Information for Home Builders
Brad Cross Watershapes works with homebuilders to design exceptional pools and landscapes. Always delivered on time, on budget, and with absolute professionalism.
Let's create an outdoor space as
beautiful as the indoor one.
We’ve been working with quality homebuilders for over 15 years.
We create refined pools and outdoor spaces that are luxurious and beautiful, yet understated and simple. We’re committed to beautiful work. And like the homebuilders and contractors we work with, we’re equally committed to a smooth, coordinated process and strict project management.
We’ve been around the block enough times to understand the importance of delivering how, when, and where you need us to. And deliver we do, every time. We want to please the homeowner as much as you do. And we work closely with you to make sure that happens. Confidence, communication, and trust. They’re designed into every job.
Every Brad Cross job is led by a dedicated and experienced Project Manager. Questions? Ask our PM. Meetings to attend? Our PM will be there. Our on-site Project Manager handles coordination with other trades, scheduling, budget, and every nitty-gritty detail that needs an eye. We work like you do – with a schedule that we hold ourselves to. It’s another way our Project Manager keeps things on track. The only surprise will be the creativity of our designs. It’s the professional way to work. Period.
Let us help you impress your client. When you bring us on the job, you’ll know that the pool will be stunning. And when the quality of the outdoor space equals the quality of your build, the complete project experience is that much better. It adds up to more power behind your name and your brand.
Fluid creativity melded with
The boldness of our designs might be surprising, but our design process is always predictable and precise. When you work with Brad Cross, you can expect a thoughtful and respectful experience – every step of the way. The entire process – from our first meeting to completed project – is comprised of three major stages, each with its own timeline and contract. Steps 1 through 5 are the design concept phase; step 6 is the working-drawing phase, where we determine exactly how to build everything and get it priced by contractors; step 7 and 8 are the site inspection and build itself. Here’s how it works.
Consultation and proposal
We kick things off with an in-person meeting at your home. This is our opportunity to meet you, tour your site, take photographs and notes, and see if there’s anything that stands out as a particular challenge. And this is your first opportunity to discuss your budget and your high-level vision for the space – show us photos you’ve found of other spaces that inspire you.
We use all this information to draft a proposal for you to consider. This proposal will include initial design budgets, an outline of project timing, and description of the project overall.
Once you approve the proposal, you’ll complete our in-depth questionnaire. Your answers give us an even better of idea of what your hopes and dreams are for your project. Then we take the time to closely analyze your site to uncover all the possibilities, limitations, and opportunities of your project. We literally leave no stone unturned.
Based on our in-depth studies of your site and your answers to the questionnaire, we prepare a one-page brief that describes the project, the goals for the design concept, and a list of deliverables. This brief is an early snapshot of the entire project and will give you everything you need to proceed confidently into the design stage.
Now that you and our team have a complete understanding of the scope of the project, the features, and your goals, we can start to put pencil to paper. The design process begins the old fashioned way – with hand sketches. Beginning with this loose approach allows us to constantly refine, edit, and explore every possibility. Sketches evolve from bubble diagrams to a complete concept plan, with dozens of alternatives, covering sun-studies, circulation, and viewing angles.
The design journey continues based on the decisions surfaced in the rough sketches. Our team refines all the design elements of your pool and landscape plan. We bring the design to life in a colour, 3D walkthrough of your space. This is a fascinating step that gives you a nearly perfect impression of how your new space will look and feel. It’s the next best thing to being there. If this process reveals any challenges or concerns, we can address them with design edits.
This step is a major one, and is best described as “how we start to turn ideas into reality.” With an approved, master plan in hand, we can now accurately itemize construction needs. We consider everything from the materials needed to the timelines required, and craft a detailed construction plan of action. We send the plans to sub-contractors for bidding. These can be contractors you had in mind, but we’re also happy to recommend contractors we think would be a good fit. We’ll help review the competitive bids with you, and help you make the final decision that's right for your project.
We then submit your final project plans to the city in order to secure the required permits. This is critical step of course, and one for which we’re at the mercy of your local bureaucracy – most of this step involves simply waiting for the green light to proceed.
Once construction begins, we don’t fade away. You remain in good hands, and your vision remains safe with us. We oversee the build itself to ensure that the intent of the plans is upheld, and quality standards are met or exceeded. Weekly site visits and communication with the contractors help make sure that the build proceeds exactly as it needs to.
We promise our clients a smooth experience from start to finish. So we hold our contractors to the same standards. Brad’s creativity and impeccable attention to detail have never let us down. He and the team at Waterworks Pools and Spas take pride in crafting and completing the perfect pool and landscape to complement a custom build.
Project Budget $150,000 - $200,000
Working with Brad on the design of our new (family) home was a fantastic experience that harvested amazing results. We are proud to offer Brads design services to all our valued clients.
Project budgets: $50,000 - $200,000
Please tell us a little about yourself, and what you’d like to have designed for your space. We’ll get in touch within a day or two.
Note that Brad Cross Watershapes specializes in beautiful, personalized, and luxurious pool and landscape projects with a total budget of $150,000 or more. We take on only about 20 design projects and 10 construction projects per year. So we can only respond to requests that meet our stringent project criteria.