AHEAD OF THE CURVE
Serving residents of California for 13 years, and those in the Dallas Fort Worth area for the last 19 years, Mike Farley is an industry exemplar. Armed with a degree in landscape architecture, Farley brings a unique set of skills and an artistic sensibility to all of his projects, every one of which has incorporated a pool or spa for the last 25 years. The water design specialist’s work reflects his commitment to delivering the highest caliber end product. As a Certified Building Professional through APSP and a Registered Member of the Society of Watershape DesignersCM, Farley keeps ahead of the curve.
Beyond his own education, he makes teaching others a priority, as well. He has served as a design instructor at international and regional conferences for more than 10 years, and he once wrote a monthly column that ran for 10 years in the trade journal Watershapes. Additionally, he has created over 200 educational videos that can be viewed on Youtube. “What keeps me ahead of the curve are the hundreds of books and magazines [that I read], and the hours I spend online studying my craft—this is why I write and teach.”
Farley’s vast experience enables him to create paradisiacal pools within the confines of compact spaces; he can readily add interest and definition to expansive properties; and he is able to develop niche looks for modest settings.
With his training in site analysis, understanding of home architecture, and personable approach to client relations, Farley creates highly personalized projects—resulting in a diverse portfolio of work. Among his areas of expertise are custom lazy rivers, water features, vanishing edge and transitional pools, and nature-inspired waterscapes.
Furthermore, Farley’s designs have received over 100 design awards in nearly every category in the landscape and gunite pool industry, including Pool & Spa magazine’s 2017 Masters of Design Award for Designers. Five projects have even been featured on HGTV’s “Cool Pools” and the Travel Channel’s “Ultimate Pools”—evidence that Mike Farley’s work is world-renowned.
Whether you have a fully conceptualized design or are looking for ideas, Farley’s videos and portfolio are sure to inspire.