The pool and spa are simple in shape, says builder David Tisherman, but the project was anything but: Built on a wildly unstable Southern California hillside and intertwined with extensive remodeling of the clients’ home, the serene finished product contrasts starkly with tales of change orders and complicated decision-making processes – not to mention a desire on the part of client and designer to strive for nothing but the best.
It was a fairly straightforward consultation that became much more fun, writes Paolo Benedetti, as he made a few corrections, offered a few suggestions and found a fellow traveler on the road to visual perfection.
Asked to work on a spa after a general contractor had started its construction using an ill-advised approach, Grant Smith moved forward knowing there'd be conflicts on site -- but confident that the clients had his back as he worked to rescue a key feature of their remodeling project.
He was called in to help with a spa, but Brian Van Bower ended up pitching in with three watershapes in all -- each of which offered unique hydraulic challenges and all of which contributed to creating an elegant, water-defined penthouse space overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Of all the promotional tools Dave Garton has deployed to support his watershaping business through the years, nothing has been more effective than his business cards. Why so? As as he reports here, it's because there's more to them than the usual bits of contact information.
Certainly one of the world’s most unusual watershaping achievements, ‘Le Reve’ is a Las Vegas-style aquatic production that carries audiences into an amazing dream world of water, light, music and incredible acrobatic skill. To achieve the water effects, former Cirque du Soleil producer Franco Dragone turned to Aviram Müller and Canada’s Kaarajal Design Aquatique – and the result is a marriage of watershaping art and technology unlike any other.
The owners may have named the property ‘The Bait Shack’ as a humorous means of conveying their love of all things oceanic, but the quirky name does little to mask the luxury embodied by their oceanfront estate. Designed and built as a complete, top-to-bottom, turnkey project by D’Ascanio Brothers and the staff at D’Asign Source, this home and its surroundings stand among the firm’s most comprehensive and elaborate efforts to date.
A meeting took Jim McCloskey to a downtown Los Angeles hotel where, getting restless, he set out to explore a nearby museum. But before he'd gone even a few yards, he heard the sounds of moving water and discovered a wonderfully accessible urban oasis.
This installment of Book Notes is a double-header: First, Mike Farley reviews International Award–Winning Pools, Spas and Water Environments by Virginia Martino, Joseph M. Vassallo and Mary Vail. Then he reviews Scott Cohen’s Poolscapes: Refreshing Ideas for the Ultimate Backyard Resort. Cohen is, of course, a frequent contributor to WaterShapes EXTRA!
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Reflecting on a difficult decision from a recent construction project at his home, Jim McCloskey has regrets about the way things turned out -- and learned a valuable lesson about trust along the way.