THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
November 16, 2016 www.watershapes.com
Her clients had purchased a property with good potential, writes Colleen Holmes, but it took a lot of effort to turn the rundown jumble she found into the home of their dreams. It started with a coat of paint and a stabilized slope -- then came the hot tub, waterfall and hitching posts. [more]
Encountering a backyard with a good bit of room but a super-wide easement, Tanr Ross dug deep to optimize the space for a pair of design-oriented clients. It took plenty of creativity to organize all the features, he says, but now it works -- both functionally and aesthetically. [more]
One for the Ages
Southern California has certain advantages when it comes to garden possibilities. And that's nowhere more evident than at the Huntington Gardens, which Jim McCloskey
describes as the kind of place where something you'd ordinarily see only in China is ready to greet you. [more]
Alive by Design
For more than 35 years, sculptor Dale J. Evers has created sculptures that feature a broad spectrum of marine and aquatic life. In recent years, however, the focus of his work has moved from the refined atmosphere of art galleries into the world of watershape and landscape design -- a shift, he says, that has energized his work and led him to a mode of design that lets him draw his cues not only from nature, but also from clients and settings.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in September 2006, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.
Installing Spa-Side Controls
The pool leaked every time the adjoining spa was activated. The problem, says Scott Cohen, was that whoever installed the spa's controller forgot to seal the connection to the PVC pipe -- a potentially dangerous situation that could easily have been avoided. [more]
Back home after the 2016 International Pool|Spa|Patio Expo, Jim McCloskey shares his impressions on how the industry is rearranging itself -- and suggests that everyone interested in its future needs to start paying attention and think about stepping up and getting involved. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Coke Is It! Dept.: Man fills pool with Coca-Cola and drives his car in to remove rust. Surprise: It didn't work. [more]
If only he'd had a couple cases of Mentos on hand . . .
Don't Mess with Fun Dept.: Gigantic Texas-shaped lazy-river pool is set to open atop a Houston hotel. [more]
It's proof that everything is bigger in the Lone Star State.
The Anxieties of Influence
With characteristic passion, David Tisherman was all over a key topic back in 2001 -- something he saw as the crux of his competitive edge and a level to which ambitious watershapers all should aspire. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Atlantic Water Garden's Rain Harvesting System
Atlantic Water Gardens (Mantua, OH) has assembled a rain-harvesting kit for residential use. The Model RHKIT1000EBS system has a capacity of 1,008 gallons and includes a downspout diverter, a pump vault, a submersible pressure pump, a 25-by-25-foot liner, underlayment, water-containment blocks and a range of required fittings. For details, click here.
Advantage Manufacturing Offers Fire-Pump Cart
Advantage Manufacturing (Tustin, CA) offers a fire-pump cart for use in property protection before the fire department arrives. Designed to draw water from available pools, ponds and other waterfeatures, the durable gas-powered unit comes with a 20-foot suction hose fitted with a strainer and a 25-foot-long discharge hose with an adjustable nozzle. For details, click here.
Lost in the Crowd?
Watershapers have an astounding ability to produce spectacular work -- and real difficulty when it comes to calling their skills and talents to the attention of homeowners and others who are interested in making water part of their daily lives.
That's where the WaterShapes Professional Network comes in: By building a collective web presence in which dozens and, eventually, hundreds of sites participate as an interlinked colossus, it involves watershapers in a group entity large enough that the search engines can't overlook it. So if it's a strong (or stronger) web presence you're after, check it out.
WaterShapes World (blog)
The conclusion of two series -- one distinctly philosophical, the other quintessentially practical -- prompted Jim McCloskey to discuss how their value reaches beyond their basic topical categories. It also leads him to comment on the generosity that cha