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THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS

        August 5, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                www.watershapes.com  
FEATURE ARTICLE

Finding Fountains
Moving from backyard ponds to commercial fountains is a big leap, says Tim Krzeminski, one that requires diligence, expanded skill sets and organizational discipline -- not to mention the raw courage needed to tackle bigger, more complex systems with huge public profiles.   [more]

GOURMET WATER
     
The Art of Service  

Pool service can be complex and challenging, with the level of difficulty largely determined by decisions a builder makes long before a technician ever shows up. That's why Steve Kenny infuses his design and construction approaches with awareness of the basic needs of gourmet water.   [more]


DIRECT CONNECTIONS
     
Hydraulic Harmony
Welcome to 'Direct Connections,' a new department that is now part of the WaterShapes feature array. What you'll find here are videos and multi-media presentations on technical and business topics -- including this podcast by Dave Penton about a key factor in system engineering.  [more]
ESSENTIAL

Softening Edges 
 
Among all of the elements defining superior naturalistic watershapes, accomplished pond/stream specialists know that edge treatments are generally what separates great work from the ordinary.  Here, watershaper Steve Sandalis highlights these transitions, sharing techniques he uses to soften edges and create areas where grassy verges, plants, beaches and rocks combine to make impressions in various and seamlessly beautiful ways. 
   
 
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in January 2010, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
SPACE RELATIONS

Eastern Eclectic

Five years in the making, this project pushed his team to explore the limits of their creativity, says Ben Dozier.  The result is a set of garden rooms that involve classic styles, plantings, sculptures, garden ornaments and fine hardscape treatments. And then, of course, there's the water.  [more]

WATERSHAPES WORLD

Fire-Fighting Pools

The concept of fighting fires with pool water has been around for decades, observes Eric Herman. But despite the brutal logic in support of deploying systems to make it possible, too many pools in fire-prone areas are simply not equipped to help in knocking down the flames.   [more]

OPEN WATERS

Learning by 
Adventure 
In this edition, Eric Herman checks in on a program that provides teens and young adults with life-altering learning experiences -- in  this case courtesy of an ambitious organization that challenges them to build a schooner that serves in equal parts as sailing ship and classroom.  [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . . 

Status Symbols: An insightful look at how the swimming pool became an iconic symbol of the good life.   [more]
It's about way more than keeping up with the Joneses!
Mid-Century Magic: Check out these simple (yet stunning) martini-modern swimming pool designs.   [more]
Frank, Dean and Sammy would be immensely proud.  
WOLFPACK CORNER
Constructive
Engagement
Support from businesses within the watershaping industry enables Watershape University to provide top-flight educational programs on line -- and, in the not-too-distant future, live and in person. 
But it's more than the usual sort of sponsorship. Instead, it's what we call engagement.  If you want to know what that means to you as a watershaper, click here to learn more. 
 
THE SHOPPING CART
 
Palapa Structures Makes Palapas and Tiki Huts    
 
Palapa Structures (Los Angeles, CA) specializes in palapa and tiki-hut structures in a variety of formats featuring one- to four-pole configurations and sizes ranging from seven- to 12-feet across. Made with a double layer of thatch and four-section steel frame assemblies, the covers come with African reed, bamboo or SynthThatch - or as snap-on panels. For details, click here.
Fountain People Improves Fountain-In-A-Can
 
Fountain People (San Marcos, TX) has upgraded its familiar Fountain-in-a-Can (FIAC) product line with a new, manual Integral Throttling Valve that allows a fountain's water height to be adjusted from the top-plate without ever having to enter the fixture: On-site adjustments are now fast and easy using a wrench at the surface of the fountain. For details, click here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS

        July 22, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                   www.watershapes.com  

FEATURE ARTICLE
     
Patient Perfection  

While true perfection is an elusive goal, Grant Smith believes in pursuing it by exceeding engineering and construction standards and paying attention to fine aesthetic details. And as he reports here, sometimes he ends up chasing it for clients who like to change their minds.  [more]
FEATURE ARTICLE

The Shaq Pond
Installing a pond for basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal was a personal thrill, notes Greg Wittstock. But even if he and the all-star project team were a little bit starstruck, they stayed focused and approached the work as an expression of aquatic art at the highest level.    [more]


FEATURE ARTICLE
     
Pathways to Efficiency
Creating swimming pools that save on energy costs is a consuming passion for Douglas Cook. As he explains here, he achieves best results with combinations of energy-smart solutions -- often including solar heating and power generation -- that can lead to dramatic savings.  [more]
ESSENTIAL

The Science of Lighting        

When designed and installed properly, a landscape lighting system enables clients to enjoy their watershapes and landscapes well after the sun goes down.  But achieving those satisfactory results, says lighting expert Mike Gambino, requires an understanding not only of the aesthetics of lighting design, but also an appreciation of the technology behind the beauty and an ability to lay components out in ways that electrically balance the system. 
   
