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——–
Please email me at email@example.com if you need help a little or a lot of help and we will respond quickly.
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.
Deck & Patio Goes ‘au naturale’
“Designing a natural landscape on a difficult site requires expertise,” explains Bill Renter, owner of The Deck and Patio Company in Huntington Station.
“For this East Northport project, we were called in by the pool company, South Shore Pools. They needed us to design a pool area that would help be up against a steep hill. And it addition to a pool and spa, the customer wanted a large block retaining wall,” says Renter.
“I suggested using the hill in the design by adding natural elements like moss rock, a stream, and a beautiful waterfall and using boulder coping to retain it,” he continues. Renter adds that they immediately went back to the office and stared a concept plan, which begins with enlarging the survey and sketching ideas.
“Once we get to a concept that we are happy with, we draft it in ‘Autocad,’ a computer design program the company uses,” explains Renter. The final plan shows the pool’s shape – in this case it included a two-level pool patio, lounging area with embedded umbrellas boulder coping, a gentle stream, waterfall, deep-end stairs as well as a spa in a unique location.
The hot springs spa was nestled into the slope using a hidden wall. To soften the effect and hide the skirting boulders and plants were added.
Attractive moss rock steps were designed to lead to the small blue stone patio near the spa. “Overall, it looks like a natural steam meandering down the hill into the spa and then continues down to the waterfall at the pool.”
Renter says these types of projects can be intimidating at first. “We’ve now done several like this and the integration of the pool and the slope is fascinating. The result is a beautiful, natural space that was unusable prior to out work.”
This backyard was designed and built by The Deck and Patio Company of Huntington Station and South Shore Pools of East Islip. In October of 2007 this pool area won a Silver Medal in the NESPA (Northeast Spa and Pool Association) Design Awards.
Deck and Patio Provides Visible Impact
Recreating water and nature is an art form which takes a trained eye, many years of field experience, extensive knowledge of hydraulics and plant material, a true passion for nature and most importantly and understanding of how to balance the relationship between architecture and its natural surroundings. That is especially true when integrating water with the “built” environment as many site related factors must be considered such as topography, solar exposure, soil conditions, existing trees, property size, active and passive use areas as well as the style of architecture. The client, who is a prominent local architect, loves to incorporate natural materials with his designs for The Deck and Patio Co. it was a perfect match for combining creative ideas and years of experience in design and constructions methods.
Rather than clear cutting this ½ acre property, the residence was designed and built amongst mature oaks, maples and pines so as to preserve the surrounding landscape environment. Considering the size of the property and overall dimensions of the house was an important aspect of the design and required design of the project with the intent that the pool and spa would be built a year or so later, leaving access for pool construction and not disturb much of the existing work. To the client, visual and audio impact was a key element, taking into account viewing angles from inside the house, entering the back yard as well as interacting with the water feature when sitting outside.
According to Marc Wiener, ASLA and Director of Design and Sales at the Deck and Patio Co., “to make a water feature successful, the installation process is very detailed and must rely upon keen eye for rock placement and its direct correlation with the ‘architectural’ elements of form, texture, shape and height including the finishing touches plant material and gravel offers an effort to recreate nature.”
The water feature consisted of 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.
So as to minimize the impact of this feature to the much needed lawn area for the clients’ active children, Deck and Patio designed the stream and waterfall to transverse the rear property line and utilized the existing topography to their advantage in order to create multiple spills and change water direction so it could be easily seen as well as heard from the rear patio and from inside the residence.
Landscaping the water feature required much thought so as not to block the views of the stream from the house, future pool and existing rear patio. Understanding how plant material will eventually grow makes for a sound design. Low lying evergreens and groundcover perennials were used in and around the rock outcroppings and stream for color and texture and to soften these large boulders which would otherwise stand out and detract from the overall intent of looking “natural.” Larger flowering planting were installed behind the water feature to provide accenting and screening of the surrounding neighbors and blend with other mature plantings that exist on the site. On lower portions of the slope, the water feature was planted with flowers for cutting and small beds for annuals so the client could interact with the stream garden throughout the season.
After a year of enjoying their water feature, the client decided it was time to install the pool and spa and complete the back yard renovation. The swimming pool had similar design constraints being that the depth of the property were minimal at best it would take up the majority of the left side of the rear yard once installed. The 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 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.
