After returning from a holiday in Costa Rica, which is bordered on one side by the Pacific, and on the other by the Caribbean, these homeowners wanted to keep enjoying the tropical experience they so enjoyed there.
The first challenge facing Deck and Patio Company’s outdoor living expert, Bill Renter, was to meet the expectations of both the husband and wife: he wanted a place to take full advantage of the sun; she wanted a cool place to relax with friends.
The solution was (1) to position the pool in the sun, in order to gain the most sun exposure during the day and, (2) for congregating in comfort, create a shady pergola, over a granite swim-up/walk-up bar and patio.
The second challenge was developing a plan that would fit in the 12-foot elevation change from the rear of the home to the back of the property. To alleviate this, we built a raised patio, with a wide, wrap-around stair, leading to the pool, patio, and sunken swim up bar patio.
We did all this without using rails and fences, which would obstruct views of the natural stone waterfall and vibrant landscaping. By designing wide stairs, multi-level stone walls and generous planting beds, we were able to create a colorful buffer between the upper and lower levels.
Both husband and wife were delighted with the design, and the property’s most difficult challenge — its rising elevation — was turned into a benefit. The main thing, is they both feel like they’re back in Costa Rica, every single day.
This project won several GOLD MEDAL awards from the several design awards awards from the NSPI and NESPA. View them here.
Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert helped these clients choose the perfect railing for their new deck/spa
A prairie farmer once was asked what he thought of the Rocky Mountains, off in the distance.
“Oh, the mountains are all right,” he replied, “but they sure do block the view.”
The farmer’s response may cause a smile, but aren’t we’re all a little like that farmer? Take the homeowners of this smashing deck overlooking a lovely landscape.
Outdoor enthusiasts both, the couple wanted a very attractive, modern-looking deck on which to enjoy the outdoors and their beautiful water views, and a conveniently placed portable spa. And they did not want the deck or spa to block their property’s views in any way.
To accomplish all they wanted, the least noticeable part of the project was perhaps the most important: the deck’s stainless steel cable railing. Like the deck, it is delightfully maintenance free and elegant. More to the point, the cable railing does not obstruct the yard’s languid water views from any place on the deck — even when people are sitting.
Cable rails – sometimes called “wire rope” railings – are safety rail infill that substitute horizontal or vertical cables for spindles, and, in this case, they were an ideal choice.
Special notes: All the materials used for this deck and railing do not require painting or staining; the rail cap was stained to blend perfectly with the overall deck/spa design.
Sometimes trying to solve a problem can be the spark for something magical. This property, for example, is located next to a busy four-lane road and the homeowners longed for a peaceful backyard, with a pool and spa — without all the traffic noise.
In addition to a beautiful freeform vinyl pool and spa, we built for them a 19-foot sound barrier of natural moss rock boulders, and installed a 4-foot x 8-foot pondless waterfall between the wall and their new pool. This stone barrier with rushing waterfall not only blocks noise, but suggests they are vacationing on some south sea isle — far and away from everyday problems.
Their finished multi-faceted outdoor oasis includes a vinyl pool with raised spillover spa, elegant Cambridge Ledgestone patios, a natural rock barrier with high waterfall, and lush plantings.
Deck and Patio designed and built modestly-sized quality deck with room for the whole family and even guests
Many people with small backyards don’t use them. Even in hot weather, they live indoors. Others want to enjoy the outdoors, but fear the costs of adding or upgrading to anything of quality.
However, not all decks need be elaborate and expensive. This budget-friendly deck is modestly sized, yet is large enough for a barbecue, dining table and loungers. Plus, just two steps above grade, a railing was not required — another cost-saver.
Quality: The material we used for this handsome deck is from Fiberon. We liked it for its beautiful wood-like multi-chromatic grain pattern which belies how highly functional it is. As a composite cellular material of durable polymer, it is moisture resistant. Plus, no organic material is involved, so no mold will grow on it. Low maintenance, lovely to look at, sufficiently ample in size, yet it was a very budget-friendly project.
Additional Tips from our outdoor living expert: When working with tighter places, it is key to allow enough room for a chaise lounge, dining, barbecue, and sufficient space to walk around, while at the same time not overbuilding the whole space.
Under all the ice and snow, cold-blooded pond fish are quiet and inactive — but still need our attention, says Bill Renter, Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert.
What are pond fish up to during winter?
As the Opening Ceremonies for Sochi’s Winter Olympics keep us dhibernating tomorrow night (February 7/NBC/7:30 EST), outside, our pond fish are hibernating, too.
