Custom Swimming Pools for Everyone!

In 1947 Philip Ilsley once again changed pool history forever. His company, The Paddock Engineering Co, introduced “The Blue Opal,” a luxury pool that was a “New Swimming Pool for Everybody” as promoted in magazines at the time. It was the $2500.00 pool that anyone could own, not just the rich and famous (but NOW you could live like them!).

Photos in all the magazines and newspapers at the time showed the most popular and famous people in Hollywood at the time, stars like; Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Red Skelton and more lounging, swimming and socializing at their pools and like all good promotion, when the rich and famous are doing it, everyone wants to do it!

Paddock touted the swimming pools positive marketing points such as; health and recreation benefits, a great new “hobby” as his marketing read, fun for the whole family, enhance the beauty and value of your grounds and gardens and a great way to live the “California life.”

That life style hit the United States by storm and from Hollywood, California all the way to Bergen County, New Jersey, and in the next short 10 years pool building jumped from around 2000 pools in the entire United States to almost 60,000 by the mid to late 1950’s! And it never stopped, with estimates now of almost 1.5 million swimming pools in the USA today. Ilsley was the Henry Ford of swimming pools and that is no exaggeration!

8 Must Have Pet Products for All Pet Owner

Taking care of a pet isn’t easy, but as pet owners, we have a habit of desensitizing the hardest parts of our job to the point that we don’t even realize it. You might not think you need these products, but once you start using them, you’ll be glad you did. Get ready, pet lovers, because we’ve got a special edition of “Stuff We Love” just for you and your four-legged friends! Below are some essential dog products that you’ll never believe you were able to live without before today.

1.  Dog Leash

Walking your dog while trying to juggle a leash, keys, and a phone is every dog owner’s daily struggle. Who knew there was a leash designed so that we never have to go through that again? The Fozzy Dog leash, to be exact. It comes with a pouch to store items so that you never “forget” to have a poop bag.

2. Puppy Bumper

Tiny dogs and big fences don’t mix. Fortunately, if you want to keep your pooch from slipping between the fence, the Puppy Bumper has you covered. Simply slip it over your dog and you have a stylish look that’ll keep you worrying a lot less.

3. Pet Nail Grinder

If you don’t  cut your dog nail then you are going to have bad experiences from it. Your dog’s nail would probably make you bleeding too! And you can’t really blame anyone for this awkward happening. Nail grinders are grooming tools that serve as an alternative nail-cutting solution for your pet that aren’t big fans of clippers. It’s easy to use you may need to read the nail grinder review before buying.

4. Pet Umbrella

Sure the Pet Umbrella is more of a novelty gift, but you can’t deny how beneficial this is for pet owners who have dogs that refuse to pee in the rain. This ingenious leash/umbrella combo will make sure your dog stays nice and dry.

5. Cooling Mat

And speaking of cooling dogs down, another way to keep them cool is with this cooling mat. Soft and puncture-resistant, your dog is sure to enjoy taking its summer naps on it.

6. Bissell Pet Hair Eraser

When you have a dog that sheds a lot, sometimes it feels like nothing works. I guess you’ll just have to get used to the couch being encased in fur, right? Wrong. This handheld vacuum packs a lot of power in its tiny size. Simply swipe it along your couch or pet bed and watch the fur just disappear. Hey, they don’t call it the “eraser” for nothing.

7. Dog Towel

It’s a fact of life that no matter where you bathe your dog, he somehow always runs to the couch while he’s still soaking wet. The Snuggly Dog Towel is for all those times your dog has flooded your house while running away from you after a dreaded bath.

8. Nest Dropcam

Nest indoor security cameras let you keep an eye on your pup when you are away from home. The system features 24/7 live streaming, phone alerts, and motion detectors. It even has a built-in speaker and microphone so if hear your dog barking in distress, you can sooth him with a few bars of “You Are My Sunshine.”

Hurricane Sandy: Offering Services to Rebuild, Repair and Recover,” By Custom Pool Pros, NJ

It’s no question that Hurricane Sandy has had some devastating effects on all of our neighbors up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

Locally, in New Jersey, New York and the entire Tri-State Area, the impact has been particularly rough. The news has reported that Hurricane Sandy was the single biggest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the destruction Sandy has left in her wake will be the second most expensive hurricane on record – only surpassed by Katrina. The Wall Street Journal and Routers are reporting Sandy will easily pass estimates of $70 billion in both property damage and service interruption. With Sandy making landfall right here on our very own Jersey Shore, weeks after the storm we still have many without power and just the thought of filling up at the gas station leaves most of us with the feeling of dread. If any name was appropriate for Hurricane Sandy, ‘Frankenstorm’ fits perfectly.

When looking to do repairs or rebuilds on any area of your home, take these quick tips into consideration:

• Seek a professional and beware the scam artist. Whenever people are in distress, they often let their guard down. It’s easy to understand, however and unfortunately, this also can bring out the worst in man. Criminals seek the vulnerable particularly in conditions like these. Do yourself a favor and always consult the professional. Make sure they are licensed contractors and check their references. If they have nothing to hide, they will be more than happy to provide you with this information.

• Do not put off vital repairs until later. With Sandy in our review mirror and forecasters predicting a wicked cold brutal winter ahead, it’s important to take the steps to get your home repairs and maintenance done right away. Snow, Ice and winter rains can wreak havoc on a home in good condition, but a home already battered and bruised can cause small repairs, that could be done now inexpensively, to become even worse. Fixing those problems without procrastination can save you big in both money and time/energy later.

• Stay focused, think positive and start creating the future. The holidays are coming and the future is bright. Although the storm was dreadful and the aftermath is almost inconceivable, you can take advantage of a bad situation and look at how you can make your home even better than it was before. Whether it’s a full rebuild, a simple addition or small repairs, now is the time to make things the way you have always wanted them to be.

We’ve been giving out this advice to many of our new and older customers who’ve been calling us needing repairs after Sandy. We wanted to share them for anyone else out there that can use it.

If you have had any damage to your swimming pool, hot tube, patio, deck, or pavers, consider calling Custom Pool Pros in New Jersey. Our professional services include:

  • Custom Inground Swimming Pools
  • Award Winning Custom Inground Swimming Pool Designs
  • Complete Pavers (Driveways, Patios, Walkways, etc).
  • Retaining Walls, Hardscapes and Full Masonry
  • Concrete, Brick, Stucco, Travertine, Marble, Cultured Stonework and more
  • Complete Front and Backyard Hardscape and Landscape Makeovers
  • Full Installations, Repairs, Remodels, Rebuilds, Redesigns and more, you name it – we do it.
  • We do emergency calls as well.

The time to start is now.

Custom Pool Pros is locally owned, fully licensed and insured, we are the recipients of many awards and have the desire to help our friends and neighbors rebuild their dreams. Call us today at 732-866-8667 and let us know how we can help you.