Progress Report

Finally want to update you all on some projects that have been going on at Islander Pools!

 Anaheim Hills Before

Anaheim Hills During

Anaheim Hills Complete

 Corona Before

 Corona During

 Corona Water Feature During

 Pebble Sheen Ocean Blue going in

 Completed

Corona completed side 2

Another Anaheim job, rock slide going in

 A little more progress on the rock slide!

California Pool Industry News

Major California Builder Closes Doors
Editor’s Note: Mission Valley Pools & Spas is not affiliated with Escondido, Calif.-based Mission Pools.
Update: Mission Valley Pools & Spas filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy June 20. Court documents filed by company President Robert Cunningham listed 50 pool and/or spa projects that had not been completed. According to the papers, the builder owed just under $207,000 to PoolCorp. In addition to the PoolCorp debt, approximately $266,000 appears to be owed to subcontractors and suppliers. The papers listed a total of $902,000 owed to creditors with unsecured non-priority claims.

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One of the largest pool building companies in the San Diego area abruptly closed its doors in early June.

Mission Valley Pools & Spas, a Pool & Spa News Top Builder, is said to have left projects incomplete, with subcontractors in the area reportedly being approached by homeowners looking to finish their pools.

In early June, the Contractors State License Board received five complaints about the company, charging abandonment, willful or fraudulent act, failure to pay for materials or services, and diversion or failure to account for funds. The agency is currently investigating those complaints and has reopened another filed at the end of last year.

A source close to Mission Valley reported hearing of at least 10 such pools, but said the count may reach closer to 30. The source also stated that certain company employees may be trying to assist at least some clients.

Calls to Mission Valley’s offices were not returned.

At least three subcontractors are known to have been left unpaid, and the company’s sudden closure has some reconsidering their work and bill collection policies.

California Plumbing is reportedly owed $15,000 by Mission Valley, even though the firm received two payments after the builder closed, according to Robert Currier, president of the Lakeside, Calif., subcontractor. Since the economy went south, he said, he’s been left with a total of $400,000 in outstanding bills because of builders shutting down.

“My retirement is gone,” Currier said. “I’m 64 now, so I’ll just keep working until I can’t work anymore. But a lot of this happened just because of the economy. It’s my own fault for letting people get so stretched out.”

Though some are surprised that a firm of Mission Valley’s size would close this far into the recession, some in the area say it’s remained an uphill battle.

“Last year was a lot tougher for us than any other year we’ve had,” said Rob Ault, president of Pacific Sun Pool & Spa, also a Pool & Spa News Top Builder in San Diego. “I have to assume it was the same for the other companies in this town.”

On its Pool & Spa News Top 50 application form, Mission Valley reported 102 excavations and just under $7.5 million in total revenue in 2011.

Local permit data indicates that Mission Valley filed for 68 projects in San Diego County, for a 9 percent market share in 2011. However, that number wouldn’t include permits pulled by others on behalf of the builder, including landscape professionals and architects.

That number was up slightly from 2009 and 2010, when Mission Valley pulled 63 and 66 permits, respectively.

From: Pool & Spa News

http://www.poolspanews.com/2012/071/071n_mission.html

Reviews!

Just wanted to do a little update regrading some recent reviews we’ve had!

10/2/12

5 Star Review
Service: 5 Star
Will Recommend: 5 Star
Total Experience: 5 Star

Summary: Got it done fast, great work.

Review: It started with just getting patio work done and a fire pit, and I took it to getting a pool. He directed everything and got the permits re-drawn, and got the job done. He designed a beautiful pool for us. We’ve been enjoying our back yard immensely.

Reviewed By: Bo B.

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7/19/12

5 Star Review
Service: 5 Star
Will Recommend: 5 Star
Total Experience: 5 Star

Summary: Overall, the experience was very well coordinated.

Review: Islander Pools did a great job. The whole thing was very smooth and a good experience. I have dealt with a lot of contractors before, and Islander Pools were very good overall. They always responded in a timely manner. The job was well planned out before it started. There was no generic stuff, and they itemized everything that was done, so it was easy to keep track of.

I also appreciated that there was a single person point of contact. Just the overall quality of material and workmanship were great. The various contractors they used were also professional and courteous in doing their work.

Reviewed By: Richard F.

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6/28/12

5 Star Review
Service: 5 Star
Will Recommend: 5 Star
Total Experience: 5 Star

Summary: My Dream Pool… Copper Fire Pots and Glass Tile Jacuzzi

Review: Frank is a great business owner and friend! In the economic downturn I started my dream pool and ended up almost losing my house and the dream backyard I always wanted but Frank worked with me while I mustered up the funds to complete the project. We started with a few plans and were able to create a real masterpiece for a fair price with great attention to detail. The subs he hired were all professional and he made sure I was satisfied the whole way through. I wouldn’t hesitate to have Islander Pools do my backyard again and know it couldn’t have been any better with any other pool builder. Thanks Frank!

Reviewed By: Jeffery K.

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2012 Quarter Update

This is my first post for 2012!

Its been a couple of very busy months here at Islander, we hired a new salesman Dean Barker in January and have already sold thirteen new pools thus far!

