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This video includes Lucas explaining the plumbing for the natural stone grotto waterfall. Lucas also walks you through design changes and additions incorporated in the natural stone grotto waterfall. This project is a swimming pool remodel with a natural stone grotto waterfall, stone spa with waterfall, koi pond with waterfall and stone bridge, all surrounded by tropical landscaping in Sarasota, Florida. This “Plumbing Natural Stone Grotto Waterfall plus Extras with Stone” video is part of a Video Series about the progress of our swimming pool construction on this pool and spa remodel.
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This video includes the process Lucas goes through setting a natural stone boulder perfectly. This project is a swimming pool remodel with a natural stone grotto waterfall, stone spa with waterfall, koi pond with waterfall and stone bridge, all surrounded by tropical landscaping in Sarasota, Florida. This “Process of Setting a Natural Stone Boulder Perfectly by Lucas” video is part of a Video Series about the progress of our swimming pool construction on this pool and spa remodel.
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Local Pool Builder Wins Award for Excellent Design
Sarasota (February 24, 2011) – Local pool builder Lucas Lagoons Inc. has received an award in the Florida Swimming Pool Association’s (FSPA) annual Design Awards contest.
Lucas Lagoons Inc. of Sarasota won a Bronze award in the Residential Shotcrete/Gunite Pool Vanishing Edge category, a Silver award in the Residential Pool/Spa Combination Vanishing Edge category, and a Silver award in the Residential Pool Restoration category. The winning pools were entered for judging by Lucas Congdon.
FSPA President Richard Moseley said, “The FSPA’s Design Awards is a great program that highlights the craftsmanship of pools being built across the state. All of the winners should be proud of their work.”
The annual FSPA Design Awards program gives members an opportunity to enter their pools, spas and water features for judging on workmanship, soundness of design, beauty, practicality and safety. Categories customized for Florida pool construction divide the entries by size, type of construction and features.
This year, 21 awards ranging from gold to award of merit were given out in 10 categories. The winners are selected by a Design Awards Committee, which consists of knowledgeable professionals, and are recognized at the annual Orlando Pool and Spa Show in February.
The Florida Swimming Pool Association is a trade association for the pool and spa industry in Florida. There are approximately 550 member businesses in 16 chapters across the state. Members are required to abide by a code of ethics and to be properly licensed and insured. FSPA provides the industry with access to continuing education courses, information on current trends and issues, an arbitration program and government relations representation. FSPA is governed by a Board of Directors
Every year I win more awards for my natural stone swimming pools and I appreciate every single award. I am very passionate about every pool and outdoor design that I build and dedicated to achieving perfection in all my creations. Other awards won by Lucas Lagoons include swimming pool remodels, new pools, natural stone grotto waterfalls, and more natural stone outdoor designs. Enjoy!
The first phase for a new swimming pool is the initial design meeting. This first meeting is a very important step to ensure your “dream come true” swimming pool. The contractor must meet with the clients at the site of the proposed swimming pool. Remember it is the obligation of the contractor to listen to your ideas and dreams for the pool and to come up with a preliminary plan. If he tells you that your dreams cannot be fulfilled, and pulls out some standard designs, find another contractor.
Some key questions to consider before meeting with the contractor are:
Do you want a spa as well as a pool?
Do you have a color preference for the interior finish of the swimming pool?
What type of decking do you like?
What type of rock do you prefer for your waterfall?
Do you want a grotto waterfall to swim under?
Do you need space for entertaining or a play area for the kids?
What about an area for pets?
What is your budget, and can the design be built out in stages if needed?
Having these questions ready can help prepare you to choose the options that are available in a new swimming pool. Whatever your goal is, define it. When making every decision, ask yourself if that choice will enhance your design. If you are planning a complete outdoor design, it is easier to break it up into stages. In most cases, you will need to start in the backyard and work your way to the front because of access issues, unless you have a rear access to the property.
Take plenty of time to prepare before the initial meeting. By doing so, you can make sure your dreams and visions are well thought out and exactly what you want. Your backyard is an extension of your home and can become a mini-vacation spot if you have the right pool contractor for the job. Make sure that you find a contractor who is committed to listening to you and making your dream a reality.
Lucas Congdon designs and builds natural stone swimming pools and outdoor designs. He is one of a few designers that can transform your vision into paradise without ever using fake rock. Before you settle for, “It can’t be done”, check with Lucas, http://www.LucasLagoons.com because the possibilities are endless.
People often ask me how I select the rocks for a particular project. I would like to share the process I use when I select the rocks for one of my waterfalls. I am actually looking for several categories of rocks: character rocks, structural rocks, waterfall rocks, grotto rocks, and veneering rocks.
