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1 3 18JC0Wrapping up his series on a comprehensive approach to healthier pool water, John Cohen goes into great detail in defining system components and making specific product recommendations.

 

If he ever had any doubts about the value of updating and maintaining his extensive portfolio, writes Kurt Kraisinger, this project and his clients' desire to weigh every possibility put them to rest -- with beautiful results.
If he ever had any doubts about the value of updating and maintaining his extensive portfolio, writes Kurt Kraisinger, this project and his clients' desire to weigh every possibility put them to rest -- with beautiful results.
By Kurt Kraisinger

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of this project, that old truism was right on the mark.

From the start, what my clients seemed to want most was to look at every image I could muster and ask questions and make comments about each one. And it worked: Through their words and body language during these sessions, they offered me almost all of the information I had to have to deliver precisely what they wanted.

And that was great, because when I

 

1 3 farley vdeo artBy Mike Farley

For the past ten years or so, high-end designers and builders have focused extensively on hiding things that disrupt a viewer’s visual pleasure or violate the clean lines and sleek surfaces they’ve lavished on their watershapes.

This may be why you see so few diving boards and slides these days. It may also be a contributing factor in the speed

 

Tireless in his quest for information about and approaches to the creation of toxin-free pools and spas, John Cohen has spent years weighing observations of nature and the human body and figuring out ways to use what he's learned to help people swim in pure, clean, safe water.

 

 

 

Designing watershapes for construction by others in remote settings isn't everyone's cup of tea. The keys to success, reports Andrew Kaner, include specific, multiple forms of contact and communication -- as outlined here in a profile of a breathtaking project in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Designing watershapes for construction by others in remote settings isn't everyone's cup of tea.  The keys to success, reports Andrew Kaner, include specific, multiple forms of contact and communication -- as outlined here in a profile of a breathtaking project in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
By Andrew Kaner

Through the years, we’ve worked on lots of projects in remote locations all around the world, from Sri Lanka to Bermuda. In a few instances, we’ve worked without any site visits – but our strong preference is to see where we’re working: It helps move our process along if we get the lay of the land and have the opportunity to meet with clients or architects or property representatives on site.

The reasons for this preference are obvious: We draw ideas from what we see, nail down a sense of scale and proportion and head to the drawing board armed with

 

12 6 17JC0For years, John Cohen has dedicated himself to meeting the needs of clients averse to using traditional sanitizers.  As he reports in the first in a series of articles, his quest began with a narrow-minded 'expert' and has since pulled him toward a biologically inspired set of solutions.

 

 

Working with great clients in their tiny backyard, Tanr Ross faced a choice: Erase items from their wish list, or find creative ways to include everything. Here's how he pulled it all together -- and ended up making a compact space seem a good bit larger than it really is.
Working with great clients in their tiny backyard, Tanr Ross faced a choice:  Erase items from their wish list, or find creative ways to include everything.  Here's how he pulled it all together -- and ended up making a compact space seem a good bit larger than it really is.
By Tanr Ross

When it happens this way, it’s truly special.

The clients had seen my work and had been so impressed that they said they didn’t want to “sway” me in one direction or another by offering their own design ideas and suggestions. Almost as important, they had the wherewithal to set me loose in pursuit of what I thought should be done throughout the entire space – everything from the watershapes and the outdoor kitchen to the plants and furnishings and small decorative details.

As I discovered and they already

 

The architect wanted a pool with a long lazy-river to highlight the hotel's big deck area, and Buffy Neumann knew just how to approach the task: She did her homework, called in a key supplier for technical assistance and executed the project in award-worthy style.
The architect wanted a pool with a long lazy-river to highlight the hotel's big deck area, and Buffy Neumann knew just how to approach the task:  She did her homework, called in a key supplier for technical assistance and executed the project in award-worthy style.
By Buffy Neumann

For more than 50 years, our company has focused on designing and building swimming pools for municipalities, universities, health clubs, state parks, swim clubs, subdivisions, apartments and hospitals – with some residential projects added in for good measure.