We are off to a great start to 2012 and hope your doing just as well!

In other pools news this article I found today:

Vacant swimming pools prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes

Cicero (WSYR-TV) — In the town of Cicero, where mosquitoes are particularly problematic, the focus has shifted to standing water, which is a breeding ground for the bugs. And swimming pools at vacant homes pose a very real threat in the battle against the bite.
Andy Nadeau, who lives next to an abandoned pool in Cicero, told NewsChannel 9, “I hope that we can get the whole thing cleaned up, but I’ll settle for the pool cleaned up.”
Fixing up a vacant property with a swimming pool would save more than just the value of the houses on the block. “It just helps so we can stay in our backyard longer,” Nadeau continued.
The standing water is an optimal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Neighbors in the area say the pool’s been abandoned for about a year and all the previous owners did was put a tarp over what’s now basically swamp water.
“You could tell that it was not attended to…wasn’t chlorinated and it just looked like a health hazard, an area where mosquitoes would congregate and breed,” said Cicero Town Supervisor Jim Corl.
Corl is proposing legislation that would give homeowners 30 days notice to clean up abandoned pools.
“The zoning department then can go back in, make the necessary changes like capping off the pool and whatever they think is adequate and charge whatever costs there are back to the homeowner to put on the tax roll,” Corl continued.
It could add up to thousands of dollars in upfront costs before the town gets the money back.
“When you have a significant health hazard such as this, I think residents will understand it’s a necessary cost and if we’re alleviating any breeding ground it’ll be well worth it,” Corl said.
Nadreau hopes it’ll send a strong message to his neighbor. “It’s people that don’t maintain their property. It’s a matter of respect and self respect more importantly. And they just don’t seem to have that,” he said.
With the pool cleaned up, Nadreau will be able to take his yard back from the mosquitoes.
The Cicero Town Board will be holding a public hearing about the proposed law on April 11.

http://www.9wsyr.com/news/local/story/Vacant-swimming-pools-prime-breeding-grounds-for/Lj8vlbpwKkicceOaFv8lSQ.cspx

Pool News

Happy last month of 2011!

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Meanwhile here at Islander we acquired two new pool jobs in November and are getting started! The new jobs are located in Anaheim Hills and Corona.

For your convenience  I will updating the blog with important pool news that comes in. Here is an article I recently came across:

“Is Your Swimming Pool Safe Year-round?”

Marianna, Florida – Chipola College Aquatics Director Rance Massengill said his heart goes out to the two separate families in Florida who lost toddlers to pool drownings Monday.

“We hate to hear it and we’re thinking about those families,” said Massengill.

According to authorities, both children fell into their families’ pools, without anyone noticing.

“Drowing of children four and under is a very serious thing in the United States,” said Massengill.

Massengill, who’s been a water safety expert for years, said there are ways to stop these types of tragedies.

“The entire perimeter of the pool should be fenced off if you’re trying to keep people out,” said Massengill.

He also said pool covers can be effective but they must be weighed down. If someone does fall in the water, you must act fast.

“In a child that cannot swim, they’ll be unconscious in less than one minute,” said Massengill.

Massengill recommended throwing the victim a flotation device, only jumping in yourself if you have the proper training. Regardless, Massengill told News Channel 7 it should never come to that point.

“Having proper supervision at all times is the key to it,” said Massengill.

Safety experts said kids can drown in as little as a few inches of water.

Update September 29, 2011

Just a quick update on the activities going on at Islander Pools!

The new website was finished in June complete with new logo, new photo galleries, a customer review page, and links to our Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook accounts…check us out!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Islander-Pools/289189348355

http://twitter.com/#!/islanderpools

http://www.youtube.com/islanderpools

Here is a our new truck with the new logo

Our most recent venture is that we are now building custom iron wood gates

   

And here is some of our recently completed jobs

 Chino Hills: Pool Only 

  Riverside – Dave Manesse Design

Corona: LED Lights

 Rancho Cucamonga

 Los Alamitos

And our latest review:

RATING:

 Service: 5 Stars

Will Recommend: 5 Stars

Total Experience: 5 Stars

 SUMMARY:

 Fantastic service and communication, years after the installation.

Review:

My husband and I hired Islander Pools about four years ago to install a custom pool in our backyard. We dealt directly with Frank, the owner of the company. We considered others, but went with Frank in the end because he was honest and forthcoming, and not like a salesperson. We trusted him from the get go, and he’s been there for us ever since, every time we’ve had a question. Frank is very personable, and has a good sense of humor. He still remembers us, and has never brushed us off because he’s already closed the deal. He doesn’t have to call us back after four years, but he does anyway. We are past the warranty period, yet he continues to send people out if we have issues or questions. What’s more, everybody loves our pool. We get so many compliments about it–the design is just great. In fact, we are in the process of selling our house, and the pool is the first thing that the buyers notice. We have listed before, and we always receive offers within the first week. Thanks to Islander Pools, our house is worth more. I really can’t say enough good things about them.

New Website Launch

We are very excited that our new and improved website has launched!

Some of the new features of the site include

  • Improved Navigation
  • New galleries, with larger images
  • Social Network integration… connect with us!