THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
September 9, 2015 www.watershapes.com
Those who start up newly finished pools and spas typically use one of three recognized approaches in adding the water, notes Kim Skinner. Here, in the second of two articles on the subject, he focuses on the method he sees as offering the best shot at durable success. [more]
On the Edge
As any project comes to a close, Eric Triplett likes to reflect on how things have come together. That's often fun, but as he suggests in this video, it can also be somewhat bittersweet when you finish your work and have to leave it to others to come on site to complete the picture. [more]
For many years, Bruce Zaretsky faced the annual need to generate enough income to keep his business and his staff going through New York's long, cold winters. Here's a look at few of the most successful sidelines he found in his quest to keep the seasonal wolves at bay. [more]
A room that encloses an indoor swimming pool and does it well -- by staying comfortable throughout the year, for starters, while also being easy on the eye -- is something truly marvelous, says interior-watershape designer Kevin Ruddy. He addresses the aesthetic side of the challenge here, discussing materials of construction, finishes and what it takes to make pool enclosures stand up to moisture as well as the scrutiny of design-conscious clients.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in January 2004, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
At Play in the Fountain of Life
The project was all about scale and patience in design, engineering and construction, but that was only part of the story. As Eric Dobbs relates, this desert landmark in California is full of playfulness and whimsy -- and visiting it will help you forget the sun's blistering rays. [more]
My Digital Confession
A brief meeting at a trade show last fall led to a collaboration that has changed the way Jim McCloskey looks at watershape design. As he relates here, the experience has led him to rethink some long-held beliefs and open his eyes to new possibilities. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Questionable Taste Dept.: A new Swedish pool's cheeky name pointedly recalls a WWII naval disaster. [more]
Sounds like 'Pearl Harbor' -- maybe not the best option?
Perfectly Reasonable Dept.: Need an arboreal breather? Look no further than your own hammock hot tub! [more]
How long until it comes with it's own pop-up television?
Living in Color
Color is one thing, wrote David Tisherman in his Details column of September 2005, but color used correctly is quite another -- and a key to a client's long-term satisfaction with a watershaping project. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Bobé Water & Fire Features Offers Perfect Flame
Bobé Water & Fire Features (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced the Perfect Flame, a modular system that allows for the creation of custom fire patterns. Engineered to produce effects that are substantially larger than those produced by common fire rings, the units are made of stainless steel and brass and work with either manual or automatic ignition systems. For details, click here.
Zodiac Launches New Jandy Pro Series Web Site
Zodiac Pool Systems (Vista, CA) has prepared a new Web site for its Jandy Pro Series products. Jandy.com features a modern user interface, mobile optimization and product recommendations for those looking to build, upgrade or save energy on a pool project and includes catalogs, manuals and user guides for online viewing or downloading. For details, click here.
WPN Introduces Home-Page Photo Features
We've been busy! Just recently, we put finishing touches on a new home-page feature that enables members of the WaterShapes Professional Network to upload brief pictorials about projects they want to share with consumers who are looking for professional assistance in developing the watershapes of their dreams. This new addition to the network puts program participants front and center -- the perfect way to grab attention and make contact!
Please click here to visit the WPN site, then scroll down to see the sample feature we prepared to show what you can achieve with some text and a few images.
WaterShapes World (blog)
At a time when good news seems hard to come by, Eric Herman bucks the norm by sharing some facts and figures about water conservation over the last 40 years that give us all genuine cause for hope. Indeed, we may have more control over water use than most people think.