When I say a rock has character I mean that the rock looks unique. It could be that the rock has moss or lichen growing on it. The rock may have veins running along it or some other type of rock running through it.
If I find a rock with character, I then look to see if there are two relatively flat sides so that it can be used as a structural rock. These flat sides are necessary because they allow me to stack one rock on top another fairly easily.
One of the signature elements of my design are the waterfall rocks. I’m looking for a rock with natural channels that water has carved into the rock.
Sometimes this happens when a rock is in a stream and water runs over it for so many years that it actually carves channels in the rock. When I incorporate this rock into my waterfall, I make sure to run feeds to those channels so that the water is actually running over the rock as it always has been. This care in selection and positioning of the water feeds enhances the natural look that is so important.
For either side of the waterfall, I like to blend the waterfall back down into the landscape so that it seems to come out of the ground organically. To achieve this, I look for rocks that are triangular shape so that the waterfall angles down into the landscape.
Another important thing to check in selecting a rock is to make sure that the rock looks completely natural and not quarried. To achieve this look I make sure there are no scuff or cut marks on the rocks from being handled by machinery. It is also important that the rock isn’t broken or sheared off. Every rock must look very natural and organic. Using a broken piece of rock will destroy the natural feel I am striving for.
On the back side of the waterfalls, I like to find rocks that have big, beautiful faces. I will often select a rock that was laying flat in the woods and has all kinds of moss and lichen on it. When I stand the rock up on end I have a lot of usable square footage. This kind of rock is perfect for the back side of a waterfall because I can veneer it to the back of the concrete planter. Because the rock is relatively thin I have a lot of square footage without a lot of weight. The weight of rocks is an important factor to keep in mind because all of the rocks are shipped by the ton, so the heavier the rock is the higher the cost.
Probably the most important rock, and the most difficult to find, is the grotto rock. I look for a rock that is very flat and large to cap the top of the grotto. It also must have a very nice face to it. The face of the grotto rock is what you will see when you are looking at the grotto waterfall. I want this face to look very nice and natural. I don’t want a broken or sharp face. I want something that looks as if water would naturally flow over it. These rocks need to thick enough to be structurally strong, but not so thick that they look bulky hanging out over the grotto.
Some rocks are so beautiful on all sides that they can stand alone as simple pieces of art in the garden. They can be alone in the landscape or they can become another water feature. A single beautiful rock can be transformed into a water feature by core drilling the rock and running a water feed to it. These rocks don’t need any other rocks around them because they are so beautiful.
There are many different types of rocks and the selection criteria must be based on use as well as looks. When selecting rocks it is very important to think about the application that you have envisioned. A rock that will work perfectly for veneering won’t necessarily make a beautiful waterfall rock. A rock that’s a stand-alone piece of art might be too hard to build around in a waterfall application. Think about what you are trying to build, envision it, break it down into the individual rocks, and then search for those rocks. Go look at thousands of rocks with an idea in your mind of what you are trying to create. Find your building rocks, your feature rocks, and your veneering and grotto rocks. Each rock has its own purpose in the design.
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#1 Complete Outdoor Design of Swimming Pool
The number one complete outdoor design of a swimming pool by Lucas Lagoons was chosen because this is the definition of a complete outdoor design of a swimming pool. This design included a natural stone grotto waterfall, stone spa, stone walls, negative edge, badu stream, bar areas inside and outside the pool, outdoor kitchen, stone fireplace, outside fire pit with seating area, pergola, and landscaping to tie together the ultimate backyard paradise. To view this pool, visit http://www.lucaslagoons.com/POOL-LAGOONS/florida-swimming-pool-design-davis.html
#2 Complete Outdoor Design of Swimming Pool
The number two complete outdoor design of a swimming pool by Lucas Lagoons was chosen because of the amazing photo that showed how unique, exciting, and colorful this backyard paradise is. This swimming pool design included stone planters inside the pool with tropical palms planted and stone walls all over the design with lush tropical landscaping. The swimming pool included a stone spa and a large natural stone grotto waterfall with multiple stone waterfalls around it. There is also flagstone steps with northern stone walls that lead to a pool slide that slides under another grotto waterfall. It’s a mini water park in a backyard, the ultimate party pool. To view this pool, visit http://www.lucaslagoons.com/POOL-LAGOONS/pool-lagoon-with-spa-slide-grotto-landscaping-heins.html
