Why Choose Gunite

What is the difference between gunite and other types of pools? Gunite pools are constructed with a blend of sand, cement, and water. They have the advantage of being very durable and hammered into any shape, including curved walls. Fiberglass and vinyl liner pools can be installed quickly and at a lower cost. However, they do not offer the same durability as gunite.

Adding a pool is one of the best ways to make your backyard feel more like home. Hence, many things to consider when choosing one include budget, size, shape, maintenance requirements, and function. But resilience and flexibility are clearly the two key features of pool construction and gunite pools specifically.

Gunite pools offer unbeatable resilience and flexibility. And if these are your priorities, then a gunite pool is the best one for you. It is a large structure that will serve as a focal point for your yard or garden. Cities like Dallas and Miami have a lot of experience with these pools, as they are commonly used for drainage, but there are other reasons you should consider using this type of feature.

Gunite vs. Shotcrete

Generally, gunite and shotcrete are both concrete, and their difference lies in the application process. Gunite is the dry mix process where high-pressure compressed air shoots the pre-mixed material (sans water) through a gun-like hose. At the nozzle, your pool builders add water just before it hits the rebar framework. The nozzleman controls the amount of water to get the right mix consistency that makes the gunite compress when applied.

On the other hand, shotcrete uses the wet mix application. This means that all the concrete’s components, including water, are already pre-mixed and put in the cement truck for delivery to your house. Like the gunite dry mix, shotcrete is applied with a high-pressure hose, and when the mixture hits the surface, it bonds to itself.

This means both gunite and shotcrete are applied by shooting a layer of cement mixture that hardens into a firm, smooth pool surface. Each process has its own advantages and disadvantages. Both gunite and shotcrete will produce a high-quality, safe, durable, and well-built swimming pool if the application is made correctly.

Firm Foundation

Gunite pools are suitable for all property owners because of their durable and long-lasting construction. These pools do not need to have wooden frameworks but steel ones to hold the shape, making them storm-safe and withstand heavy weights or high-pressure jets. This makes gunite pools one of the most popular on the market, and you can rest assured knowing that your gunite pool will last for many years to come.

Resists Settling

Soil is never entirely stable, which means your pool could crack when the ground around it shrinks or expands. This is why gunite pools are ideal. They resist settling and are durable enough to withstand landslides and other extreme weather conditions.

Endless Versatility

You can install gunite pools in virtually any shape or size. This helps avoid unnecessary construction that will destroy your property’s natural scenery yet still allow you to build a backyard oasis that is just for you. Gunite pools are also constructed on-site, letting you dive into an endless array of creative and sophisticated designs.

Easily Customizable

There is a wide range of choices for you to choose from in customizing your gunite pool. You can get creative with custom features such as underwater bar stools, tanning ledges, or waterfalls that are so easy to add. You can create a sleek, modern look with pebble or glass material, or you can choose something unique.

Adds More Value to Your Home

Pools can be a valuable addition to your home, but it is unlikely that you fully get back the money you spent on one. Adding a pool to your home makes more sense if it brings you and your family happiness and enjoyment. Any financial gain should count as just a nice bonus.

Design Flexibility

Gunite pool installations come in various shapes and sizes that will meet your specific needs and requirements. You can choose from a rectangle or oval pool to free-form ones that offer small, intimate spaces or huge, sprawling water features. Gunite pools give you the perfect swimming environment for your home without having to reevaluate your current landscape.


Custom gunite pools are known for their superior strength and durability. There is nearly no maintenance involved with a gunite pool, which means you will not have to spend time and money on costly repairs. Custom gunite pools can last for many generations and come with standard warranties covering all of the materials and labor needed to keep them operating like new.

Greater Return on Investment

These pools require minimal maintenance, making them a good option for homeowners looking to update their properties. Because they are more durable, these pools last longer, and you are getting your money’s worth because they require less maintenance in the future.

