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  • AQUA E-News Profile Management Center

    by AQUA Editors April 2005

  • Slide On The Sound

    by Karen Erstad March 2005

    A visit to the local waterpark usually consumes a whole day. But these homeowners — and more importantly their kids — can just throw on a suit and pop outside for a ride down their own 175 foot gunite slide.

    John Tortorella, owner of J. Tortorella Swimming Pools in Southampton, N.Y., says when these homeowners across the island in Oyster Bay Cove...

  • Out On An Edge

    by Kirstin Pires March 2005

    Remember the first time you saw a pool with a vanishing edge. It was probably near a natural body of water, and it probably was designed to make the pool look like it flowed right into the lake, bay or ocean beyond. Or the pool may have been on a hillside or mountainside, sited to appear as if the edge of the pool was the edge of the earth. Either way, it was breathtaking...

  • Don't Fence Me In

    by Karen Erstad March 2005

    The only good pool is a safe one. Unfortunately, not every safe, fenced-in pool setting is attractive. But safety and beauty don't have to be mutually exclusive when it comes to poolscapes. Codes and covenants must be followed, but much can be done to diminish the effects of aesthetically unappealing fences or barriers.

    "Quite often the main solution for making...

  • We've Got You Covered

    by Barrett Kilmer February 2005

    Flip through the pages of trade magazines or walk down the aisles of industry trade shows and you're sure to see plenty of new patterns being introduced by vinyl liner manufacturers and fabricators. Some years it's new shades of old standby colors like blues and greens. Other years earth tones and non-traditional pastels are trotted out. Recently, glass-tile and mosaic...

  • The Total Package - January 2005

    by Jenna Danninger January 2005

    Forget Botox. Package pools are getting a facelift without the injections and expensive procedures. With the all-new look of package pools amounting to an “extreme makeover,” it’s sure to turn heads and raise curiosity. “It’s coming down to aesthetics,” says Phil Della Pietro, director of construction at the Pool and Spa Doctor in Wall Township, N.J., “and trying to make your backyard a little paradise island.” And with the ability to do...

  • Three Of A Kind

    by Karen Erstad January 2005

    In the spot where this lavish 12,000-square-foot estate with adjoining pools and a spa now sits, "there used to be a knock-down house," says Jim O'Donnell, president of Waterscapes. "And when it went up for sale, it was going to be subdivided into five lots." But the neighbors — O'Donnell's clients — couldn't have that. So they bought it...

  • This Little Piggy

    by Reid Creager November 2004

    The final of three profiles of the members of Genesis 3 Design Group

    Once upon a time, there were three arrogant pigs. They wanted to raise standards and quality in pool design and construction, so in 1998 they founded an international forum called Genesis 3.

    All had extensive experience in various facets of watershapes (their preferred term for...

  • Light On Water

    by Scott Webb November 2004

    If your customers simply want to be able to find the water once the sun goes down, you already know all you need to know about lighting. Throw up a few 150watt floods, and they won't be able to miss it.

    But where there exists an eye (and a budget) for beauty, a poolscape builder has an opportunity to create art. A few well-placed strokes of radiant gold and...

  • Poolside Planting

    by Kirstin Pires November 2004

    If you're building a pool or installing a hot tub and you are not considering the surrounding landscape, shame on you. Please do join us in the 21st century! As anyone can see by browsing any magazine stand, the outdoor room is a hot concept these days. And while the pool or hot tub is often the centerpiece, homeowners today want the whole package.

    While you...