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Pool Designer / Pool Software Designer – Nilson Silva

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Top Pool Designer - Nilson Silva of Mastertouch Pools - Leading Pool Designer in Parkland, FL

Nilson Silva owner of Mastertouch Pools, a Parkland, FL based Pool Company – has fast become recognized as one of the industries leading pool designers. This incredible 3D entry showcases his adept ability and mastery of the industry standard in 3D rendering – Pool Studio. An expert at inground pool design and one of leading Parkland, FL pool builders, Nilson has been designing pools since his teens.

Nilson Silva – Mastertouch Pools

As a serial entrepreneur, Nilson is also an accomplished software designer. He recently created and released a Pool Service software that has taken social media by storm. The app called Routely is available for download in the iTunes store and has been downloaded and used by thousands of pool service companies across the country.

It’s an impressive resume that the young Parkland, FL native has developed. Not only running a successful and thriving pool company, but also releasing a hot new app that has developed fast adaptation and a loyal userbase.

TOP Pool Designer entry by Nilson Silva of Mastertouch Pools

Silva is being watched closely by industry experts who can’t help but to convey astonishment that he is wunderkind of sorts. His prowess as one of the industries leading pool designers is undeniable. This entry to Pool Designers – TOP Pool Designer competition symbolizes the sleek, elegant and sophisticated pool concepts being built in Parkland, FL today.

When asked why he has a passion for 3D design as his chosen art form, Silva replied:

I love the challenge of capturing my customers dream. It’s incredible to be able to help them visualize the concept in 3D. What’s amazing is how intricate you can get with the details that make it truly personal to the client.

Nilson silva – mastertouch pools

It’s clear that this Parkland, FL pool builder has the innate ability to capture the essence of the outdoor lifestyle homeowners are looking for. Locals seem to love his pool designs as this has been without a doubt one of the companies busiest years to date. When asked if he attributes the success to the Covid-19 pandemic as many other local builders have, Silva replied “You know it’s funny because in our case, it’s been more sales from referrals from past clients this year than anything else. I feel like our success this year is mostly derived from the fact that homeowners in Parkland are starting to spread the word.”

Certainly an incredible entry by one of the most talented pool designers in Florida. View more great examples from hot new pool designers in Florida.

Parties interested in participating in Pool Magazine’s TOP Pool Designer competition should visit who are administering the competition on behalf of Pool Magazine. Artists interested in participating in the competition can submit a 3d rendering or video for consideration as a candidate for Top Pool Designer. The winner receives a year long subscription to 3D Rendering Software Pool Studio as well as having their design showcased on the cover of Pool Magazine.

Editor in Chief of Pool Magazine - Joe Trusty is also CEO of, the leading digital agency for the pool industry. An internet entrepreneur, software developer, author, and marketing professional with a long history in the pool industry. Joe oversees the writing and creative staff at Pool Magazine. To contact Joe Trusty email or call (916) 467-9118 during normal business hours. For submissions, please send your message to

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Claffey Pools Helps Residents Recover From Freeze Damage, With Help from Above

Claffey Pools team of nearly 100 employees are working tirelessly to restore nearly 1,000 area pool systems after the recent deep freeze.

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Claffey Pools Helps Residents Recover From Freeze Damage, With Help from Above

After a freezing winter storm shut down power in Texas in February, many pool owners experienced damage. With plumbing lines and equipment compromised, tens of thousands of pools across Texas were damaged beyond use. The Claffey Pools team of nearly 100 employees continues to work tirelessly to restore nearly 1,000 area pool systems. Serving North Texas for more than 30 years, Claffey Pools specializes in pool construction, service and renovation. Several weeks later, the Claffey Pools team can see the finish line on what has been and will be its most complicated and challenging endeavor. We sat down with Claffey Pools president Charlie Claffey to learn more about how his team weathered the storm.

