Posts Tagged ‘swimming pool’

NJ Pool Plaster–Hydrazzo, Pebble Tec or Glass Tile, Which is Best for You?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Hydrazzo Pool Plaster – Pebble Tec Plaster or Glass Tile Which is Best for You?

Pool plaster options and other pool finishes offer a pretty standard formula for determining durability. The more aggregate in the finish, the longer it will last. In terms of lifestyle and aesthetics, there are plenty of options. Smooth, polished plasters, like Hydrazzo, are great for active families. These plasters are reasonably priced, last 10-20 years, and look great.

Textured, pebble finishes, such as Pebble Tec or Pebble Sheen, cost more, but they last 20+ years (under optimal conditions). They also have a unique, sparkling look. Because the pebbles can be rough in texture if  too much aggregate is exposed (which is when this plaster looks its best), I normally don’t recommend this finish to active families with young children. For those young, active families who insist on a pebble-like finish, I would recommend a glass bead finish like Beadcrete as a better alternative. Glass tile is another popular pool finish. It’s the most expensive, but it lasts 50 years if installed correctly. It is also, without a doubt, the most aesthetically appealing, offering a brilliant shimmer of varying colors across the entire surface of the pool. Glass tiles can also produce beautiful mosaic designs that give the pool additional character. Outside of these options there is the standard, white Marcite finish. This is the cheapest plaster option. It will last 5 to 15 years and is very limited in appearance. Overall, proper pool maintenance will extend the life of any finish; however, the better plasters tend to be more forgiving. If you’re planning a NJ pool renovation and need more information, call us to discuss which pool finish would be best for you. (Information based on Properly Balanced Pool Chemicals)

NJ Swimming Pool and Spa Controls ? Pentair has an APP for That!

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Mahwah NJ

Swimming Pool and Spa Controls? Pentair has an APP for That!

Do you have an iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad? Do you have an inground pool in your back yard? These questions may seem completely unrelated. (Or, you may be thinking about how horrible it would be if your new iPhone fell into the pool.) But today, the swimming pool and communication technology industries have collided in an exciting way.

With the help of a wireless interface and a handy iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch app, you can control all your swimming pool and spa functions from the comfort of your living room, your train ride home from work, or even another country while you’re on vacation. Warm up the spa on your way home from the gym. Attract a dinner party out into your outdoor living space by discretely turning on colorful pool lights, waterfalls or landscape lighting. With the addition of a video module, you can even use your phone to keep an eye on your teenagers while you’re away for the weekend! (My parents would have loved that feature!)

The free iPhone app works in conjunction with the Pentair controls and wireless interface. An easy-to-use layout and a number of cool, convenient features make the app well worth your while. Remotely managing the pump, heater, and filter allows the pool to save on excess energy costs. Swimming pool lighting options allow for set themes and sweeping color displays. The system can track pool temperatures over time, provide handheld video surveillance, and send you an email if any problems are detected with the pool or spa. In this day and age, we have the world at our fingertips, and your swimming pool is no exception.  This is by far the one of the coolest swimming pool features we installed for 2011! Mahwah NJ

 

Are NJ Swimming Pool Architects the Same as Licensed New Jersey Landscape Architects?

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Today more than ever, people want landscape or swimming pool companies to be competent and qualified enough to give them everything they need so they can go about their daily lives without having to worry about the task-at-hand. When hiring a swimming pool or landscape company for a project, homeowners tend to hire companies that have the experience, licensing, and skill to accomplish a complete backyard transformation including luxury swimming pools, complete landscaping, and superior masonry work. This worry and hassle-free process is the ideal situation for the busy homeowner. But who is qualified to design and then build the entire project: a swimming pool architect or a landscape architect?

A popular trend in the swimming pool and landscape industry today is for companies to say they can do everything from design to construction. Swimming pool companies have even begun using the term “Swimming Pool Architect.” What is a swimming pool architect and how many companies really can do everything? This can be a difficult market for consumers who simply want to hire one company with a Landscape Architect who can build all the aspects of a project including a swimming pool, patios, landscape, and an outdoor kitchen. Homeowners shouldn’t have to worry about whether a company who advertises a Landscape Architect with an all-inclusive package really completes all their landscape architecture in-house. Unfortunately, since turn-key is such a rising trend, swimming pool companies are claiming to offer landscape architecture services, much like landscape companies that have claimed to build swimming pools.

