THE DEFINITIVE RESOURCE FOR PROFESSIONALS AND CONSUMERS
WHO MAKE WATER AND OUTDOOR LIVING PART OF THEIR LIVES
January 6, 2021 www.watershapes.com
Ben Lasseter welcomes challenging projects, especially those where the watershapes are integral to the home’s design. Working as part of an exclusive project team, one that included a legendary architect, Lasseter’s firm recently completed a shimmering all-white pool that is as much a part of the property’s aesthetics as the roofline of the house itself.[more]
BENEATH THE SURFACE
User comfort and ease of movement are guiding principles in the watershape design process. As Dave Peterson explains, this edition’sDetailworks as an ergonomic template applied when considering the steps users take as they move from here to there – and over the “space between.”[more]
Hot Water Options
While fossil-fuel heating dominates the pool market, and electric heating prevails in hot tubs, designer, builder and energy-efficiency specialist Douglas Cook sees value in keeping the alternatives in mind, especially for cost-minded and/or ecologically inclined homeowners, who might be open to sustainable water-heating solutions.[more]]
Always trying to look on the bright side, Eric Herman offers a set of watershaping achievements from the past year worth noting. While such bright spots will never erase the memories of such a tough year, he points out that even in the darkest times, the beauty of watershaping shines through.[more]
On November 11, plasterer Rob Romano, of David Cook Plaster Co., and Bill Drakeley, WU cofounder, defined successful plaster installation in a livelyWolfpack Webinar Wednesdayspresentation. The discussion was part of WU’s ongoing effort to provide basic as well as advanced technical instruction for watershape builders and subcontractors looking to elevate their performance.[more]
Designing a Design Business
Becoming a pure design firm in the pool and spa industry is not easy. The reason being, notes Mike Farley, the industry is geared entirely toward selling construction projects, rather than earning design commissions. For those looking to move into design, he suggests a book that defines the anatomy of a successful design business.[more]
Filling the Map
Despite the challenges of the past year, Watershape University’s International Watershapes Institute (IWI) has seen steady growth since the university was founded in fall 2019. As the roster of top-flight professionals increases, IWI’s values and goals are taking root and redefining the watershaping map.[more]
A Crowning Achievement
The Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millennium Park is an ingenious fusion of artistic vision and high-tech water effects in which sculptor Juame Plensa’ s creative concepts were brought to life by an interdisciplinary team that included the waterfeature designers at Crystal Fountains. Here, Larry O’Hearn describes how the firm met the challenge and helped give Chicago’s residents a defining landmark in glass, light, water and bright faces.[more]
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in April 2005, has been digitized for all readers.
So You Don’t Have To…
How We Use Water:In an effort address water shortage and long-term sustainability, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers insight into and guidance about way to sensibly reduce water consumption. [more]
Every drop adds up, use wisely!
Water’s Unusual Physical Properties: This insightful article from the American Geosciences Institute explores the properties of the water molecule that make it so unusual in nature, from its ability to retain heat to its role at the “universal solvent.”[more]
The H2O molecule is truly awesome!
Fountain People Offers LOTUS Escutcheon
Fountain People(San Marcos, Tex.) offers the LOTUS bronze escutcheon, a wall-mounted fitting featuring a dark-bronze finish and decorative hand-burnished details. The fixture is designed for use as a cover plate for a hidden fountain nozzle or it can be wall or deck mounted. For details clickhere.
Pebble Tec With Seashells
PPebble Technology (Scottsdale, Ariz.)offers Shimmering Sea pebble pool finish, an organic combination of cultivated abalone and mother of pearl shells that offers a subtle spectrum of color on the water’s surface. Shimmering Sea is included in many of the company’s PebbleFina finishes, and it can be added the company’s other lines of finish products.For details, clickhere.
Corporate Engagement Teammates
Watershape Universityappreciates the support of the following industry leaders. . .