Unlike in warmer months, when they are downright friendly and very active, once the temperature drops, these orange beauties tend to remain still. In fact, at this time of year, in cold areas of the country, pond fish have been dormant for some time.
This is because koi are cold blooded and their body temperatures are regulated by the water surrounding them. According to the manager of the company that supplies Deck and Patio with pond equipment (Aquascape Designs, Chicago area), once temperatures drop below 55 degrees, the metabolisms of these fish slow way down, causing them to go dormant.
They still may need special attention
At Deck and Patio, however, we caution pond owners to be alert to the condition of their fish. When winter serves up prolonged periods of cold, and ice covers the pond, the fish might not be getting enough oxygen.
Also, if you didn’t remove dying plant material before winter set in, these materials rot and build up poisonous gases that can’t escape through the ice. Such conditions might mean the koi are no longer simply hibernating, but are in a dangerous state of torpor.
When ice builds up, pond aerators can put bubbles back in the water to add oxygen for the fish. However, one of the reasons we recommend including waterfalls with a pond feature, is that, if kept operative during winter, the waterfalls will move the water so ice doesn’t form.
If all else fails, we recommend using a pond de-icer. This will keep a little hole in the ice so gases can escape. While some recommend boiling water to create an opening in frozen ponds, that should be discouraged. It will only ice up again quickly. Also avoid chopping or sawing the ice to open a hole. The noise and vibrations will stress out the hibernating fish to a point they could die, says Aquascape Designs manager, Gary Gronwick.
Don’t feed the fish
One last bit of advice from our outdoor living expert, Bill Renter. Once the pond water temperature gets down to 50 degrees, do not feed the fish — no matter how adorable they look coming after food. As we explained, their systems shut down in the colder water, and the food sits inside them and rots. They get very sick and diseased from this.
To be on the safe side, take the water temperature regularly once it hits 55 or lower. If they are hungry and moving about and you haven’t fed them, they will find something in the pond to eat and will soon be dormant again anyway.
Watch Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert sharing on WNBC how best to handle snow removal…..plus our dreams of spring
How to Properly Handle Snow Removal
Last Wednesday, during the heavy snow storm, Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert, Bill Renter, appeared on WNBC to share tips on how to best handle snow removal.
Snow Removal Tips
1. Remember to consider your health. If you are not in good shape, let wisdom prevail and get a professional landscape service to remove the snow (such as Deck and Patio), or ask a teen neighbor to help, or try to borrow a snow blower.
2. As Bill Renter mentioned in the video, salt can hurt your lawn and landscape and it doesn’t work in very cold weather. Consider sand, bird seed, or Environmelt.
Be sure to use a good snow shovel. Look for one with a no stick surface and that isn’t too heavy. In a pinch, you can create a no stick surface the same way you can stop a squeaky door — by using a little vegetable oil.
4. If there is a good deal of snow, be sure to take plenty of breaks. And while this may not seem appealing — drinking plenty of liquids when out in the cold — it is important not to get dehydrated. Any liquid will do…even a cup of hot cocoa.
Dreams of Spring
We chose a favorite project to help you dream of spring!
After the homeowners added a pool to their yard, Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert, Bill Renter, and his team, created a stream and pond on an unusable sloped area just off their patio. The 35-foot stream formed a meandering, watery trail, lined with natural moss rock boulders and river stone gravel. In addition, new bluestone stepping stones added a charming path leading from the patio, across the stream, and up to the pool area.
Each spill rock in the stream was carefully positioned by our team to depict the most natural water movement. The Deck and Patio Company takes time to consider how to recreate a natural waterfall without looking manmade.
One of their favorite things about the pond is how it attracts wildlife such as frogs and birds, and the koi are such a vibrant orange.
Right now, here in the chilly Northeast, we’re all dreaming of spring.
Deck and Patio’s Outdoor Living Expert touts two favorite construction materials that stand up well to Northeast winters
Renowned for his talent in creating glorious backyard retreats, Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert, Bill Renter, has earned many accolades for his expertise in the “hows and whys” of construction materials and landscape design. This enables him to create beautiful retreats that will endure. Considering the weather changes the Northeast faces from season to season, year to year, Bill Renter has come to value construction products for their durability as well as aesthetics. Today our blog is sharing two of these products.
