THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
November 18, 2015 www.watershapes.com
UP ON THE ROOF
When things go wrong with rooftop pools and spas, the potential for collateral damage is so great that things get urgent in a hurry -- a point Rob Holmer illustrates through two case studies in which basic errors led to big hassles in one instance and demolition in the other. [more]
Remaking a Classic
Restoring the pool and adding a spa to a classic Mid-Century Modern home took care and restraint, observes Jimmy Reed, But his task was made easier by an insightful, cooperative client with excellent tastes, a eye for detail and a healthy spirit of adventure. [more]
Mist and Mystery
It isn't too often that Jim McCloskey comes across a watershape that is truly different -- something he's never even considered before. That's why he was so happy to find this one while visiting the campus of a famous eastern university on a warm summer's day. [more]
From time to time, says David Tisherman, you run into a design in which 'restraint' is the watchword. That was certainly true in this project, where he found an elegant English manor home and has given it a pool that looks as though it's been there for a hundred years. Far less restrained, however, is the structure that holds the watershape in place -- and does so without applying any extra pressure to a huge retaining wall that stands just a few feet away.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in November 2008, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
With naturalistic watergardens, there's often a tolerance for green or murky water. But Anthony Archer Wills suggests that crystal-clear water in streams and ponds enables watershapers to add extra dimension to their projects in the form of vivid underwater landscapes [more]
An Expo with a Difference
When he headed off to this year's Pool|Spa|Patio Expo, Jim McCloskey knew it would be momentous if for no other reason than people would be interested in learning what the merger of two key educational entities will mean to the key industry sectors they serve. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Unusual Efficiency Dept.: Vietnamese lakes being purified with the assistance of exercise bikes. [more]
System brings new meaning to getting 'pumped up.'
Wonderful News Dept.: Rome's Trevi Fountain has reopened after an extensive restoration project. [more]
Sixteen-month effort was funded by fashion's Fendi.
Speaking to Authority
In his Currents column of November 2010, Dave Peterson addressed the suction-entrapment issue with a simple question about whether a common feature of modern pools and spas is really needed. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Custom Molded Products Introduces LED Laminars
Custom Molded Products (Tyrone, GA) has launched a laminar jet system featuring advanced LED lighting, a synchronizing system and a prefilter for use around pools. Designed for a balance of performance and reliability, the units have precision stainless steel nozzles and a flow system that minimizes turbulence for a glass-like laminar flow. For details, click here.
Waterplay Solutions Offers 'Cirque' Aquatic Features
Within the next few weeks, the 50 current members of the the WaterShapes Professional Network will be adding the Network's badge to the home pages of their web sites -- a mark of distinction that will benefit every member by raising their search-engine profiles and creating WPN's collective presence on the Internet. It means more traffic, more clicks and more contacts with aquatically motivated consumers.
The Network is growing: Isn't it time to climb aboard?
WaterShapes World (blog)
A bout of warm weather led Jim McCloskey to think back on summers past and how he spent two of them as a child learning to swim at the local municipal pool. The lessons cost his parents almost nothing back then -- and left him with a life skill that seem