FOR MORE THAN 34 YEARS… Claffey Pools has built more than 10,000 pools in North Texas. The Claffey Pools team is ranked third in the United States according to the “Pool and Spa News” Top 50 builders. Claffey Pools helps lead the industry by assisting in the adoption of Texas’ first uniform pool building code, serving the Texas Pool and Spa Coali- tion, the International Code Council, the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance and the Master Pools Guild.

WE ARE INDUSTRY LEADERS BECAUSE… of the tireless efforts of our staff, the talents of our trade partners and a culture centered on a passionate commitment for excellence.

TEXAS WAS DEVASTATED… by this winter weather. The never-before-seen cold, combined with power outages that, in some cases, lasted for days, caused immeasurable damage to homes and pools across the state. In what may go down as the single largest weather-related disaster in our nation’s history, swimming pools that rely on electricity to keep water moving were frozen solid.

WE WERE OVERWHELMED… with hundreds of calls, emails and texts in the days of the freeze. Our team assisted hundreds of clients at all hours of the night with calls and field visits. After the first few days, it was apparent that managing the requests without centralized communication and processes was impossible. In less than 24 hours, our team developed a web portal that gathered the data necessary to categorize damages and dispatch field personnel. The portal went live at 5 p.m. on February 18. By February 20, we were faced with the daunting task of performing nearly 900 freeze assessments.

WHAT WE HAVE DONE… in the last month can only be explained as miraculous. With our backs against the wall, the God-inspired ideas, systems, communication and execution is unfounded. The teamwork of employees, trade partners, supply side partners and manufacturing partners will forever change us. Our team, with daily help from above, has performed 900 assessments and estimates and repaired over 700 pools, covering a 120-mile radius, in just seven weeks. From what we are being told, the industry will be lucky to finish the balance of the repairs in seven months.

WE HAVE INCREDIBLE… team members that have worked seven-day weeks since the freeze event started — many working 20 hour days. We have incredible trade partners and manufacturing relationships that have been critical to the process. We have amazing people who have done amazing things.

WE ARE GRATEFUL… to God for the inspiration and guidance. From being inspired to clear the entire supply side chain inventory before anyone else reacted to being guided to design website portals, mechanized assessments and workflow management tools, our team has always been a step ahead.

THANK YOU… to our loyal clients. Throughout the entire process, our amazing clients have allowed us to pilot processes, use their homes as assessment training grounds, helped us feed our employees and even remodeled a 6,000-square-foot warehouse in one week — just to allow us to hold a never-before-seen amount of product. The friendships that are created as a result of working for so many of you is what makes each day special. Thank you.

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Claffey Pools

1625 Brumlow Avenue, Southlake, Texas 76092

Phone 817.488.5795

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Swimming Pool Collapse Kills Worker in Orange County

Swimming Pool Collapse Kills Pool Contractor in Orange County

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Swimming Pool Collapse Kills Contractor in Orange County

California emergency workers recovered the body of a man buried in the collapse of a swimming pool under construction. Firefighters filled the streets of a gated Orange County community Saturday, December 19, 2020. They removed the body of a man who had died after being buried under soil that collapsed on top of him and a crew that were excavating an area for an inground swimming pool, authorities said.

Swimming Pool Collapse Buries Pool Contractor Luciano Gonzalez Munoz

The victim, a pool contractor identified as Luciano Gonzalez Munoz, 45, died as he was digging a swimming pool wall for a project that he was working on , according to Supervising Deputy Coroner Larry Esslinger.

Firefighters had to bring in an outside commercial construction company with a massive crane in order to help them haul out tons of dirt and debris from the backyard in the 6200 block of Cliffway Drive.

Early Sunday morning, experts brought in the crane attached to a 3,000 pound rectangular steel drum. Workers then used the drums to scoop out enough dirt in order recover the mans body. The huge crane itself blocked off most of the street for hours and left the entire area congested with police and fire vehicles.

The man was buried midmorning while building a pool wall on Saturday. O’Connor said firefighters got an emergency 9-11 call about a man trapped in a collapsed pool at the home just before 11 a.m. By the time they arrived, other workers were already at the site desperately trying to dig out the man. The victim was buried up to his neck complained of having difficulty breathing.