Here are a couple of ways that homeowners can protect themselves from some of these issues. First, you should note that there is no such thing as a “swimming pool architect”; only a Licensed New Jersey Landscape Architect can offer landscape architecture services for your swimming pool and landscape project. Second, look for the name of a Licenced Landscape Architect and their New Jersey license number in a company’s literature or on their website. If you see someone advertising as a Landscape Architect or offering landscape architecture services and you don’t see a name and license number of the landscape architect, you should contact the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and report the infraction. Next, if you find a licensed New Jersey Landscape Architect, Google that name of the landscape architect and find out more about them. You should end up right back where you started: on the same swimming pool or landscape company’s website. However, you may find out that this landscape architect actually has his or her own company and is really just subcontracted for the landscape architecture work; this is quite deceptive and you may want to consider other options.

In closing, there are plenty of great companies in the market today who are honest and well versed in their craft. Review the experience of each of the landscape or swimming pool companies you are interviewing. If they really do take care of it all, an equal portfolio for each service will be included on their website. You could also request to see these projects in person. Lastly, double-check credentials on paper. Certificates of membership to professional organizations and certified licenses for every type of work that will be done are essential in reassuring yourself as a consumer. So, what is a swimming pool architect? They do not exist. Remember, only a licensed landscape architect can provide landscape architecture services for swimming pools and landscaping. Finally, do your due diligence and you’ll feel safe with that large swimming pool and landscaping investment.

Bill Moore, Certified New Jersey Landscape Architect of Cipriano Landscape Design Goes Four for Four in Zoning Approvals for Custom Landscaping & Swimming Pool Projects.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

RIDGEWOOD, NJ: The design = a modest-sized swimming pool for a small suburban lot.

The property = Special Flood Hazard Area (flood plain) in Ridgewood, NJ.

Cipriano Landscape Design is working within the New Jersey DEP guidelines to create a project with no additional fill in the flood plain. According to owner Chris Cipriano, “Re-vegetation of the disturbance area is also required while municipal guidelines dictate the design. Our team studied setbacks, percentage of impervious area on the lot and total percentage of above grade structures. We found that the percentage of above-grade structures seeking variance relief was over the maximum limit. Our lot was actually undersized for the zone it was in so if the lot actually met the minimum size, there would be no variance.”

Bill Moore, a Certified New Jersey Landscape Architect on the Cipriano Landscape Design team, created the design. A comprehensive site plan was devised by Cipriano Landscape Design’s site engineer. An application was presented to the DEP and a well-crafted and persuasive introduction by an attorney was part of the plan that was approved by the Ridgewood zoning board of adjustment.

Furthermore, Bill Moore received an approval for a variance from the Borough of Franklin Lakes to construct a temporary access road through a non-disturbance buffer. Moore worked with the site engineer to address the site drainage in formulating a cohesive plan. Cipriano Landscape Design also worked with the Borough of Franklin Lakes’ municipal engineer, municipal shade tree commission, neighbors and health officer.

In November 2008, Moore received approvals from the Borough of Saddle River for a soil moving plan for a newly constructed estate with a resort-like swimming pool complete with waterfalls and a grotto, multi-tiered patios, outdoor kitchen, and a full service cabana. The NJ landscape architecture firm’s biggest design challenge faced in this approval was getting an 8 foot waterfall within the 4 foot grade change limit.

Bill also contributed a landscape master plan for the Allendale Plaza “C” variance application granted in September 2008. The project started as an expansion to existing retail space. The Allendale zoning required a minimum number of parking stalls per square footage of retail space which the site could not accommodate. As part of seeking relief for the parking ordinance, the applicant proposed to make additional improvements to the property to benefit the neighboring businesses and residents. The role of Cipriano Landscape Design was to supplement the additional improvements portion of the application. Various parking island plant beds and perimeter plantings were carefully designed to create year ‘round interest with seasonal flower displays. Planting also included shade and flowering trees within the parking areas.