June 16th, 2015
Van Kirk & Sons, Inc. built our pool and spa during the construction of our new home in 2006. Our builder told me that in all his years as a home builder, he would use no other pool designer than Steve Schwartz at Van Kirk Pools. As a General Contractor myself, a Building Official and Director of Building and Zoning for a local municipality I doubt that my background and knowledge make me an average customer.
During our visit to the Van Kirk facility, Steve Schwartz showed my wife and I everything from their offices, warehouse, to their production yard. I was very impressed to see that they make their own pavers, copings and rock features. Steve explained by manufacturing them in house they could control quality, availability and a perfect match in colors offered. We ended our tour by their indoor pool where you were able to see all of the different accessories, features, pavers and tiles that are offered. Steve did a fantastic job helping us design our pool. He explained how to best lay out the pool and patio, to take best advantage of our backyard and the views from our yard and how to tie it all into the rear of the house. We could not be more pleased with the final product.
During the construction of our pool it was evident that the crews were skilled and took pride in their work. Van Kirk uses the Gunite concrete process for the structural shell of their pools as opposed to Shotcrete. Gunite is more expensive and superior to Shotcrete. As an old concrete guy I took great pleasure watching these craftsmen work their magic.
In the three years of owning our pool we have needed service a couple of times. To me it’s less important than you have a problem, but more important how you handle a problem. Each time Van Kirk has fixed the problem quickly and professionally to our complete satisfaction.
With my 35 years in the South Florida Construction Industry I without any hesitation recommend Van Kirk & Sons and Steve Schwartz for all your pool needs. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.
Wesley C. Maltby
Director of Building and Zoning Department/Building Official