Derian GC Pools
ABOVE: Kerri McCoy and Billy Blair
Tell us about your business.
“We are a design/build firm in business in the Valley since 1982. We have built more than 5,000 pools in Los Angeles and Ventura County. Our award-winning in-house designer, Billy Blair, and I both grew up here, have families here and are active members of the community. I handle all the field construction and supervision and am an expert in hydraulics, structural engineering and soil conditions. I won the prestigious Masters of Design award from Pool & Spa News magazine, and my work has been featured in Architectural Digest, The Los Angeles Times Magazine and Sunset magazine. Billy has been designing homes, pools, classic cars, boats and furniture for more than 25 years; he has a vast knowledge of materials and color palettes that work well together.”
Describe the featured project.
“This project features a perimeter overflow pool and spa with matte black tile, low-voltage colored lights, a fire pit with broken glass and a Jandy remote control that is accessible anywhere in the world via a smartphone app.”
How many years have you been working in this industry?
“I grew up in Santa Monica on the beach—surfing, biking, hiking and living the typical California lifestyle. I graduated from the USC School of Business and have been working in this industry for 27 years.”
What is your favorite problem to solve for clients?
“I enjoy challenging yards with multiple elevations, hillsides and small footprints.”
What have been the biggest changes you’ve seen in Valley homes recently?
“The trend is more toward minimalist, clean lines and functional entertainment spaces.”
How does your work make this community a better place?
“Pools bring families closer together and provide entertainment when people can’t travel during COVID-19.”
What changes have you made due to COVID-19?
“We practice social distancing, wear masks and have sanitation stations on each jobsite. We use Zoom, Google Earth and the internet for permits.”
What is your #1 piece of advice during this unprecedented time?
“Never take for granted the people close to you, and spend as much time as you can with them.”
What have been your proudest moments during the recent crisis?
“Learning how to adapt to all the changes while providing quality services to my clients.”
What are some of the most unusual requests you’ve received from clients?
“I’ve built pools for dogs, a heart-shaped pool, a spa with jets in the seats and pools with plexiglass windows.”
What are your favorite ways to unplug and relax when you’re off work?
“I like to ride Harleys, lift weights, surf, travel, and spend time with family and friends.”