Made with fallen trees or driftwood, the vertical forms sculpted by Steve Kuntz evoke the classic totem poles of the Pacific Northwest, but they are eerily modern just the same. This is particularly true in those cases where he includes running water as
Designing and building any pool in close proximity to a body of water has its challenges. But if you start by focusing on one primary goal, writes William Drakeley, you'll find that the rest of the tasks involved in these technically demanding projects w
One of the least heralded factors in pond health is also among the most significant: It's all about oxygen, writes Ed Beaulieu, who reviews the basics while offering some suggestions on how to keep it's level up where it needs to be to make both fish and plants happy.
The homeowners had waited decades to revamp their backyard and came to the project with high expectations about how their new spa, fountain and deck would look. Now it was up to Grant Smith to solve a few tricky technical issues while making the most of
Given the opportunity, Raymond Jungles jumped at the challenge of surrounding a home far from his usual base with water and native plants. As he discusses here, making it work was about identifying a new palette and using it in ways that harmonized with
The logistics were tough and the technical challenges even tougher, notes Robert Nonemaker. But a systematic approach (and a supportive general contractor) helped him and his staff develop a hydraulically complex fountain system for a corporate client wi
Ponds are often valued for being uniquely calming and comforting. But for a child with autism, these watershapes can also be therapeutic in a number of ways. That's wonderful news for these kids, Mike Gannon observes -- and great for their families as well.
A spectacular site is often the foundation for extraordinary watershapes and landscapes, observes Melanie Mackenzie – and that certainly proved to be the case with this project. As seen here, she built upon elements suggested by the site and its surroundings to develop a fully integrated approach that ties the front and rear yards together in ways that delight the eye, cheer the spirit and encourage the contemplation of distant horizons.
Creating eye-catching outdoor living spaces is a process of pure passion for watershaper Robert Bledsoe, who prides himself on distinctly bold, vivid projects rich with fine details and artistic touches. Working in the Kansas City area, he has built a reputation for high-end work that is always informed by unbridled enthusiasm and a freewheeling style tailored neatly to clients who have big expectations – and budgets to match.
According to WaterShapes book reviewer Mike Farley, watershapers and landscapers are in the business of creating positive emotional responses on the part of clients — which is why he recommends the book The Inward Garden by Julie Moir Messervy. "I found [Messervy's] approach to be fascinating, insightful and, ultimately, extremely useful," Farley says.
Construction Systems & Materials
Product information from Stetson Development on its Pour-a-Lid trays for use in creating channel drains that blend in more effectively with surrounding decking material.
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His recent visit to the International Pool|Spa|Patio Expo was a special treat, writes Jim McCloskey -- one filled with opportunities for reunions with old friends and great conversations with new ones. But there was, he concedes, at least one disappointm