THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
September 18, 2019 www.watershapes.com
Approaching the renovation of an historic fountain set over an existing, untouchable structure is daunting enough. But it gets tougher, write J. Wickham Zimmerman and Chris Roy, when the original documentation is sketchy and you have no choice but to figure out how to proceed. [more]
Poolside waterfeatures are awesome, says Bruce Riley, filling an area with sound and controlling key views into and out of the yard and around the water. Here's a look at ways to assess what clients need from these details -- and address a few issues they might not anticipate. [more]
Fun on the Road
When he heard stories about a friend's fun- and fountain-oriented family vacation, Jim McCloskey was pleased to recall the role he'd played in shaping the trip and making it special for everyone as they balanced her desire to see great watershapes with their passion for thrill rides. [more]
It's often said that what you don't know can hurt you -- and that's seldom truer than when the unknown in question has to do with the soil and geologic conditions that underlie watershapes. On hillsides in particular but even on certain flatlands, say prominent engineering geologists Larry Parmelee and Larry Schick, accommodating the forces at work beneath the surface is critical for professionals working to maximize the integrity and longevity of their installations.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in June 1999, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
Lighting design is all about beauty and making spaces come alive when the sun goes down. But Mike Gambino knows that the product choices made in creating these effects are just as important as any he might make in positioning fixtures around a client's backyard. [more]
A flurry of activity in and around the Genesis organization has Jim McCloskey's full attention these days. Here's his early take on what he's observed and the nature of what's being accomplished -- as well as some thoughts on what it all might mean for the future of watershaping. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
School Daze Dept.: French artist knocks over a school bus, turns it into an attractive little swimming pool. [more]
It's an oddly ironic combination of vandalism and great fun.
School's Back Dept.: Boy demonstrates killer sword skills, brings an early and abrupt end to his summer. [more]
Will his folks see swim-free living as enough punishment?
Learning by Doing
Don't get him started: The lack of plant literacy, wrote Bruce Zaretsky in his On the Level column for September 2009, is a major deficit among professionals in a key segment of a supposedly 'green' industry. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
White/Gray Fountains from Blue Thumb
Blue Thumb (Saginaw, MI) offers white-and-gray stone fountain kits. The three-column assemblies come in 18-, 24- and 30-inch heights, all 8-1/2 inches square and smooth on four sides. The kits include 48-inch fountain basins, 1,495 gallon-per-hour mag-drive pumps, flow-control valves, plumbing, tubing and polished black pebbles for the basins. For details, click here.
Tile-Top Barstools from Meridian Tile
Meridian Tile (Phoenix, AZ) assembles modular barstool tops for in-pool applications. Pressed from porcelain and glazed, the long-lasting units speed the installation process and come in a variety of colors and decorative patterns. Custom designs and logos are available as options, backed up by a glaze lab that formulates and tests for accurate coloration. For details, click here.
Making a Splash
in the Marketplace
If you design and/or build pools, spas, fountains, ponds, streams, waterfalls or other forms of contained, controlled water, you have a proven ability to create projects of great beauty. But how do you spread the word about your skills and talents to those who might want you to help them make water part of their daily lives?
The WaterShapes Professional Network can help you there. We've built a web site where dozens of designers and builders of watershapes of all types participate as an Internet collective -- a grouped entity large enough and interrelated in ways that make search engines treat all participants with respect. So if it's a strong (or even just a stronger) web presence you're after, please do take a look and get involved.
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.