Concrete Pools

If you want the perfect backyard oasis for your family, we are the pool builders you can count on to bring it to life. From a swim-up bar to a luxurious spa, we take pride in every gunite water feature we build by providing our signature level of service, quality, and craftsmanship throughout the process.

What You Need to Know About Building a Swimming Pool

Before you dive into the intricacies of building a swimming pool, you should first ask yourself why you want one. Your reasons could include personal fitness, practicing water sports, entertaining guests, providing a fun place for your kids, improving your backyard aesthetics or any combination of these and other reasons. From large luxurious lap pools to compact plunge pools, there are several things to know when building a pool like costs, developing pool plans and designs, the building process and permitting requirements.

Cost of Building a Swimming Pool

Once you’ve decided you want a pool, the biggest question you’ll probably have is, how much does it cost to build a pool? The cost of building a swimming pool varies greatly, depending on numerous factors. First, you’ll see a major price difference between inground and above ground pools. In the Northeast, Inground swimming pools can start around $40,000 and go up; while a quality above ground pool can start around $15,000. The size, structure, building materials, and any additional design features also play a large part in the final price tag. Finally, don’t forget to account for permit requirements such as the need for an automatic pool cover or protective fencing.

Start Your Pool Plan Early

The swimming pool construction process and permitting takes time, so start your pool planning efforts several months in advance. Due to weather constraints in the Northeast, the pool building season can be shorter compared to other areas of the United States. That said, we can book up fast.  We will walk you through the planning process which includes choosing a swimming pool design, mapping an appropriate location for your pool, and completing paperwork for required building permits. Initial planning can potentially take several weeks, which is one more reason to start planning as early as possible.

Choose a Pool Design

There are numerous items to consider when designing your pool. Assuming you’re designing an inground pool, you’ll need to decide on the size, shape, and depth of your pool and what features you want included.

Gunite pools are known for their strength, durability, and ability to be custom formed to fit any size, shape, or depth desired. However, they are typically the most expensive, require the longest building time.

A new pool will uniquely affect other aspects of your design. When comparing pool designs and cost, factor in the size and location of your space and zoning regulations, before definitively deciding on pool shape and additional features like slides, large diving boards, waterfalls, stonework, integrated spas, and decking.

Pool Building Process

While part of the building process varies based on the size of pool you choose, some steps remain the same. The first step is to outline the pool on the ground to establish where to dig and to help visualize the end product. Next, comes the actual excavation.

The next stage is installing necessary piping and wiring to effectively operate your pool, and add-ons like the heater and filter are installed. Then, the pool material itself is installed, potentially followed by tile and coping, and a deck and/or fencing. Once installation is complete, your contractor starts the mechanical systems to ensure everything works, then you’ll add startup chemicals.

Get Required Permits

Before you actually begin the pool building process, we must first acquire the appropriate permits for your area. Be prepared to have some wait time, because many things impact the processing time of your permits, like soil analysis, waterfront and setback considerations, drainage issues and backlog of the permit office. You may also need additional land use permits. All pools must meet current zoning requirements in your area.

To feel more comfortable about building a swimming pool, be sure you carefully consider:

How much it costs to build a swimming pool. Remember, swimming pool construction costs are directly influenced by the type of pool you want.
How soon to develop your pool plan.
All the details required in designing your pool.
The building process for your specific type of pool.
Permitting requirements.

Why Choose Daydream Construction as Your Contractor

Daydream Construction, LLC is located in Nottingham, NH and knows swimming pools! We’ve been building and installing beautiful pools since 2014 and our experienced staff understands all aspects of pool ownership. Read what our former customers have to say about our professionalism and swimming pool knowledge and view our past projects to generate your own swimming pool design plans!

We specialize in turning backyards into destinations.

We are proud to create a place for exercise, relaxation, and, most importantly, fun for the whole family.


There is really no difference between shotcrete and gunite and the terms can be used interchangeably.  Shotcrete has been used as a generic term to describe the process of pneumatically applying concrete.  Recently, some have defined shotcrete as utilizing wet-mix application and gunite as utilizing dry-mix application.