Don Goldstone, founder and a licensed contractor, has been in the swimming pool industry in Los Angeles for the past 45 years. Qualifications include working with hydraulic designs, structural engineers and aesthetic water environments.
Although Don is a leader in his profession, he still works in the daily activities of the company and manages all clients with personal attention. Some of his projects have encompassed more than a year time to produce, as these projects involve many intricate details, such as swim channels, spa caves embedded with amethyst crystals, lighting, acoustical settings, landscape, and hardscape. Water safety is also a critical element in his designs.
After many years and projects, most important to Don are both the satisfaction of creating a masterpiece as well as the pleasure his clients experience from his work. As a result of strong customer satisfaction, most of his new business comes from client referrals, architects, and designers. Each project is created with the same attention to detail regardless of size.
Don has been featured in many magazines and websites. To name a few; The Los Angeles Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Pooland Spa News Magazine and Aquatech. Early in 2014, The Today Show selected Don as building one of the top 13 most recognized pools in the United States. Click on this link to see the article: TODAY Show Most Recognized Pools. Recently, he was interviewed and starred on the Pool Masters Show, an Animal Planet TV Series, as having one of the best naturalist pool in the world. Click here to see the video clip: A Pool that Emulates Nature.
With Don’s knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm, our goal is to create the ultimate retreat. A stunning pool with its surrounding gardens is the ultimate extension of your home and lifestyle.
Ultimate Water Creations is a full service company that manages every aspect of the project from conceptual design to final completion. We have our own in-house crews and equipment capable of handling any size project. We maintain control of every detail and even have our own artificial rock manufacturing facilities to insure the highest level of quality control.
COMPARATIVE CASE STUDY: MANMADE ROCKS
Ultimate Water Creations uses cutting-edge methods of construction, employing artisans to fashion the highest quality and most natural looking man made rocks available. Below is a comparison of the standard method of rock creation versus the advanced technique employed exclusively by our company.
Standard Method: Group Rocks
The “Standard Method” employed by most companies for installing artificial rockwork is cheap and fast. This method involves rock features carved into concrete which has been placed over metal mesh, steel, or chicken wire. Shapes are created by forming steel cages in the shapes of rocks which are then covered in cement which is stamped or imprinted prior to the concrete hardening. Because of the limited time available between the application of the wet cement and the time that it takes to dry, not a lot detail can be achieved. After the cement has dried, a latex based paint is sprayed as a finish coat. The resulting rock looks very artificial. Typical examples of this type of work can be seen at amusement ride parks, Disneyland, zoos, and Las Vegas hotels.
Ultimate Water Creations Method: Handcrafted Individual Rocks
Most companies do not utilize our method because it involves significantly more time and requires highly skilled artists to properly execute the labor-intensive processes involved. In addition, the rock molds must be created and maintained as they deteriorate after each use. Although this process is much more expensive, if done correctly it creates the most realistic looking man-made rocks and stones available.
The first stage of the work involves the creation of molds. These molds are made from real boulders and rock formations found in nature. A crew usually travels long distances to find interesting and unique rocks for the molds. After creation of the molds, they are transported to our factory for reinforcement and preparation before spraying the actual artificial rocks. The rocks are manufactured using a combination of sprayed concrete and fiberglass material. Once dried, the mold is peeled away, and the rock is now ready for installation.
The rocks are then carefully transported to the job site and installed one by one. During this part of the process, real rocks and gravel are incorporated into the design. Once the installation is complete, all gaps between the rocks are carefully filled individually and hand embossed to match the texture of the castings. Finally artisans apply the stained finish in several stages and multiple layers. This method truly creates an almost exact reproduction of rocks and rock formations in their most natural state.