TruDesign: Luxury Outdoor Living

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Mission Statement

There are many pool builders to choose from, why choose TruDesign to design and build your dream? We not only have two of the best award winning designers in the East Texas area, we have the ability and commitment to give our clients the best possible building experience available, all while working one on one with them to insure the best quality project, and keeping in mind the operating costs by using the most energy efficient, and environmentally safe equipment in the swimming pool industry. We take your families safety seriously in both design and sanitation. We treat all of our clients with the utmost respect and always respond to any concerns they might have immediately, to insure a pleasurable building experience. We are... and always will be committed to giving all clients our best.

Our Insurance

At TruDesign, we keep in force a one million dollar general liability insurance policy for our client's protection.

Swimming Pools and Spas

Our designers have over 45 years combined experience designing family back yard dreams. Our designers work one on one with each client to insure a fabulous, unique, and custom pool design that is what they desire, within a established budget. Designing these projects our designers incorporate the industries latest, and most energy efficient products available to save you money, as well as being environmentally safe.

Outdoor Living

Some clients don't just want a pool or spa, They want to increase their outdoor living space to spend more quality time with the family or to entertain others too. In this case our designers are able to include outdoor kitchens, Pizza ovens, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, custom patios. We can also include pergolas, Gazebos, Patio covers, retaining walls. No matter how involved your project is, we can design what you want the way you want, keeping in a budget that is comfortable for you.


If landscaping is desired to complete your project, our designers are able to include it in your design, and you can complete it, or we also work with 2 landscape companies that will give you the best quality at the best pricing for your project to include irrigation and drainage. Quality plant material and professional installation is a must for a quality project.

Gary Chatelain
Seasoned NWS Journeyman Meteorologist for NOAA
August 11, 2014, Gary worked with Edwin De Shanks---- but at different companies

My experience with De Shanks was that he represented a home-owner with a concept pool design for a local installer. My responsibly was acting as Architectural Committee Chairman for Woodlake South HOA in Benton Louisiana; serving in the best interest of the HOA members, who elected me to my post two years prior.

De was a brilliant professional with tremendous knowledge for his craft. Unexpected issues such as landscaping and drainage near the home that were perhaps potential future issues in my eye, as well as other items we all three brainstormed, had already been accounted for in some way with De's design plan. There were two construction diagrams and a lovely hand drawn and painted finished version delivered to our committee for required initial consideration. As a unifying partner in this matter, I would say that De is a delight to work with in every sense of the word. I would highly recommend De Shanks, for especially anything out of the ordinary or cutting edge.

Melissa Wynn
Melissa Wynn
Instructional Technology
October 6, 2014, Melissa was a client of Edwin De Shanks

Outstanding qualities of De Shanks:

  • Very artistic and creative in the pool design business.
  • Conscientious and energetic pool designer and friend.
  • Exemplary model of commitment.
  • Has the vision need to assess, design, and implement a plan to achieve the goal.
  • Demonstrates an excellent example of service.
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to people.
  • Is a servant leader... cares deeply for others as he shares his time and talent and focuses on other before himself.
  • Is an exceptional leader with integrity and natural leadership qualities.

Bonnie Sedgwick
Bonnie Sedgwick
Pool Designed by Laura McVey

Laura is absolutely the best. If you want a pool, you need to contact her. Not only does she design beautiful pools, she is there for you every step of the way anytime of the day. Laura is the definition of great customer service. I absolutely love my pool. Thanks Laura!

Rob Howard
November 6, 2017, Tyler, Texas

I worked with Edwin & Laura when I had my pool designed and installed in 2015. I could not have asked for a better team from the start of the design through the end of the install and beyond. Ed and Laura took all our ideas and made a backyard experience rather than just a pool. The design was done in such detail that we were able to stand in the yard before the first dig and could mark off exactly where things were going to be so we could have a vision of the layout in the yard well before they actually started.

In addition to this, Ed and Laura were there to answer any questions I had. I could reach them at any moment and they responded immediately, or within a few hours if they needed to have something checked out before responding. I can say, without hesitation, that this was one area that I wanted to make sure was their top priority. If they can't get back to me in a timely manner for a question, then what happens down the road when they are building, or have completed, my pool? Ed and Laura passed that check with flying colors.

I would recommend Ed & Laura for anyone that wants to build a backyard experience, not just a pool. From start to finish and beyond, they have been there for me and I'm sure they will continue to do so. If I ever need another pool, they would be my first call... and should be yours as well.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

- Steve Jobs -

Our team

Laura McVey


Edwin "De" Shanks


Jason Furr

Jason Furr

Project Manager

Dean Casey

Dean Casey

Project Manager

We Work With Eco-Friendly, Energy Efficient Manufacturers

Hayward Industries, Inc.
Zodiac Pool Solutions
Zodiac Pool Solutions
S.R.Smith Inc, LLC
Inter-fab, Inc

Contact Us

(903) 944-0700
3334 SSW Loop 323
Executive Suite 110, 114
Tyler, Texas 75701
Tyler Area Builders Association
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