Custom Hybrids

Do custom pools always have to be built out of concrete? According to Oregon watershaper, Phoenix B. Owens, the evolution in package pools and stainless-steel wall systems, as well ...

Finding Flaw & Future Favor

What does it mean to create something that qualifies as “great”? Is it originality and inventiveness, reliability and function, or the ability ...

Thinking With Your Eyes

French designer Logan Guinard relocated nearly 6,000 miles from his home to establish a career in California’s Coachella Valley. He came with faith in himself, a ...

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The Key to Collaboration

Designer Randy Angell believes in the power of working together, a value he learned as a kid singing in choirs. Today, he applies the idea of synergistic creativity to his design ...

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 ...

Detail: A825

Tectonics is defined as the science or art of assembling, shaping, or ornamenting materials in construction; the constructive arts in general. David Peterson often uses the term ...

On paper, reports Ben Dixon, the design fired everyone’s imagination by taking a garden-variety, linear waterfall and enhancing the visual effect with a set of serpentine twists and turns. But making that effect work on site was a different matter – one that called for ingenuity on the part of the construction crew as well as the waterfall system’s supplier.

Custom Contours

This waterfall could've been built in either of two ways:  A system of internal reservoirs and a long, narrow nozzle could've been formed as part of the structure itself, a ...

At some point, designing most any watershape means committing the concept to paper. A good bird’s-eye-view plot plan might be enough for imaginative clients who can translate a two-dimensional schematic into a vision of their yard’s potential, observes Clint West, but that’s asking a lot. Instead – and where the budget makes it sensible – why not present your client with a full-color, three-dimensional rendering and use the power of the image to everyone’s benefit?

Rendering a Visual Assist

Long before the Bobcats show up, most watershape designers will have used some sort of two-dimensional artwork to excavate their customers' imaginations.  Perhaps it starts ...

Artificial rock may have its place, but the real thing is still king when it comes to adding beauty, value and prestige to natural-style pools, spas and waterfeatures. Here, a natural-rock specialist defines some of the ways he uses rock by the ton to turn common waterscapes into truly dazzling works of naturalistic art.

Classic Rock

If you love rock, New England is a great place to work.  A special combination of geology and the glaciers of the last Ice Age left behind a spectacular legacy of granite ...

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S.R. Smith Makes Artisan Handrails

S.R. Smith provides the Artisan Series Hand Rail is a patented, designer-inspired curved shape rail designed to provide a custom look for any pool environment. The series of rails ...

AQUA & More’s Designer Membrane

AQUA & More, a division of Renolit, now offers a new designer membrane called ‘Touch-Authentic’ created to imitate the look of marble stone. ...

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Anoma Stone Offers Engraved Wall Panels

Anoma Stone (Noida, India) has introduced the Elm Collection of 24-by-24-inch panels for application to exterior walls. Available in three versions (Pristine White Marble, Crema ...