The first is Techo-Bloc pavers. Engineered in Canada where they require extra strength due to the country’s extreme weather changes, these pavers can well handle the freeze/thaw that occurs in our corner of the Northeast. Our outdoor living expert adds that as long as these pavers are properly installed, the stones will remain adaptable, even, and stable for years. The joints between the pavers create flexibility, which avoids cracking, while still allowing subtle movement. Techo-Bloc pavers are nearly three times stronger than poured concrete, having a minimum compressive strength of 8,000 psi and a maximum of five percent water absorption.
Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert has found that just like concrete and asphalt pavements, Techo-Bloc pavers can be plowed and shoveled. Actually, the edges and joints around the pavers assist in melting snow and ice, explains their manufacturer. Using de-icing salt (sodium chloride or calcium chloride) to remove snow and ice will not harm these paving stones they say.
Another reason Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert loves these paving stones is they look so natural. Instead of one-sized bricks being placed throughout an entire patio, retaining wall, or driveway, a Techo-Bloc kit — with its varying shapes — ensures an attractive design, whether “random” instead of straight lines and flat images or in a “running block” pattern.
For this Deck and Patio’s project, just outside the house on the upper level of the property, our outdoor living expert replaced the old decking with a new raised Techol-Bloc patio. In addition to a new outdoor kitchen, he added wide wrap-around stairs, and a portable spa that appears to be built into the patio.
At the pool level, our outdoor living expert used a new Techo-Bloc product called “Inca” — a concrete slab that looks remarkably like natural stone. Of course, it is much less expensive than say, bluestone, and doesn’t retain heat in summer like other natural stone products, making it great for use around a pool.
The second “winter-friendly” product our Deck and Patio outdoor living expert loves is “vinyl-lined” pools. In winter, when seasons change and the ground goes through expansion and contraction, in some cases water can get underneath a swimming pool and push the swimming pool up out of the ground and while Deck and Patio certainly designs and builds gunite pools, we find that a vinyl pool resists damage due to such ground movement better than concrete pools.
The base construction of a vinyl pool is the same as any other, however. “Vinyl” simply means the method used to line a pool’s interior. The vinyl-liner pool arrives at the pool site as various components, produced in a factory and assembled onsite. After the pool site is excavated, footings are poured and panel walls are assembled and fastened together supported by the footings.
Once the walls are in place, which are a solid 8″ thick concrete, with double steel reinforcement, a vinyl liner is spread out over the interior and connected to the panel walls. If you consider that all the large buildings and bridges in the United States are built with steel and not just concrete and rebar, you can understand why our outdoor living expert believes so much in the product and process.
Of course it’s not just the durability of the vinyl-liner system that is so attractive. Our outdoor living expert finds that many of our clients prefer the padded, smooth, soft feel of vinyl. Plus, the wide range of liner colors can create breathtaking effects — some suggesting grottos or lagoons. In fact, there are reports that there are now more vinyl pools worldwide than any other combined group.
Vinyl pools’ poured steel reinforced concrete indeed stand up to weather changes. The real challenge is measuring and accurately cutting and welding the various pool liners, particularly if you are including stairs, benches, in-pool bar stools, spas etc. Fortunately, Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert deals with professionals who can handle well such complicated projects.
This vinyl pool was designed with the intent to be “organic” with its natural surroundings. The 24’ x 42’ freeform concrete wall, vinyl lined swimming pool and raised 8’ diameter vinyl-lined spa with spillway captured the very essence of the clients desire to have a body of water that would be harmonious with the residence existing patio, outdoor kitchen area, waterfall, stream and koi pond (below).
The water feature also included a 5’ high multi-tiered waterfall and 35 feet meandering stream which discharged into a 10’ x 15’ freeform Koi pond. The pond was built with much consideration for the fish as natural predators exist in and around the north shore locale. A small cave was constructed for the fish to hide and to lay dormant during the winter months.
It’s a comfort to know that when the koi are hibernating, your concrete steel reinforced vinyl pool is surviving the winter as well.
Deck and Patio’s Outdoor Living Expert uses hard rocks: boulders, stone — and even man made wet-cast concrete — to create soft effects in backyard landscapes
How can a landscape expert create a soft effect out of such hard materials as natural rocks, boulders, stone and even man made wet-cast concrete? Well, rocks are part of nature, and when chosen well and positioned perfectly they can make a man made waterfall appear as if it’s flowing from a natural mountain stream.
Elsewhere, a single, perfectly-sized, durable rock can make a diving board feel like you’re jumping from a small cliff into a Caribbean lagoon. And a group of flat, well placed stepping stones can turn a functional lawn-protecting pathway into a peaceful stroll well worth taking.
