Campania Offers the MC1 Fountain Kit
Campania (Pennsburg, PA) produces its model MC1, a cast-stone fountain kit highlighted by either a…
2016/12.1, December 7 — Glass-Tile Candor, Pond Details, Water Resuscitation and more
Liquid Layering
One of the things I like most about working with water is that it makes statements that don’t require much verbal explanation. In fact, I like to think that the projects I build speak volumes about my clients’ desire for something creative and interesting.  They also speak to the point that most of my clients grant me the freedom to give my very best effort, both aesthetically and technically, without
Floating on Sunshine (pdf version)
‘I want the house to look as though it is floating on water.” That was what architect Victor Canas told me when I was called out to visit this site on the northwestern coast of Costa Rica.  It was a brilliant idea, certainly one that befitted the spectacular mountaintop setting and its breathtaking 360-degree views of rugged coastline, forest greenery and assorted perspectives to horizons in all directions. I had the advantage in this case of already having built a
Affairs of the Art
This project is an example of what can happen when you work under ideal conditions. Set in an affluent enclave in Paradise Valley, Ariz., on a spectacular five-acre estate, the home is a model of Old West styling, with the exposed wooden supports and smooth plaster exterior you'd expect to see in a house built in the Arizona Territory in the 19th Century.  It's also graced with all the comforts of a modern estate home. The homeowners are repeat clients of mine - and good friends as well.  They've owned other properties in the area, and I've had the pleasure of working with them on three other watershaping projects in addition to the one shown here - perhaps our finest collaboration so far.  They love art of all sorts, and when it comes to a home's exteriors and especially to its water elements, they view the work as pure creative expression. Typically, their tastes run to the modern, which meant this home was something of a departure for them.  It came with beautiful grounds, a winding driveway, gorgeous trees, a man-made brook and pond, all sorts of beautiful views - spacious, yet secluded, an oasis in the midst of crusty, arid, mountainous terrain. The place also had a small, courtyard pool.  Typical of work done 20 or 30 years ago, it was something the clients knew they wanted to