• Surface Deep

    by Kirstin Pires May 2005

    Water's ability to instantly devastate and destroy both natural and built environments was emphatically demonstrated to the world when the now infamous December 2004 tsunami sent the Indian Ocean ashore in Indonesia and much of South Asia. But water can alter seemingly invulnerable substances and structures in a more subtle and patient way. Gradually and relentlessly over...

  • The Solar Equation

    by Scott Webb May 2005

    It's nice, feeling green. When customers buy solar pool heaters, part of their motivation is a conviction that they're doing their bit for cleaner, healthier air. Perhaps alongside that is the justifiably superior feeling of helping to reduce our nation's dependence on the vagaries of the Middle East.

    But the determining factor is almost always the monetary one,...

  • Spa Treatment

    by Karen Erstad May 2005

    Tucked into a backyard in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains, this 11-by-50-foot pool was just one part of a major home remodeling project, says Teresa Rosano, principal architect at Ibarra Rosano Design Architects of Tucson, Ariz. "Originally, there was a kidney bean shaped pool and there was paving all the way around it. There was nothing living at all in the...

  • Automatic Advantage

    by Kirstin Pires April 2005

    If you're looking for a manually operated television set with knobs and dials rather than a remote control, "Antiques Roadshow" is probably your best bet. Cars with remote-entry keys, coffee shops with WiFi Internet access and cell phones with built-in cameras are all commonplace, these days. Automated pool and hot tub controls are no longer out of reach for most...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...