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.