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Most Popular NJ Pool Features: Sun Shelf & Colored LED Lights

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Most Popular NJ Pool Features: Sun Shelf & Colored LED Lights

See the Two Most Popular Swimming Pool Options from NJ Inground Swimming Pool Contractor Cipriano Landscape Design: The Sun Shelf & Colored LED Pool Lighting

From massive waterfalls to fiber optic star lights to “dive-in movie theaters,” the options are limitless for custom, luxury swimming pools. As a NJ pool builder, I am often asked, “What is the most popular swimming pool option?” Cipriano Landscape Design’s years of experience have provided a lot of insight in the pool options most requested for NY and NJ pool designs. In no particular order, here are my choices for the two most popular swimming pool options!

1. Sun Shelf

The sun shelf is one of the two most popular swimming pool features. Sun shelves are basically a massive step or landing beneath the surface of the water. They can really be any shape or size, depending on your pool design. In general, they range from 3 inches to 12 inches deep. On the sun shelf, you can tan comfortably as if you’re on the shores of a beach, slightly submerged in water to stay cool while soaking up the sun at the same time. Similarly, you can take a chaise lounge and place it on the sun shelf. For times when the sun is too hot, we’ve incorporated an umbrella into the sun shelf. The sun shelf feature is most popular for moms with young ones; children will frolic around on the sun shelf as parents lounge comfortably in the water or on a chair beside them. The sun shelf is also the most popular spot for teenagers to “hang out.”

2. Colored LED Pool Lighting

Color LED pool lighting has taken the pool industry by storm. The cool feature brings enjoyment and excitement to inground pools by illuminating them in a wide range of colors at night. Today’s homeowners want to be able to enjoy their swimming pool at night, even if only for aesthetics. Color LED lights create a 24-hour swimming pool and back yard. With the lights on, you can completely set the mood for the yard and produce a functional outdoor living area that is safe to use after sundown. You can really impress guests with custom lighting displays that are programmed or remote controlled. In addition to its function, safety, and style, colored LED pool lighting is also quite efficient, providing the most cost-effective lighting option within the pool. Other lighting options, which are less common but even more spectacular, include fiber optic starlights, fiber optic deck jets, and fiber optic rope lighting.

If you would like to include these options in your pool design, look for a pool design company with the most experience incorporating these popular features into the design. These companies will be familiar with how many lights are necessary to illuminate a massive pool or simply where to include a sun shelf to make the most of the pool and landscape design. If you have any questions about these two popular pool options or if you’d like to hear about some of the most exciting pool features available for 2013, do not hesitate to give us a call.

NJ Pool Builder Wins Swimming Pool Masonry Design Award

Friday, January 28th, 2011

NJ Pool Builder Wins Swimming Pool Masonry Design Award

Mason Contractors Association Recognizes the Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping team with one of Its prestigious TEAM Awards for exemplary mason and hardscapes work for a natural stone swimming pool project in Saddle River New Jersey.


On January 17, 2011 at the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas, the Mason Contractors Association of America hosted the TEAM awards, which stand for a Tribute to Exemplary Achievements in Masonry. These awards recognized masonry and hardscape achievements.

Our team won the Landscape, Hardscape category for the work we did on a swimming pool project in Saddle River, New Jersey.  One of the judges was quoted in the award brochure, “It looks like something God might have done!”  and we thank him for inspiring us with his beautiful creations.

Bill Moore, our landscape architect, designed the pool on the project with two waterfalls; one flows into the pool and one flows out over the vanishing edge, creating three tiers. The waterfalls tie in the back yard’s twenty-six foot elevation change as it transitions to the house. The stone used for the waterfall is Palisades stone and Pennsylvania chunk sandstone, set vertically to mimic the natural outcroppings of the Palisades overlooking the Hudson River.  All across the hardscape, textured plantings of the pool landscaping soften the stone masonry and create a natural setting fit for the massive waterfalls.

The comfortable pool patio area is grey Tennessee Crab Orchard. The outdoor living space includes an outdoor fireplace, a full-service kitchen and bar, a koi pond, and plenty of seating on the dining patio, which is finished with bluestone set in a random, regular pattern.

The whole team contributed to earning this TEAM award! Bill took the projects biggest challenge, the 26 foot elevation change, and made it the greatest asset by creating a two-tiered waterfall hardscape cascading down towards the stone patio. The masonry division gets kudos for their tireless efforts and creativity. Keith Steinhoff also deserves kudos for his amazing job designing all the hydraulics and for his instrumental work in tying all the different facets together.

In the end, each of these unique components of the hardscape combines to form a stone masterpiece.  Congratulations to the entire team!