THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
October 17, 2018 www.watershapes.com
A Big Sky Statement
Given the opportunity,Raymond Junglesjumped at the challenge of surrounding a home far from his usual base with water and native plants. As he discusses here, making it work was about identifying a new palette and using it in ways that harmonized with his design instincts.[more]
The logistics were tough and the technical challenges even tougher, notesRobert Nonemaker. But a systematic approach (and a supportive general contractor) helped him and his staff develop a hydraulically complex fountain system for a corporate client with big ambitions. [more]
The area across the street from Santa Monica’s City Hall was once mostly parking lots. But now, notesJim McCloskey, it’s been transformed into Tongva Park — an extraordinary, rolling landscape complete with a line of rill-linked waterfeatures that reward a relaxing stroll. [more]
With equal doses of patience and understanding, observes environmental artistRick Driemeyer, great watershapes and gardens can emerge from extended periods of close interaction between designers and their clients. A case in point is the project shared here, where long acquaintance with his clients’ wants and needs enabled him to transform a compact teahouse/pond/waterfall composition into a finely decorated, highly personalized sanctuary.
This article, originally published inWaterShapesin January 2008, has been digitized for all readers. Clickhereto see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.
The Making of a Great Wall
Retaining walls are made to do an awesome job: High or low, long or short, upslope or downslope, notesBruce Zaretsky, they’re called on to keep earth movement from wreaking havoc on watershapes or any other ‘permanent’ fixtures installed on or below their hillsides. [more]
The start of trade-show season always makes this abusy time of year forJim McCloskey. But this fall, his schedule also includes a special pilgrimage to Pennsylvania in addition to all of the preparations related to attending the International Pool|Spa|Patio Expo in Las Vegas. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO . . .
Dream Dip Dept.: A fortunate few will be allowed to swim in Hearst Castle’s fully restored Neptune Pool.
Those fifty lucky people will pay big bucks for the privilege.
Life Imitates Art Dept.:Two guys use a swimming pool to conjure visions of a classic Michelangelo scene. [more]
It’s not aliteralrendition, but it’s still pretty impressive.
The Trouble with Liners
Most pond builders rely on liners to create their bodies of water, observedDouglas Rothin October 2003. But when it comes to creating high-quality naturalistic waterfeatures, he wrote, there’s a better way. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Speck Offers Special Pump for Waterfeatures
Speck Pumps(Jacksonville, FL) has launched its Model 21-80/30G, a high-efficiency pump that moves water to feed vanishing edges, waterfalls, fountains or slides. Designed for quiet operation with four-inch suction and return ports, the all-plastic unit provides maximum flow at low head and is non-corrosive, salt-tolerant and chemical/UV resistant. For details, clickhereand scroll down.
Fire/Water Columns from Grand Effects
Grand Effects(Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) manufactures fire-and-water columns that operate automatically and are compatible with pool/spa controllers. Fabricated in black concrete to resemble basalt, the easy-to-install columns come in three heights — 20, 28 and 30 inches — and can be used individually or as combined multi-tiered compositions. For details, clickhere.
TheWaterShapes Professional Networkwill be represented in Las Vegas from October 31 through November 2 at the International Pool|Spa|Patio Expo. Please do stop by Booth 1646 — right in the heart of the Genesis Pavilion — to learn more about theNetworkand discuss its future plans.
Participants in the program have shared their listings with thousands of the consumer-oriented site’s visitors in the past year — and those encounters have resulted in significant traffic from theWPNsite directlyto the listed companies’ own web sites. It’s a marvelous marketing opportunity — inexpensive and ‘consumer-friendly’ in the richest sense of the term.
TheNetworkis working just the way we’d hoped: Time toclickaboard?