THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
December 18, 2019 www.watershapes.com
A Desert Delight
Presented with great views, willing clients and a nearly blank slate, Rick Chafey took full advantage of the opportunities the site offered while also providing the homeowners with one-of-a-kind details that captured the essence of their ambitions for a new hilltop home. [more]
This long, narrow fountain was aimed at transforming a building's huge atrium into a relaxing space for its collection of high-stress tenants. Executing the job took creativity, writes Robert Nonemaker -- but it also required detailed planning and monumental, step-by-step efficiency. [more]
Visiting the New York Botanical Garden last September, Jim McCloskey found himself in front of the 'Fountain of Life.' After studying it for a while and doing some research back home, he's still puzzled by the sculpture -- but admires nonetheless what it does to energize the space. [more]
The Art of Finishing
No matter the scale or scope of the aquatic or landscape environment, notes master watershaper Anthony Archer Wills, the finishing touches are generally those that matter most. Here, in an article about a huge project for a lakefront Midwestern estate, he demonstrates the intricate truth of that simple assertion by discussing his approach to completing the work -- and accepting the fact that things will change as the future unfolds.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in September 2010, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
Cutting a Channel
Stream building can be hard work, says Rick Anderson, but it isn't terribly complex or exotic. All it takes to be successful in creating one that looks 'natural,' he explains, is a good plan, a thorough understanding of the site and a generous dose of thoughtful spontaneity. [more]
Prolonging the Thought
At the close of every December, Jim McCloskey reviews the previous year's concluding blog to see how he did as a prognosticator. He found some flawed thinking in his 2019 forecast, he concedes -- then doubles down and reasserts the same basic prediction, this time for 2020. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Aquatic Arts Dept.: Architects show they're seeing water's full potential in this fascinating set of projects. [more]
These folks get it, and the results are often breathtaking.
Nailed It Dept.: Residential tower designed for Cyprus captures the pure spirit of water, level after level. [more]
It's both original and ingenious. Here's hoping they build it!
Designing a New Paradigm (Part 2)
Back in 1999, a meeting in Ohio brought together professionals with varied perspectives on how backyard environments come together. Here's a look at another part of their detailed roundtable discussion. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Fiber Creations Offers Pool Stars Kits
Fiber Creations (Phoenix, AZ) assembles Pool Stars Kits to capture the universe in a pool or spa. Designed for use in new construction or in extensive renovations, the system includes a color-changing, twinkling LED light source, fiberoptic cables and termination kits that put fibers flush with a pool's interior surface for safe, trouble-free operation. For details, click here.
Westminster Teak's Double Lounges
Westminster Teak (Live Oak, FL) manufactures the Horizon double-chaise set to bring a timeless look to resorts and spas. Offered along with cushions and side tables, the sets feature minimal moving parts and marine-grade 316L stainless steel backrest supports. They can be used separately or linked as double lounges and are stackable for easy storage. For details, click here.
Ready for a
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 eyes 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.