For years, Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert, Bill Renter, has received a multitude of awards for choosing the perfect rocks and artfully installing them to great effect and function.
Here are just a few examples.
1. The Stepping Stone Path
Our outdoor living expert credits the Japanese Tea Ceremony and that country’s love of simplicity for the initial popularity of stepping stone paths. Whatever their original inspiration, today they protect lawns in heavily trafficked areas either on their own or as a break in a large expanse of patio. Wherever they are used, they allow “softscape” in between them to show through — thereby creating a more natural area. They also draw the eye to important “soft” focal points in the yard such as water features, flower beds, or vegetable gardens.
Stepping stone paths are also great do-it-yourself projects. Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert suggests that if you are doing this on your own:
a. There are no rules to shape. Stones can be round, square or irregularly shaped.
b. Simply place the stones squarely along your intended path, walk the whole length of it and then adjust as necessary.
c. As you walk, your feet should land flat on the stones and the stones should be spaced in such a way as to encourage normal strides.
d. One caution: wet stepping stones can be dangerous on sloping areas, so consider carefully how your path will be used.
For a more ambitious projects stepping stone paths can make ideal bridges across a man made or natural stream or small pond in your yard. For one Deck and Patio project, our outdoor living expert designed and built a 35-foot stream, which formed a meandering, watery trail lined with natural moss rock boulders and river stone gravel. In addition, bluestone stepping stones provided a charming path leading from the patio, across the stream to the pool area.
2. Diving Rocks
When enjoying an afternoon at your pool, it’s not very comfortable to sit on a regular diving board. But what if you replaced your board with a diving or “jump” rock? Then the mount becomes a natural place to sit and dangle your legs while chatting with friends who are in the pool.
Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert says there’s always room for a diving rock (below). Set at the deep end of the pool, these jump stones have no steps or railing to accompany them, presenting a very natural look. It’s a small and easy change hat helps transport you to the Caribbean without ever leaving your yard.
3. Upgrading Steps and Waterfalls
Sometimes you just need to upgrade. The owners of a Long Island home approached Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert with the idea of creating an innovative and modern outdoor look in their existing backyard retreat. In particular, they wanted a custom creation that would bring their home from the eighties into the new millennium.
Today, where once stood an outdated moss rock waterfall, now stands a sophisticated and elegant fountain style water feature with three spilling sheets of water. Next to the three-tiered waterfall are Techo-Bloc Rocka steps that look like natural stone slabs. Now, a walk in the backyard is like a walk alongside a mountain stream.
4. Going “All Out” With Stone
If using a few stones is great, using stones in all their potential is glorious. For one project, Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert designed and built:
- two stepping stone paths
- a natural looking and sturdy set of Techo-Bloc stairs
- a custom raised spa set above a pool from which flows a heated waterfall
- and a retaining wall of natural stones.
Note: The spa is surrounded by natural stone boulders that have been artfully positioned to encourage waterfall flows that appear just like they do in nature. These stones are also part of the strong but natural looking retaining wall that protects the pool area.
With a special passion for the outdoors, Deck and Patio’s Outdoor Living Expert, Bill Renter, designs and builds spectacular award-winning outdoor retreats
A good deal goes into creating a wonderful outdoor living space. This is true for any artistic endeavor, including something as simple as baking a great loaf of bread. You start with basic ingredients. Then something special is added to make it all rise. For bread, that something special is yeast: in landscape design, it is a passion for the outdoors.
When he’s not working 14 hour days as owner of Deck and Patio in Huntington Station, Bill Renter enjoys spending time at his second home in the mountains of upstate New York. There, he enjoys quiet times hiking the mountainous landscape where streams flow into breathtaking natural waterfalls and wild flowers break out of crags and cover expanses. In this still beauty, he takes time to study how the water, plants, soil, and rocks live together. He says that with each such nature walk some fresh inspiration comes to him on how to design and build a new natural looking outdoor space.
However, Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert also understands that passion on its own isn’t enough. Design/build expertise, and depth of experience, is essential (see tips for choosing qualified design/build firms below). In addition, the particular ingredients for each project must come into play: budget considerations, property size and gradations, and the preferences and tastes of homeowners.
Once you have all of this working for you, you probably will end up with a very nice backyard retreat. However, if your designer/builder is also drawing on his or her deep passion for the outdoors, this special “yeast” will raise the routine waterfall to the glorious and a conventional pool surround to the acclaimed.
