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  • 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...

  • Commercial Art

    by Karen Erstad November 2003

    The difference between building residential pools and spas and their commercial counterparts "is like the difference between sitting down at a poker game with your friends in the kitchen vs. going to Vegas and sitting in on a high-stakes game," says Doug Salvia, president of Richmond, Va.-based Douglas Aquatics.

    No matter the location, the essentials...

  • Classic Artistry

    by Karen Erstad September 2003

    Built in tandem with the renovation of a Shelburne, Vt., mansion on the shores of Lake Champlain, this 540-square-foot indoor gunite pool was designed to look and feel like a contemporary version of a classic Roman bath.

    To achieve this, everything from the bronze rail goods to the lighting in and above the pool was custom made. These and other materials,...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • The Wet Living Room

    by Karen Erstad August 2003

    Since a lot of homeowners tend to lounge next to their pool — without actually getting in — it's no surprise that many of Jeb Stewart's clients want what he calls the "Wet Living Room." It's a shallow area set in a corner of a pool where people can cool their feet and relax in cozy chairs, says Stewart, owner of Cool Pools, Melbourne, Fla....

  • The Right Angles

    by AQUA Editors July 2003

    How are you going to compete with God?" asks Bill Meredith, while explaining why this pool in Weston, Conn., does not have an especially natural feel to it. The design couldn't rival the pond just beyond the edge of the pool because you don't want a manmade structure competing with an authentic body of water, says Meredith, the principal designer for The Glen Gate Company, Wilton,...

  • Special Challenges? Specialty Chemicals!

    by Scott Webb July 2003

    Pretend we're at the AQUA Show in Las Vegas, where, you know, wagering is allowed. You get a call on your cell phone. It's one of your customers, and she's got a big pool problem. What's your bet. Stains. A 20,000-gallon fiberglass bowl of orangeade. Backyard pool now a backyard pond?

    You might make a little money here, because each dealership has its characteristic pool problems. That's because although algae is basically algae, and dissolved iron is iron,...

  • 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...

  • Vinyl Destination

    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...