“Summertime and the living is easy,” or so that classic old song says. At least it’s supposed to be that way. After nine months of grueling occupations, double workloads, school schedules, carpooling kids to various activities, completing “to do” lists and a myriad of other urgent responsibilities - it’s time to take a break! Most families enjoy their vacations this time of the year for some much-needed fun and relaxation. It is also an opportunity to unplug, meditate, recharge, renew your spirits and “take time to smell the roses.”
A lot of people like to include a cool swim for soothing refreshment to beat the summer heat and that usually involves a pool or pond since a beautiful beach is seemingly far away. You are fortunate if you have a pool nearby or in your own backyard but now a company in Louisiana has created an unusual alternative and invented what he calls a "Backyard Beach." Eric White the founder of the Zydeco Construction Company, located southeast of Baton Rouge in the tiny hamlet of Maurepas, Louisiana has figured out a way to turn a pond into a paradise. Of course, this paradise includes a beach and White spent many years thinking about how he could do so while conducting extensive research. He investigated all types of terrain, dredging tools, grading techniques, pond liners, the labor involved, availability of sand, transportation cost, drainage, piping and special pump systems for water. The pump system he invented and patented for use finally became the ultimate key to his success.
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Eric is a young man who once had a difficult life. He grew up poor, never received a high school degree and was even homeless at one time for nine months. However, he was creative and always worked very hard by learning construction as a laborer until he was promoted as a building team leader. After a few years, he was able to run his own successful construction company. He later became enamored by pools and started a flourishing business called Cool Pools. That business went so well that White was able to sell it last year for one million dollars. He started the Zydeco Construction Company to fulfill his dream destiny of building backyard beaches for customized pond paradise settings.
Each pond he creates is surrounded by a sandy beach and specifically designed for each individual client. They come in all shapes and sizes depending upon the terrain as well as the area available for use. They can be as large or small as the client desires, and he always aims to please his customers. The liner and pump system ensures that the water remains a beautiful blue color and is swimming pool clear. He also adds landscape touches that can include tropical palms. His creations at Zydeco can also provide beach accouterments such as outdoor kitchens, patios, grill areas, tiki huts, floating sun decks, volleyball courts and even unique trampolines that are safely at ground level. Backyard beach pond paradises usually start at $20,000. Currently, Zydeco only builds these pond paradise settings in southern Louisiana, however, he may expand soon because the business is thriving and he is extraordinarily ambitious.
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