• Rocky Mountain High-End

    by Reid Creager January 2004

    Vail, Colorado's average altitude is 8,150 feet, a fitting backdrop for its natural and man-made grandeur of dizzying heights. More than a ski playground for the wealthy, it's home to increasing numbers of mountain resort castles with meticulously crafted views that flaunt the boundaries of human ingenuity. In these creations for the uber-rich, no extravagance is too...

  • Twists & Turns

    by Karen Erstad November 2003

    Word of mouth is amazing. When the owner of this pool saw the same pool and spa in a friend's backyard, he had to have them. But the builder, South Lake, Texas-based Southwest Pools, did not want to travel to Abilene to build the replica. Enter Abilene-based Southwest Pools & Spas/A Master Pool Builder. (The two builders are not affiliated.)

    "The owner...

  • An Inside Job

    by Elissa Sard Pollack September 2003

    There aren't many homes in Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood with indoor swimming pools. Anyone familiar with urban living in Baltimore knows that typical homes there are long, narrow row houses. Even the street where pool builder Bob Spero first met his client John Guerriero is dominated by domiciles no more than 15 feet wide.

    The building where Spero,...

  • Warming Up To Heaters

    by AQUA Editors August 2003

    When visualizing the clear blue pool they'll soon have in their backyard, many prospective pool owners imagine diving into cool, refreshing water on a hot summer day. Few consider the shock of plunging into a chilly 65-degree pool. But that's what they may encounter if they want to jump in before July. And since many pool owners today want to use their pool as early as...

  • Building A Better Business

    by Virginia DeMoss August 2003

    "My first priority is any of the seminars that deal with new technology or techniques," says Joe Vassallo, president of Paragon Pools, Las Vegas. "For example, when infinity edges or negative edges first started to gain popularity, I was able to go to some of the seminars regarding that and find out how it was done when it was still cutting-edge. The other...

  • 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...