Why leave home for a vacation in an exotic locale when you can enjoy a stay-cation in your backyard? This Gallivan Corporation project in Delmar, New York, designed to be a relaxing getaway, won PLANET’s 40th Annual Environmental Improvement Merit Award for the residential design/build exterior category. It includes an integrated outdoor sound system, LED lights, swim-under grotto, grill station with refrigerator, custom patio areas, fire pit and swimming pool. The Gallivan team used lime rock to create the water features and grotto, most of which had to be hand-chiseled. They built a special precast, reinforced concrete bunker to house and hide the pool’s filter equipment and utilities. The bluestone patio includes hidden gas fittings so portable heaters can be used during cool evenings, extending the use of the outdoor area.
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