An avid skier and hiker, our outdoor living expert, Bill Renter, has said: “Experiencing nature is life to me.” And despite all the awards Deck and Patio has received for grand projects, much of our work at is done in regular backyards, in phases, and within a modest budget. You don’t have to be on a bluff overlooking Long Island Sound to inspire Bill Renter to create a thrilling outdoor living space that you will want to be in all the time.
Are You Ready To Begin Creating Your Own Paradise?
One of the most important steps in achieving your goals for a pool project is to contact the proper type of contractor, warns Bill Renter. He offers here some helpful hints on what to take into consideration when approaching the bidding and design process.
Note: You can also call or email us for a copy of Deck and Patio’s book: 10 Things You Should Know Before Hiring a Landscape Contractor.
Bill Renter’s Tips
1. Starting early is the best way to get all your ducks in a row. This gives you a chance to plan effectively, square away any variances needed, secure permits and finalize plan details.
2. Another important thing to consider, he adds, is choosing a designer/builder that have insurance and are licensed to work in your area. Ask to see this license and contact your local licensing bureau to make sure it has not been revoked.
3. Ask any designer/builder how long they have been in business. Remember, you are not being overly cautious by requesting this information and your contractor should not hesitate to fulfill your request.
4. Call or meet with three different designers and see how they respond. Unanswered phone calls may indicate poor management or the inability to get someone to respond when an issue arises in the future. Compare bids and pay close attention to details. Many times a cheaper bid is missing many important aspects of the job that when added in will equal the high priced bid. Make sure all specifications, including size, shape, color, brand and quantity are detailed for you.
5. Many contractors utilize the services of subcontractors. Ask your design/building contractor for details about the subs. For example: Are they licensed and insured? Who will be responsible for any repairs necessary for the duration of the warranty? Ask who will be responsible to coordinate the subs and get them on site when the time is right. A good design/build firm will take on the responsibility of coordinating the subs. Find out if you will be responsible for the payment of these subcontractors. Many contractors prefer you deal directly with their subcontractors when it comes to payment and they will step in to coordinate the work for you.
6. Town codes and zoning can be complicated. Make sure your contractor has these guidelines in mind prior to finalizing the design process. Some design/build firms such as The Deck and Patio Company can put you in touch with an expeditor to assist you with the permit process.
7. Inquire about the company you are intending to sign with before going into contract with them. Check their references and ask them how the contractor performed. Ask about job supervision. Find out how many crews you can expect and how many crew leaders and/or project managers will be on the site. Find out how long their crews have been working for the company.
8. Review the contract carefully before you sign it. Make sure all your warranty information matches what you were verbally promised. If anything is unclear ask them to be more specific.
These above 8 tips, along with our companion book on how to choose the right landscape designer, will help you not make any serious mistakes for choosing a reputable designer. Finding one who also has the “yeast” — or the passion for the outdoors and creating scenes as they appear in nature — is harder. If you can, view some of their previous work, but be sure to compare apples with apples. Someone who creates lovely lawns and flower beds might not know how to make a waterfall appear as it comes from nature or a koi pond look like it was always there.
With the right designer/builder, you will not need to limit yourselves as to what’s possible. Any backyard, with the right inspiration, can be turned into something spectacular. Indeed, a “regular backyard” (see third photo above), in the hands of Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert, Bill Renter, became the following South Sea-style paradise, complete with “lagoon” vinyl freeform pool, natural looking bonfire, multi-level waterfalls, slide, and colorful lush plantings. You can almost hear the steel drums.
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals’ (APSP) awards program recognizes Deck and Patio’s achievements
When considering to build a new, or upgrade an existing, pool, spa, hot tub, water feature, or landscape, it is not unusual to search out companies who have been recognized for their expertise and talents through the winning of awards.
In that regard, Deck and Patio Company’s outdoor living expert and his team are particularly proud that year after year, Deck and Patio has earned recognition for design and construction excellence. And it is with great delight that we share today some of the latest awards we have received from The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP).
APSP’s 2013 Bronze awards (see APSP video immediately below) includes two awards for Deck and Patio.
1. (Found at .20 seconds on the video) APSP’s first Bronze Award for Deck and Patio Category: Hot Tubs, Spas, and Water Features: Exterior/Interior Portable Hot Tubs.
When Deck and Patio was restoring an existing pool and deck destroyed during super storm Sandy, the homeowners decided they wanted a “full water experience.” So beyond the wonderful dock/water access they already had on a Long Island canal, and the new upgraded pool and deck our outdoor living expert was designing and building for them, he also created a new spa/lounge area with a portable Bullfrog Spa.
