THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
February 7, 2018 www.watershapes.com
If you don't prepare your clients for what will almost certainly happen to the appearance of this flashy form of decking and coping, writes Paolo Benedetti, you can find yourself facing unpleasant consequences -- from encounters with peevish homeowners to meetings with their attorneys. [more]
Mike Gannon is always gratified when a do-it-yourself pond owner trusts him enough to seek his professional help. But as he relates in introducing this video on one such transformation, there's a single point he keeps very much in mind as he approaches the various tasks at hand. [more]
The Future for Pools?
To gain a larger perspective on what tomorrow holds for our planet and our watershapes, writes James Robyn, start by looking beyond our day-to-day lives to see what history, science and astronomy can tell us -- then consider what it'll take to ensure a long, safe, prosperous future. [more]
Michael Nantz has built a reputation for success in design work across a range of styles and settings. Here in words and images, the Dallas-based watershape designer and builder leads us through a set of projects that put him to the test, forcing him to work with challenging sites and more than a few quirky client requests -- and, invariably, pushing him to balance his instincts against the needs of his projects in developing creative solutions.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in May 2009, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.
Montréal's arts district has long been a venue for lively performances, exhibitions and cultural events. As part of a recent revitalization process, notes David L'Heureux, the city commissioned the Place des Festivals -- and a spectacular watershape you simply must see! [more]
Reading about a residence designed by a prominent Miami architect, Jim McCloskey was impressed -- and even more so when he saw it's vintage and began putting it in the context of inspirations and innovations that periodically sweep through the world of watershaping. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Where There's a Will Dept.: A determined Mainer creates an 'ice carousel' in the middle of a big, frozen pond. [more]
The scale's remarkable, but what about horses and music?
There's a Way Dept.: A New Zealand sculptor cuts glass to present phantasmagorical aquatic landscapes. [more]
Be sure to scroll down to see them all -- simply fantastic!
Back in 2008, Brian Van Bower wrote passionately about specialization, style and establishing a design signature. Have you chosen your own path? More important, is that even a good idea? [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
CMP Introduces Advanced Oxidation Sanitizers
CMP (Newnan, GA) has released the DEL AOP 25 sanitizer, a unit that aligns a plasma ozone cell with an ultraviolet light chamber to create hydroxyl radicals -- a powerful synergy that destroys up to 99.9 percent of harmful water contaminants (including chemical-resistant bacteria) and significantly reduces the required level of residual chlorine. For details, click here.
Pergola Kits from Amish Country Gazebos
Amish Country Gazebos (Manheim, PA) packages wooden and vinyl pergola kits for residential and commercial applications. Available in two styles (Classic in southern yellow pine or vinyl and Montana in cedar or vinyl), the kits arrive complete and ready to install, including posts, headers, rafters and stringers engineered so no braces are required. For details, click here.
These days, the Internet is the information resource of choice for those looking for a huge array of goods and services. But it's tough for an individual business to capture eyes amid the bewildering quantity of options facing consumers as they try to find ways to make something like a pool, pond or fountain part of their home or working lives.
That's why we started the WaterShapes Professional Network -- a place consumers are using to get basic information about pool. pond and fountain designers and builders before they start making direct phone calls to arrange for site visits and bids. It's a new way of making initial contacts and getting in the game!
Other Watershape Systems & Equipment
Product information from WhiteWater West on Life Floor, a thick, foam-rubber decking system for waterparks that minimizes the consequences of slip-and-fall incidents.
WaterShapes World (blog)
For Jim McCloskey, the summer of 2018 featured way too many stories about people doing really dumb things around watershapes. Here's a sampling of what's been happening -- and some thoughts on the threat these incidents pose to the enjoyment of significa