THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
December 4, 2019 www.watershapes.com
The Best Remedy
Called in to clean up a mess made by another pool contractor, Grant Smith found that the problems were worse than met the eye. But he still managed to save the day, pulling together a lovely pool, spa and deck that aligned closely with the client's original desires. [more]
In his career as a pond designer and installer, Dave Garton has used his acquaintance with nature to inspire and refine his efforts. Here, in a new occasional series, he shares what he's learned along the way -- and offers guidance in avoiding an array of all-too-common errors. [more]
WHAT IS IT?
#36: Glass-Tile Finish
Concluding his run of 'What Is It?' videos after seven eventful years, Mike Farley goes out on a high note with coverage of what he -- and many of his colleagues -- consider to be the ultimate interior finish for clients who are obsessed with having nothing less than the best. [more]
The restoration of historic watershapes can be both exciting and satisfying, says engineer and commercial pool specialist William N. Rowley. But, he adds quickly, it can also be incredibly challenging as well, raising a host of issues few watershapers ever confront in their careers. To highlight these considerations, he discusses three California properties he's recently helped rejuvenate, defining what it took to restore them to their former glory.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in June 2009, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
The Weight of History
Working on a grand fountain in the royal Garden of Versailles was an amazing challenge, writes David L'Heureux -- and now his team's care, professionalism and determination to perform at the highest level are on display the next time your travels take you to France. [more]
Fast and Glorious
The news about the acquisition of WaterShapes.com and its associated assets by Watershape University is a big part of Jim McCloskey's ongoing reality these days. And it's a step he welcomes, he says, because of the caliber and character of his new professional associates. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Spectacular Beauty Dept.: Award-winning project draws attention to the value of great landscape design. [more]
This may be the most gorgeous manmade garden -- ever.
Crowd Abatement Dept.: Officials in Rome are imposing broad, new restrictions to protect Trevi Fountain. [more]
Sadly, barriers are on the way to keep visitors at a distance.
Designing a New Paradigm (Part 1)
20 years ago, five education-oriented watershapers representing both the pool and landscape trades sat down to share their views on an emerging 'philosophy of design.' Here's one key part of their discussion. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
CMP Introduces Line of Copper Scuppers
CMP (Newnan, GA) now offers copper scuppers in a range of styles and configurations for use in pools, spas, water walls and other waterfeatures. Designed to provide bubbling, lively streams of water, the units have angled baffles that create glass-like sheeting effects. Each unit develops its own brown, blue or green patina, so every installation is unique. For details, click here.
S.R. Smith Offers Commercial-Grade Lounges
S.R. Smith (Canby, OR) manufactures the Destination Lounger. Designed for light weight and durability, the heavy-duty lounges are easy to place and move around in hospitality and commercial-pool facilities in water up to 12 inches deep. The units come in a range of fade-resistant colors and are easy to drain, remove and store when not in use. For details, click here.
Projects to Work
Watershapers have a distinctive ability to produce spectacular work -- but oftentimes real difficulty when it comes to calling their skills and talents to the attention of homeowners and others who are interested in making water part of their daily lives.
That's where the WaterShapes Professional Network comes in: By building a collective web presence in which dozens and, ultimately, hundreds of sites participate as an interlinked colossus, it involves watershapers in a group entity large enough that the search engines can't overlook it. So if it's a strong (or stronger) web presence you're after, check it out.
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.