We’re good at what we do, and if we’ve learned anything through the years, it’s that we’re successful because we approach each and every project as being

 

Project after project, making incredible complexity seem routine is what Jimmy Reed and his tile installers are all about. That unwavering finesse is particularly on display in this sublime poolscape, with its tilting, undulating vanishing-edge wall and uniquely configured spillover spa.
Project after project, making incredible complexity seem routine is what Jimmy Reed and his tile installers are all about.  That  unwavering finesse is particularly on display in this sublime poolscape, with its tilting, undulating vanishing-edge wall and uniquely configured spillover spa.
By Jimmy Reed

Very often these days, we’re a pre-selected contractor and get involved in projects early enough that we participate in their development almost from inception. That’s great, because it gives us the opportunity to define what needs to happen to make the most of the glass-tile finishes we’re frequently asked to install.

In this case, however, another contractor had the first shot at the job, which involved extensive work on an unusual vanishing-edge pool as well as an innovative spa and a nice little waterfeature.

Long story short, that other company had apparently never

 

Given the opportunity to dream big on behalf of a willing client, Shane LeBlanc delivered a trio of watershapes that go far beyond the ordinary -- including one with a 100-foot-long vanishing-edge wall that brings a slice of Las Vegas liveliness to a laid-back Louisiana riverfront.
Given the opportunity to dream big on behalf of a willing client, Shane LeBlanc delivered a trio of watershapes that go far beyond the ordinary -- including one with a 100-foot-long vanishing-edge wall that brings a slice of Las Vegas liveliness to a laid-back Louisiana riverfront.
By Shane LeBlanc

In advancing my career as a watershape designer, I’ve put major stock in education to give me an edge. I’ve taken multiple courses in computer-assisted design, for instance, along with all sorts of technical-skills classes to keep me up with what’s current in the field.

But I’ve noticed as well that the accumulation of experience is a huge additional asset, mainly because it reflects what I’ve already tried, survived and learned from – but also because having done some of the things I’ve tackled through the years gives me

 

In 2008, William Drakeley was at a crossroads and saw this big, uniquely challenging project as a way to separate himself from the crowd. lt was a bit more than he bargained for, but he persisted -- and knows that making it all work changed the regional perception of his business.
In 2008, William Drakeley was at a crossroads and saw this big, uniquely challenging project as a way to separate himself from the crowd.  lt was a bit more than he bargained for, but he persisted -- and knows that making it all work changed the regional perception of his business.
By William Drakeley

For me and my business in around 2008, this project was a real rite of passage.

At that point, pool-construction and shotcrete-application companies like ours were well established and had lineages stretching back to the 1950s. Just the same, we were having a hard time gaining recognition from architects, landscape architects and developers who were pursuing quality, prestige construction.

The irony is, my own firm had

Renovating a pool for a client who is keenly engaged in the process can be a challenge, writes Andrew Kaner. But with a home and setting like this, the desire to get past it and deliver an amazing transformation lightened the load -- and, in this case, led to spectacular results.
Renovating a pool for a client who is keenly engaged in the process can be a challenge, writes Andrew Kaner.  But with a home and setting like this, the desire to get past it and deliver an amazing transformation lightened the load -- and, in this case, led to spectacular results.
By Andrew Kaner

We don’t get involved in renovations all that often, but in this case it would’ve been tough to say no.

Not long before, we’d designed a new pool for right next door – a thoroughly modern watershape that looked great and was perfectly suited to the property and the architecture of the home.   As work continued on site, it was apparent that one of the neighbors was more than a little

Though his long career, John Cohen has had a knack for finding clients who appreciate his passionate approach to watershaping and, as was true for the project on display here, come to enjoy the unconventional ways in which ideas, themes, echoes and details evolve on site.
Though his long career, John Cohen has had a knack for finding clients who appreciate his passionate approach to watershaping and, as was true for the project on display here, come to enjoy the unconventional ways in which ideas, themes, echoes and details evolve on site.
By John Cohen

This project began with a client’s dropped jaw.

I’d been called to the site by one of my usual subcontractors to help resolve a minor problem he was having.  While that was being resolved, I noticed that the new steps in the remodeled pool were far more troubling.  

With the client and a bunch of other people standing there, I asked for a demo hammer – and saw the looks of astonishment as I smacked the top step and

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