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Creating a Space for Family Time

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A passion for pools and family is at the heart of Bratton Pools. As a family-owned and operated business, Michael and Kryshon Bratton create unique spaces for families to gather outside and make memories. 

“We have a passion for what we do, not only the creative business side but also what is does for families,” Kryshon said. “We are strengthening families.” 

Both Kryshon and Michael have been involved in the aquatics industry since they were teenagers. Kryshon swam for the Taylor High School swim team and the Katy Aquatics program. Michael’s first job was lifeguarding at his community pool. He continued lifeguarding through college and eventually turned his passion for aquatics into a business. 

In 1989, Michael started a business called Avan Guard Aquatics that managed aquatic facilities for homeowner associations and communities. His business took care of everything needed to run a successful aquatic facility including maintenance, repairs and sourcing lifeguards. He then started building and renovating pools for select clients. 

After starting a family, Michael and Kryshon morphed the business into what it is today as Bratton Pools, specializing in new pool construction, renovation, re-plaster, outdoor kitchens, patios, and pavilions. They enjoy bringing their customers’ visions to life with not only custom pools, but outdoor spaces that include kitchens, fire pits, or synthetic grass. 

“Just about anything you can dream of for your backyard we can build,” Kryshon said. “It is just amazing the creative process and what people come up with and what they like.” 

Every project starts with a clean slate at Bratton Pools. Michael, along with project manager John Janasiewicz, work with customers to build their outdoor oasis. Kryshon said custom doesn’t have to be expensive either. Bratton Pools works to match each project to their customer’s budget. 

“It is a very collaborative process from start to finish,” Kryshon said. “We are not building our pool for you. We are building your pool for you.”

For 15 years, Bratton Pools has been serving families in the Katy and Fort Bend area. They have a deep history with the community with Kryshon growing up in Katy and Michael’s family living in Katy. It is special for them to now have their business deeply rooted in a community they love.

“We have a great respect for the families that let us come into their homes and build a relationship with us,” Kryshon said. “We enjoy getting to meet the families of Katy and Fort Bend, and really sitting down with them to create something that is a perfect fit for their family and stage of life.”

Bratton Pools understands the investment of adding a pool or creating an extension of your home into your outdoor space. It is likely the second largest home purchase besides the home. Therefore, they ensure their work will last for years to come and fits the needs of their client. 

“Some of the neatest projects have been for families with a multigenerational home,” Kryshon said, “where they want not only a place for their kids to swim but also something for their elderly parents or in-laws to enjoy. That way everyone in the family can enjoy the space together.”

The spaces Bratton Pools create are not only functional, but are also stunning. Several of their pools have been featured in marketing magazines, Kryshon said, which is a great honor. Their Facebook and Pinterest pages also receive a lot of activity sharing ideas and inspiration for outdoor spaces. In addition to their accolades, Bratton Pools has won Best Pool Company three times. 

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