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2020/1.1, January 8 — WaterShapes Update, Beyond Renovation, Vanishing-Edge Angles and more
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2020/1.1, January 8 — WaterShapes Update, Beyond Renovation, Vanishing-Edge Angles and more


January 8, 2020


So What’s Up?
Lots of questions have arisen since the announcement of the sale of WaterShapes in November 2019 . AsJim McCloskeyreports here, big changes will be few — but opportunities for exploiting the synergies between the deal’s partners areboundlessas the New Year begins. [more]

Begin Again

When these clients originally made contact, they were after a renovation. But onceRyan Hughessaw the site and the plan and considered what the homeowners really wanted, he persuaded them to start from scratch and work with him in creating the bayfront poolscape of their dreams.[more]


Making Edges Vanish
As a veteran watershape engineer,Dave Petersonhas reviewed plans for countless vanishing-edge projects. Along the way, he’s developed a preference for a specific approach to angling the top of the edge wall, offering guidance here that applies in nearly every case.[more]


Wilma’s Baubles

Of all the visual offenses perpetrated by pond installers, there’s one that upsets Dave Garton more than any other. Here, he offers several reasons for why it’s something he encounters with such frequency, then discusses ways to avoid having it happen in the first placee.[more]


Helping Hands

As architects and environmental artists, the lateSuzanne

andRon Dirsmithalways took pride in creating spaces that nurture the spirit, mind and body. In one specific project, however, they went several steps beyond that in setting up a watershape for a special child who uses water exercise to gain strength, flexibility and freedom. Here’s a look at how they accommodated his needs — and learned a great deal about the healing power of water in the process.

This article, originally published inWaterShapesin July 2003, has been digitized for all readers. Clickhereto see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.


Classical Influences

For many years,David Tishermanhas urged designers to travel and see architecture, art and ancient ruins in their own contexts. It’s a great way to pick up ideas and develop a sense of your place in design history, so why not do as he suggests, pack your bags and head to Asia Minor? [more]


Tour de Force Dept.:This look at 38 pools (both natural and manmade) can help you fill your bucket list. [more]

So many places to visit, so much dip-worthy beauty!

Makes You Think Dept.: This simple fountain in Budapest fires the imagination with a flood of alternate ideas.[more]

How about, for one, laminar ‘pages’ with projected images?


The Company You Keep
Back in 2005,Brian Van Bowerwrote eloquently about what it took (and still takes) to navigate the toughest cluster of decisions many business owners will ever have to make. [more]

Aquatic Technologies Offers Epoxy Pool Surface
Aquatic Technologies Group(Stuart, FL) makes AquaGuard 5000, an epoxy coating designed for restoring the interior surfaces of swimming pools and spas. Stronger than plaster and easier to apply, the durable, nonporous material has its own structural integrity regardless of the substrate and keeps its color while resisting resists stains and algae. For details, clickhere.
Fire Tables from Outdoor Greatroom
Outdoor Greatroom Co.(Burnsville, MN) manufactures the Kenwood, a gas-fueled fire pit that doubles as a dining table. Set at standard dining-table height, the units have composite deck tops and bases for a warm, modern look and feature 12-by-42-inch burners, manual or automatic ignitions and a compartment in the base that hides a propane tank. For details, clickhere.


Checked Your
Calendar Lately?
It’s still winter, but the 2020 season is just about ready to break wide open — an opportune time to make certain that strong messages about what you do are found where homeowners and commercial clients will see them.

One great way to spread the word is through theWaterShapes Professional Network, where increasing numbers of web searchers are finding information and support that is helping them make decisions about who to work with in adding water (and everything that comes with it) to their home and/or business environments.
TheNetworkis working just the way we’d hoped: Time toclickaboard?

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