THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
May 3, 2017 www.watershapes.com
Long neglected, the man-made pond and stream located just a few miles from downtown Philadelphia needed help, big time. As Scott Christie reports, doing so meant carefully digging into the site's history -- and aligning every detail with the client's childhood memories. [more]
Pool and spa designs are getting better and better by the day -- deftly contoured, crisply detailed and increasingly elaborate. It's an approach to watershaping that requires Jimmy Reed and his crews to reach beyond excellence, he says, to all-new levels of craft and skill. [more]
Meeting Special Needs
Ponds are often valued for being uniquely calming and comforting. But for a child with autism, these watershapes can also be therapeutic in a number of ways. That's wonderful news for these kids, Mike Gannon observes -- and great for their families as well. [more]
A Taproot Manuscript
Landscape designer Cynthia Hayes combines an empathy for nature with smart problem-solving and a passion for finding the spiritual dimension in a space as the starting point for her designs. For the project pictured here, she was challenged by clients who shared her values and wanted her to weave multiple styles, ethnic icons and disparate ecosystems together in a small yard filled with art, vibrant colors and various other features, including a lap pool.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in April 2004, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.
An Elegant Slice
Vera Katz Park was once just an empty sidewalk in Portland's Pearl District, reports Scott Murase, who transformed it into a vibrant urban 'sliver park' complete with a long watershape and other attractive amenities you should see the next time you visit the Northwest. [more]
In his neighborhood, writes Jim McCloskey, most of the homes and their watershapes are of an older vintage -- which is why he's so happy that designers and builders are willing to help him see and appreciate what's happening in today's coolest backyards. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Goldmine Dept.: Charities score big when those who maintain Trevi Fountain dredge out the coins.[more] See astonishing amount collected from the water in 2016.
Slick Trick Dept.: Pair of golfers perform a synchronized feat at the fabled Augusta National course. [more]
Most avoid the water like the plague, but not these guys.
Back in May 2007, David Tisherman wrote a column praising building inspectors -- then as now, a counter-intuitive position that defined the crucial role these officials play in making projects work. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
S.R. Smith Supplies poolLUX Lighting Controls
S.R. Smith (Canby, OR) offers the poolLux line of control systems for use with the company's Treo LED lights. Options include Premier, a customizable system with 49 color options, four dimming levels and two light shows; Power, which has six color options; and Plus, which has six color options and includes a wireless remote control unit. For details, click here.
Valcon Offers Flexcrete Waterproofing System
Valcon Industries (Sarasota, FL) manufactures components of the Flexcrete Waterproofing System, which is designed for use in pools and other concrete watershapes. It consists of a highly specialized blend of aggregates, cements, graded sands and proprietary additives that is mixed with a polymer to form a flexible, breathable waterproofing membrane. For details, click here.
The Time Is Right!
The 2017 season is now getting into full swing -- still an opportune time to make certain that strong messages about what you do are found where homeowners and commercial clients will see them.
One great way to spread the word is through the WaterShapes Professional Network, where increasing numbers of web searchers find information and support that helps them make decisions about who to work with in adding water (and everything that comes with it) to their home and/or business environments.
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