Artistic by Design
Brett Hatfield, founder and owner of Downunda Pools, has a theory about what elevates pools from the typical ones seen in quite a few backyards to the ones that win awards and are truly exceptional. He calls it the Designer Advantage. “Every pool starts as a dream,” explains Hatfield. “And every dream is unique. But how do you get from dream to reality? By working with an accomplished designer and builder who has the skills to translate your wish list into an innovative design that is then professionally and expertly built.”
Downunda Pools begins every project in a similar way: with a conversation. Hatfield will then study the property to determine its architectural style. “Harmonizing what the homeowner wants with the surroundings is very important,” says Hatfield. “I will not sit down at the design table until I obtain a complete understanding of the entire outdoor space.” Using hand-drawings and the latest architectural software, Hatfield will put together his interpretation of the desired pool setting. He may suggest negative edges, bubblers, spillways, waterfalls, or laminar jets. With his background in landscape architecture, Hatfield may also recommend a number of outdoor amenities that will complement the pool, like pool houses, outdoor rooms and kitchens, as well as patios and pool decks. “No matter the budget or the size of the property, we create more than a pool: we create outdoor environments that are in sync with the homeowner’s personality,” says Hatfield.
Hatfield and his team regularly update their skills and knowledge of the outdoor industry by attending courses provided by Genesis 3 and other professional organizations. Additionally, Hatfield is a member of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and is an accredited member of the Houston Better Business Bureau.