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2017/7.1, July 12 -- Colorado Dreaming, Poolside Flames, Vanishing-Edge Walls and more

THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        July 12, 2017                                                                                                             www.watershapes.com

FEATURE ARTICLE
     
Mountain Majesty 

The property may be in Missouri, but the clients wanted a 'mountain lake' to go along with their big, Rockies-style lodge.  Kurt Kraisinger was happy to oblige -- both for the change of pace and for the scope and scale of what proved to be a vast, detailed and lengthy endeavor.  [more]
WHAT IS IT?
#27:  Fire Bowls

With so many projects featuring fire bowls these days, says Mike Farley, it's getting all too easy to take them for granted.  But as he discusses in introducing his video on the subject, it's important to use them well -- and to make certain they're ready for year-round enjoyment.   [more] 
FEATURE ARTICLE

 

Edge-Wall Essentials

Vanishing-edge pools have been around for a long time now, but Paolo Benedetti is aware that good numbers of watershapers are still making fundamental errors in their design and construction -- including some problems he seeks to address with a few helpful tips.    [more]


ESSENTIAL
A True Cliffhanger   

Swimming pool designs have come a long way in recent years, says design and project manager Ron Yavis of Sunshine Pools & Spas -- particularly when it comes to the high-end, custom-designed, vinyl-liner pools the company specializes in designing and building for some of the continent's most spectacular settings.  To make his case for 'custom vinyl,' he profiles a recent project perched high above the bright waters of Canada's Lake Okanagan.     

This article, originally published in WaterShapes in February 2003, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.


TRAVELOGUE
Images in Time

From early urban settlements to modern architectural settings, says Mark Holden, watershapes have played key roles in expressing the values of their societies.  Here's a tour of visitable places that will give you a sense of the cultural significance of what you all do.    [more]
WATERSHAPES WORLD
Design or Art?

A wide-ranging (and sometimes strange) Internet debate about the differences between design and art caught Jim McCloskey's eye and started him thinking about what the discussion might mean for watershapers, watershaping and other practical forms of expression.    [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
You Are What Your Eat Dept.:  Podcast discusses the potential of pond scum in nutrient-rich 'cuisine.'   [more]
A healthy source of color -- and a nutritional bonanza.

Gold Is Where You Find It Dept.:  London group organizing hot tub boat rides on historic Regent's Canal.    [more] 

Wood-fired heat and electric engines offer quiet comfort. 

WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Controlling Elements  

In July 2002, David Tisherman wrote energetically about the need for designers and builders to pay scrupulous attention to an oft-overlooked issue.   Do you think he was close to hitting the mark?      [more] 
 
THE SHOPPING CART
 
Zodiac Upgrades the Polaris Booster Pump
 
Zodiac Pool Systems (Vista, CA) has introduced the Polaris PB4SQ booster pump.  Designed for energy efficiency, quieter operation and ease of installation and service, the high-performance, fan-cooled unit is made to power the company's line of pressure-side cleaners and reduces energy consumption by 30 percent compared to older models.  For details, click here.
 
Couture Outdoor Offers Double Daybed

Couture Outdoor (Southampton, NY) imports the Chill Daybed, a double-size unit with a retractable canopy and privacy curtains.  Designed for a contemporary look in either residential or commercial settings, the systems feature durable powder-coated aluminum frames with inset wicker details and are available in 28 distinctive fabric colors.  For details, click here.
 
WPN UPDATE

 

Collective
Strength



The rationale for banding together in an web network is simple:  By creating a mass of companies -- each one of them with its own Internet presence and all of them effectively aligned to one another by virtue of reciprocal links with the hosting site -- an entity such as the WaterShapes Professional Network makes every participant seem larger and inherently more interesting to search engines.  This leads to more exposure, more leads, more clicks, more prospective clients.
The Network is working just the way we'd hoped:  Time to click aboard?  
 
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