Our History Starts in 1948

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 simply buy fencing materials from Sunset for a do-it-yourself project.

A man named 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, obviously without a do-it-yourself option.

In 1991, John Zahn purchased the business from the 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.

No longer is a display office needed, information and samples are taken directly to customers’ homes in one of the beautiful Los Alamitos neighborhoods Sunset services, or they can simply view their choices on Sunset’s website.

Though 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 service areas of Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, and Long Beach. The zip codes we service are 90803, 90814, 90815, 90720, and 90740.