Concerned about the unstable soil of the cliffside, the firefighters evacuated workers, then began digging themselves. Approximately 30 minutes later, a second collapse caused the victim to be completely buried. After several hours without being able to communicate with the man, the fire crews switched the operation from a rescue to a body recovery. Coroner’s officials and Cal OSHA were investigating.

O’Connor said the fire department had trauma counselors on standby to talk to the man’s coworkers and boss who immediately came to the job site. The unfortunate homeowners, were also apparently home throughout the entire ordeal, were also visited by the crisis counseling team.

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Top Pool Designers in Miami

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Outdoor Living: Time for Backyard Renovations

Miami, FL is home to some of the most affluent people in America. The Magic City is known for some of the most elaborate and over the top resort style pools in the country. Consequently, the standards locals have on their inground pool designers are incredibly high. For discerning homeowners in Miami, an inground pool is much more than just a place to cool off. In many Miami homes, the swimming pool is the entire focal point of the backyard.

With homes selling well north of $20,000,000 in Miami, it’s no secret that a luxury inground pool has pretty much become standard. It’s a high end area of the country where some of the top pool design trends seem to originate from.

The following is a list of the Top Pool Designers in Miami. These companies have a long and consistent track record as some of the leading pool builders in Miami, FL. If you’re thinking of building an inground pool this year, there really is only a short list of potential candidates you need to review.

List of Top Miami Pool Designers

#1 – Custom Pools Miami

Custom Pools Miami - Miami Inground Pools
Custom Pools are one of the leading pool designers in Southern Florida

A veteran pool builder and pool designer of custom luxury inground pools in South Florida. Custom Pools is known throughout the Miami / Dade metro area for constructing high quality inground pools and designs. Seen below is a sample of one of their 3D pool designs. They are one of the top pool contractors in Miami. Their pool designers encompass the entire essence of the Miami lifestyle and translate accurately in the finished product they produce for homeowners.

#2 – Van Kirk Pools

Van Kirk & Sons are one of the Top Pool Builders in Miami

Consistently voted by Pool & Spa News as one of the best pool contractors in America. Van Kirk & Sons Pools & Spas also has a well established track record in the Miami area. They are a family owned business that have been in the pool business for over 40 years and are very well known in the pool industry. A builder of Commercial & Residential pools, Van Kirk is also a popular choice throughout South Florida.

#3 – Dream Pools of South Florida

Dream Pools of South Florida has a 20 year reputation as one of South Floridas elite pool builders

With over 20 years experience as a pool builder in South Florida, Dream Pools has established a reputation as a top local pool contractor. Highly rated on websites like HomeAdvisor, Angies List, they specialize in new pool construction. A builder of shotcrete pools, Dream Pools is another well known pool construction company in Miami.

Infinity Edge Pools – The HOT Pool Design Trend in Miami

Some of the must have features that homeowners are adding to their swimming pools this year seem to incorporate the fantastic ocean views Miami has to offer. We asked Dago Cabral, Owner of Custom Pools in Miami what is one over the top pool feature he gets the most inquiries about. In Miami, Dago explained, Infinity Pools are currently the rage this year.

An Infinity Edge Pool seems to be the one feature Miami homeowners want the most

An Infinity Edge pool is definitely a popular request in Miami. Particularly for homeowners with beach front property.

Custom pools – dago cabral | Owner

“The overflow edge of the pool creates a breathtaking look. It’s architecturally dramatic and gives that resort vibe from inside the pool.” continues Cabral. “Knife edge pools are a similar request we get. They are similar to Infinity Edge pools, but overflow from multiple edges instead of one”

It’s certainly easy to see why Miami homeowners opt for such high end features in their swimming pool. With competent and reliable pool builders like these companies in their market, they have their pick of qualified pool designers.

There are certainly many qualified pool companies that didn’t make our list today. These elite pool builders represent the crème de la crème in the pool industry. They are respected as pool designers and expert construction companies.

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