The primary goal of Sunset Designers and Builders is to provide the best possible opportunities and products for a beautiful, functional and long-lasting outdoor living paradise.
One reason that Sunset Designers and Builders has been a successful business since 1948, more than 70 years, is our ability to meet the changing lifestyles of our customers. More importantly, we realize that the Outdoor Living of each customer must meet their unique needs, which deserve our personalized attention.
Whatever the dreams of the customer, enhancing a property for better Outdoor Living is the specialty of John Zahn and Sunset Designers & Builders.
What we do
Sunset Designers & Builders designs and builds beautiful, functional and long-lasting outdoor living paradises. Whether that be through a spa, a new or remodeled swimming pool, or a combination of these outdoor projects, we realize that the Outdoor Living of each customer must meet their unique needs, thus deserves our personalized attention. We believe that we are the top custom swimming pool contractor in the Rossmoor and Los Alamitos (90720) area. We exclusively service areas of Rossmoor, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, and parts of Long Beach. The zip codes we service are 90720, 90740, 90803, 90814, and 90815.
John Zahn, Owner & Designer
When other teenagers were working at local burger joints or mowing lawns, John dove into the swimming pool construction business, working at Sunset Designers & Builders when he was in high school. By the time he was in college at CSULB pursuing chemical engineering, he had become the sales manager for Sunset and was active in many other aspects of the company.
When he purchased the company from his stepfather Bob Dare, John brought his passion and extensive knowledge of custom swimming pool design and masonry construction to the business. Becoming an expert with more than 35 years of experience, it is second nature for him to take a customer’s concepts and ideas for their dream oasis and develop them into reality. Customers all over Rossmoor, Los Alamitos, and Long Beach have realized the fullest potential of their new Outdoor Living by working with John and Sunset Designers & Builders.
John brings his diversified experience and excellent communication skills to manage the Sunset Designers & Builders team personally. John and his team are involved in each project from start to finish so that the homeowner can be assured that it will be constructed correctly to meet all of their expectations.
Our History Starts in 1948…
Celebrating 70 Years!
Truman was President, Hells Angels motorcycle gang was formed, and the United States recognized Israel as a country. The year was 1948, and here in Southern California, Sunset Fence and Patio Company opened its doors in Long Beach on American Avenue, now known as Long Beach Blvd. Customers had the choice of having Sunset Fence and Patio come to their homes to build a custom fence or patio.
A World War II veteran, Bob Dare, was in charge of selling the services of the company. Bob became one of the partners in 1950, and the company changed its name to Sunset Designers & Builders in 1953 as the company gradually grew and added in-ground swimming pools to the list of their services. In 1973, Bob married John’s mother Peggy.
In 1991, John Zahn purchased the business from the other partners including Bob Dare, John’s stepfather. Since that time, John has been the sole owner of the business and has grown the company into a premier Outdoor Living specialty company. As customers’ wants and needs change, and the appreciation for Outdoor Living increases, John has changed the business accordingly, staying at the cutting edge of pool and spa design trends.
Although making selections in the digital age has gotten easier, John has not retired the importance of personal one-on-one attention. John personally manages his team on each job from beginning to end, continuing the legacy of excellent customer service, while creating Outdoor Living spaces to enjoy year-round.
We exclusively service areas of Rossmoor, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, and parts of Long Beach. The zip codes we service are 90720, 90740, 90803, 90814, and 90815.