Jerry Stern on Houzz
a year ago
11/30/2016, 02:11 AM
We love our new Lang in-ground gunite free-form swimming pool (45’x25’) and spa (9’ oval). Overall w... more>>
We love our new Lang in-ground gunite free-form swimming pool (45’x25’) and spa (9’ oval). Overall we would highly recommend Lang Pools (we are awaiting final certificate of occupancy inspections). We priced several of the top gunite/shotcrete builders in our area and Lang was neither the lowest or the highest . The project manager Edgar Mora was attentive and responsive to our questions/requests and some of his crew were superstars in making sure we were happy (THANK YOU Eddie Lemus)!! The design phase started during the winter months and Edgar provided several renditions which we tweaked. Construction in April was delayed many weeks due to weather. The site excavation was done meticulously and we asked that they scrape off the top 12” of our rich farm topsoil into a separate pile for later use. If you have an sloping terrain, I suggest you also speak to a landscape architect to determine the best elevation for the pool relative to your home and yard space and take into account whether you will need fill and topsoil – that should be estimated and priced with the job as the Lang base contract only provides a 4 foot rough grade around pool. The gunite crew was amazing as there was unexpected delays that day due to the closing of the Tappan Zee and an unexpected downpour in the afternoon. However the crew anticipated this and they quickly erected a huge tent that kept everything dry. There were some glitches in the preparation of the pool rebar form that we only noticed after the gunite was applied, however these were all reshaped with hydraulic cement and the shape turned out perfectly after the plaster was applied. We had to wait 6 weeks before plastering and water. In retrospect, this was a period that could have be shortened substantially as there were several weeks where the shell sat curing and no work was done. We would have saved a few weeks if during that cure time the plumbing, electrical, equipment setup and coping template could have started much earlier however for some reason things were idle for many weeks but once they started up it went pretty fast and smoothly. Finally the day for plastering and water – I researched this and we opted for Quartzscapes French Grey quartzite. The plastering team of 10+ did a superb job with the plaster and were able to repair some rebar / gunite defects particularly in our wedding cake style steps. One surprise that we were not aware was that it would be our responsibility to brush down the entire plaster pool walls, benches, steps twice a day initially and then daily for several weeks. We are seniors and it was a bit of a hardship not being able to find any local teenagers to hire for that job. I suggest you discuss and agree with Lang pools who and how often this will be done. It is a critical part of getting a perfect quartzite plaster finish. After the water sat for 3 ½ weeks we were able to start the salt chlorine system plus turn on the heat for the spa and all worked well though there were some electronic glitches with the Jandy gas heater connection to the Jandy iAqualink control system plus another glitch showing solar panels where none exist. Lang is contacting Jandy to find the problem. BUT so far everything is working fine with the remote system and great to be able to do everything by smart phone. If I had to change anything – I would not go with the Jandy WaterColors LED lights (we have 3 in pool and 1 in spa) . These offer 14 different colors/patterns and if when you change colors it has to cycle through the sequence turning all the lights on and off repeatedly until it reaches the selected color. Also, Lang wired all 4 LEDs together on one switch but we will change this next year to keep spa and pool LEDs separate. We are using Lang for weekly maintenance and their service manager Kevin is EXTREMELY knowledgeable and another huge asset interacting with customers. All in all – we have a gorgeous pool, that was fairly priced and was built with expertise and attention to details that have made my wife and I very happy.