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2018/11.2, November 21 — Glass-Tile Finesse, Revising a Legend, Calming with Water and more
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2018/11.2, November 21 — Glass-Tile Finesse, Revising a Legend, Calming with Water and more


November 21, 2018

An All-Tile Adventure

As glass-tile specialistJimmy Reedsees it, the earlier he gets involved in a project, the better. In this case, however, he joined the project team a bit late — which led to some unusual and expensive consequences as well as tough decisions having to do with layout and visual flow.[more]


Wabash Cannonballs

Reimagining a classic pool is a tall order, especially when the original was a legendary regional favorite. But that’s the task that confrontedGary Novitskiand his colleagues, who started by cleaning the slate and then delivering four new watershapes to meet modern-day aquatic needs. [more]


Roundabout Ingenuity
The once-suburban Barnes art collection has completed a move to Philadelphia’s Franklin Parkway. It’s now a worthy pilgrimage for watershapers, saysJim McCloskey, if only for the clever way the design team used water to help ease the transition from noisy streets to quiet galleries.[more]


Eastern Influences

For the past 30 years, landscape artist/architectJim Robinsonhas pursued his projects with a distinct focus on creating subtle and complex beauty. Based on traditions of Japanese gardens, the resulting sites range from the monumental to the decidedly intimate — but in all cases, his approach to the placement of plants, stone and water is directed to establishing spaces that speak to visitors with a timeless, sublime tranquility.

This article, originally published inWaterShapesin June 2007, has been digitized for all readers. Clickhereto see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.


Walls of Stone
He has a passion for stone walls, notesBruce Zaretsky, especially when they’re stacked and made without mortar. But there’s a fine line between those that endure beautifully and those that are just expensive heaps of rock, he adds, explaining here how to make the durable kind. [more]


Viva Las Vegas!

His recent visit to the International Pool|Spa|Patio Expo was a special treat, writesJim McCloskey— one filled with opportunities for reunions with old friends and great conversations with new ones. But there was, he concedes, at least one disappointment as well.[more]

Ready-Made Dept.:German town tips a cap to a local firm, using its products as part of a cool water organ.

Never thought I’d see pressure washers in an artistic light.
Nature Wins One Dept.:Large, colorful fish take over a water-filled basement in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard.[more]
Photo shows how powerful the urge toward life can be!

It’s Always Something!
You need to take care in selecting plants, advised Stephanie Rose in her November 2003 Natural Companions column, because making the wrong choice can lead to misadventures of the ‘invasive’ kind. [more]

Zodiac Introduces HydroCool LED Lights

Zodiac Pool Systems(Vista, CA) now offers nicheless LED lights featuring HydroCool technology through its Jandy Pro Series. The energy-efficient, water-cooled units are designed to fit in standard 1-1/2-inch return fittings, operate at lower wattages with high light outputs and have diffuser lenses to delivers consistent color with fewer hot spots. For details, click here.
Great American Offers Flexible Spillway System

Great American Waterfall Co.(Spring Hill, FL) manufactures Aqua Zero Edge, a two-piece spillway system that adds detail to and speeds completion of raised pool walls. Available as standard two-foot-long units for geometric and some freeform applications, the system consists of a mounting plate and a trough dam that can be modified on site. For details, clickhere.


Gaining Ground
in the New Year
Ifyou design and/or build pools, spas, fountains, ponds, streams, waterfalls or other forms of contained, controlled water, you have a proven ability to create projects of great beauty. But how do you spread the word about your skills and talents to those who might want you to help them make water part of their daily lives?

TheWaterShapes Professional Networkcan help you there. We’vebuilt a web site where dozens of designers and builders of watershapes of all types participate as an Internet collective — a grouped entity large enough and interrelated in ways that make search engines treat all participants with respect. So if it’s a strong (or even just a stronger) web presence you’re after, please do take a look and get involved.
TheNetworkis working just the way we’d hoped: Time toclickaboard?

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