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With deck colors of sandstone, platinum-colored walls and columns, and classic gray caps and coping, this once-barren hillside became an elegant pool and hardscape.

2014 Decorative Concrete Council Awards

2014 Decorative Concrete Council Awards

  • Tom Ralston Concrete of Santa Cruz, Calif., won the 2014 DCC Wow! Award for this hillside residential pool and deck project.

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    Tom Ralston Concrete of Santa Cruz, Calif., won the 2014 DCC Wow! Award for this hillside residential pool and deck project.

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    Tom Ralston Concrete of Santa Cruz, Calif., won the 2014 DCC “Wow!” Award for this hillside residential pool and deck project.
  • The site before the pool and deck installation.

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    The site before the pool and deck installation.

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    The site before the pool and deck installation.
  • The barren hillside is ready for a pool.

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    The barren hillside is ready for a pool.

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    The barren hillside is ready for a pool.
  • Installing the drain system.

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    Installing the drain system.

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    Installing the drain system.
  • Diversion pits in the foreground and background slow down-hillside water.

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    Diversion pits in the foreground and background slow down-hillside water.

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    Diversion pits in the foreground and background slow down-hillside water.
  • Materials and fill had to be carried up- and downhill, often by tractor.

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    Materials and fill had to be carried up- and downhill, often by tractor.

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    Materials and fill had to be carried up- and downhill, often by tractor.
  • Footing excavation.

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    Footing excavation.

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    Footing excavation.
  • In the trenches.

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    In the trenches.

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    In the trenches.
  • In the trenches.

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    In the trenches.

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    In the trenches.
  • After the wall pour.

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    After the wall pour.

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    After the wall pour.
  • Gunnite walls against the concrete walls.

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    Gunnite walls against the concrete walls.

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    Gunnite walls against the concrete walls.
  • The crew pours side walls to support the deck.

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    The crew pours side walls to support the deck.

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    The crew pours side walls to support the deck.
  • Custom lighting.

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    Custom lighting.

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    Custom lighting.
  • Custom lighting.

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    Custom lighting.

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    Custom lighting.
  • Birds eye view of the lap pool.

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    Birds eye view of the lap pool.

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    Bird’s eye view of the lap pool.
  • Finished side steps leading to the pool.

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    Finished side steps leading to the pool.

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    Finished side steps leading to the pool.
  • Finished bar, couch, fire bowl, and fire pit.

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    Finished bar, couch, fire bowl, and fire pit.

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    Finished bar, couch, fire bowl, and fire pit.
  • Finished couch and fire pit.

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    Finished couch and fire pit.

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    Finished couch and fire pit.
  • Simple yet elegant side stairs travel through an organic garden to access the pool deck.

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    Simple yet elegant side stairs travel through an organic garden to access the pool deck.

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    Simple yet elegant side stairs travel through an organic garden to access the pool deck.
  • Two fire bowls with four colors of blue glass stand on top of columns at each end of the lap pool.

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    Two fire bowls with four colors of blue glass stand on top of columns at each end of the lap pool.

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    Two fire bowls with four colors of blue glass stand on top of columns at each end of the lap pool.
  • Designer lights.

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    Designer lights.

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    Designer lights.
  • With deck colors of sandstone, platinum-colored walls and columns, and classic gray caps and coping, this once-barren hillside became an elegant pool and hardscape.

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    With deck colors of sandstone, platinum-colored walls and columns, and classic gray caps and coping, this once-barren hillside became an elegant pool and hardscape.

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    Jeffery Luhn

    With deck colors of sandstone, platinum-colored walls and columns, and classic gray caps and coping, this once-barren hillside became an elegant pool and hardscape.

For six years now, the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, has been awarding decorative concrete professionals for displays of great creativity and craftsmanship. Entrants have a chance to win first or second place in about 20 categories, depending on project scope and size. But only one can win the “Wow!” Award.

This year, Tom Ralston Concrete of Santa Cruz, Calif., received the high honor for best overall project with the Turowski Pool Deck hillside swimming pool and decorative hardscape project. Set in a challenging residential landscape, the project features a cast-in-place stamped concrete pool deck, countertops, decorative and structural walls, concrete fire bowls, a large fire pit, and a swimming pool. All this was built into a hillside adjacent to the owner’s home.

This was one of Ralston’s more complicated projects. Before the pool, deck, and stairs could even be built, the contractor was involved in weeks of excavation for an elaborate drainage system and footings that would eventually support a wall that, in turn, supports the entire lap pool.

The project also won first place in the Multiple Applications, Under 5000 SF category. All 2014 DCC Award winners are listed here. To view images of the winning projects, read the Digital Edition of Concrete Construction/Concrete Surfaces in April.