Re: Architect or Designer?
Most pool companies have designers who create a pool to fit your needs and location. In addition to pool design, they will also design the surrounding landscape/hardscape for you as well.
Whatever you do, you'll want to start with the pool design and installation before continuing with other things because digging the hole for the pool will tear up the entire yard. Once the pool is in, then the surrounding landscape and such can be installed, just make sure that ALL of your electrical and water lines to the pool have been well marked before digging.
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