My name is Bill Renter. I’m the owner of Deck and Patio Company deck builder in Huntington Station. Hurricane Sandy hit my home badly, and 2- 50′ trees landed on the roof. Luckily my home was not damaged, but the thought of how I would get these trees off of my home scared me. Fortunately I have someone I could call and the trees were removed safely.
I’m lucky to have my electric restored at my home and office. Because I have this gift of power back I am able to communicate and help my neighbors on Long Island and Huntington township. If you live in the Huntington area and need help with removing branches, debris, or a small outdoor fix, we are offering 1/2 hour of free service (with 2 men) yes free no strings attached. If you need additional help we have tree, landscape, deck, mason, pond, swimming pool, Hot Tub, and patio experts on staff and ready to work that can help with repair, replacement, or removal of damaged anything outdoors.
Although our free service offer is extended to our local neighbors, we will still offer discounted pricing for distressed families on Long Island who need our help. We are a deck builder and we repair, paver patio builder and we repair, swimming pool builder and we repair, along with Hot tubs, landscape, mason, and tree removal experts.
Over the last few days we have seen the effects of Hurricane Sandy on Long Island, and especially in Huntington, Dix Hills, Babylon, West Islip, Massapequa, Bellmore, Merrick, Oceanside and Bayshore New York.
These are some photos of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy to fallen trees and tree removal in Huntington and Dix Hills New York
These are some photos of the damage done to a deck and patio by Hurricane Sandy in Babylon New York
These are some photos of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy to a Bullfrog Hot Tub and spa in Babylon New York
Bill, thanks very much for all your help. We are in Atlanta visiting our son in college. I don’t think we will be able to fly back tomorrow. Take care. K—–
We cannot thank you enough for your generous offer of help this weekend. Our deck was cleared carefully and quickly and we are most grateful. It’s not often that a company shows such concern and support to past customers. Thank you for being the thoughtful company that you have proved yourself to be. Sincerely, Barbara and Harold H——–
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When it comes to creating award-winning backyard landscapes, all homeowners can learn from this Renter.
Even as a young boy, Bill Renter was interested in transforming landscapes. He built quite a few treehouses in his youth, an enterprise that has served him well in the ensuing years.
Today, Bill runs his own landscape contracting firm – The Deck and Patio Company of Long Island, New York – and still enjoys the challenge of helping a client turn his backyard into an oasis. From breathtaking waterfalls to beautiful maintenance-free decks, he has the kind of ideas that can help you create the backyard of your dream. And he has the awards to prove it.
For two years in a row, Bill and his staff have won first place in the prestigious North American Decorative and Durable Pavement Awards, which are organized by Concrete Products magazine and co-sponsored by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and the Decorative Concrete Council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors. Selected in 2004 and 2005 from dozen of leading landscapers nationwide, The Deck and patio Company’s winning entries, both in the Residential category, make extensive use of water and multi-level structures to create an idyllic outdoor environment.
If you’re like many homeowners, you many already have a landscaped backyard, possibly with a pool that’s been through a number of summers. You’ve probably considered doing something with it, but what? Take a look at the pool renovation project that helped Bill capture the #1 ranking in 2004.
“As the mason contractor on the job, we were dealing with a 20-year old pool with similarly-aged coping that was surrounded by grass, and had never had a patio,” he recounts. “There was also a concrete spa that was never used because it was uncomfortable. We began by demolishing the old spa and replacing it with a new acrylic one. Then, using Techo-Bloc Creta wall stone, we created the face between the raised acrylic spillover spa and the swimming pool. Techo-Bloc stones were also used to create the steps and retaining walls, as well as a patio around the swimming pool.”
The fact that the clients really loved the existing pool coping make Bill’s job even more interesting. After visiting several mason suppliers and finding it impossible to obtain the original coping, he turned again to Techo-Bloc to make a match. “The coping had tan and grey tones, and Techo-Bloc’s sandalwood paving stones were an extremely good complement,” Bill states. “The results were tremendous, winning our firm a national award and, more importantly, making our client very happy.”
Those contemplating a rear deck for their home should check out the design that brought Bill first-place honors again in the 2005 contest, in addition to awards from two national pool and spa associations. Like his client, you would probably shudder at the thought of maintaining a backyard deck. “This couple came to me and said ‘we don’t want to deal with any kind of maintenance. We don’t want to clean it, waterproof it, or anything.’ The answer was a raised patio.”
