About OurTeam

Since 2009, Pools by Design has serviced the Tucson metropolitan area with a spirited passion for pool design and construction teamed with genuine customer care. Today, company president Ken Larison and his entire team of designers, project managers, and technicians share a commitment to providing excellent service and mindful approach to granting clients the outdoor swimming space of their dreams.

Pools by Design offers its clients a thorough education before, during and after the design and construction process as well as continued pool care and maintenance.

“As our company has grown, it has been our focus on delivering many years of experience and a high level of project supervision that has resulted in a reputation built on exceptional customer service and client relationships. After 35 years in the industry, I still rush to my first project each day because I’m excited to see how the construction process brings my ideas to life.“
- Ken Larison


Pools by Design is a team dedicated to providing custom comprehensive service from design through completion of swimming pools, spas, and outdoor living features. We provide the best designers, project coordinators, and craftsmen in order to provide a seamless, quality, and professional outcome. Our company's success is created by one happy client at a time.


“Our focus is on providing guidance based on our many years of experience coupled with a commitment to conservation and intelligent design. So much of our success has come from a commitment to people, not only to our clients, but also subcontractors, vendors and fellow business professionals. Every day I ask for performance above and beyond on our projects. Our success is based on this willingness to serve.”

– Ken Larison

Meet the Pools by Design design Team

Pools by Design has an excellent and highly skilled team with a passion for quality design and construction and true dedication to customer service. Your team will provide comprehensive services, from design through completion, of swimming pools, spas, and outdoor living features. Our company’s success is created one happy client at a time.

Ken Larison


Ken Larison is a graduate from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture. Ken enjoys working with customers and existing site conditions to create a design that flows comfortably while enhancing the view and surrounding architecture.

Maryanne Larison


Maryanne Larison is a graduate from California Polytechnic University and finds great satisfaction in the design process. Her favorite part is seeing the look on her client’s face once their dream backyard has become a reality.

Mark Ragel


Mark brings over 40 years of industry expertise to the team and has served as Chairman of the Board of the International Master Pool Guild, President of the Executive Association of Tucson, and President of the local chapter of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals.



Candis is a graduate from Cal State Fullerton. Candis has been working with Pools by Design since they first opened. She is a valuable asset to the design team with over 15 years of experience in the industry. She loves every aspect of the design process from the team approach to the construction of the actual pool. There is nothing more satisfying to Candis than seeing the finished product when the project is complete.

Turning Your Vision into a Backyard Reality

Nothing we do is “one size fits all,” because we know that the human imagination can’t be summed up or contained in one design. We work closely with every one of our clients to design and build custom pools that seamlessly blend into the architecture of your home.

Our  Process

We live for designing and building custom pools and outdoor living spaces. Why? Because we know there’s nothing more liberating and relaxing than the freedom to enjoy good times with family and friends in your very own backyard. That’s why our team spends the time and the attention to detail in making that liberation and relaxation a reality for our clients Southern Arizona.

  • Design Process
  • Construction
  • Enjoy your Pool
  • Video


  • We start with an interview by discovering how the extended living space will be used by each family member or guest(s) in your home.
  • Pool safety is imperative to every family. We ask what the swimming skills of the entire family are, as well as the ages and activity levels.
  • Family budget is also discussed in this initial interview. A design solution is always subject to a realistic understanding of the total investment or monthly payments that work for the client.


  • Overlays of design ideas are created to see how the ideas work in the building space.
  • Our team will discuss and fine-tune the best design to accomplish all of your interests and develop site-efficient solutions.
  • Once the ideas are refined, a master plan is drafted. This plan will often incorporate extra features, such as outdoor kitchens, extended deck areas, outdoor lighting, landscaping, putting greens, water features, and shade structures in addition to the main swimming pool and/or spa.
  • To assist you in visualizing how a design concept will look and feel, our design team will convert the master plan into a 3-D visual graphic using state-of-the-art pool studio software. This animated software allows you to see your new swimming pool as if you are walking around the environment and viewing the backyard from every angle. Our software also adds in sound effects from water features or fire pits, and even the view from diving into their pool or spa.
    We have found this tool to be very helpful.
  • Along with the swimming pool concept plan, Pools by Design will prepare an itemized estimate of pool construction costs. Unless your pool construction budget is not an issue, your input at this point is critical. Our approach is to itemize each element of the pool design as much as possible to give you the ability to understand the features and resulting expense of each element.


After construction has been completed, it's time to enjoy your new pool! Adding a pool to your home is a fun experience and allows you to get outside and enjoy quality time spent with friends and family. We hope that your new pool will bring you many lifelong memories to create and remember.

Learn how easy it is to get started with our special offers

Pools by Design offers the most innovative virtual reality design, our team conceptualizes the key elements during your free design consultation. Choosing a pool builder can be a difficult aspect, as a commercial team, we are built to offer the best pool products, period. Now is the time to get your own personal massage therapist with our custom spas, the spa benefits are amazing! The pool construction process is our specialty, our commercial experience is one of the reasons why we excel at projects like infinity pools, traditional pools, pool & spa combinations. We then build on the outdoor living lifestyle by adding beautiful additions.

The design of your dreams begins with Pools By Design

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When choosing a pool builder, look at a professional team with featured swimming pool projects and commercial experience. Our pool gallery showcases the pool products we offer. From the pool design process to construction and building custom fitness spas that create your outdoor living spaces, Pools by Design does it all. We have special offers with easy financing options, joined with a state of the art virtual reality design process that will deliver the pool of your dreams. Get started today and let us help fulfill your dream pool and spa. We have turnkey outdoor living settings that incorporate ramadas, fire pits, water features and bbq islands that will turn your backyard into your new vacation destination.