THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
September 7, 2016 www.watershapes.com
Trash to Treasure
The old poolscape had its problems -- chief among them having been built partly over a huge trash pit. Correcting that situation was no fun, but it was only the first step in a process that saw Shane LeBlanc revise and upgrade the space from the back door to the view beyond. [more]
POND Q & A
Whether he's working with clients or staff, being in the pond business reminds Eric Triplett every day of the value and importance of clear communication. And on certain occasions, he adds, it's mighty helpful to know how to parlay with the fish who populate his handiwork. [more]
With new rules and varying codes, setting up drain systems for pools and spas is more complicated than it once was, notes Paolo Benedetti. Here, he offers a bit of technical advice that will help clarify the process -- and make it easier for systems to pass inspection. [more]
Facing the Future
Mastering the fine points of stream, pond and waterfall design and construction generally takes years of patient practice, but a young Tim Krzeminski seems bent on condensing the process: Already, his work has a sophistication and visual appeal that delight those who see it; as important, he has a growing list of clients who are more than willing to let him exceed their expectations and make the most of the spaces they offer him.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in July 2009, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
Where Streams Live
Designing and building a stream is no small task, especially if the mission is to create a convincingly 'natural' look. No matter where he's working, Greg Anderson steps out to see local water on its own terms -- and offers this article as a professional's work-anywhere guide. [more]
News items about people being chased out of public fountains have been unusually numerous this summer, leading a conflicted Jim McCloskey to ask where you stand when it comes to dealing with peoples' irresistible desire to get wet and beat the heat. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Walking with Fish Dept.: Digital artists create a psychedlic pond where Koi swim -- and burst to form flowers. [more]
It's a wild sensory experience, colorful and surprising.
Integrated Arts Dept.: Polish fountain sculptor uses water to add levels of meaning and texture to her work. [more]
A few are odd, but the melting ice block is a stunner.
To the Good Life!
Back in 2001, Brian Van Bower wrote passionately about what he saw as his best shot at reaching into many of his clients' lives -- a factor that speeds communication and brings on shared delight. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Pebble Technology Unveils Pebble Brilliance
Pebble Technology (Scottsdale, AZ) now offers Pebble Brilliance, a blend of glass beads and natural stone aggregates. The glass beads infuse the finished surface with deep color, while the overall blend provides long-lasting durability with a rich texture. Available in eight standard mixes, the blend also incorporates shell material for extra luster. For details, click here.
Atlantic Water Gardens Introduces Splash Rings
Atlantic Water Gardens (Mantua, OH) offers Splash Rings to keep stones in place and manage spillway or waterfall splash. Made of 304 stainless steel with steel or copper finishes, the rings can be placed mesh up for a less-conspicuous look or mesh down to show off the broad trim ring. They come in three sizes: 16 by 8, 28 by 8 and 40 by 8 inches. For details, click here.
Building Credibility, Step by Step
The WaterShapes Professional Network is all about building a credible, unified web presence where numerous watershapers can convey uniformly formatted, readily compared information in an easily navigated consumer resource. By doing so, WPN gives consumers initial access to the marketplace in an environment that guides them comfortably and confidently through the earliest stages of a significant purchasing decision.
True, some homeowners and facility managers are lucky enough when they start looking for watershapers to have friends or colleagues who can refer them to suitable firms. But more often these consumers are on their own -- and most start their hunt by searching on the Internet, where finding individual watershapers is a hit-and-miss process. WPN takes frustration out of the quest by offering a common, neutral web resource filled with possibilities.
WaterShapes World (blog)
Sorting through his understanding of the dynamics of water-related businesses, Jim McCloskey recalls the industry's last big generational transition -- and holds out some hope that the one we're experiencing now will take a somewhat easier path than the previous one.