Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUL 2018

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Above Every detail of this pavilion, even picking out the furniture, was done in- house by David Katz. The wicker furni- ture was specifically chosen for this area because it is more stationary and is located further away from the water's edge. The decking chosen for the pavilion is the same as the side deck located on the left of this photo – a composite material was used for both. The incorporation of a weir, or vanish- ing edge, can be another useful addition to the poolscape because they essentially skim the pool. The way this works is that when water flows over the weir, debris, like leaves, collect in another ba - sin down below the weir and allows the lower pool to be a sort of catch filter. Concluding Testimonial The color scheme of the project fea- tured was chosen to make the envi- ronment very naturalistic and warm. Green umbrellas and chairs relate to natural forms and allow the poolscape to not be "over the top." The colors are festive and, at the same time, tie in with the environment surrounding the pool. Katz declares that having a well de - signed pool environment is like "going to an island resort everyday in your own backyard. How could anyone pass up on that experience?" LC DBM 26 LC DBM Pool Safety >> Safety should always be a main priority and this is evident, as some states across the country have banned the installation of diving boards and slides for pools due to their high risk of injuries. Safety fencing and some pool safety covers do their due-diligence when it comes to protecting people from mistakenly falling in. For instance, some safety fences require a user to wear a bracelet in order to enter, or insert a specific key code to open the gate, which prevents small children from wandering near the pool unattended. The material chosen for the pool deck is also important because it should not be too slippery when wet. Soapstone or Bluestone can be reli- able options. David Katz states that Bluestone is one of the most popular choices for pool areas in the New York/ New Jersey/ Connecticut area due to its softness, heat absorption, availability and pricing. Due to the increasing angst among insurance companies regarding diving boards, one landscape contractor admits that grottos have become a sort of stand-in as a result. Not only can they provide shade inside, they can also permit kids to climb atop of them and jump off into the pool. To explore locking and entry devices visit: or Above The waterproof 'Safety Turtle,' by RJE Technologies, Inc., can be worn on the wrist to unlock a safety fence and allow access to a pool. Left The raised seating area in the back serves two purposes. It lets parents monitor the pool from a higher vantage point and it also allows an area for children to jump into the pool, without having to install a diving board. The safety fencing provides the added bonus of security, prohibiting small children or animals unapproved access to the pool.

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