At a time when droughts seem to be aligning with increasing populations to ratchet up the pressure on our supplies of fresh water, the concept of using ponds and streams to capture and store rainwater is one whose time may well have come. Here, Aquascape
Puzzled by its bad reputation among his clients, Mike Gannon undertook a study of gravel. He'd alsway believed in its abilities, he says, but found a rich history that now aids in him in easing his client's doubts.
Building a project to another designer's plan can be awkward when you notice flaws you might have helped address. In this case, notes Tanr Ross, the results were truly spectacular -- but assessing the 'deficiencies' taught him valuable lessons he'll always carry with him.
Working on major projects is always good for company morale, notes Denise Housler. But in this case, the fact that it was a monument meant to commemorate veterans from their own county kicked both their emotions and their desire to nail the details up by
In the second part of his series on the design process, Kurt Kraisinger takes us through the initial stages -- client contact, site visits, design meetings and more -- as the pieces of the puzzle scattered across Part 1 begin to coalesce into a coherent, workable design scheme.
The opportunity to work on a project where teaching is the objective is hard to resist, notes Ed Beaulieu. But making it happen in ways that entertain while they educate is quite a feat when the underlying messages are as complex and significant as they are at Reed Street Yards.
When the homeowner suddenly (and completely) changed his mind about this project's direction, it was easy to slide into a new groove, says Andrew Kaner, simply because the fresh start offered so many opportunities to transform the pool, deck and views from so-so to spectacular.
Water and works of art have been near-constant companions for millennia, but that traditional pairing seems to be generating new enthusiasm, says watershape designer/builder Randy Beard, with more and more property owners seeking to make unique statements by putting artworks on display in and around water. He takes a look at this emerging trend here, using a number of his recent projects in southern California to illustrate the point.
Defining the need for historical awareness. Currents is a rotating column written by three experts who deal in turn with issues of education, industry standards, lighting design and general technology.
It's too late to wait until the busy season starts to take stock of tools and equipment and get them ready to go. As Bruce Zaretsky wrote back in May 2009, an earlier, more systematic approach is required.
In his review of Traditional Garden Decor by Robin Langley Sommer, Mike Farley writes that this far-ranging book ‘is beautifully illustrated and demonstrates just how exciting some of the simplest things can be no matter the style or the form of the specific decorative touch being applied.’
WaterShapes World (blog)
The start of a big construction project is a major event for any homeowner, even when it's Jim McCloskey and he's already familiar with the processes, knows what's coming next and can appreciate what he's seen so far in the crews that have invaded his personal space.