• Breaking The Mold - Fiberglass pool makers fight the category's image.

    by Barrett Kilmer August 2003

    As recently as 10 years ago, the fiberglass pool industry had a serious image problem. Customers liked the convenience of speedy installation and reduced maintenance requirements, but many shied away from purchasing what they considered a cookie-cutter pool that couldn't compete with gunite or vinyl-liner pools in terms of customization.

    The more discriminating...

  • Drop-Dead Decking

    by Emily Fuger July 2003

    Decking is to a swimming pool as good wine is to a fine meal. However, many builders seem stuck in the mindset that they must have white wine with fish. This does not always have to be the case, as demonstrated by Skip Phillips, a 30-year veteran in the industry and an international guru in pool design and construction.

    Although Phillips, president of Questar...

  • A Recipe for Success

    by AQUA Editors February 2002

    Pool and spa projects don't win national awards by luck. Certain projects stand out from the rest aesthetically, structurally and functionally, as is the case with this project, which recently won Gold in the NSPI International Awards of Excellence.

    Located in Dallas, Texas, this pool exudes all the properties of an award-winning pool and spa - from the numerous water fountains...

  • Keeping Your Employees Motivated in Turbulent Time

    by AQUA Editors January 2002

    Keeping Your Employees Motivated in Turbulent Times

    By Ed Rigsbee, CSP

    Ed Rigsbee, CSP, author of PartnerShift — How to Profit from the Partnering Trend, is a freelance columnist. His Partnering University Web site is located at

    As a business owner or manager you are currently dealing with two crucial...

  • The Evolution of Pattern

    by Aqua Editors January 2002

    By Scott Webb

    From an inkling in a designer's mind to a top-selling pool pattern, vinyl travels a winding road

    Vinyl pool begins with an idea — both in a customer's and a manufacturer's mind. Not always simultaneously, of course, but somewhere a mother of swimming-age children considers the possibilities of outdoor preteen...

  • Together as One

    by Matthew Butler January 2002

    Wildlife, nature and mankind live as one in this spectacular pool and water feature paradise in San Antonio, Texas.

    At first glance, a guest might think about jumping into what looks to be a hot tub situated at the far end of the backyard. That individual would be in for a not-so-pleasant surprise. The octagonal water vessel is actually a bog pond that's home to various lilies...

  • Color The Night With Lights

    by Emily Fuger January 2001

    Not so many years ago the options for lighting a swimming pool after the sun set were limited; many people relied on the moon, Tiki torches or plain old incandescent lights. Much has changed as lighting technology has evolved. The choices today are almost endless, and homeowners are expecting builders and retailers to know and understand all the options available in the...