THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
March 21, 2018 www.watershapes.com
Getting down to cases, Robert Mikula and Simon Gardiner conclude a two-part series by highlighting three great fountains and discussing how planning for multiple layers of community involvement have resulted in their emergence as indispensable urban resources. [more]
POOLSCAPES AFTER DARK
Flowing in Light
It's a challenge designers and builders face every time they work with raised spas, waterfalls, grottoes or vanishing edges: Saving the best for last, Graham Orme completes his four-part series on underwater-lighting techniques by focusing here on various forms of water in transit. [more]
While visiting friends in southwestern Missouri last year, Jim McCloskey noticed big changes in Branson, a resort town noted for its entertainment venues. This includes addition of a must-see musical fountain intended to help broaden the town's appeal to a younger crowd. [more]
Making Models Super
The project was massive: Four sets of spectacular model homes for a gated community set in the rolling hills above Newport Beach, Calif., and designed by three different landscape architects with each featuring its own creative use of water. By the time he left the site, says pool builder Kent Hart, he had installed more than 20 vessels of various types, shapes and sizes at the One Ford Road development -- and found unique challenges in executing the architects' divergent visions.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in January 2000, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.
Coping with Salt
They're wildly popular, writes Scott Cohen, but he's seen enough problems with salt-chlorination systems in his role as a construction-defects expert witness that he thinks it's wise to make homeowners aware of the possible drawbacks that can be associated with saline technologies. [more]
The Value in Sharing
The conclusion of two series -- one distinctly philosophical, the other quintessentially practical -- prompted Jim McCloskey to discuss how their value reaches beyond their basic topical categories. It also leads him to comment on the generosity that characterizes these articles. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Tinkling the Ivories Dept.: Piano-oriented publication surveys swimming pools with tuneful contours. [more]
They mostly look alike, of course, but it's a cool concept.
Silly Pets Dept.: Frosty-footed feline puts on a show courtesy of an icy pond and lots of perturbed fish. [more]
It'd be cuter if the 'prey' knew they were completely safe.
Lawns can be beautiful, says Bruce Zaretsky, but in times of drought there are alternatives to consider -- including the wonderfully naturalistic approach he discussed back in 2008. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Basecrete Offers Concrete Densifier
Basecrete (Sarasota, FL) manufactures Basecrete+, a highly viscous concrete densifier for primary waterproofing of pools and other watershapes. Upon application, the material penetrates the concrete matrix on a molecular level, filling all voids within the matrix, and bonds with calcium and lime to form a dense barrier of colloidal silicate gel. For details, click here.
Metal Fencing Systems from BŌK Modern
BŌK Modern (San Francisco, CA) manufactures laser-cut metal panels in standard or custom patterns for use as safety fencing, railings, stair panels, wall screens, green screens and more. Easy to install and maintain, the aluminum and steel panels are made from recycled material and have thermo-cured finishes for durability and easy cleaning. For details, click here.
It's still winter, but the 2018 season is just about ready to rock -- 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 are finding information and support that is helping 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)
At a time when good news seems hard to come by, Eric Herman bucks the norm by sharing some facts and figures about water conservation over the last 40 years that give us all genuine cause for hope. Indeed, we may have more control over water use than most people think.