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About Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling

Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling specializes in residential and commercial pool and spa renovations as well as working as a sub-contractor for the premier Pool Builders in Southern California. Now celebrating more than 50 years in business, we’ve remodeled and new pool finished more than 52,000 pools all over the Southland, and we’re doing more every day, by far, the largest and most experienced Pool Remodeling company in SoCal.

Since 1969, we have dynamically transformed the pool remodeling trade, always on the cutting edge of technology. We’re known for our high-quality applications of the exclusive PebbleTecⓇ in Southern California as well as other finish likes such as Plaster, StoneScapesⓇ, Quartz, QuartzScapesⓇ, HydrazzoⓇ and WetEdgeⓇ.

Not only are we licensed (#896061) and bonded in California, but we also hold certifications from The Pool and Hot Tub Association (PHTA), and the Independent Pool & Spa Service Association (IPSSA).

We’re a family-owned business, and we’re passionate about what we do.

Our Humble Beginnings…

Owners Scott and Mike McKenna were caught red-handed during their senior-year prank using shovels to dig a swimming pool behind their High School football field. As you can imagine, campus security was not amused. Thankfully, years later, the McKennas harnessed their energy into skillfully and beautifully remodeling swimming pools (both residential and commercial) all over the Southland.


The McKenna brothers, along with their dad, started Trimac Pools in San Diego and built it into a premier swimming pool company. When the opportunity to buy Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling came along in 1994, it was a perfect fit. The McKenna’s in-depth pool construction experience gave them an industry advantage. Now they use their extensive knowledge of the underlying structures of pools and spas to specialize in pool and spa remodeling.

Today, Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling, joined by Josh Owsley, their nephew, is a family-owned and family-run business. The company has three branches serving all of Southern California.

Why People Consider Us SoCal’s Best Swimming Pool Remodeler

Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling is widely recognized as Southern California’s premier swimming pool remodeling contractor. Our clients choose us for many reasons, including:

  • HALF a CENTURY of Renovations. Gardner’s history in SoCal spans all the way back to 1969.
  • A+ RATING with the Better Business Bureau. A+ is as good as it gets. You can check out our BBB profile here.
  • EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE. We remodel an average of 1,600 pools every year, so our skills are constantly honed to be the best in the business at delivering beautiful projects on time.
  • PREFERRED by the EXPERTS. Many of the leading architects, engineers, and top pool designers in the country (such as the world-renowned Skip Phillips of Questar and co-founder of Genesis) choose us exclusively for their renovations projects.
  • 3-WAY PROJECT MANAGEMENT. Your project is carefully managed by our in-house Branch Manager, a Field Superintendent, and a Foreman, who oversees an experienced in-house crew.
  • LICENSED PEBBLETEC APPLICATORS. We’re one of only 50 licensed applicators in the entire U.S.
  • NATIONALLY KNOWN, locally owned. We’re widely recognized as one of the top pool remodelers in the country. In fact, our CEO is the past President of the Board of Directors of the National Plasterers Council (NPC).
  • EMPLOYEES, not subcontractors. As a team, we’re in control of quality and scheduling. We hire only the best craftspeople. In fact, most of our craftsmen have been with us for more 10 years.
  • EXCLUSIVE PARTNER with Leslie’s Pool Supplies. The largest retailer pool supplier in the area exclusively recommends GARDNER for swimming pool renovations.

We Know Swimming Pools!

We only work on swimming pool renovations and their surrounding hardscape projects. Over the years, we’ve honed our skills to deliver beautifully remodeled swimming pools. Our services include:

Serving all of Southern California since 1969, Gardner Outdoor Pool and Remodeling has dynamically transformed the pool remodeling trade. We’re known for our high-quality applications of the exclusive PebbleTecⓇ in Southern California. Our work consists of even grout lines, in comparison to unsightly, thick grout lines performed by other contractors.

Not only are we licensed general contractors (#896061) in California, we also hold certifications from The Pool and Hot Tub Association (PHTA), the Independent Pool & Spa Service Association (IPSSA), and the National Plasterers Council (NPC).

View our gallery of work, where no detail is too small as we transform outdoor spaces into showcases.