#3 Complete Outdoor Design of Swimming Pool
The number three complete outdoor design of a swimming pool by Lucas Lagoons was chosen because of the multiple natural stone waterfalls, stone grotto, and stone stream that flows all around you while swimming in this swimming pool. This pool also includes a pool slide creating a backyard paradise that is fun, beautiful and creates a spectacular photograph. To view this pool, visit http://www.lucaslagoons.com/POOL-REMODEL/swimming-pool-remodel-smith.html
#4 Complete Outdoor Design of Swimming Pool
The number four complete outdoor design of a swimming pool by Lucas Lagoons was chosen because this swimming pool exemplified the master stone mason work in the stone waterfalls, stone spa, stone walls, and stone pillars that surrounded this swimming pool. This pool also included a negative edge that matched the ocean water perfectly, something that was never achieved by the original pool builders. To view this pool, visit http://www.lucaslagoons.com/POOL-REMODEL/negative-edge-swimming-pool-remodel-rydell.html
#5 Complete Outdoor Design of Swimming Pool
The number five complete outdoor design of a swimming pool by Lucas Lagoons was chosen because this pool is a fun tropical paradise. This fun includes a wooden bridge to walk over the pool leading to a sand beach area to play in that also leads to the elevated natural stone spa with stone steps. On the other side is a pool slide that slides you in front of the stone waterfalls. To top it off, the entrance to the pool is not the typical steps, it’s a sand bottom retained by a stone wall that lets you wade into the water depth slowly and includes water lilies planted in the sand creating the lagoon style swimming pool. To view this pool, visit http://www.lucaslagoons.com/POOL-LAGOONS/lagoon-pool-with-beach-area-lisa.html
#6 Complete Outdoor Design of Swimming Pool
The number six complete outdoor design of a swimming pool by Lucas Lagoons was chosen because this grotto waterfall included a negative edge water feature that perfectly blended the water with the ocean. The natural stone boulders were specifically set to create a fun and interesting way to climb and jump off the grotto waterfall as requested by the clients. This swimming pool also created a beautiful photograph with the multi-colored flagstone decking that completed this outdoor design. To view this pool, visit http://www.lucaslagoons.com/POOL-LAGOONS/negative-edge-lagoon-pool.html
#7 Complete Outdoor Design of Swimming Pool
The number seven complete outdoor design of a swimming pool by Lucas Lagoons was chosen because this is truly a natural lagoon swimming pool. It included a white sand bottom with natural Florida limestone rocks and boulders set inside and outside the pool forming two multiple water features on opposite sides flowing into the pool. Swimming under the water with the sand and limestone gave the feeling like you were swimming in a spring. And the water being purified with an ionization system, used in every Lucas Lagoons swimming pool, guaranteed the natural fresh spring water feel. This is the ultimate natural lagoon swimming pool in your own backyard. To view this pool, visit http://www.lucaslagoons.com/NATURAL-LAGOONS/natural-lagoon-multiple-water-features-jeff.html
#8 Complete Outdoor Design of Swimming Pool
The number eight complete outdoor design of a swimming pool by Lucas Lagoons was chosen because of the creativity and ability to blend a variety of different sized boulders and natural stones together creating multiple waterfalls giving the feel as though it was created in nature. Inside the grotto waterfall is a bench under the grotto rock, inside the waterfall, with bubbling jets to massage your back. It also includes a stone spa and underwater multi-colored lighting. This outdoor design was topped off with an elevated planter behind it filled with tropical palms, bromeliads, and more creating terrain around the swimming pool, another great effect to that feeling of being surrounded by nature. To view this pool, visit http://www.lucaslagoons.com/POOL-LAGOONS/lagoon-pool-water-feature-spa-thill.html
#9 Complete Outdoor Design of Swimming Pool
The number nine complete outdoor design of a swimming pool by Lucas Lagoons was chosen because of the multiple spillways creating the grotto waterfall and the beautiful lighting creating an ultimate grotto waterfall experience. This grotto was built tucked in so you could swim inside, like a “get away” experience in your own swimming pool. This pool also included a stone fire pit inside the pool and a stone spa. To view this pool, visit http://www.lucaslagoons.com/POOL-LAGOONS/lagoon-pool-grotto-waterfall-L8.html
#10 Complete Outdoor Design of Swimming Pool
The number ten complete outdoor design of a swimming pool by Lucas Lagoons was chosen because it includes a lot of fun and different places to enjoy. The grotto waterfall was set aside the pool with a stream connecting the main pool area with the grotto waterfall creating a journey to get away and hide in the grotto waterfall. It also includes a wooden bridge to a sand beach area to play leading to the elevated stone spa. The entrance of the pool is a sand bottom held up with stone walls creating a pool to wade in instead of stepping down into. To view this pool, visit http://www.lucaslagoons.com/POOL-LAGOONS/lagoon-pool-elevated-spa-grotto-kastner.html