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10 21 20RLeeimage1Upgrading a tired classic kidney pool should not have been a particularly tall order, or so thought homeowners Kris Anna Andersen and R Lee Steele. Little did they know the depth and complexity they would face in trying to reclaim the pool’s classic beauty and updating its equipment. 

Great work often takes time, says designer/builder, Kevin Cobabe. Case in point, the project pictured here was years in the making with all sorts of hurdles courtesy of the local building department and a tricky site. Through experience and education Cobabe was able to step up and solve the project’s many challenges.
Great work often takes time, says designer/builder, Kevin Cobabe. Case in point, the project pictured here was years in the making with all sorts of hurdles courtesy of the local building department and a tricky site. Through experience and education Cobabe was able to step up and solve the project’s many challenges.
By Kevin Cobabe

This story is an example of what can happen when preparation meets opportunity. It started way back in 2014, when the client first hired me to build an acrylic fountain at an office building she owns in the Los Angeles area.

She liked the results and asked me get involved at her residence in Rolling Hills, an upscale enclave on the scenic Palos Verdes peninsula overlooking the ocean, where she had a pool that was experiencing

10 21 20DCopenerCreating works of watershaping art requires close attention to countless details and complete control over the installation process, says design and builder, Joan Roca. To demonstrate his point, he recently profiled a spectacular project on Wolfpack Webinar Wednesdays.

 

Here, in the second part of a dual project profile, Reid Schindler discusses the sleek, contemporary design he created right next door to a completely rustic, free-form pool he discussed in WaterShapes’ last edition. It's an entirely different (and appropriate) set of design criteria, challenges and solutions.
Here, in the second part of a dual project profile, Reid Schindler discusses the sleek, contemporary design he created right next door to a completely rustic, free-form pool he discussed in WaterShapes’ last edition.  It's an entirely different (and appropriate) set of design criteria, challenges and solutions.
By Reid Schindler

While some designers are known for a particular style, I’ve always believed it’s far better to be comfortable working across a spectrum of design modalities. Creative bandwidth enables the designer’s ability to focus on the clients’ ideas and desires, as well as the needs of the site itself – and it keeps you from falling into a creative rut.

Case in point:  Last month in Part 1 (click here), I described an unusual

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Mark and Zachary Trapani specialize in elevated, above-grade pools, mostly above the concrete canyons of New York City. As they discuss here in the second and final part of this series, it's a niche that requires careful analysis, creativity and sharp eyes for detail -- especially in existing buildings.

b_400_400_16777215_00_images_10-7-20BTSimages_BTS_Logo_865x649.jpgPreventing voids or 'shadows' during shotcrete application is always crucial -- and particularly tricky in designs in which the steel must be close together. In those cases, writes Dave Peterson, consider this detail.

10 7 20DCimageThis time, the folks at Ask the Masters and Pool Pro Podcasts delve into the many reasons why understanding water chemistry and how it can best be managed is beneficial to both watershapers and consumers.

wu logoAccurate cost estimating is essential for all successful watershape-construction businesses -- especially when sales activity is at a frenzied pace. That in mind, Dave Peterson is preparing an upcoming live, online course on job costing that couldn't be more timely.

9 16 20DCimage2It might be the biggest change the pool industry has seen since passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker Act: The U.S. Dept. of Energy is banning most single-speed pumps and changing the way all of these devices are rated.

Watershaper Reid Schindler was asked to create side-by-side designs for neighboring business partners. The kicker, he says in the first of a pair of articles, was that the two projects were direct stylistic opposites.
Watershaper Reid Schindler was asked to create side-by-side designs for neighboring business partners. The kicker, he says in the first of a pair of articles, was that the two projects were direct stylistic opposites.
By Reid Schindler

Most watershape designers and builders I know largely rely on referrals to generate new business. That’s certainly been true in my case and I’ve learned that word of mouth is extremely important, and arguably the best form of marketing.

It is unusual, however, to have one referral from a satisfied client turn into two massive projects at the same time. That’s exactly what happened, when one of my past clients

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This time, Dave Peterson shares a simple, reliable way to extend stone veneer from the deck surface all the way down into the pool's interior. It's a great way, he suggests, to create a transition from dry to wet surfaces that is durable, graceful -- and visually seamless.

Working with an ample budget, great clients and a large, open canvas all spelled 'opportunity' for Jason Brownlee -- a chance to integrate multiple design elements into a composition in which water, stone, tile and fire define a European look that also offers a dash of mystery.
Working with an ample budget, great clients and a large, open canvas all spelled 'opportunity' for Jason Brownlee -- a chance to integrate multiple design elements into a composition in which water, stone, tile and fire define a European look that also offers a dash of mystery.
By Jason Brownlee

This project had it all – balance, symmetry, style and luxury on a grand scale, and fantastic clients. More than three years in the making, and recently finished this past spring, the design integrates a number of key principles and modalities with the clients’ desires for elegance, all with a European flare. It was the kind of project that makes you love being a watershape designer.

I’d worked with the pool contractor, Lee Seelig of Waterscapes Backyard Resorts in Nashville, on several past high-end projects. In this case, he was in the early stages

9 2 20DCimage1Construction defects often first reveal themselves on the plaster surface. When the concrete substrate isn’t right, those issues will always transmit to the plaster and become painfully visible. Making sure that the shotcrete bonding plane is up to standards is key to successful plaster installation. 

While the subject of plaster’s relationship with

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