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  • Six Things You Should Know About Fiberglass Pools

    by Ed Rigsbee August 2004

    it's a high-profile organization — it will give many potential customers another reason to visit you.

    For those who want exposure to the community but don't want to join a local organization, here are some ideas. Hold a parking lot aerobics class (in warm weather) three days a week at no charge; allow anyone to participate. The ones who enjoy the benefits will love you, and who knows how many hundreds of people will take notice as they drive...

  • Basic, intermediate and advanced approaches to automatic pool cover installations

    by Elissa Sard Pollack August 2004

    Automatic pool covers make a pool safer, easier to maintain, more energy efficient and, some would argue, prettier. With all those advantages, why not put one on every pool. Well, not every pool owner is willing or able to incur the expense. Plus, every pool setting may not accommodate a cover. The site must allow for the mechanism that rolls and unrolls the cover, as...

  • Garden Revival

    by Karen Erstad July 2004

    Some gardens are are for planting flowers. Others are for meditating. This space, designed and built to resemble a section of the immense park-like gardens at Versailles, is for family fun and entertainment.

    The Nashville, Tenn., homeowners wanted an attractive space for this purpose, and landscape architect Mary Palmer Dargan designed a balanced, symmetrical and...

  • Waterfront: June 2004

    by AQUA Editors June 2004

    Sun & Fun

    Sun Fiberglass pool party a hit for Anheuser-Busch.

    Almost everyone enjoys a good pool party. So it's really no surprise that Anheuser-Busch is designing a major promotional campaign based on the concept. The brewer first used the pool party theme at its national sales convention earlier this year in Orlando, Fla. To create a...

  • Extreme Makeover

    by Kirstin Pires June 2004

    "Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor."

    — Brian Tracy

    It's not unusual, when you're starting out, to have a multiplicity of responsibilities that eventually are divided up between five, 10 or even 20 employees. Remember when you first started your business and were responsible for choosing merchandise, making service calls, purchasing equipment and supplies, hiring employees, paying bills,...

  • A Perfect Fit

    by Karen Erstad June 2004

    For this pool and spa project in Bonita Springs, Fla., builder Premier Pools had only 30 feet from the back of the home to the edge of a man-made lake to work with. But Premier managed to fit the features the homeowners wanted, including a vanishing edge, a custom spa and planters — in addition to a sizable pool.

    Another challenge the Naples, Fla., builder...

  • Purely Portable

    by Emily Fuger May 2004

    The dream of spending hot summer days lounging on a raft in a cool, pristine swimming pool beckons nearly everyone. Until recently, however, many average-income families had to put this dream on hold because they couldn't afford to install a swimming pool in their own backyard.

    In the late 1980s, affordable portable pools began to be manufactured in the United...

  • ShastaCAD

    by Reid Creager April 2004

    Ten years ago, the people at Shasta Pools & Spas had a growing problem: Business was so good, there almost wasn't enough time to get it done.

    This seemingly pleasant quandary had unpleasant consequences — it was getting harder to get jobs processed to construction on time and employees suffered increasingly from growing workloads. So necessity became the...

  • Enthusiastic For Plastic

    by Emily Fuger April 2004

    Not so many years ago, customers who wanted a vanishinge-dge pool had to go with gunite. Today, this is certainly not the case.

    According to Michael A. Giovanone, president of Latham, N.Y.-based Concord Pools, vinyl-liner pools can now fit the bill as well. "I have a tongue-incheek comment that years ago you could buy any shaped vinyl-liner pool that you wanted...

  • Waterfront: April 2004

    by AQUA Editors April 2004

    Waterworld

    Indoor waterpark industry booming.

    Wisconsin is often associated with cheeseheads (though few people actually wear them) and the amazing Green Bay Packers. But southwest of Green Bay in the center of the Dairy State is Wisconsin Dells — site of the first indoor waterpark in the United States.

    According to research...