Winners: Matt and Andy Lusk (L-R) proudly hold their company's 2014 NESPA design awards. In photo on the right, Matt fishes on the River Test in England, known worldwide for its excellent trout fly fishing.
Left photo courtesy NESPA Winners: Matt and Andy Lusk (L-R) proudly hold their company's 2014 NESPA design awards. In photo on the right, Matt fishes on the River Test in England, known worldwide for its excellent trout fly fishing.

“No life is so happy and so pleasant as the life of the well-govern’d angler,” wrote Izaak Walton, author of Compleat Angler in 1653, a book celebrating the art and spirit of fly fishing.

We have a feeling that pool builder Matt Lusk would agree.

Like fly fisherman through the ages, he loves to spend leisure time out in nature, and he said Pennsylvania, with its abundance of trout streams, is great for fly fishing. The co-owner of Aquavisions Inc. in Mechanicsburg, Pa., also has fished in California, New York, Canada and England. “It’s my passion,” Lusk said.

He also has a passion for swimming pools. “I enjoy the creative process,” Lusk said. “I love coming up with a design and building something for clients that makes them stunned.”

Indeed, his company won two silver medals when it first entered the NESPA design awards competition in 2013. Then in 2014, Aquavisions garnered four golds and a bronze — and the “People’s Choice, Best of Competition.” That last honor was decided on awards banquet night. Lusk said attendees studied photos of the award-winning projects, voted for their favorite gold medal winner, and Aquavisions won.

“Being a company in a market dominated by vinyl-liner pools, we like to do something different. Not many in our area are doing this,” is how Lusk explains what drives his business to excellence.

Aquavisions was founded 10 years ago by Matt and his twin brother, Andy. The firm handles renovations and new construction, building an average of 15 to 20 high-end gunite pools annually. “We’ve done some half-million-dollar projects, but $100,000 to $150,000 is average,” Lusk observed.

The brothers also have another business, Blue Diamond Pool Service, covering nearly 200 pools. Their construction and service staff totals around 14 — plus mom Bettie Lusk is office manager.

The pool business has been a lifelong career for Matt Lusk. After obtaining a B.A. in art at Penn State, he and his then-fiancée moved to California so Dawn could work on her Master’s. At that time, Matt joined Gene Wells at Aquarius Pools in Sacramento. “He taught me a lot [about pool building], and I loved it,” Matt said, adding, “I always did construction in the summers in college — constructing commercial buildings, that is.” Eventually, the Lusks moved back to the East Coast and now they have a home in Billsburg, Pa. A former food scientist, wife Dawn is now a stay-at-home parent with two daughters, 9 and 7, and a son, 5.