The new hot tub is located just steps down from the backdoor where it is set into the deck for a pleasing “built-in” appearance. The hot tub’s cover can be left upright to provide additional privacy and easily dropped down to cover the hot tub when not in use.
Special Note: Deck and Patio includes a hot tub cover with all its Bullfrog Spa packages. We feel this is important because when the wind blows and dirt and leaves fall, they throw off the balance of the water quality by affecting the sanitary conditions of the water. In addition, clients will use the cover more regularly if it’s easy to open and close and if it is attractive and suits their hot tub model. Such is the case for this hot tub’s cover which fits the hot tub’s size, design and where the homeowners wanted it placed.
2. (Found at 1.06 seconds) APSP’s second Bronze Award for Deck and Patio falls Category: Pool Renovations.
This pool renovation was part of a total reconstruction of the backyard. It included a complete revamping of the pool’s pipes, interior, finish and the incorporation of new swim outs at the deep end. Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert also built a new spa encasement with a stone facade on top of Techo Bloc patios. The spa included special plumbing.
Deck and Patio also built a matching accent/privacy wall, with a fire bowl and water feature that spills water into the hot tub. The base of the spa also spills its water into the pool for a beautiful hot springs/Roman pool effect. At night, the scene is nothing short of glorious.
Special Note: The feature’s “sheer descent” waterfalls provide a gentle rushing sound via an attractive glass-like sheet of water. The best part of these waterfalls is their ability to offer the audio and visual enjoyments of continuous flowing water, while using only a minimum of water flow. In the charming areas of landscaping around the spa, this natural softscape breaks up the surrounding hardscape areas with bursts of color and softness.
APSP’s 2013 Merit awards (see APSP video immediately below) includes two awards for Deck and Patio.
1. (Found at .24 seconds) APSP’s first Merit Award for Deck and Patio Company Category: Hot Tubs, Spas, and Water Features: Hot Tub Shells.
In addition to a Bronze Award (see first video and project information above), Deck and Patio won a second “Merit” award for the encasement of the portable spa in a stone facade on top of a Techo Bloc patio.
2. (Found at .29 seconds) APSP’s second Merit Award for Deck and Patio Company
Category: Hot Tubs, Spas, and Water Features: Exterior/Interior Portable Hot Tubs.
This project — with its elegant decking, gazebo/pergola with shingled roof and stately white columns, small pond, hot tub (underneath its own separate pergola), stepping stone bridge and paths, plus a second, larger, vanishing-edge pond with waterfall and connecting stream — was accomplished in three phases.
The beautiful new deck, hot tub, and pergola was Phase I of this special outdoor retreat. The hot tub case was carefully chosen to match the tone of the composite decking. Once the other phases were complete, they became stunning views to be enjoyed from lounge areas as well as when relaxing in the hot tub.
At the edge of a patio, beside the project’s lovely shingle-roof gazebo/pergola, a fireplace not only offers warmth in autumn and winter months but it creates the perfect ambience while soaking in the hot tub as well providing a close-by comfortable lounge area when taking breaks from the spa waters.
3. (Found at .34 seconds) APSP’s second Merit Award for Deck and Patio Company Category: Hot Tubs, Spas, and Water Features: Residential Water Features.
Project Background (part of project #2 above)
The hot tub merit award is the second of two awards for the same project (above). A multi-faceted water feature for this backyard boasts a vanishing edge upper pond and lower pond, waterfalls, and a gentle stream — all of which can be enjoyed from the hot tub.
Underneath this water feature, Deck and Patio’s outdoor living expert installed an extremely high tech and a complex natural biological filtration system that continuously maintains the feature’s crystal clear water. The vanishing edge upper pond is raised in front of a bluff. Water spills from it into a delightful connecting meandering stream down to the lower pond located at the side of the house.
In autumn, leaves from the trees fall into the water and are pushed along the stream where they are caught in a bed of gravel and are easy to remove, like emptying a skimmer basket in a pool. Considering the energy efficient pumps, which only ramp up when the homeowners arrive home, as well as the fact that the system harvests rain water to help sustain its underground water reserve, it’s a project to delight the heart of any green enthusiast.
While vanishing edge swimming pools are familiar projects on Long Island and nationally, only one other vanishing edge pond had ever been created in the United States before our outdoor living expert executed this award-winning vanishing-edge pond on Long Island (New York).