The challenge for Bill and his crew was the relatively steep slope in the backyard that ran away from the house. In the original design, there was a significant elevation change from where the pool was going to be to the proposed location for the sliding rear glass door. The deck was to come out of the house, with steps leading down to the pool patio.
With the change to a raised patio, it was necessary to put solid compactable materials underneath to avoid settling issues later on. Then they constructed a retaining wall and masonry steps down to the pool patio. The finished design featured a five-level patio all around the swimming pool. “It was a bit more than what a deck would have cost, but the savings in maintenance will pay for it over time,” Bill asserts. “And the end result is really beautiful.”
Bill’s early interests led him to the landscaping industry, where he learned the simple way: by doing and asking questions. Even after studying landscape design at the State University of New York at Farmingdale on Long Island, he’s never ceased his quest for knowledge. In 1980, he started his own landscape contractor business, and later opened The Deck and Patio Company in 1992. Today, he still loves going to work and coming up with new ideas.
“That’s the fun part of my job…the creativity,” he admits. “We’re always looking for exciting new and better ways to do things. For example, we’ve started using natural gas ‘firepits’ around our pools to create warm areas on the patios especially on cool evenings, as well as wireless outdoor speakers. Instead of placing a single speaker in one spot, we place as many as ten throughout the project area so our clients enjoy a subtle, consistent sound all around them. With recent advances in landscaping, swimming pools, and technology, virtually anything you can conceive of should be discussed with an experienced landscape and mason contractor. With a little imagination, the sky’s the limit.
“That’s why I use Tech-Bloc in so many projects,” Bill continues. “It’s not only cost-effective, but so flexible and adaptable. Techo-Bloc was the first paging stone that doesn’t look like one…it looks like natural stone. Just as important, they have so many different sizes and shapes, and a broad range of colors, which makes my job a lot easier. You can put them down and they look both natural and eye-catching. Instead of simply one brick that repeats throughout the entire patio or retaining wall, you get an attractive random-looking design, so you don’t just see straight lines and flat images. Then the block I use for the patio can be matched for the retaining walls, the steps, risers, coping…whatever.”
As any good businessman, what’s good for his customers is good for his home, as well. In fact, for 2006, he’s entering his backyard in the ICIP-sponsored contest in the hopes of a ‘three-peat.’ There are five different patio levels around the pool, all comprised of Techo-Bloc. The design features cascading water, a hot water fall into a new spa, then a spillover from the spa five feet above the main pool. In total, there are five waterfalls, plus a swim-up bar in the pain pool that features stunning granite countertops. From the highest waterfall to the lawn below in an elevation change of twelve feet, all with a different grades. Bill was able to integrate natural moss rock stone in with Techo-Bloc colors that blended beautifully.
Obviously, Bill’s come a long way from his days in the trees. If you’re interested in creating your own backyard paradise, whatever the size of your space, remember that a little creativity goes a long way.
APSP Quarterly Gold Awards
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Huntington Station, NY
This large vinyl pool and spa worked well with the existing contours of the rear yard. The pool and spa feature four waterfalls: one large waterfall into the pool, two waterfalls on the spa and a large pondless waterfall near the raised patio. There are four different patio levels and lush landscaping.
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Huntington Station, NY
This pondless stream and waterfall is a sustainable water feature. The patios are pitched toward the gravel-covered matrix so that rain runs off into this reservoir and is used to refill it. This system is a form of rainwater harvesting.
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Huntington Station, NY
This 1800s estate was purchased with a stone bridge and tunnel that originally served as an entrance to the property. The homeowner wanted to accentuate the beautiful structure with a reflecting pond. To allow the entire stone gazebo to reflect in the water, the pond would have to be more than 250 feet long and 45 feet wide. To aid natural filtration and circulation, a bog filter was installed with the waterfall. At the other end is the weir for the pondless reservoir that holds about 5,000 gallons of water and serves as a rainwater harvester and a skimmer. This system allows the flow of water (slowly) and keeps the water crystal clear.
Cutting-Edge Vinyl Marvels
The Deck & Patio Company draws on the latest in design concepts to create luxurious pools and spas. Although the company designs and builds gunite in addition to vinyl-lined pools, many of its clients prefer the padded, smooth, soft feel of vinyl.
