A Gem in the Forest

Joan Roca has designed and built pools in some of the most beautiful locations in the Western Hemisphere, each conceived to harmonize and enhance their surroundings. For all of his ...

Defusing Disputes

While lawsuits and expert witnessing has become an unfortunate cottage industry for the watershaping industry, long-time mediator and watershaper, Curt Straub, urges professionals ...

Detail P850: Surge Basin Drain Design

In WaterShapes’ most recent Beneath the Surface, Dave Peterson described and diagramed suction outlet fittings assemblies (SOFAs) for pool and spa applications, a topic also ...

Diamond Pools & Spas
Diamond Pools & Spas

Divining the “Sensitive Chaos”

We all know that water is essential to life, but do we know why, or to what extent the presence of water influences living organisms. Here Eric Herman shares insights found in an ...

The Gumbo of Happiness

Great food served with love is one of the most enduring and universal cornerstones of the holiday experience. For Eric Herman, culinary traditions are both literal and symbolic of ...

The Beauty of Paseo Santa Lucia

Mexico’s equivalent of the San Antonio Riverwalk is known as Paseo Santa Lucia in the city of Monterrey, a place replete with fountains, public art, businesses, apartments ...

Honoring a Wilding Pioneer

The city of Dallas will turn a stretch of pavement into a new park and name it after a local landscape architect, Kevin Sloane, whose mission was to rewild the world’s ...

From standard coping and cantilevered decks to boulders and plants and rock veneers, watershapers are using an ever-broadening palette of edge treatments to accentuate and refine their designs. In this photo-essay, veteran landscape architect Peter White illustrates the boundless possibilities that present themselves when it comes to setting up boundaries at water’s edge.

Designs on Edge

To my way of thinking, one of the most fundamental considerations in any landscape design has to do with understanding how the major elements blend visually with each other and ...

Swimming pool plaster has changed a great deal in recent years. With the advent of pigments in the ’60s and the arrival of pebbles in the ’80s, first color and then texture were added to surfaces once only white and smooth. Now, reports Greg Garrett, two new admixtures are finding their ways into the mix to add strength and durability and further the evolution of these useful pool finishes.

Pebbles, Pozzolons & Polymers

One certainly  emerges from all the discussions that have taken place about swimming pool plaster over the past several years:  The product has had plenty of room for ...

Poolside’s New Skyline Mosaic by CGT

CGT offers Poolside’s new shimmering Skyline Mosaic liner. Inspired by both city skylines and water reflections, the liner is printed on pale-blue pool liner material, and is ...

AquaStar Introduces Filter Line

AquaStar Pool Products, Inc. is now offering a new line of filters. Pipeline Filters are available in two different sizes: the PLF27000 for pools up to 27,000 gallons, and the ...

Superior Shade Offers Cantilevered Shade Structures

Superior Shade offers suspended cantilever shade structures, which utilize suspension braces at the top of the structure to support the extended shade. This allows for a single ...