Priced Out
Something has been nagging at the edges of my consciousness for a while now, and I think it's high time to write about it. One of my duties for the past several years has been to roam the Internet to find stories related to pools and all sorts of other watershapes and decide whether a given item merits your attention.  From the start, I noticed but did not share a whole class of items related to
A Path to Enlightenment
I started out on the construction side of the pool industry nearly 20 years ago.  Back then, I probably experienced the building process a good 500 times, picking up insights into what determined the level of success of each project.   As time passed, I found myself being drawn to the design side:  I saw it as a way to put all of those insights to good use; more important, I knew it was where I could do the most good for homeowners. In making the transition, I
Nightmares Under Foot
In many parts of the country, it's not uncommon to encounter the unexpected when you start digging to make way for a swimming pool or some other watershape.  There might be field stone, a rock ledge, a buried outcropping or even hardpan.  Depending on the size, depth and extent of these stony intrusions, running into any of them can, as the video linked below suggests, take a homeowner's budget expectations and throw them right out the window. And it's not just rock that can be a hidden issue:  Various types of soil can be problematic, as can the groundwater level in the
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Communication Gaps
I recently wrote a Letter to the Editor of Landscape Architecture, the magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects, in response to an editorial he wrote on the lack of interest among landscape architects in plant knowledge.   The gist of his commentary was that, for too many years now, landscape architects had been focusing on hardscape and overall design and were reserving little creativity, interest, or care for botanical adornments.  My response was a supportive rant, as this has been a pet peeve of mine for years and I strongly believe that