THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
September 23, 2015 www.watershapes.com
A Lesson in Communication
When he builds custom pools for fully engaged homeowners, Randy Beard usually has no problems with setting and exceeding expectations. But here's a case where the client just couldn't absorb a key message about how to use the pool -- and therein hangs a tale. [more]
Heat of the Moment
Those who own or manage swimming pools know that heating the water can be a major expense. But higher efficiencies and new technologies can bring those costs way down, says Mike Fowler, who leads a tour through the money-saving possibilities in this article. [more]
Floating in Style
His admiration for a particular architect's work led Jim McCloskey to make a pilgrimage to one of the master's most esteemed projects -- a Spanish pavilion that any watershaper should place on his or her must-visit list the next time the international-travel bug bites. [more]
Down to Size
In recent years, many of his clients have asked southern California pond/stream specialist Steve Sandalis to provide them with watershapes that are relatively modest in size -- but that are still long on beauty, value and enjoyment. He explores this trend here, profiling a showcase-home project that demonstrates the creative potential (as well as the challenges) embodied in systems where a little bit less can add up to a whole lot more.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in July 2011, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
Paolo Benedetti is always refining the ways in which he prevents the damage that weather and wear can do to the concrete materials he uses in his watershaping projects. Here, in his second article on construction with durability in mind, he looks at 'fortifying' concrete. [more]
The Way-Back Machine
Changes in the way public pools are conceived, designed, programmed and used these days have been very much on Jim McCloskey's mind -- and have him trying to figure out what these different directions and possibilities might say about watershaping's future. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Good Cause Dept.: Ohio waterpark fills a pool with soccer balls to raise money for cancer research. [more]
Great idea! But is that the Eiffel Tower in the background?
It Takes a Pond Dept.: Indian village finds a practical solution to its drought and food-supply issues. [more]
Simple aquatic solutions in a tough, fast-changing world.
When Fall's in the Air
Selecting plants for spaces around watershapes can be a challenge, wrote Stephanie Rose in September 2000 -- but you can help things along by considering a few key factors right from the start. [more]
Synchronorm (Bremen, Germany) publishes Depence, a software system that aids in the design and programming of professional fountain shows and displays. Featuring a three-dimensional visualization system that can simulate fountain, laser, video and lighting details with real-time accuracy, the system allows for one-click fountain-height adjustments. For details, click here.
New Variable-Speed Pump from Speck Pumps
Speck Pumps (Jacksonville, FL) has introduced the Badu EcoM3 V, a variable-speed pump that uses a permanent-magnet, brushless DC motor controlled by advanced logic electronics. Designed to reduce operating costs by up to 80 percent, the low-noise, non-corroding, medium-head units can be used in pools with salt concentrations up to 5,000 ppm. For details, click here.
WPN to Offer Special Introductory Rate
Watch your email box! On October 1, we at WPN will be sending you a once-in-a-lifetime deal to get you involved with the WaterShapes Professional Network, the new service designed to bring you into quick, easy contact with consumers who want to make watershapes part of their lives. Details of the offer will all be included in the email!
Please click here to visit the WPN site and take a look at what we're already doing -- and there's much, much more on the way!
WaterShapes World (blog)
There's even more major news from Watershape University: As Jim McCloskey reports, Eric Herman has joined the team and will soon take charge of WaterShapes, while Ask the Masters has agreed to add its videos and podcasts to WaterShapes.com's home page!