Eric Herman
A writer/editor with 32 years experience covering a wide range of business, technical, scientific and cultural topics, Eric joined the AQUA staff in August 2011 following 12 years as editor and co-founder of WaterShapes Magazine. He now serves as AQUA's senior editor. He can be reached at eric@aquamagazine.com.
  • Tuesday, September, 18, 2018 The Humble Slide, Amplified

    For some products, form and function can be difficult to marry, and for years, waterslides have largely fallen into that category. While slides add big fun to many an aquatic environment, they also typically rank among the more visually awkward features.

    Enter Splinter Works, a British manufacturer that has introduced a line of waterslides that completely reinvents the concept. The company was formed in 2009 as a collaboration between design pioneers Miles Hartwell and Matt...

  • Tuesday, September, 04, 2018 Frothy Fun

    Designing and building beautiful aquatic spaces is often about reflecting the clients' personalities — at least it should be, according to Dennis Loy of Loy Custom Pool Designs in Austin, Texas. The project you see here offers a perfect example. The husband brews his own beer under the brand name Splash Craft Brewery, and his wife is an arts-and-crafts and gardening enthusiast. Loy's design integrates these passions into a one-of-a-kind outdoor living space that includes a backyard brewery...

  • Tuesday, September, 04, 2018 Acrylic Goes Commercial

    Although portable spas dominate the residential hot water market, concrete leads the way in commercial settings, where building codes and sizing needs give custom concrete hot tubs the advantage. There's a Canadian manufacturer, however, that's trying to change that perception a little.

    HydroTher, an acrylic hot tub manufacturer based in Mississauga, Ont., is making inroads into the commercial market by offering a line designed for high-use and commercial code compliance. According...

  • Tuesday, August, 28, 2018 Developing Talent: Taking the Long View

    Aquatic design and construction is a highly specialized profession that requires deliberate effort in attracting and nurturing the next generation of professionals. According to one millennial designer working in Texas, it doesn't happen overnight.

    Reid Schindler loves his job. As a designer for Claffey Pools in Southlake, Texas, the 30-year-old Schindler has been experiencing remarkable success. Since 2011, he has designed and sold more than 125 projects with an aggregate sales...

  • Tuesday, August, 28, 2018 Hatching the Golden Egg Sauna

    Last year, Swedish architectural firm Bigert & Bergstrom unveiled the "Solar Egg," a gold-plated 16-foot-tall wood-and-steel sauna designed for up to eight people. The wood-burning sauna was part of a...

  • Thursday, August, 23, 2018 Finding Efficiencies

    There’s nothing ambiguous about saving energy. Whether out of concern for the environment or simply a desire to save money (or both), reducing energy consumption is always a good idea.

    When it comes to pools and spas, they can go either way. Poorly constructed and improperly equipped man-made bodies of water can squander tremendous amounts of energy both in heating and electricity, sometimes causing great frustration for owners when it comes time to pay the monthly electric and/or...

  • Thursday, August, 16, 2018 The Secret Life of Hot Tub Covers

    Although often taken for granted, hot tub covers are in many ways indispensable — so much so, in fact, that it’s rare to find an outdoor hot tub that doesn’t have one.

    Covers are essential for heat retention, cleanliness, safety, security and overall enjoyment. Because they are so integral to the operation and service life of hot tubs, taking proper care of covers is crucial.

    When properly maintained, covers can provide years of durable service. Yet for all of their...

  • Thursday, July, 26, 2018 Winter Cover Notes

    In many parts of the U.S. and Canada, spring was unusually cold this year as winter conditions hung on as late as May. Servicers along the East Coast and throughout the Midwest report that the cold weather caused delays in pool openings and in some cases forestalled necessary repairs.

    The tough conditions also caused wear and tear on winter covers that could lead to replacements and upgrades for some. Taking advantage of those opportunities means beginning those discussions with...

  • Tuesday, July, 24, 2018 Design in Place: Tropical Attitudes

    Between the warmth, abundant sunshine and ample rain, tropical locales around the globe are among the most lush and leisurely found anywhere. Many of those regions, such as Central America and the Caribbean, boast a seemingly endless number of desirable vacation spots famous for oceanic lifestyles, verdant forests and luxurious homes and resorts.

    For those who design and build aquatic outdoor environments, these settings offer both great opportunities and, often, significant...

  • Thursday, July, 19, 2018 Hot Designs in Hot Water

    For longer than I care to admit, the design snob in me has looked down my snooty snout on portable spas, or hot tubs, depending on the preferred terminology. (For this discussion I'll use my favorite term: "spas.") By whatever label, portable vessels that contain hot water were for many years more of a clunky appliance than part of the landscape, at least to my eyes.

    It's fair to say that comfort and hydrotherapy, rather than aesthetics, have long been the driving element behind spa...