THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
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FEATURE ARTICLE/August 20, 2014
Add a Spa, Save a Home
It didn't take long for Paolo Benedetti to notice that his prospective client's house was giving way on a slowly collapsing hill. Armed with a fresh soils report, he designed a spa and stone deck that halted the slope's creeping -- and eased the homeowner's worries as well. [more]
VIDEO GALLERY/December 19, 2012
Koi Pond, Revisited
He's often called in to renovate and expand his clients' existing ponds, notes Mike Gannon. Here's a look at one such project along with some tips on how to accommodate the displaced fish -- in this case, a collection of prized koi -- for the duration of the three-day endeavor. [more]
FEATURE ARTICLE/August 5, 2015
When the goal is glass-tiled perfection, says Jimmy Reed, there's no substitute for the hard work that goes into ideal surface preparation. And that's especially true when, as in the case highlighted here, the project involves resurfacing an old, deep pool and its odd set of coves. [more]
ESSENTIAL/August 6, 2014
Private Paradise, Revisited
It's not often that a designer gets to return to a past pool project and update it for new owners. But that was the opportunity Raymond Jungles was offered with this property -- a Mid-Century Modern showplace in the Florida Keys.
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TECHNICAL BRIEFING/December 3, 2014
With watershapes, observes Jim Wilder, the beauty often often runs much more than skin deep. To illustrate, he discusses twin works of the plumber's art -- with, by his calculation, more than 750 glue joints each -- that he knew would ultimately be hidden within tons of concrete. [more]
WATERSHAPES WORLD/July 14, 2010
On Water and Being Human
For this special edition of WaterShapes highlighting great web-only articles, an on-the-mend Jim McCloskey turns his blog over to Dave Garton, who nearly a decade ago did a fantastic job of defining the value of watershaping as an activity of value to its clients -- and society, too. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Grin and Bear It Dept.: Intrepid ursines bravely take to the waters in this backyard swimming pool.
The bears are cool, but the pool design is truly dated.
Laps of Luxury Dept., Part 2: New York developers are using cool indoor pools to close high-ticket deals. [more]
But can 75-foot lap pools make itsy-bitsy studios palatable?
WATERSHAPES CLASSIC/June 10, 2015
Doing Our Best, Sustainably
On his job sites, wrote Bruce Zaretsky five years back, he's always on the lookout for ways he can be a responsible steward of the planet and has built recycling, local sourcing and much more into his routines. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
CMP Adds High-Flow UV Sterilizer
CMP (Newnan, GA) has launched UV-C 50, a high-flow ultraviolet sterilizer designed for easy installation, reliability and simple serviceability on swimming pools containing up to 50,000 gallons. The unit prevents micro-organism growth, breaks down chloramines, reduces chemical use, optimizes water clarity and creates no chemical by-products. For details, click here.
Hydropavers Introduces Permeable Decking
Hydropavers (Pickering, Ontario, Canada) manufactures a permeable paving system that transforms deck areas into storm drains by absorbing all the water in a quarter-inch rain event, then allowing additional rainwater to flow through the pavers into a prepared base, filtering out particulates and reducing puddling. Comes in nine colors and five sizes. For details, click here.
For years now, conventional wisdom has told us that the decision to purchase a watershape of any kind is a process that takes several years from initial idea to actual commitment.
That's why the WaterShapes Professional Network is so important: It gives homeowners and decision-makers an easy way to begin their research and an anonymous, private means of gathering information before they reach out and make contact with professionals whose work they admire. Click here to check it out -- and get ready for your future!
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.