“Vinyl-liner pool styles have become almost limitless due to new robotic technologies that cute a liner to conform with any in-pool features,” explains Bill Renter, owner of The Deck & Patio Company. “Vanishing edges, swimouts and beach entries have entered the realm of reality.”
Company designers begin by asking customers about their plans for a pool, their lifestyles and their children’s needs, then come up with a unique concept to fulfill every desire. The Deck & Patio Company uses CAD drawings, digital imaging and a 3D animation video on a flat screen television to
show clients how the pool will look with the existing home and environment.
Pools by The Deck & Patio Company combine structural stamina with standout style. Under the glamorous surface, 10-in. thick steel-reinforced poured-concrete walls support the pool. Once built, the company’s fitting crew spends an entire day obtaining precise measurements of every aspect of the pool, including loveseats, tanning shelves, barstools or benches, before ordering a perfectly fitted vinyl liner. The company installs a quarter-inch padding between the vinyl liner and the concrete, giving the steps and walls a cushiony feel. The latest equipment and technologies, including variable speed pumps and automated computers, are recommended to ensure ease of maintenance, energy efficiency and years of enjoyment.
A recipient of more than 70 regional and international design and pool construction competitions, The Deck & Patio Company constantly innovates, bringing every homeowner a poolscape with everything from pergolas to colorful plantings and moss-covered boulders to the relaxing sound of a babbling brook or other water feature.
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This elegant multi-level deck was designed to enhance the traditional look of this sloping East Northport Residence. Bill Renter of the Deck and Patio Co., has uniformity in mind when he designed the architecturally correct area out of trex, a splinter-free and slip resistant composite deck material. Stairs, rails, benches and plants, made from trex, also match the gray siding on the house. As an added benefit, the deck does not require preservation treatments.
The spacious wide wraparound stairs were placed to maximize the view of the pool area. An accessible cedar barbecue cabinet with a built in stainless steel weber grill was installed close to, but out of the view from the kitchen doors.
Landscaping enhances the property’s scenic views. A bluestone stepping stone path meanders to the pool area. The geometric vinyl pool includes interior steps, loveseats, an acrylic spill over spa, tile walls, and a nicoloc multi-level patio. An aluminum estate fence winds around the property, blending with colorful evergreen and perennial plantings.
Future plans for this property include a pavilion at the pool with a wet bar and refrigerator.
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The owners of this Hauppauge property wanted their pool area to have a “resort feel” to it. They brought this request to Bill Renter of the Deck and Patio Company and hew as able to give them exactly what they wanted.
In order to fill this request, the vinyl pool was designed with sweeping curves, interior stairs and a love seat. An eight foot high moss rock waterfall with two-horsepower pumps moves 250 gallons of water per minute to help perpetuate the resort feeling. A large brim complete with lush landscaping provides the color.
A white pergola with 10” round columns adds a room-like feel to the patio while adding height to the once a flat backyard.
The project was finished off with landscape lighting which adds a sculpture during the day and provides indirect lighting at night.
The Deck and Patio Company has successfully created another beautiful environ. These clients in Hauppauge now have the private resort of their dreams.
Deck & Patio Provides Colorful and Unique
This 22-year-old gunite pool needed a facelift. A nonfunctioning waterfall, uncomfortable spa and grass as its patio were the reasons the client called Bill Renter from the Deck & Patio Co of Huntington Station.
The first step was to demolish the existing spa, waterfall, wood retaining wall and rock coping. Next, the new acrylic spa was installed. A seven foot high moss rock waterfall and boulder coping were installed beautify and retain the sloping woodland behind the pool. Because of the natural setting of the pool, careful consideration was given to the patio material. The designers suggested a tumbled pavingstone and wall system called techno-bloc. The colors of the patio were a blend of a tan color and a natural grey color to tie in with colors of the boulders used. The patio has the look of natural stone, but it is cool even on hot summer days and has the durability of a paver patio. This new technology in the paving and matching wall systems insures a life time of easy car for these surfaces.
A Backyard, Costa Rican Holiday by Deck and Patio
After returning from a luxurious vacation in Costa Rica, the owners of this Dix Hills, NY residence wanted to recapture that memory in their everyday lives by turning their backyard into the beautiful resort at which they stayed. Their first step would be finding a landscape design professional that would be creative, experienced, and knowledgeable enough to make their dream a reality. They turned to The Deck and Patio Company, in Huntington Station for help. Calling upon the owner and designer Bill Renter turned out to be exactly what the homeowners required to make their vision a reality.
