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Tranquility Receives Gold Pool Design Award in 2016 APSP International Awards of Excellence Competition

November 23rd, 2016 | By: Mitchell Knapp | Pool Design Blog

Tranquility Pools in Northern New Jersey has surpassed its peers to win a prestigious industry pool design award from The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) this year. Tranquility Pools won a prestigious Gold Design Award this year during the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals’ International Awards of Excellence ceremony held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Generations Hall, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Hundreds of installations were entered this year into the competition. The North Jersey based company received the APSP International Award for Excellence for their custom swimming pool and spa design in Short Hills, NJ. The installation exemplifies creativity and quality workmanship in residential concrete pool design.

This swimming pool project presented a challenge from the beginning, since the Tranquility Pools crew was working with a small space and the client wanted many elements incorporated into the backyard. This client wanted to turn their backyard into a space that could have a pool, spa, outdoor kitchen area, dining, bar stools, and lounging space. Tranquility had to carefully map out everything and get creative to make all these elements fit while not feeling overcrowded.  Choosing brighter decking materials, tiles, and stones to make the outside feel resort-like and bright and bold. This house is situated on a busy street, and looks unassuming from the road. When guests walk into their backyard, they are completely transported to Miami or the Caribbean, hidden right on a busy road in the Northeast.

To fit every ideal element, the client wanted into their property, Tranquility used a raised planting bed to double as a bar seating area. By creating different levels of patio space, they could create an upper dining area with a kitchen, a lower seating area with a fire wall for intimate seating, and a lower patio for lounging pool side. Furniture was carefully selected to make the best use of the space and to not overcrowd any area. Lounge chairs were placed off the patio onto the lawn checkered stone area to allow more space poolside. The whole team of designers and builders at Tranquility worked hard to make a small space look much larger than it was.

Firms across the United States and around the world submit hundreds of entries to the competition each year. The APSP International Awards of Excellence program then recognizes the most beautiful and creative installations of pools, spas, hot tubs and water features.

Tranquility Pools owner, Mitchell Knapp, says “it was an honor to not only work with this client, but to be recognized for all the hard work our whole team contributes to every project. I am proud to see the creative boundaries being pushed and the bar for craftsmanship being raised every year.”

About Tranquility Pools

Tranquility Pools, INC. is an elite swimming pool design and build firm based in Haskell New Jersey and serving the tri-county area. They specialize in pool design, pool construction, landscape pool designs and spa, patios and outdoor living spaces. Tranquility Pools sets themselves apart from all other existing swimming pool companies with their ability to provide more than just a pool installation. They can offer an entire backyard reformation.

About APSP

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pools, hot tubs and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, not consumer outreach and public safety. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs and spas. For more information, visit

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