Serving All of Southern California

We serve all of Southern California, including all of these five counties:

Three Showrooms To Serve You

We have three locations across SoCal, each one with photo galleries and samples, all designed to guide you through the decision-making process related to your pool renovation. You can look through our samples of pool tile, pavers, and finishes to create the perfect swimming pool and outdoor addition for your backyard.

Not sure if a tile matches your backyard? We have tile samples that you can take home, to help you find the perfect look for your pool, spa, or outdoor remodeling project. Or our Outdoor Specialists are happy to bring samples to you.

Either way, please call first for an appointment with one of our experienced Outdoor Specialists who can answer all your questions.

Association and Certifications

Further evidence of our advantages in the swimming pool industry are the various groups and associations we belong to.


PHTA – Pool and Hot Tub Alliance

Formally known as The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals/National Swimming Pool Foundation

PHTA is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub and spa manufactures, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, supplier, retailers and service professionals. PHTA offers pool and hot tub education and certification programs, provides valuable membership benefits, develops trusted industry standards and advocates for critical legislation.

PHTA members adhere to a code of ethics in business and technical practices and share a strong commitment to the safe, healthful, and enjoyable use of industry products.


BBB- Better Business Bureau

The BBB is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and foster the highest ethical standards between companies and their customers in the areas of:

  • Dependable Service
  • Honesty In Advertising
  • Honest Business Practices
  • Reliable Complaint Handling Procedures

Examples of services provided by the BBB are Business Reliability Reports, Dispute Resolution, Truth-in-Advertising, Consumer and Business Education and Charity Review.


CPO® – Certified Pool Operator®

The Certified Pool/Spa Operator® certification program has delivered more training than any other program in the pool and spa industry since 1972, resulting in more than 200,000 successful CPO® certifications in 44 countries.

CPO® certification courses are designed to provide individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations. It covers 14-16 hours of information from the NSPF® Pool & Spa Operator™ Handbook (provided) and local codes taught by an NSPF® Instructor.

The CPO® program is widely accepted by health departments.


IPSSA – Independent Pool and Spa Service Association, Inc.

The Independent Pool and Spa Service Association, Inc. exists for the mutual professional benefit and growth of its members and for the continued improvement of the pool and spa industry.


Jandy Pro-Edge

The Jandy “Pro-Edge” designation is reserved for a select few Jandy dealers who meet strict requirements for capability, reputation and customer satisfaction. Most Jandy equipment (pumps, filters, heaters, etc.) that is installed by an official Jandy Pro-Edge builder receives a three-year warranty instead of the normal one-year warranty.

Jandy® pool and spa products are designed to let you spend time enjoying your pool and spa, rather than maintaining it. From their award-winning control systems and pool and spa heaters to waterfalls, automatic cleaners, and more, Jandy® products offer the convenience, performance and advanced technology you demand.


National Plasterers Council

The National Plasterers Council history goes back to the creation of the Plasterers Council under the auspices of the Southern California Chapter of the National Spa & Pool Institute. With the vision and work of Bruce Hughes, the Council was formed to “provide a voice and support for swimming pool plasterers.”



Pentair Aquatic Systems is the world’s leading manufacturer of pool and spa equipment. By applying imaginative thinking and the latest technology, we help pool owners get more energy efficiency, enhanced safety, longer service life, cleaner water, more dependability, easier operation and the latest trends making pool ownership more convenient, enjoyable, and affordable than ever before.



The World’s Most Trusted Aggregate Pool Finishes

Often imitated, never duplicated, Pebble Tec®, Pebble Sheen®, Pebble Fina® and Bead Crete® brand pool finishes help create the kind of luxurious, durable pools, spas and water features that provide a lifetime of inspiration and relaxation. We are a licensed dealer of Pebble Tec and have a team of fully trained professionals to install Pebble Tec pool finishes for your pool.


California Pool & Spa Association

CPSA is the association that unites all professionals in the swimming pool and spa industry under one umbrella. Together, we promote businesses, protect industry interests at the State level, create swimming pool and spa industry partnerships for success, and provide professionalism-enhancing opportunities for members to grow. Our members include California’s swimming pool and spa builders, swimming pool and spa service companies, manufacturers and distributors, and other industry associations. CPSA adheres to a mission statement and code of ethics that support the swimming pool and spa industry in the state of California.

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