After meeting with the homeowners and viewing some of their vacation photos, Renter and his design team became inspired to create an inviting and lavishly landscaped pool environment. While coming up with the concept for this custom project was easy for Renter, a twenty-year veteran in the landscape design industry, taking the design from drawing to reality was not without its challenges.
The first challenge called for a way to satisfy both husband and wife while laying out the design. The husband wanted a place where he could take full advantage of the sun while his wife wanted a cool place to relax with her friends. The Deck and Patio’s solution was to position the pool in the sun in order to gain the most sun exposure during the day, and create a shady pergola over the breathtaking granite swim up/walk up u-shaped bar and patio, which is perfect for congregating in comfort.
The second obstacle was a twelve foot elevation change from the rear of the home to the back of the property. This could have been handled with a deck and patio combination but to the homeowner, the hassle of maintaining a deck was not appealing. Instead, the design team proposed a raised patio with a wide wrap around stair leading to the pool patio and the sunken bar patio. They decided on Techo-Bloc’s “Elena” in Sandlewood with its warm gray and tan earth tones in random sizes. The material was chosen to create the welcoming, spacious patios that were finished off by the matching steps, walls, coping, and moss rock.
The major elevation change in the back may have been alleviated by the raised patios and stairs, but finding a way to do so without using rails and fences which would obstruct views of the natural stone waterfall and vibrant landscaping, was no small task. The Deck and Patio Company solved this issue by designing wide stairs, multilevel stone walls and generous planting beds creating a colorful buffer between the upper and lower levels.
Lastly, creating the swim up bar and underwater stools in a vinyl lined pool is a challenge that Bill and The Deck and Patio Company strove to perfect. This situation is a perfect example of how the professional training, experience, and attention to detail such as this has become second nature for the Deck and Patio Staff.
All the hard work and well thought out decisions paid off for the homeowner in a dream vacation resort right in their own yard. Deck and Patio’s unique design for their property fulfilled their every need. They now have a spacious pool play area that includes a built in slide and an adjoining waterfall, as well as a raised diving rock which is a real treat for the kids. Friends can relax on the upper and pool patios or cozy up by one of the gas campfires on the sunken bar patio. For the ultimate in outdoor socializing, their guests can now swim up to the thirty two foot, U shaped, granite topped bar with attractive cultured stone and rock facing. Another fun feature of this backyard oasis is the custom shaped vinyl lined spillover spa. A second fire pit adds beauty and warm, soft light to the night time ambiance. The project’s beauty was graced with one final touch, vivid lush landscaping which gives the homeowners continued colorful blooms throughout the summer season.
The project’s overall management and uniquely creative design earned The Deck and Patio industry recognition. This particular design and construction won The Deck and Patio a gold medal in NSPI’s International Awards of Excellence in 2004, first place in the residential category for the Interlocking Concrete Pavers Institute’s North American Decorative and Durable Pavement Awards 2004, and North East Spa and Pool Association’s Design Award 2004. In addition, this project is being featured in the new National Techo-Bloc advertising brochure. This is only one of the many award winning projects completed by The Deck and Patio Company. To see more, visit www.deckandpatio.com for a complete showcase of other award winning designs ranging from Deck/Spa Combos to backyard streams and ponds.
Deck and Patio Takes a NESPA ‘Gold’
This 8’x10’ custom vinyl in-ground spa/waterfall project originally came about when the homeowners approached The Deck and Patio Company with an interest in having a water feature, possibly a fish pond and waterfall, installed in their backyard. During the initial design consultation, the clients expressed their dream to install a pool but knew they did not have the room to do so. The idea was to create a pond/waterfall feature that could be used even in the winter. After reviewing the customer’s desires and property
specifications and taking numerous photographs and measurements, the designers at the Deck and Patio created an accurately designed plan. The criteria changed gears to install an in ground spa with waterfall and the designers produced a water feature concept that was functional and beautiful. Allowing the homeowners a place to soak and relax without the size and maintenance of a pool, the spa features a waterfall that flows into the spa to keep it cool in the summer time and hot during the evenings or cold winter months.
