Modern Mystique
When the call came, it was immediately apparent just how narrowly defined my efforts on the project would be. The basic design for the pool and its spa was already complete, which made perfect sense given how completely they had been integrated into the home's overall footprint. What the architect wanted, I learned, was an expert who could come in, evaluate the plans and basically keep him and his team out of trouble with respect to all of the details and practicalities related to
#12: Equipment Room
For the most part, the equipment sets that power pool and spa systems are placed outdoors in spaces near their watershapes.  Maybe that's behind a gate along the side of the house, or behind some shrubs or a wall in a corner of the yard.  Wherever they go, these equipment clusters should be positioned so that the noise made by various motors and pumps isn't so pronounced that it
Stone Impressions
The ancient Celts transported huge slabs of stone over long distances to create religious circles at Stonehenge and Avebury.  The Romans used stone to build their aqueducts.  From the pyramids of Egypt to the Acropolis in Athens, from the Great Wall of China to the great castles of Europe, stone has been the raw material of choice for our greatest and most enduring structures. Through the ages, stone has been a well-used material because it is both durable and readily available.  It's hard to find a town in Europe without walls constructed of local stone, and all you need do is drive through