The Edge - Q1, 2014 - (Page 34)

Project Focus The Violin Pool by Ron Derven THIS MAGNIFICENT BEDFORD, New York, pool and spa won "Judges' Best of Competition," "People's Choice Best of Competition" and two gold awards at NESPA's Outstanding Achievement Awards program in October 2013. In addition, the pool garnered a Gold medal in the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals' (APSP) 2013 competition for a residential concrete pool 600 square feet or more. DESIGNER/BUILDER Designer/builder Chris Cipriano, owner, Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools and Landscaping, Mahwah, New Jersey, started a landscaping business two years out of high school and today, in addition to the landscaping company, he has a swimming pool design/construction firm, a pool service business and a 10-acre farm in Mahwah where he raises unique species of shrubs and trees for specialty projects. He has an architectural office in Mahwah and the company employs 30 people. During the season, he has five to 10 crews on the road to handle construction and service work. While Cipriano started the business focused on landscaping, the company soon grew and developed an expertise in masonry. In the beginning, he worked with general contractors and a pool builder, but eventually took his pool building projects in-house. "We do our own service on the pools we build. We do a lot of glass tile work; improper use of chemicals on glass tile is a big issue in the industry. Because we have installed the material, we also want to maintain it." THE VIOLIN POOL Cipriano met with an amateur violinist who wanted a large lap pool and music-themed poolscape. An idea soon 34 emerged of a lap pool in the shape of a violin. The client loved the idea. While Cipriano is an expert pool builder and landscaper, he said he is no violinist. Therefore, he and his design team researched the instrument down to every detail and specification, including the "f" holes, the violin strings and the various positions of the tuning pegs at the end of the neck. The designers made templates for everything.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Edge - Q1, 2014

The President’s Message
Taking Your Business to the Next Level
Don’t Hire ‘Deadbeats’ – Use Talent-Based Interviews
Three Routes to Increased Profitability
The Latest and Greatest Online Marketing Tools
The Outdoor Room Boom
Successful Collaboration Between Landscape Architect and Pool Builder
Project Focus: Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools and Landscaping
Add Profits to the Job with Artificial Rock Waterfalls
Safely Operating the Service Truck
Selling Energy Savings
Service Award Winner Honored
Moving Beyond the Basics of Water Chemistry
Index of Advertisers

The Edge - Q1, 2014