The pool was nestled into the landscape with careful consideration for existing trees and mature shrub root systems so that minimal impact would occur during excavation and construction. In doing so, the mature integrity of the landscape was able to be maintained. The spa was built 12” above the pool water line which provided a picturesque spillway intermingling with the surrounding landscape. From certain vantage points you could see the spa itself, but the client wanted the spa to be unique and provide some seclusion from the main patio and other viewing angles. A 2’ high cascading waterfall was incorporated into the spa design which provided not only a gentle massage should you sit under it, but added to the overall theme of visual and audio effects of moving water in the rear yard.
The spa was situated in this location not for ease of access from the pool; rather it was so the client could view the Koi pond and waterfalls while relaxing in the spa. Since the client did not wish to remove the entire existing brick patio nor have a walkway around the entire pool, a random bluestone coping was incorporated which brought the lawn area up to the pool. This also aided in creating an “organic” relationship between landscape and hardscape. Many landscape designers pave the entire pool area, but with minimal space, inventive ideas come into play in order to conserve on cost and impact to the surrounding setting.
The pool and spa is fully automated with state of the art technology salt chlorine generator, mineral purifiers, pumps and filtration system. All of which can be accessed from inside the house, by the spa or by remote. With rising fuel and energy costs, many of the pool functions are energy efficient and can be programmed to perform minimal tasks to keep the pool water clear and circulating and when needed, the functions of the pool and spa power the waterfalls, spa jets and filtration system.
The pool was also constructed with a moss rock boulder coping which brings the landscape right up to the beam of the pool and created a natural setting. Wiener statues, “Vibration flowers and fragrance provided by many varieties of perennials, evergreen and deciduous plantings created successional color throughout the pool season.” In recognition for the design and installation of the pool, spa and water features, this back yard won two prestigious awards from NESPA and APSP in 2007.
The overall intent to combine water and nature and create a harmonious relationship with the built environment is a task many designers try to capture, but few have mastered the craft. With the advent of new technological advancements in construction methods and the use of green products, Deck and Patio continually strives for creative design solutions and most importantly provide their clientele with quality installations.
This is our new Timbertech XLM Rustic Bark deck display. It also includes a working Bullfrog spa model 462 and a “Sonoma” outdoor fireplace. We are open Saturdays starting 4-9-11 all Spring and Summer. Please come by or call our office to schedule a tour of our Design Center to get great ideas for your outdoor project.
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We answer questions about building a deck, patio. paver patio, ponds, waterfalls, waterfeatures, watergardens, Bullfrog spas and hot tubs, pergolas, swimming pools, spillover spas, landscape design landscaping, outdoor kitchens, outdoor bbq, fire pits camp fires, in Nassau and Suffolk county New York.
When looking for a deck builder on Long Island, look for a company that has been established for a number of years. The Deck and Patio Company has been building wood, composite, and pvc decks since 1992. They specialize in decking from Trex including Transend, Escapes, and Accents, also Timbertech XLM, Earthwood Evolutions, Twin Finish, and Reliaboard, also Azek decking.
The Most Energy Efficient Hot Tubs
January 27th, 2011
The JetPak System and Full Foam Insulation Combine to Make Bullfrog Spas Incredibly Energy Efficient
These days most people just can’t afford to waste money. So, it’s important to know that your hot tub doesn’t have a direct debit line to your bank account. Many hot tubs out there claim to be energy efficient but may cost you hundreds of dollars per month on your electricity bill – a Bullfrog Spa probably costs less than $20.
Of course, costs vary depending on the climate where you live, energy rates, and how often you use your hot tub. One thing is certain though, a Bullfrog Spa is extremely energy efficient, which will cost you less money in the long run, all the while providing better massages, true customization, American-made quality and extreme durability.
Why are Bullfrog Spas more energy efficient?
Well, it all comes down to the fact that Bullfrog Spas are built differently than every other spa out there. Bullfrog Spas are the only hot tubs built with the patented JetPak System. JetPak Technology provides a more advanced and more efficient way to build a hot tub. The JetPak System eliminates up to 90% of the plumbing that is required to build all other spas. In addition, almost all of the plumbing utilized in the JetPak System resides inside the spa’s warm water so it recycles heat instead of losing it to the outside environment. Bullfrog combines the JetPak System with high-grade full foam insulation and insulated tight fitting hot tub covers to achieve maximum heat retention.
The result: A Bullfrog Spa holds heat better and requires far less electricity to maintain warm water.
In energy efficiency stats compiled by the California Energy Commission, Bullfrog Spas either lead or are top 4 on the list for every category in which we have a spa model. And, keep in mind, we didn’t make any modifications to our normal production spas for these tests.