THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
November 6, 2019 www.watershapes.com
The Magic Carpet
Brought in on what was originally a simple resurfacing job, Jimmy Reed, Alison Terry and Dave Penton ended up completely reworking this backyard. In Part 1, we look at what it took to convert a sad, old pool into a vibrant, highly textured work of art fully suited to a great setting. [more]
Faced with a blank slate and a design-oriented, home-builder client, Juliet Wood listened closely and created just the sort of backyard fun zone the homeowner wanted for active children -- not to mention a place to entertain friends, work with clients and find herself some relaxation. [more]
WHAT IS IT?
#35: Diving Platform
For a whole range of reasons, says Mike Farley, he's never been much inclined to include diving boards in his designs. This is why, as he discusses in a brief video, he guides his plunge-hankering clients toward an array of safe, fun and -- most important -- visually unobtrusive alternatives. [more]
Building toward Clarity
Having begun his career decades ago as a residential pool/spa service technician on Long Island, N.Y., watershaper Steve Kenny has a profound appreciation of superior water quality -- one he developed, he says, despite a near vacuum when it came to high-caliber industry education on the subject. Today, this self-taught expert applies what he's learned in building pools that combine unusual hydraulic designs with sophisticated water treatments.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in May 2011, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
A New Oasis
The Sierra Vista Aquatic Center is a dream come true for a remote desert town 50 miles south of Tucson, Ariz. Well worth a side trip, the facility includes a unusual competition/ wave pool and other active-use features described in detail here by William Rowley and Scott Mackey. [more]
Seats at the Table
A pair of articles featured in this edition of the WaterShapes newsletter prompted Jim McCloskey to think about collaboration -- and how much progress watershaping professionals have made in the realms of design and project development through the past 20 years. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Nordic Vertigo Dept.: Architect's proposal for a hotel in Norway suspends a pool 2,000 feet up on a cliff. [more]
It's the perfect nine-room spot for adrenaline-rush addicts.
Feline Surveillance Dept.: Video records kitty-on-kitty pranking at the edge of a family's swimming pool. [more]
Scroll down to see a cat acting a lot like a teen-aged boy.
Feeling Right at Home
Hitting the road can be a good thing, observed Stephanie Rose in her Natural Companions column from 15 years ago this month. Here's a look at why she sees so much value in fresh perspectives. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Hayward Introduces the AquaVac 6 Series
Hayward Pool Products (Elizabeth, NJ) has launched the AquaVac 6 Series of robotic pool cleaners. The units have WiFi operability as well as six variable-speed-driven rollers with adaptive traction to offer wall-to-wall cleaning on any pool surface; a system designed to provide constant suction; and a quick-release debris canister for easy cleanup. For details, click here.
Trex Offers Pergola/Shade Structure
Trex Pergola (Fredericksburg, VA) manufactures a pergola with a retractable canopy system that provides customizable shelter from the sun. The aluminum-reinforced-vinyl pergolas will not rot, warp, split or fade and come in 20 standard sizes as well as custom designs; lighting, heaters and curtains can be added to perfect the outdoor-living experience. For details, click here.
These days, the Internet is the information resource of choice for those looking for goods and services. But it's tough for an individual business to capture attention and interest amid the bewildering array of options facing consumers as they try to find ways to make water 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.
The Network is working just the way we'd hoped: Time to click aboard?
WaterShapes World (blog)
Water and plants go together like wine and cheese, says editor Eric Herman, which is why WaterShapes has always made a point of covering the use of plants in spaces that feature water. Unfortunately, despite the beauty and practicality of working with plants, many watershapers relegate softscape to an afterthought. Perhaps it’s time that should change.