THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
July 22, 2020 www.watershapes.com
While true perfection is an elusive goal,Grant Smithbelieves in pursuing it by exceeding engineering and construction standards and paying attention to fine aesthetic details. And as he reports here, sometimes he ends up chasing it for clients who like to change their minds.[more]
The Shaq Pond
Installing a pond for basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal was a personal thrill, notesGreg Wittstock. But even if he and the all-star project team were a little bit starstruck, they stayed focused and approached the work as an expression of aquatic art at the highest level. [more]
Pathways to Efficiency
Creating swimming pools that save on energy costs is a consuming passion forDouglas Cook. As he explains here, he achieves best results with combinations of energy-smart solutions — often including solar heating and power generation — that can lead to dramatic savings.[more]
The Science of Lighting
When designed and installed properly, a landscape lighting system enables clients to enjoy their watershapes and landscapes well after the sun goes down. But achieving those satisfactory results, says lighting expertMike Gambino, requires an understanding not only of the aesthetics of lighting design, but also an appreciation of the technology behind the beauty and an ability to lay components out in ways that electrically balance the system.
This article, originally published inWaterShapesin February 2008, has been digitized for all readers. Clickhereto see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
Water can be used in almost every setting to add interest, beauty and a sense of tranquility. But what that means in design terms changes in response to a setting’s needs and a client’s expectations, sayJanet RosenbergandGlenn Herman— and produces a spectrum of solutions.[more]
A Cautionary Note
A surge in pool sales is a beautiful thing, observesEric Herman. But with this groundswell of popularity, it’s more important than ever to educate homeowners — especially those with young children or grandchildren — to be mindful of the value of safety and drowning prevention. [more]
Oasis on the Prairie
Welcome to Open Waters, a brand-new WaterShapes feature in which we will explore the variety and creativity of the wide world of water with a rotating roster of blogs, travelogues and other discussions of all things aquatic — including this entry about a Tulsa, Okla., landmark.[more]
Watershapes University is pleased to welcome Brett Herman to the Wolfpack.
The talented son of WaterShapes Editor Eric Herman, he’ll be responsible for social media outreach and database management for Watershape University while also providing editorial and digital support for WaterShapes.com. To learn more about him, clickhere.
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO . . .
Naturally Beautiful: A quick tour of some of America’s most stunning (and therapeutic) natural spaces. [more]
Be prepared for some additions to your bucket list!
Streaking Spiders:Asometimes unnerving visit with the prime water-surface athletes of the insect world.[more]
Impress clients with your knowledge of aquatic entomology.
THE SHOPPING CART
J&J Electronics Offers Nicheless Light Fixtures
J&J Electronics(Chino, CA) produces the ColorSplash VU RGB-W, a 1.5-inch, nicheless LED fixture for pool and spa applications. The light source features a variety of colors and can put on its own light shows to transform ordinary aquatic settings into custom, illuminated waterfeatures. The product also comes in a pure-white version. For details, clickhere.
Aquaview Makes Frameless Glass Fences
Aquaview Glass Fence & Railing Systems(New York, NY) offers a line of fully frameless glass railing systems. Providing crystal-clear views with a contemporary design that enhances all aquatic spaces, the systems are designed for strength and reliability even in high-wind zones and can be used to complete pool areas, balconies, decks and sea walls. For details, clickhere.