A warm yet elegant 1100 square foot patio composed of Techo Bloc’s Elena Sandlewood in curved sweeping lines surrounds the spa creating an inviting hideaway to melt away the stress of the day. The spacious patio allows ample area for furniture so that guests can mingle while admiring the beauty of this unique water feature.
Another attractive element is the natural gas camp fire which brings to the area a soft and welcoming glow and added warmth. With a natural gas campfire, the residents can enjoy
the warmth of a cozy fire without the hassle of smoke and other inconveniences of having to build one by scratch. Outdoor breezes blow across the flames creating warm puffs of air and soft flickering light.
Landscaping would be needed to finish off this project and give it that star quality. Marc Wiener, ASLA landscape designer for Deck and Patio was brought in to carefully select the proper plantings to perfect this design. One of the main issues that needed to be addressed was exposure. The property was open on three sides and in full view of four homes. Through artistic use of evergreens such as Skip Laurels, Leyland Cypress, and Cedars, an attractive privacy screen was created. Texture and color were brought in to the buffering divider by incorporating flowering deciduous shrubs. Creeping evergreen ground covers cascade and wind over and between the rocks. The well thought out selection of plants displays color from April through October and the whole design flows beautifully into the back property.
The harmonious blend of the design staff and construction team resulted in the creation of a large livable space that catered to the client’s need for tranquility as well as their social entertaining needs.
The hard work and imagination of The Deck and Patio Company paid off when the company proudly accepted a Gold Medal in the 2005 Northeast Pool and Spa Association’s Design Awards and a Silver Medal in the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals 2005 International Award of Excellence for this project.
A Modern Outdoor Look from Deck and Patio
Just as our hairstyle and wardrobe require updating to keep in step with the times, our homes also occasionally call for a facelift every now and again. While a new coat of paint or a beautiful window treatment might be sufficient when re-vamping a home’s interior, a more skillful and creative hand may be required when seeing to it that your outdoor living space is fresh and modern.
When the owners of this Long Island home approached the idea of creating an innovative and modern outdoor look, they went to the professional designers at The Deck & Patio Company for a custom creation that would bring their home from the eighties into the new millennium. The residents of this Dix Hills property originally sought to replace their old deck with something more modern that also catered to their busy schedules by removing the “high maintenance” aspect. The Deck & Patio’s design called for the removal of their pressure treated deck and replacing it with a sleekly designed Trex Accents composite decking in Saddle. The new deck would still capture the beauty of wood while eliminating the time consuming maintenance. The clean lines of the new design would give a more modern and polished look to their outdoor space. Once the initial deck project was nearing completion, the skillful design and construction led to complimentary changes in the surrounding environment. With their faith placed in The Deck & Patio Company, the firm was asked for a complete renovation of both the remainder of the backyard as well as the front of the home.
In addition to the newly updated deck, the patio surrounding the pool was also given a fresh style by replacing the old tan Chanford brick pavers to create a modern and elegant look which was acquired through the use of Techo Bloc’s Hammered pavers in tan. Where there once stood a moss rock waterfall, now stands a sophisticated and elegant fountain style water feature with three spilling sheets of water. The old fashioned, straight lined, railroad tie wall was removed and replaced with a tan Allen Block wall laid out in sweeping curves to soften the lines of their new relaxation spot.
With the backyard completely refinished, the front required a bit of a makeover as well. The old, crumbling, asphalt driveway needed serious attention. The Deck & Patio Company design required the old driveway be removed and replaced with tan durable Techo Bloc. The asphalt walkway was extracted and a series of graceful Techo Bloc stairs and landings were installed which brings the homeowners and visitors, from the matching driveway to the front door of the residence. The beauty of the newly installed step and landing were subtly accented by a decorative circle kit giving a charming and aesthetically pleasing finish.
Two final “hardscape” additions were the two sets of masonry light piers. The first set was installed at the end of the stairs creating a welcoming feature that would show off the fine details well after the sun went down. The second set of piers was set prominently at the end of the driveway to merely hint at the beauty of the property beyond.
Finally, the design was tied together with lush, colorful perennials throughout, and two specimens of green lace leaf maples standing alongside the piers at the end of the driveway. A pondless waterfall alongside the deck and pool area creates a luxurious and soothing highlight and added bonus to their outdoor living experience.
When all the craftsmen packed up upon completion of the project, the homeowners were pleased with how their dream and the vision of their designer’s came to be a reality.