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Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools + Landscaping Bags Design Excellence Award from APSP

Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping, a New Jersey in-ground swimming pool & landscaping design & construction firm, received an International Award of Excellence from the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) at the Pool, Spa, and Patio Expo held recently in Las Vegas.

The award-winning, in-ground glass tile swimming pool is located in Ridgewood, NJ. This is the fourth year in a row that the New Jersey pool builder,Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping, was awarded by the APSP for luxury swimming pools, water features, and landscape creations.

Faux stone sculptures, lit with fiber optic lights, act as fountains alongside this custom Old World swimming pool.

Much like one of Cipriano's 2009 international award-winning pools, the 2010 winner features iridescent glass tile. The project, a small back yard in Ridgewood, NJ, showcases the most unique and elegant features the swimming pool and landscape industry has to offer. "This was an extremely challenging project!" said Chris Cipriano, President and CEO of Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools and Landscaping. "The pool required a variance for construction within a flood plain, which was extremely difficult to obtain. The project also required an extensive amount of traveling to locate the key items for the yard. I felt like a part-time treasure hunter."

The small dipping pool includes an antique medallion salvaged from the old Dorset Hotel in NYC, built in the 1920s. This antique centerpiece for the pool set the stage for an Old World theme. In “support” of this idea, a limestone column from India was cut in two to serve as a frame for the antique medallion. Venetian plaster was added over portions of the limestone veneer to enhance the desired Old World look of the pool. The hand-crafted, concrete sculptures highlight the pool's back wall; one seahorse was placed in the center of the medallion and two lion heads and four satyr heads were spread out symmetrically on either side. The concrete sculptures bring life to the static stone work by acting as mystical spigots for the fountains.

The entire inside of the pool was finished with hand crafted pearl iridescent glass tile. Each glass tile was individually laid out on the seat and steps to create a detailed radius pattern. Colored fiber optic and LED lighting were added into the pool and within the barrier wall and sculptures themselves so that the whole scene could illuminate and shine at night. Each of these components, namely the fiber optics, LED lighting, brings a blend of modern technology to the Old World, antique look. The lighting reflects off the iridescent glass tile to produce an otherworldly glow. Mysterious shadows are cast by the handmade concrete sculptures as they spew bright, shining water from their mouths into the dipping pool. The fiber optic lighting allows even the minutest details of the stone work, such as the intricate egg-and-dart or acanthus designs on the precast concrete cap work, to be displayed regardless of the time of day. The unique blend of ancient and modern luxury makes this swimming pool and landscape design truly worthy of international excellence.

The APSP Awards of Excellence recognize and reward the most beautiful and creative in-ground swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs around the world. APSP is the world's largest international trade association representing the swimming pool, spa, hot tub, and recreational water industries.


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