Custom Swimming Pool

Luxury in Blue

One of the biggest and most common mistakes watershapers can make, cautions builder Dave Penton, is projecting their own financial perspectives onto their clients. ...

Gavilan College Pool

The Big Cover Story

Deploying its slat-based automatic cover, Aquamatic Cover Systems recently completed work on a massive existing pool on a college campus where administrators were looking for a ...

A Tribute: Albert “Al” Rizzo (May 27, 1934 – May 3, 2021)

The pool and spa industry recently lost one of its founding fathers and most influential figures, the magnetic, always colorful and sometimes irascible, Al Rizzo.  His career ...

A Million Blue Marbles

As part of Wallace “J” Nichols Year of Blue Mind, he recently offered a reading from his seminal book of the same name. Here is Chapter 9: A ...

Plastic Pollution on Shoreline

A Plastic Pollution Solution

There’s an enormous garbage patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – comprised mostly of floating plastic trash.  Known as the ...

WaterShapes Blog

Naming a Legacy

Coining a term intended to define anything truly new is no small task, even for the most skilled of wordsmiths. But that is exactly what Jim McCloskey did 23 years ago, when he ...

Detail A151: Mounting Handrails

Commercial pools must conform to a variety of safety and operational requirements beyond those promulgated in the residential segment of the industry. The ubiquitous 3-bend ...

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Art of the Waterfall

No matter whether it's a pond, stream or swimming pool, waterfalls are an appealing part of the composition -- which is why Larry Carnes includes them in most of his projects. ...

Polishing Paradise

A beautiful aquatic setting deserves equally dazzling water, explains water-quality specialist, Steve Kenny. That universal truth can lead anywhere, he says, including this project ...

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Forever Bamboo Makes Tiki Huts

Forever Bamboo (San Diego, Calif.) manufacturers traditional bamboo Tiki huts and palapas. Made using traditional material, including bamboo posts and thatched roofs, the huts are ...

Desert Steel Makes Palm Trees

Desert Steel (Witchita, Kan.) manufacturers a line of steel palm trees for creative landscape designs. The trees come in a variety of sizes are made of all-weather steel ...

My Pool Signs Features Poolside Humor

My Pool Signs (Lodi, Calif.) offers a line of humorous pool signs that are designed to humorously convey important health and safety messages. The aluminum signs last at least 10 ...