THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
June 5, 2019 www.watershapes.com
COLLABORATIVE ART, I
The stakes for a watershape designer are pretty high when the client is a noted architect, observes Shane LeBlanc -- particularly when you're working 3,000 miles from your home base and need to find professionals capable of bringing your bold, ambitious ideas to life. [more]
COLLABORATIVE ART, II
Embracing a Vision
Building high-end watershapes to other professionals' specifications gives Dave Penton the opportunity to work on a wide range of great projects -- and occasionally, as in the one covered here, the chance to do so in the company of good friends and respected colleagues. [more]
COLLABORATIVE ART, III
Working with unusually large material is a distinct technical challenge in tile application, reports Jimmy Reed. As always, planning and surface preparation are crucial, but the keys in this specific project were patience, skill and a raw determination to stick to a simple, elegant grid. [more]
Free and Clear
Along with an increasing demand for large, naturalistic watershapes in both residential and commercial settings has come an unprecedented desire for exceptional water quality in those bodies of water, says George Forni, a specialist in the design, construction and maintenance of lakes, ponds and streams. Here, using several of his projects in northern California as examples, he discusses just what it takes to meet both the demand and the desire.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in January 2004, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.
A Classic Restored
Built in the 1930s and covering nearly half an acre, the pool at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla., is one of the country's oldest, largest and most historic swimming pools. Restoring it on a short timeline was no easy task, notes Steve Lucas, but now it's ready for you to visit. [more]
In this very special edition of the WaterShapes newsletter, writes Jim McCloskey, you'll find a trio of articles offering perspectives on a single project as told by three top-flight watershapers. It's a summertime treat -- and dynamic testimony to the power of artful teamwork. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Incredible Oops Dept.: A fountain near Walt Disney World is rushing to correct a glaring spelling error.
You'd think this sort of typo would be impossible here.
Quelle Concept! Dept.: Architect floats the idea of adding a pool in the restoration of a fire-ravaged cathedral. [more]
It'll never happen, of course, but the image is breathtaking.
Now You See It
Inspiration is where you find it -- even when it comes to drain covers, wrote David Tisherman in June 2004, which is why he's so focused on getting out and seeing what others have done with his own eyes. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Hayward Launches the TriVac 700 Cleaner
Hayward Pool Products (Elizabeth, NJ) has introduced the TriVac 700 pressure-side pool cleaner. Designed to skim debris from the surface of the water as well as thoroughly vacuum the pool floors, walls and coves, the device has a wide suction inlet, a large debris bag, a jet-propelled drive and protective wheels for gentle treatment of pool surfaces. For details, click here.
CCEI Offers Transformer for Pool Lights
CCEI USA (Inglewood, CA) manufactures 12-14 volt Safety AC Transformer designed specifically to power pool and spa lights. The units allow for direct connection of underwater fixtures, has two compartments to maintain the separation of primary and secondary connections and includes a circuit breaker to protect against overloads. 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 portal 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!
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.