If you do not know what Houzz is you need to check them out. They offer the greatest array of pictures and ideas for all types of Home Construction and Improvements. They have this great idea where you can save the images of the improvements or ideas to an Ideabook, you can also share this book with the General Contractor or "Pool Builder" of your choice on line, even better, you can make notes of the individual things that you liked about the photo. These Idea Books will help you to ensure that you get your vision across to the Professional Contractor that you choose to work with. No more trying to find and clip out pictures from Magazines.
One of the best features about this website is that there are Testimonials from their Customers that are verified by Houzz. A lot of Websites have testimonials that are not REAL! There is no way to verify a TESTIMONIAL on someones Website. Houzz looks over all of the Consumer Reviews to ensure that they have not been falsified. There is also no COST to the contractor to have their listing on Houzz. You can locate contractors in your area for the particular service that they offer, view their page with pictures of their projects and reviews. This is perhaps one of the easiest ways to compare easily the different contractors in your area