Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUL 2018

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by Greg Frank, LC/DBM Above This poolscape, nestled in the small town of Pound Ridge, N.Y., was installed by David Katz and his company Land of Elite. The entirety of it sits on a very steep cliff and had to first be ap- proved by the city council. An outdoor kitchen, a hot tub, a pervious sports court and walking paths are all incorporated in this pool environment. The pool itself includes a 16' x 10' underwater stone capped patio, automatic floor cleaning, a water heater, varying speed waterfalls, an automatic safety cover and 3 independent, yet interconnected, circulation and filtra- tion systems (one for the basin, one for the pool filtration and one for pool cleaning.) The pool also has multiple water return lines placed at varying depths of the pool for even heating throughout. I In today's time of eccentric pool designs with curved and wavy edges, sometimes all it takes to make a great poolscape is adding a few modern twists to an otherwise classic rectangular pool. David Katz, owner of Land of Elite, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., constructs every aspect of pool environments. To build the project featured here, Katz had to first get the proj - ect approved by the city because the area was on such a steep slope. He avows that pools are a great amenity even for the colder climate of the North - east. "Even if it is too cold to swim in the pool and you don't heat it, which you cer - tainly can, you're still enjoying your pool visually and socially." Pool Covers One benefit of having a rectangular pool is that is can be easily covered, keep - ing in heat, keeping out debris and acting as a safety feature. Pool safety covers (not to get confused with 'Bubble Wrap' style covers) are a viable form of safety and nowadays some are even strong enough that an adult can walk on them (like the mounted one on the next page.) Pool safety cover manufacturer Tara Liners relays that a pool safety cover can also save money because "When your pool is covered it prevents evaporation (Up to 95% less evaporation), saving wa - ter and chemicals (35%-60% less chemi- cals used)." 24 LC DBM Modernizing Poo scape the Classic

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