THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
August 20, 2014 www.watershapes.com
Add a Spa, Save a Home
It didn't take Paolo Benedetti long to notice that his prospective client's house was giving way on a slowly collapsing hilltop. Armed with a fresh soils report, he designed a spa and stone deck that alleviated the slope's creeping -- and the homeowner's worries as well. [more]
The Other Orlando Attraction
Traveling to Orlando often involves buying tickets to its many theme parks, but take it from frequent visitor Jim McCloskey: If you just want to relax and have a good time for free, drop by downtown's Lake Eola and enjoy the show put on by it's beautifully restored musical fountain. [more]
WHAT IS IT?
#14: Cannon Jets
Arcing deck jets seem a natural addition to pools -- which might explain their "soaring" popularity. But as Mike Farley
discusses in this video, there are several key points that should be considered up front, mostly having to do with where they're placed and how they're to be "used." [more]
Landscape designer and watershaper Colleen Holmes
specializes in highly creative, richly detailed residential projects that embrace her clients' personalities, are based on solid engineering and construction practices and reflect her own distinctly lyrical sensibilities. The project featured in these pages captures all those qualities and more in a fascinating tapestry of plants, hardscape and water that was a full six years in the making.
This article, originally published in December 2006, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
Cutting a Channel
Stream building can be hard work, says Rick Anderson, but it isn't terribly complex or exotic. All it takes to be successful in creating one that looks 'natural,' he explains, is a good plan, a thorough understanding of the site and a generous dose of thoughtful spontaneity. [more]
At long last, watershapes are getting some significant, consistent exposure on television -- and it's about damn time, writes Jim McCloskey, who has been working toward and hoping for this kind of episodic approach to the subject for more than a dozen years. [more]
Repels Sun Rays, Perverts, Even Sharks!
The 'Facekini' Becomes a Big Hit With Chinese Female Swimmers
Back in August 2004, David Tisherman devoted one of the most personal of all his Details column to guiding us on a tour of a special place that facilitates his work in designing watershapes. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Coverall Stone Offers Basalt-Column Fountains
Coverall Stone (SeaTac, WA) manufactures fountains and a range of other outdoor-living accessories from columnar basalt. One type, Grand Coulee Basalt, is a dense, volcanic material that usually features five or six planes, has a brown/rust color and comes in larger diameters that are ideal for sculptural waterfeatures and landscape compositions. For details, click here.
BaduJet Imperial from Speck Pumps
Speck Pumps (Jacksonville, FL) manufactures the BaduJet Imperial SwimJet System to provide a current to swim against in pools too small for effective lap swimming. Controls for the jet system are built into the housing, including a knob to adjust the water flow and a regulator to control the amount of air included in the water stream. For details, click here.
THE AQUATIC QUIZ
USA Swimming Shows Support for High School Swimmer with Leukemia
Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including reports connected to the three questions below.
1. According to the Web site azcentral.com, USA Swimming recently showed its support for 16-year-old high school swimmer Stephen Dwyer by bringing him and his family to the National Championships in Irvine, Calif. Dwyer was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and has been undergoing difficult chemotherapy treatments. In Irvine, the youngster got to meet many of his swimming idols. Which of the following well-known swimmers is a relative of his?
a. Michael Phelps b. Ryan Lochte c. Connor Dwyer d. None of the these.
2. The residents of a major U.S. metropolis are about the benefit from a floating swimming pool, pool deck and washroom facilities, all of which will be docked at an underused section of the city's harbor. What city?
a. Chicago b. New York c. Miami d. Phoenix.
3. June Krauser -- widely known as the "Mother of Masters Swimming" -- passed away earlier this month in Pompano Beach, Fla. During her decades-long swimming career, she reportedly broke 154 U.S. records and 72 world records in the Masters division. How old was June Krauser when she died?
WaterShapes World (blog)
Two recent news items caught Jim McCloskey's eye -- one a comical story about a Dutch artist's inspired response to a perceived civic insult, the other a developing tragedy about San Francisco's apparent willingness to erase a splendid part of its rich cu