Thanks Kim for the kind words! The living roof basically just refers to the top of the grotto having soil on it and being able to put plants up there. I'm a big gardener so I want the pool to feel lush and relaxing.
I'm also planning to put various Cacti on the roof of the Grotto to discourage little ones from climbing on top of the grotto and jumping into the pool (it's only 4'10" deep at that section).
With the Living Roof, what is the consideration to mitigate muddy water from the soil washing down into the pool during very heavy rains? How does the drainage work? What does the actual soil sit in? (I'm curious because I'm contemplating doing something kind of along those lines as well, but I'm pretty clueless how it works).
BMK - I think I would view a living roof almost like it was container gardening. I.e. it's basically just a pot (a rather large pot) on a roof. So it will have a waterproof membrane on the bottom, soil on top and some drainage pipe at the lowest point for excess water to go through.
We'll probably use drip irrigation although with Cacti it won't need much. The soil will be surrounded by a small wall to keep it all in. Plus when the plants and roots develop, they should hold the soil in (well in theory!). It should be interesting to see if soil does get into the main pool but I'm hoping not.
@kimkats I figured you would enjoy this one. Bling tile design for the interior of the grotto.
We thought it would be fun to have a Moroccan theme for the grotto and create something magical. Also going with an entrance that mirrors Moroccan door entrance themes. And of course the waterfall will cover the entrance (when it is on)
You are doing that for me???????? You are SO sweet! My heart is happy! hehe
That is going to be SO pretty! Do you have the tile yet? Will there be a shelf in there for drinks and such? How about a bench for me to sit on? Oh and mood lighting as well! You are going all out that is for sure.
What gave you that wonderful idea? Hold on a min...............I am going back to look at it some more......................sigh..............so pretty and neat!!!