 
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in February 2008, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
SPATIAL CONNECTIONS

Refined Expressions

Water can be used in almost every setting to add interest, beauty and a sense of tranquility.  But what that means in design terms changes in response to a setting's needs and a client's expectations, say Janet Rosenberg and Glenn Herman -- and produces a spectrum of solutions.   [more]

WATERSHAPES WORLD

A Cautionary Note

A surge in pool sales is a beautiful thing, observes Eric Herman.  But with this groundswell of popularity, it's more important than ever to educate homeowners -- especially those with young children or grandchildren -- to be mindful of the value of safety and drowning prevention.   [more]

OPEN WATERS

Oasis on the Prairie 
Welcome to Open Waters, a brand-new WaterShapes feature in which we will explore the variety and creativity of the wide world of water with a rotating roster of blogs, travelogues and other discussions of all things aquatic -- including this entry about a Tulsa, Okla., landmark.  [more]
WOLFPACK CORNER
New Talent
Comes Aboard
Watershapes University is pleased to welcome Brett Herman to the Wolfpack.

The talented son of WaterShapes Editor Eric Herman, he'll be responsible for social media outreach and database management for Watershape University while also providing editorial and digital support for WaterShapes.com.  To learn more about him, click here
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . . 

Naturally Beautiful:  A quick tour of some of America's most stunning (and therapeutic) natural spaces.   [more]
Be prepared for some additions to your bucket list!
Streaking Spiders: A sometimes unnerving visit with the prime water-surface athletes of the insect world.  [more]
Impress clients with your knowledge of aquatic entomology.
 
THE SHOPPING CART
 
J&J Electronics Offers Nicheless Light Fixtures    
 
J&J Electronics (Chino, CA) produces the ColorSplash VU RGB-W, a 1.5-inch, nicheless LED fixture for pool and spa applications. The light source features a variety of colors and can put on its own light shows to transform ordinary aquatic settings into custom, illuminated waterfeatures. The product also comes in a pure-white version. For details, click here.
Aquaview Makes Frameless Glass Fences
 
Aquaview Glass Fence & Railing Systems (New York, NY) offers a line of fully frameless glass railing systems. Providing crystal-clear views with a contemporary design that enhances all aquatic spaces, the systems are designed for strength and reliability even in high-wind zones and can be used to complete pool areas, balconies, decks and sea walls. For details, click here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS

        July 8, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                     www.watershapes.com  

FEATURE ARTICLE
     
Demise of the Water Hazard  

Through the past 15 years, golf-course designs have embraced a distinctly minimalist approach. It's a response, writes Ken Alperstein, to the fact that the number of courses being built has shrunk dramatically -- and that attitudes about water use are changing profoundly.  [more]
POND INSIGHTS

A Perfect Coda
The conclusion of the pond installation process offers moments to create lasting client impressions. As Dave Garton points in this final entry in his series on client relations, it's a critical juncture where all of the physical work and management of expectations come together.   [more]


FEATURE ARTICLE
     
Rising High: Part 1
When you work high above the ground, you have to see things from different angles, say high-rise specialists Mark and Zachary Trapani. The rigors and complexity of working with elevated watershape installations requires careful investigation and problem solving at every turn. [more]
ESSENTIAL

A Classic Crescendo        

For most of a four-year stretch, landscape architect/contractor/watershaper Mark Holden devoted much of his professional energy to the creation of magnificent settings for Cima del Mundo, a grand estate high in the hills of Montecito, Calif. In two previous articles, he wrote about the nuts and bolts of the multi-phase project.  Here, he steps back and offers a pictorial celebration to mark its completion.  
   
 
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in July 2002, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
SPATIAL CONNECTIONS

Forms and Figures

Water and art have been near-constant companions for millennia, but that traditional pairing seems to be generating new enthusiasm, says Randy Beard, with more and more property owners seeking to make unique statements by putting artwork on display in and around water.   [more]

WATERSHAPES WORLD

Remembering an Icon

When industry legend Howard Arneson passed away in June at age 99, he left behind a legacy of innovation that fueled industry growth in the mid-20th Century. Here, Eric Herman honors Arneson's contributions with the help of two industry leaders who knew him well.    [more]

LIVING BLUE

Just a Simple Pool 
When you live in the blistering heat of the desert, a pool rises above its common status as a luxury, transformed instead into an absolute necessity. As Eric Herman has recently rediscovered, that 'upgrade' can happen with even the simplest of pools because, ultimately, it's the water that delivers the benefits rather than the tile, plaster, equipment pad or coping.   [more]
WOLFPACK CORNER
From the
Studio
Watershape University's sequence of Wolfpack Webinar Wednesdays continues to provide useful and engaging information every Hump Day afternoon. 

If you haven't been able to sit in on these sessions, or missed some along the way, click here to learn more and catch up!
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . . 

Interior Magic: Artificial rock isn't just for use outdoors, as this survey of indoor looks clearly reveals.    [more]
A new decorative touch for pool houses and outbuildings?
Aquatic Architecture: These ten examples offer all comers a spectrum of dazzling design possibilities. [more]
Pushing the frontiers of architectural pool and pond design.
 
THE SHOPPING CART
 
Aquatica USA Provides Outdoor Showers    
 
Aquatica USA (Miami, Fla.) has introduced Aquatica Gamma 515, a freestanding outdoor shower made of 316L stainless steel. Designed for cold-water rinsing, the unit features push-tap operation that delivers 20 to 25 seconds of cold water and then shuts off automatically. A hot-water mixing system is also available as an option. For details, click here.
Landscape Forms Makes Seating Systems
 
Landscape Forms (Kalamazoo, Mich.) has created the Link seating system - a line of modular outdoor furnishings intended to provide the convenience of an off-the-shelf product with the style of customized site furnishings. The wood slats allow for straight, mitered, arced or serpentine arrangements to suit the needs of almost any setting. For details, click here.
 
 
 

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