- Clearly Beautiful
by Kirstin Pires with Greg Andrews May 2006
Glass tile is hot. Page through shelter magazines from Dwell to House Beautiful , and you'll be mesmerized by sparkly, jewel-like glass tile installations in cutting-edge kitchens and baths. Ask any design-forward pool builder, and he'll tell you more clients are asking for glass tile than ever before.
In addition to its unquestionable design advantages — it's just plain beautiful — glass tile is a good choice for a pool or spa because it's durable...
- In Control
by Kirstin Pires April 2006
America the beautiful, America the automated," says Barry Brunye, vice president of Hayward's Goldline Controls division. "When was the last time anyone got out of their car to open the garage door? Or got off the couch to change the TV channel. Apple pie, American flag and automation." Brunye, a veteran of the electronics industry, deftly sketches the...
- Hill Country Haven
by Karen Erstad April 2006
Creating a vanishing edge like this that sits 16 feet above grade may be a huge challenge to some builders, but not to Tib Scallon, owner of Scallon Custom Pools in Austin, Texas. "Most people think of Texas as flat area, but we're actually in a real hilly, pretty area," says Scallon. "And almost every project we do has some sort of vanishing edge on it....
- Vanishing Edges 101
by Kirstin Pires March 2006
Remember the first time you saw a vanishing-edge pool? Once you got past the sheer beauty of the effect, you probably wondered, "How'd they do that?"
In the 21st century, vanishing edges — also called negative edges or infinity edges — are common enough that lots of the engineering puzzles have been worked out. But it's still a detail that you probably shouldn't...
- California Dreamy
by Karen Erstad February 2006
Not surprisingly, one of the client's primary requests for this poolscape in Calabasas, Calif., was that it not obstruct the amazing view of the San Fernando Valley. "You almost feel like you own Calabasas from sitting on that patio looking out," says Scott Cohen, supervising designer at The Green Scene in Canoga Park, Calif.
To create a view deck above...
- Variable-Speed Pumps: Head Of The Class
by Kirstin Pires February 2006
It's pretty unusual to hear pool builders raving about pumps instead of cursing them, but recent developments in variable-speed motors for swimming pool pumps have some early adopters convinced they have come face-to-face with the future.
Whether it's been motivated by heightened safety concerns, the California Energy Commission's looming energy efficiency...
- Think Big
by Elissa Sard Pollock January 2006
What's bigger than Texas. How about the Canadian Rockies. In Texas. That defines big. In the imagination of one Dallas penthouse owner, they came together in a, well, big way. The main body of water is only 20 feet long, but it's part of a 10,000-square-foot entertainment area on the 18th floor of a Dallas high-rise.
Craig Cameron of Natural Water Environments...
- Infinite Family Fun
by Karen Erstad January 2006
Built to take advantage of the grade differential in this backyard, the vanishing-edge pool and 360-degree infinite-edge spa certainly allow the homeowners to enjoy views of the Costa Mesa Country Club golf course.
"The raised walls of the pool work out great, too, because they provide a lot of seating," says builder Randy Beard, owner of Pure Water...
- Natural Wonders
by Karen Erstad January 2006
Marble and limestone have been used for centuries to create some of the most amazing pieces of architecture known to humankind. A limestone aqueduct built by the Assyrians around 691 B.C. brought fresh water to the city of Nineveh. Ancient Greeks used marble and limestone to build the Parthenon and many other structures at the Acropolis in Athens. The Romans also used...
- Solid As A Rock
by Karen Erstad November 2005
There was no one here in the Midwest that said it could be done," says Scott Pearce, talking about this pool and spa in Rapids City, Ill., that was built into a 140-foot cliff overlooking the Mississippi River. "But we knew it could be done. It's just a matter of cost, a matter of some engineering and overbuilding the structure," adds Pearce, president...