Central Virginia's Luxury Swimming Pool Builder

Gunite fiberglass swimming pool with sofa and stone wall
Gunite fiberglass swimming pool with sofa and stone wall

Outdoor Dreams is a design/build firm specializing in fiberglass and gunite (custom concrete) swimming pools for homeowners throughout Richmond and Central Virginia.

We take a holistic approach to every project and provide turn-key service to ensure that homeowners are left with a swimming pool that is immediately ready to enjoy.

No dealing with multiple contractors—we handle everything.


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Outdoor Dreams' Swimming Pool Projects

An Outdoor Dreams swimming pool project is more than just a pool; we pride ourselves in delivering fully finished swimming pool spaces.

An Outdoor Dreams swimming pool project typically includes a fiberglass or gunite pool, pool equipment, automatic cover or fence, utilities (electrical & gas), coping, pool decking, any necessary retaining walls, landscaping, irrigation, outdoor lighting, and all necessary site work (demolition, excavation, trenching, grading, soil removal, and drainage).

Our complete fiberglass and gunite swimming pool projects typically start between $175,000 and $215,000, with most clients investing between $225,000 and $325,000.

Our in-ground plunge pools start at $70,000. Additional features, like raising the structure, endless swim currents, and hot tub capabilities, can add an additional $20,000 - $40,000 to the cost.

Outdoor Dreams serves the Greater Richmond / Central Virginia area including (but not limited to) Short Pump, Glen Allen, Henrico, Chesterfield, Moseley, Mechanicsville, Montpeliar, Goochland, Powhatan, Chester, and more.

Our 75 mile work radius also includes Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Ashland, Spottsylvania, Williamsburg, and areas in between.

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Swimming Pools & Plunge Pools

Outdoor Dreams offers both fiberglass and gunite swimming pools as well as smaller plunge pools.

Gunite swimming pool with paver pool decking and fireplace

Fiberglass Swimming Pools

Fiberglass pools have emerged as a popular choice for homeowners seeking a balance of durability, low maintenance, and sleek aesthetics in their aquatic retreats.

One notable advantage lies in the quick installation process of fiberglass pools. Manufactured off-site and delivered as a single, pre-formed shell, these pools can be swiftly installed (typically in about 1 week), minimizing construction time and disruption to the homeowner's property. This efficiency not only expedites the enjoyment of the pool but also reduces the likelihood of construction-related hassles.

In addition to their rapid installation, fiberglass pools are recognized for their smooth and non-porous surface. This characteristic not only provides a comfortable swimming experience, but also hinders the growth of algae and other contaminants, simplifying maintenance efforts. The reduced need for chemical usage and cleaning ensures that homeowners can spend more time enjoying their pool and less time on upkeep.

Outdoor Dreams proudly offers fiberglass swimming pool models from Latham PoolsLeisure Pools, and Imagine Pools.

Gunite swimming pool with bluestone pool decking and stone wall

Gunite Swimming Pools

Homeowners looking for a larger and/or custom design are better suited by a gunite swimming pool. Unlike fiberglass pools, which are produced in a factory, gunite pools are constructed entirely on-site. The construction of a Gunite swimming pool involves a meticulous process where a steel rebar framework is created, sprayed with gunite and then given a hand-troweled plaster or specialty finish. The construction process typically takes 1-2 months depending on the complexity of the design, weather, scheduling, and other factors.

The on-site construction process enables flexibility in design, allowing for a wide range of shapes, sizes, and depths to suit individual preferences. Whether you envision a sleek modern pool for lap swimming or a more natural, free-form oasis seamlessly integrated into the landscape, Gunite allows for the creation of a truly one-of-a-kind feature. Unlike the fixed designs of fiberglass pools, the customizable nature of gunite pools allows you to incorporate any combination of features such as tanning ledges, benches, infinity edges, hot tubs, intricate steps, and zero entry options.

Gunite swimming pool with natural waterfall and outdoor fireplace

From Design Through Build

A Reliable Process

From design through build, we follow a consistent process to produce unique swimming pool projects that delight clients and create lasting property value.

We take the guesswork out of contracting by setting realistic expectations and charting a step-by-step roadmap from start to finish.

Gunite fiberglass swimming pool with paver pool decking and pergola

Outdoor Dreams is the best! Their attention to detail is superb. Greg listens to all your ideas and delivers a design that is truly a dream. Geoff and his crew have a fantastic eye for detail. Professional and hardworking. You will see the results. Job well done!

Cassie M.
Richmond, VA
Gunite swimming pool with travertine pool decking and dining table

Getting Started

No matter where you are in the process, we’d love to talk

Creating an expansive poolscape...

Gunite pool with outdoor fireplace, outdoor kitchen, pergola and paver patio
Gunite pool with outdoor fireplace, outdoor kitchen, pergola and paver patio

To increase enjoyment of their poolscapes, many Outdoor Dreams clients create expansive spaces with multiple ammenities like fire features, outdoor kitchens, cover structures, water features and more.

These additions also allow homeowners to make use of their poolscape throughout cooler seasons like Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Expansive pool projects with multiple features typically range in cost from $300,000 - $450,000+.

outdoor fireplace with stone wall and paver patio

Fire Pits and Fireplaces

Fire features are one of the most popular additions to a pool area. Whether it's the romantic, glowing atmosphere they create or the warmth they provide, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are both wonderful additions that can extend the use of your poolscape into the cooler months.

Pergola covered outdoor kitchen with pool and outdoor fireplace in the background

Outdoor Kitchens

Along with fire features, Outdoor Kitchens are a popular poolscape amenity. Hot dogs and hamburgers from the grill are the perfect summer meal for a poolside lunch or dinner ("Cheeseburger in Paradise" anyone?). Refrigerators are also a poolside "must" for storing cold drinks on hot summer days.

Gunite pool with natural waterfall and outdoor fireplace in the background

Water Features

The sound of running water creates a tranquil setting that is a welcome addition to any poolscape. At Outdoor Dreams, we offer low-maintenance water features that add to your pool's ambiance without increasing your outdoor chores. Whether it's a pondless waterfall, wall fountain, or a simple bubbling feature, an Outdoor Dreams water feature can increase the enjoyment of your pool.

Pergola covered outdoor kitchen and paver patio.

Pergolas and Pavilions

During the hot summer months, even the most sun-loving individuals need the occasional break from the heat. Though it doesn't actually lower the temperature, science shows that shade makes the air feel 10-15 degrees cooler. Wheather covering an outdoor kitchen or providing a shaded sitting area, consider adding a pergola or pavilion to your poolscape.

Stone veneer retaining and sitting wall

Retaining & Sitting Walls

Whether it is to control a yard's slope, create a multi-tiered space, or provide built-in seating, Outdoor Dreams' poolscapes often include retaining and seat walls. Unless otherwise requested, our retaining and seat walls are veneered and capped with natural stone products.

Gunite pool with natural waterfall

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