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Case Study: Existing Swimming pool design did not capture the essence of the home or the surrounding landscape.
Realtors always say that the three most important things to look for in a property are location, location and location. This old saying rang loud and clear for our clients when looking to remove their old uninspired swimming pool and create something truly custom and unique. The home is situated on ten secluded mountain top acres with a captivating view of the valley and nearby city below. Our clients loved their home and the rest of their property but were left feeling disappointed when in their old swimming pool and the landscaping in the surrounding area. Being seasoned world travelers, the homeowners had strong opinions on the landscape design, layout and materials. This turned out to be our best catalyst for bringing our swimming pool to a higher level of design and craftsmanship.
Location: Kinnelon New Jersey
Primary Landscape & Swimming Pool Designer: Bill Moore licensed NJ Landscape Architect of Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping
Infield Designer: Chris Cipriano
Swimming Pool & landscape Construction: Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping
Masonry Construction: Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping
Solution: Custom infinity edge swimming pool and landscaping design / construction.
Infinity-edge swimming pool with custom features:
- Fiber optic lighting which imitates a star illuminated night.
- Colored fiber optic deck jet fountains which shoot colored water stream into the pool.
- Colored pool lights with 50 color options.
- Hand crafted iridescent glass tile set in a Grecian key pattern on the waterline and pool bottom.
- In floor pool cleaning system in the swimming pool and spa.
- Custom profiled pool coping designed by the Custom Stone Finishes division of Cipriano
Landscape and Masonry Features:
- Marbleized Limestone set in multiple patterns.
- Natural stone piers with custom profiled trim and caps with built in irrigation and lighting.
- Natural stone outdoor kitchen with stainless appliances with custom profiled trim and corbels.
- Stone gazebo and garden ornaments and precast urns.
- Tuscany design for the landscape garden.
Solution: Custom Infinity Edge Swimming Pool and Landscaping Design / construction.
The goal of the swimming pool design was to create an infinity edge swimming pool that accentuated the views off site. Setting the pool elevation and location on the property were scrutinized thoroughly. The shape was set to be a roman end pool with plenty of seating, a large spa and a Sunshelf at the shallow end, allowing all users a chance for active and passive recreation. The patio layout again was designed to allow users to spread out and enjoy the vast views with our new pool in the foreground.
The house and surrounding landscape were on top of a mountain. Some of the landscape had rock shelf just a few feet down while other areas had up to a twenty foot depth of unsuitable fill conditions. The swimming pool area and subsurface soil were excavated to suitable shelf and subgrade, this required 1000 tons of clean stone below the pool and another 400 tons of compactable fill surrounding. This provided the stable base for the swimming pool, patios and landscaping.
The finishes on the swimming pool are what really took this pool from great to spectacular. For example, the waterline tile of the swimming pool consisted of a two color hand casted half inch by half inch iridescent glass tile set in a Grecian key pattern. Pulling from that tile, one inch by one inch tiles were set at all the benches, steps and shelves as well as the overflow to the infinity edge. This led us to the installation of a three color iridescent glass Grecian key and border detail at the bottom of the swimming pool with a combined profile of approximately thirty inches wide. The floor tile was an add-on and was very challenging to install due to the head locations of the in floor pool cleaning system. In addition to the in floor cleaning system, the tile and plaster installation crews had to tiptoe around 200 fiber optic star floor lights on the pool floor. The swimming pool plaster was selected to accentuate the tile, using a washed, exposed aggregate finish which glistens in the summer sun.
The limestone coping was template cut on site and we had the limestone detailed with a custom profile by our stone masons.
The natural stone patio surrounding the swimming pool was another material that was unique to this landscaping project. Countless samples and testing were reviewed to match a photo the homeowners had of a pool in France. A limestone quarried from mid-west North America was selected. The coping and borders were a white range limestone. The patio field was a grey range limestone. Both were flame finished tops and all stone was set on 6” thick engineered concrete slabs.
Lastly, the landscape lighting on the pool was another layer of the swimming pool which was tough on installation, but proved to be a breathtaking element to the project. There are two hundred star lights on the bottom of the swimming pool, three multi-color wall mounted lights in the spa and swimming pool and four illuminated deck jets on the corners. The urns on the masonry piers at the far side of the swimming pool have landscape lighting as do the entry piers. The landscape lighting design just finishes off the surrounding features, it accents and adds a whole new dimension to the swimming pool and landscaping after sunset.
While the view from the house overlooking the valley was always breathtaking, we feel we have achieved a worthwhile foreground to that view. Our homeowners described the feeling of purchasing artwork when we discussed this project and said how, “Artwork is nice, you look at it, it makes you think and then you walk away”. The swimming pool surrounding landscape is much like that artwork they described except that, you look at the pool, it is nice, it makes you think, but then you don’t walk away, you enjoy the swimming pool for many years to come.