trust Ian and his team to do a great job, but we like to give input every step of the way and Barefoot pools took our rough pencil sketches and turned them into breathtaking results! The initial design was easy to comprehend via their realistic computerized graphics, then every step of construction exceeded our expectations in quality and craftmanship. Ian and his partner Gary are perfectionists!

Everyday an owner or key manager was on sight, if we had concerns they answered them immediately. We had the flexibility of changing the design as we went along, but we really only did that to add in some luxuries we hadn't originally thought of. The whole process was SO exciting! What did I worry about? The noise the pumps might make outside my bedroom window...and guess what...I can't hear them at all!

This design included: (Starting with creating a foundation on our steep hillside) a Vanishing edge pool and hot tub, custom designed seating in hot tub, swim-up bar in pool, pebble-sheen surfacing, ultimate patio concrete design and custom staining, outdoor kitchen, 5 in-pool umbrella slots, 4 fire bowl waterfalls, fire pit, golf putting green complete with 5 holes, two sandtraps, custom rock wall with built-in bench, and even a pitching green about 40 feet away. Landscape included 6 giant olive trees, DG paths, and a custom pad for our favorite swing cut into the hillside.

So many people complain that pool builders and landscapers have a hard time finishing all the details of their projects, not Barefoot! They finished in a reasonable time and every detail was complete, they even came back to perfect some little things that they cared about. From dirt to permit on this HUGE project was about 4.5 months.

We are thrilled and our visiting friends refer to our home as a "resort" where they come for "luxury weekends." Barefoot spoiled us, now we never want to leave the house!  

                - Molly and Giovanni Comin


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Barefoot Pool Design

Passion, concern and attention to detail does not adequately describe the effort that we received from Barefoot. From our rough design, Barefoot delivered us a pool that still leaves us speechless. It looks more like a pond than a pool and one person even asked if we thought about swimming in the pond! The real benefit that Barefoot brings is that as the project progresses they suggest changes and modifications that add a custom and "one of a kind" feel. Finally, and foremost, they guarantee and stand behind their work.






                - Carroll Family


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Pool Design and Landscaping

Ian and Tami,

We are loving our new home!

We are so happy with all the work you have done for us in landscaping and pool construction.

From the very start you both were great to work with and extremely attentive to all our wishes in designing our pool and landscaping. From introducing us to the landscape designer, to being patient with all our requests and most of all willing to work and help us get exactly what we wanted.

Our's was a big project and the attention to detail and follow-thru was great. Also as with all construction projects, the attention after the project is completed, is as important. With all the little bugs that  need to be worked out and finish work to be done. You were great and have responded to every call or email we have sent you. We appreciate this more than you know!

We will happily refer you whenever asked. And we wish you much luck and success as you continue to grow your business!

                - The McCluskeys
                   Santa Ysabel Ranch


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Pool Design and Landscaping

Rave reviews for Barefoot Pools & Custom Landscapes!!!

I just had the pleasure to complete a major renovation with Barefoot Pools & Custom Landscapes which included: 40” x 20” saltwater pool, spa, outdoor kitchen, 6 separate fire features, lots of hardscape, putting green, 3 separate decks, 3.5 acres of landscaping and walking paths throughout the property. This is my first construction project so I’m definitely a novice when it comes to construction, design, fit and finish. Add to the fun, image coordinating a project of this size from my primary residence in Canada. Yes, Canada!

For the past 23 years I’ve run a large service based business in both the U.S. and in Canada. One thing I’ve learned is service is only as good as the employees, business culture and the leadership/ownership of the organization. From design, construction and the final touches, Ian, Tami and the entire Barefoot Team exceeded my expectations in every imaginable way. They’re honest, knowledgeable, creative, flexible, contentious, accessible, responsive and truly care. If something doesn’t go right, they fix it. They’re the type of prized business owners hard to find in today’s fast paced business environment. They’re the type of local business you root for and eagerly endorse.

My family and I were so impressed with Barefoot Pools and Custom Landscapes, we held a giant party to thank them for turning our dreams into reality. We’re delighted with the final product but surprisingly also enjoyed the journey along the way.

                - J Thompson
                   Santa Ysabel Ranch, Templeton


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