A Pool Refresh Proposal for Makena Surf

Dear Fellow Homeowners,

Last fall, the Board put a call out to all owners looking for volunteers interested in forming a Master Pool Committee.  The charter of this committee was to identify a professional design firm to help reimagine the pool decks, coping, waterline tile, furniture, and cabana areas. 

Owners who answered the call and formed this committee included Andrew Anagnost F209, Gymme Frank E106, Cathy Imwalle E303, Cindy Kellogg F307, Judith Michaels B108, Suparna Vashisht B202, Aileen Yopp B203, and Mark Joseph B303.

After interviewing half a dozen designers and builders, the committee hired Yvette Crosby & Company, LLC, to perform the design work. These designer’s visited the property and met with various members of the team to help hone our vision.  From there they presented a number of concepts that developed into designs for the committee’s feedback. After several months of iteration a majority of the committee approved of a design which was then tendered to several contractors who were interviewed and approved by the committee to bid on the project.

This website page highlights the conceptual designs and provides a summary of the bids for the project. The Pool Committee has also prepared an assessment summary to give owners an idea of the size of the special assessment that would be needed if this project were to be approved by a majority of homeowners. Please also review the frequently asked questions page for additional information.

We are sharing this information with all owners and welcome feedback.   Between now and our next board meeting in September, the committee will continue to meet weekly to work on finish recommendations, process feedback, and refine proposals. 

Our committee plans to share this work during our next owner’s forum scheduled for Thursday, September 23rd and again at the Annual Owners Meeting on Saturday, September 25th.

We invite you to review the materials below and share your feedback at one of these meetings or by email.

The AOAO Board wishes to thank the eight committee members for their tireless efforts and dedication toward this project. 

South Pool

New pool deck will be a tile product such as Quartzite or Porcelain.  The existing concrete will be prepared by grinding the top layer and floating low points to address drainage and create a base.   An anti-fracture membrane layer will then be installed prior to the tile being laid. The new decking would be extended to replace the grass around the spa. 

Note: The committee considered offering a stamped concrete alternative believing that this might be a lower cost option.   After speaking with the contractors we learned that installing new stamped concrete would require complete removal of existing concrete, would greatly complicate the permit process and would cost an additional $300K.  

The committee liked the idea of introducing a second element such as a manufactured wood product to accent the tile area, but was conflicted with the maintenance aspects of these materials.  Creating a drainage system for these areas was also more complicated and required additional excavation and was costly. Instead of installing a depressed cement slab and manufactured wood decking, we are recommending the use of a porcelain tile with a wood plank finish to achieve a similar effect.  We believe this will be attractive, easier to maintain, reduce permitting complexity, and reduce construction costs by about $160K. 

This proposal includes replacing the existing coping with a tile product that blends or compliments with the main quartzite or porcelain tile selected for the pool deck.The water line tile will be replaced as well, but the existing blue tile in the pool will be retained. This ensures continuity with the overall look and gives the entire pool a more contemporary feel. 

Seating area with gas fire pit, cushioned chairs, and cushioned sofa. This creates a warm and inviting seating area for small parties to enjoy the pool area in the evening.

Accent planters provide more contrast and introduce more flora into the pool area. This blends the pool area more naturally with the brilliant flora of the Makena Surf grounds.

All new cushion-less patio furniture with multiple weighted umbrella stands and seating for larger parties. 

Manufactured wood-like accents modernize the look of the cabana and blend the retaining wall more naturally with the rest of the setting. 

Lava rock accents on pillars, new counter tops, and the seating at counter area make the cabana a more welcoming and useful feature. This converts the cabana into an active feature of the pool area where people can relax in an inviting and shaded setting.

Two built in BBQs with counter tops, utensil storage, and lava rock accents. This not only leaves the cabana area more open, but also removes the unsightly standalone BBQs and mimics the similar area in the nearby herb garden.

This proposal includes updating the cabana with new counter tops, cabinets, floors, appliances, door and window area.

North Pool

New pool deck will be a tile product such as Quartzite or Porcelain.  The existing concrete will be prepared by grinding the top layer and floating low points to address drainage and create a base.   An anti-fracture membrane layer will then be installed prior to the tile being laid.

The tile area will be extended around the spa and a seating area would be created with a gas fire pit, cushioned chairs, and cushioned sofa. This creates a warm and inviting seating for small parties to enjoy the pool area in the evening.

All new cushion-less patio furniture with multiple weighted umbrella stands and seating for larger parties. 

Note: The committee is not recommending that this wall be installed.

We considered adding a sound/privacy wall behind the new sitting area at the North pool.  After speaking with contractors we feel we can achieve the desired effect of privacy by adding additional landscaping.   This will simplify the permitting process and avoid potential noise consequences of echoing into the A and B building from the seating area.

New built in BBQ with counter tops, utensil storage, and lava rock accents. This not only leaves the area more open, but also removes the unsightly standalone BBQ. 

A porcelain tile with a wood plank finish similar to the South pool breaks up the long tile stretch and increases the contemporary look of the pool area. It also provides a sense of separation for the areas near the BBQ.

All new cushion-less patio furniture with multiple weighted umbrella stands and seating that matches the South Pool. 

Note: The committee is not recommending that this wall be installed.

We considered adding a sound/privacy wall behind the new sitting area at the North pool.  After speaking with contractors we feel like we can achieve the desired effect of privacy by adding additional landscaping.   This will simplify the permitting process and avoid potential noise consequences of echoing into the A and B building from the seating area.