Al Curtis

Al, Designer/Builder and The Pool Guy


Allan Curtis is an inspiring and creative man who has added a neat, interesting and new way to build pools to the industry. Over the course of his entire adult life Al has worked to prefect his craft and create amazing hybrid pools. In the mean time he has inspired homeowners, co-worker, the pool industry and other small business owners to see what we do as something out to the box. He is out on the site everyday, working along side of the other crew members and making sure that the pool is not only quality but everything that the homeowner wanted.

The team of Ask the Pool Guy’s Legendary Escapes  has been designing and installing swimming pools for over thirty-five years. We are a family owned company, who focuses on our customer’s needs and wants rather than trying to sell you a standard “package deal.” Al’s philosophy is your pool design needs to fit your family, lifestyle, and entertainment needs. His focus is creating your backyard fantasy whether you seek simplicity or innovation.  All our waterfall and rock work projects are done in house and completely by hand.  Al himself custom designs elaborate projects so it is a unique and special addition to your way of life.

Pietila Pools is a name that is well known around Southeastern Michigan. Originally started as Pietila Bros., and involved in the roofing industry for quite some time, the Pietila name is recognized in the industry as a leader in backyard swimming pool design and building.

The company was originally owned by Ernie Pietila. When Ernie decided it was time to retire, he went to two existing employees – and divided the company into two entities. Gary Pietila took over the Howell, MI Pietila Pools Store and Al Curtis, a long time employee, took over the Pietila Pools – Farmington Hills location.

The new leadership resulted in some changes for the Pietila Pools Farmington Hillls location. With a background in physics and art, Al Curtis was more interested in creating unique and interesting projects than just standard backyard pools, and began to transition the company into more creative backyard escapes, branding these as Legendary Escapes. The Pietila Pools store in Farmington Hills remained open until 2006 when the location was sold to a landscaping company, and the Farmington Hills Pietila Pools relocated to Brighton, MI – focusing on service of Michigan Swimming Pool clients under the name Ask the Pool Guy, and the Legendary Escapes branded pools became the construction arm of the company.

Fast Forward- where Al Curtis and Legendary Escapes continued to design and build award winning swimming pools in Michigan.



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