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2013 Outstanding Pool & Recreational Project Cliffside Plunge: Rewriting the Rules for Concrete Placement By William T. Drakeley Jr. Location, Location, Location Ifrom Westchester County, NY—whose vision foreman, aimed to create a feeling of expansivenessgrade changes and elevations to install a small poolwith a strong current the owners could swimagainst. Bill Drakeley, owner, and Daniel LoRusso,n 2011, Drakeley Pool Company wasapproached by the Donovans—new clients was to build a pool that would blend seamlessly in the limited space, all the while working to keep with their home and surrounding landscape. the whole operation from tumbling off the cliff. They imagined a pool nestled against the house in the backyard at basement level, allowing their Designing Against Gravity family to step out onto the pool patio and imme- The Drakeley design featured three different diately take advantage of the spectacular views elevations for water in transit: the top tier was to of the lake that abuts the property. Then came the be a raised spa; the second, a main pool swimming catch: a person could take approximately 10 full area; and the third, a lower surge trough (Fig. 2). steps from the basement door before arriving The installation would require the creative use of cliffside, staring down a 200 ft (60 m) slope to different techniques, including small cast-in-place the water’s edge (refer to Fig. 1). concrete footings to stabilize the structures and There was abundant yard space elsewhere on concrete placed by the shotcrete process to create the property—flat, even, and ideal for a pool—but the bodies of the spa, pool, and surge trough. that area was already occupied by the septic tank The unique topography and geological condi- and other necessities. tions necessitated the construction of a “keyway” The challenge of cliffside construction had for the bottom of the shotcrete pool. This con- been tackled before with the house itself, which crete-filled trough in the natural rock forms a was perched sturdily atop a ledge rock point. keyway to lock the pool structure into the existing Drakeley Pool Company was charged with the rock ledge and provide horizontal restraint for the task of duplicating this process—this time, even structure to keep its position on the very brink of closer to the cliff’s edge—by working with existing the cliff without movement. Fig. 1: Dramatic slope bordering construction area 38 Shotcrete • Winter 2014


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