Perfecting the Look
This was a project that might easily have run off the rails. First, the glass tile selected by the interior designer wasn't appropriate for pool applications. It might have been lovely as a backsplash in an interior kitchen or bathroom, but it came with no solid information about its source or pedigree that would have made it a wise choice for use in a critical outdoor application. Second, the tile was rectangular and, at one-and-a-quarter by five inches, was too big for its intended use as an all-tile finish for a complex pool and spa - particularly given
Wilma’s Baubles
Pond installation offers lots of opportunities for straying off the naturalistic path, but to me, there's no more problematic detour than the unfortunate "string-of-pearls" effect. When this happens, the edge of a pond looks more like Wilma Flintstone's rocky necklace than it does like the banks of a natural body of water. And it's a double shame, because the installer went to all the trouble of sourcing and placing natural material - but ended up with completely unnatural results. I've seen too many of these nightmare ponds through the years. Some are the result of a do-it-yourselfer's lack of awareness. It also happens with
PAL Lighting’s Custom LEDs for Pools
PAL Lighting (Tucson, AZ) has published information on its LED Optics/Digital system – a programmable…
Tile-Top Barstools from Meridian Tile
Meridian Tile (Phoenix, AZ) assembles modular barstool tops for in-pool applications. Pressed from porcelain and…
Laser-Cut Decorative Panels from Móz Designs
Móz Designs (Oakland, CA) manufactures the Laser Cut collection to enable designers to divide exterior…
Air-O-Lator Debuts Nu-Wave Fountain
Air-O-Lator (Grandview, MO) has added the Nu-Wave decorative floating fountain system to its product line.…
Interior Splendor
Working outdoors in the California sun is typically seen as a desirable perk, especially when, as in this case, the on-site alternative was working below ground in a confined labyrinth of narrow passages with limitless opportunities for banging your head. But here, it's my general sense that the plumbers working below ground on Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool (San Simeon, Calif.) had an easier row to hoe than did the marble applicators working in the open air. For one thing, tasks performed on the interior surface of the pool were
2018/3.1, March 7 — Working for Heroes, Poolside Spaces, Safe-Water Quest and more
Perfection, Please
Many of the projects we work on could best be classified as show-stoppers: big, elaborate installations with undulating surfaces, multiple planes intersecting at odd angles and elaborate mosaic patterns - interior finishes with a level of technical difficulty that makes lots of tile applicators head in the other direction at a rapid clip. We at Rock Solid Tile (Calabasas, Calif.) enjoy just that sort of technical challenge. It's why we invest so much time in training, take our work so seriously and keep expanding the range of what we can accomplish for our clients. But truth be told, we occasionally like tackling installations where
Aquamatic Releases ArtPoolCover Catalog
Aquamatic Cover Systems (Gilroy, CA) has mounted a catalog showing pool-cover designs available through its…