THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
April 17, 2019 www.watershapes.com
Building an elaborate, choreographed fountain in a public place is always a technical and logistical challenge. But in this case, note J. Wickham Zimmerman and Chris Roy, the stakes were significantly raised by the developer's bold vision as well as the project's geographic location. [more]
Jets and sprays are welcome additions to ponds because they look great. But if the designer or installer follows a few key guidelines outlined here by Roy Watkins, the list of benefits will expand to include an overall improvement in water quality and a healthier environment for fish.[more]
A recent visit to San Diego took Jim McCloskey back to a fountain he'd seen and admired as a youngster. The old waterfeature is still there, he says, but the surrounding plaza was so different and visually scattered that the experience turned from nostalgia to sadness. [more]
Watershaper Michael Nantz has designed and installed projects across a wide range of styles, budgets and overall levels of complexity. Among the most challenging and ultimately satisfying of all those designs, he says, are those that unfold in the yards of clients who want to make significant personal statements -- but in very small spaces. Here, we take a look at two such projects, both of which prompted him to summon up all of his creativity.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in May 2006, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.
Designing for Depth
When it comes to lighting landscapes, observes Mike Gambino, it's important to get trees involved because their sizes, shapes and visual textures are so engaging. And all it takes to make it work, he suggests, is putting two fundamental lighting approaches to good use. [more]
Truth be told, Jim McCloskey has always had a hard time staying quiet when confronted by sloppy reasoning. In this case, he's become unusually peeved by the silly set of arguments offered in an article that advises homeowners to rip out their swimming pools, the sooner the better. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Spectacular Parade Dept.: An architecture magazine highlights the aquatic delights of 25 great hotels.
But really, it's much more about the settings than the pools!
DIY Madness Dept.: Working by hand, a man digs a pool and home someplace in the middle of nowhere. [more]
I just have to ask: Where do they find these people?
Operating on a Higher Level
Working with upper-echelon clients takes a special level of preparation and skill, wrote Brian Van Bower back in 2004. To uncover one key factor that he says is more important than all the rest, start by clicking here.
THE SHOPPING CART
Reflecting Pools from Bradford Products
Bradford Products (Leland, NC) makes WaterFX Reflecting Pools for both residential and commercial applications. Designed to bring a measure of peace and tranquility to any indoor or outdoor environment, the shallow stainless steel vessels can be customized to any desired size or shape and are available with tile finishes as well as lighting systems. For details, click here.
Mariner Underwater LEDs from Lightcraft
Lightcraft Outdoor (Chatsworth, CA) offers Mariner underwater lighting fixtures. Made of heavy cast brass, the units have removable stands for lower-profile installation and come with 25 feet of underwater-rated cable and field-replaceable, low-voltage LEDs. They also come with clear lenses, project out to 25 feet and can be used down to six feet deep. For details, click here.
the 2019 Season?
No marketing or promotional plan you have for 2019 (and beyond) will be complete without putting the WaterShapes Professional Network to work on your company's behalf. You produce spectacular projects; WPN is here to help you call your skills and talents to the attention of homeowners and others who are interested in making water part of their daily lives.
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WaterShapes World (blog)
As familiar as water may be, there are so many things about it most don't know -- or choose not to consider. But it's a fact, says Eric Herman: The world of water is full of fascinating factoids that can surprise, captivate, terrify and inspire even the most conscientious users of H20.