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Custom Gunite Pools and Hot Tubs

Beninati has been the premier custom pool builder in Southeast Michigan for over 20 Years. Proudly family owned and operated, we pride ourselves on taking your dreams and making them a reality. John Beninati personally heads the custom pool division, doing every in-home consultation himself to ensure the highest quality product and vision. Jacob Beninati manages the service division, guaranteeing all your needs will be taken care of for the lifetime of your pool ownership. This one-two punch delivers the highest level of customer service, keeping you enjoying your investment for years to come. With a team of qualified Pool and Hot Tub Professionals behind them, Beninati is widely recognized for its award winning residential and commercial designs, pool service and maintenance as well as renovations.

Why Custom Gunite?

After countless years of consulting with prospective pool owners we have learned that everyone’s vision is unique. Custom Gunite (Concrete) Pools allow us to take your input and create a perfect pool to fit your backyard. We do not have the design limitations and size constraints of fiberglass or vinyl lined inground pools. We are able to create exactly your vision every-time, with no compromises! Whether it is a pool with a spillover spa, infinity edge or just an amazing custom rock waterfall, we have what you are looking for.

We use only the highest quality materials followed by unmatched craftsmanship creating the top quality inground pools in Michigan. This is why we only build custom gunite pools, spas, and water features. We are driven by uncompromising strength and quality and insist on using only the finest, time tested materials. Building pools is our passion.

At Beninati, our focus and expertise doesn’t just end with swimming pools. When backyard real estate is at a premium, or a swimming pool isn’t on your “must have” list, a custom Hydropool Swimspa installation is the perfect answer. Beninati is the number one Hydropool Hot Tub and Swimspa Dealer in the country, continuing our mission of only installing the highest quality products available. We take the same custom-to-you approach to swimspas as we do with pools, making sure that your luxurious swimspa will meet your every need. Our team of designers help create your own little piece of paradise and our team of contractors can make the process as seamless and head-ache free as possible. Space restrictions should not impede you from enjoying all the benefits of water.


Custom concrete pool shells are created using either of two processes, both of which involve spraying—or “shooting”—concrete from a hose at high velocity:

“Wet gunite” (commonly referred to as shotcrete) is factory-mixed wet concrete delivered to an on-site concrete pump by a concrete truck.
“Dry gunite” (commonly referred to as gunite) is mixed dry on-site by workers, pumped dry through a hose, and then hydrated when a nozzle-man adds water to the mix as it exits the hose.

The merits of both processes have served as reason for marketing debates in pool-building circles for decades, and a clear winner has yet to be pronounced. We use both processes depending on pool requirements. We believe certain installations require different applications and cater to the projects needs rather to ensure the highest quality custom pool installation.

Pool Design

The custom pools and spas that Beninati creates are practically limitless. We specialize in helping clients translate their dreams and ideas into unique realities that work within their particular environments. We focus on myriad of factors we designing your backyard oasis, including:

Surrounding environment

Will the pool be situated amongst nature or manmade buildings, or adjacent vast expanse? Your swimming pool should fit seamlessly into your backyard delivering a custom aesthetic. Material selection should compliment existing materials, matching the overall theme of the house.

Yard orientation

How does sunlight travel across the yard? Can prevailing winds be harnessed to help skim debris from the pool surface?

Elevation challenges

Do existing grade changes need to be considered, and do they present opportunities for unique water features? Is the house a forced walk-out basement? Perhaps a custom ledgerock retaining wall could create the backyard you are looking for.

Custom Pool Features

Have you had a neat or unique resort or vacation swimming experience that you want to replicate in your own yard? Have you dreamed of owning a swim-up bar or a pool with a tanning shelf? Or a hidden grotto behind cascading waterfalls? The sky is the limit at Beninati Pools!

Pool Finishes

Your pool finishes are crucial design pieces, delivering the custom look we designed. From contrasting colors to subtle palettes, we have all the materials to create the timeless beauty and elegance you need. It is these finishes that separate quality builders from the rest and, when done properly, will help meld your pool seamlessly into your specific environment. Once again the sky is the limit, but we will help refine your search for the highest quality waterline tile or slate, pool plaster interiors, and natural stone or quarry-tiled pool copings.

Waterline Tiles

We offer a wide array of porcelain tiles, custom stones and travertines. National Pool Tile manufactures swimming pool specialized tile materials, guaranteed to withstand the harsh environments of water.

Plaster Interior Finishes

All custom Beninati Pools come with a high quality Sunstone Pool Finish. This is a high quality quartz product, manufactured off-set and prebagged for pool applications. Although it is standard, most customers choose to upgrade to a diamond polished Hydrazzo Pool Finish. This product comes with a 10 Year manufacturer warranty and is offered in a myriad of colors. This product is hand-polished smooth by our team of professionals preventing roughness typically associated with lower end gunite pool finishes.

Pool coping

Gone are the days of boring pre-cast concrete coping products typically seen in older commercial pools. Now, natural stone coping from travertine stones, to custom cut limestone to Unilock Brick Coping, we provide the look and feel your backyard needs while installing a stronger more resilient product.

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Here’s What Our Customers Have to Say

  • I have never dealt with more amazing people in my life! Todd who helps you pick out all of your details is amazing and he is always quick to respond and answer any questions and explain in depth what the current stages of pool construction are as well as what to expect! I am so glad I met all of these people as well as chose them to build our dream come true!!!! I am also beyond impressed with how much I saw John and Paul Beninati! They are always observing and watching and even working to make things move along and come together! I would hands down recommend them for all of your swimming pool dreams!

    Maria Lucido Kirnberger

  • Beninati Pools was recommended to us by a friend who had worked with them on past projects. We are so grateful they did! John listened closely to our ideas during the design phase and ultimately designed and built a pool & pool house that went beyond our expectations! Our project was built on time & on budget. Their entire staff are professional and always pleasant. We look forward to continuing to work with them for our pool maintenance and would not hesitate to recommend Beninati Pool and Spa to anyone wanting to build the pool of their dreams!

    Karen Weinhardt

  • Beninati Pools is a first class family owned business from design to construction to service. From the very beginning of the process they were helpful and receptive to our ideas and concerns. Their crew was always professional and their workmanship is beyond compare. They have an excellent service department to handle all of out needs now that the pool is completed. It is worth the extra drive, past the local pool store, to go to Beninati for our water checks as we know they will get it right!! We definitely made the right decision when choosing Beninati for our in-ground pool and spa.

    Amy Baranski