• The $90 Million Renovation

    by Eric Herman June 2017

    Ever since Pierre du Pont established Longwood Gardens in the early 20th century, the property, now one of the world’s largest public gardens at 1,077 acres, has been a reflection of du Pont’s outsized ambitions. He began developing the property in Kennett Square, Penn., immediately after he purchased it in 1906. The facility soon became a major cultural center for the arts as well as horticulture and garden design.

    Over the years, the sprawling site came to encompass numerous...

  • What to Know About Remodeling or Replastering a Pool

    by Steven Randel, Houzz June 2017

    To be successful amid the outdoor living boom, it's critical for retailers and builders to stay abreast of rapidly changing consumer tastes in backyard products. To help keep your product lines up to date, AQUA has partnered with design megasite Houzz to bring you more content about outdoor living, from pools and spas to outdoor kitchens and patio furniture. This time, a Houzz expert explores what it takes to update an older pool design.

    If you’ve got a swimming pool that’s...

  • How to Make a Good First Impression on Prospective Clients

    by Christopher Anderson June 2017

    For all of the convenience and dazzle of 21st century communication, the process of convincing homeowners to sign on the proverbial dotted line still comes down to direct interpersonal communication both on the phone and in person. Success requires knowing what to say — and just as important, what not to say.

    For the purposes of this discussion, we’ll focus on the initial phone call and our first in-person meeting. We’ll assume those meeting are on site, which is the only way I...

  • Introducing the AQUA Community

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    As a reflection of the pool and spa industry, readers of AQUA Magazine are close in the way small towns are close — it seems like everyone knows each other. And while trade publications like ours spend quite a bit of time covering news from the big players, we've always thought something was missing: A place for companies large and small to share community events and news items.

    With that in mind, we created the AQUA...

  • June 2017 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    A new pool season brings new products, and June has quite a few: solar panels, an auto cover for vinyl pools, flexible PVC pipe and more.

    CoolPV helps customers realize up to four times more energy output from their solar panels for powering their homes and heating their pools. The...

  • Should Pool Pros Worry About Drought in Florida?

    by Kathryn Howard June 2017

    While California’s historic five-year-long drought has finally lifted,...

  • Genesis & NSPF: Happy Together

    by Eric Herman May 2017

    When the National Swimming Pool Foundation acquired Genesis (originally Genesis 3) back in November 2015, many in the industry were surprised, at least at first.

    On one side of the deal, NSPF serves the industry with programs that focus on the needs of professionals who operate commercial pool and spa facilities, chiefly through its CPO program that trains upwards of 30,000 pool operators each year. Founded in 1963, the foundation is similarly well known for its ongoing efforts to...

  • Elevated Stone Decking, Made Easier

    by Milka Pejovic May 2017

    For years, decks, elevated patios and balconies have been popular choices for homeowners when designing or remodeling their outside living spaces. However, until recently, decking options have been limited primarily to wood or composite materials. Natural stone, pavers and tile – while aesthetically appealing – are too heavy and difficult to install on traditional wood joist framing.

    However, a new durable, plastic polymer grid system is facilitating the installation of stone up to...

  • How to Apply Color Theory to Landscape Design

    by Kathryn Howard May 2017

    Good pool design fits in with the landscape. Great pool design, however, does more than that: It expresses emotion, it lures you in, it coalesces with the home’s design, it creates a mood.

    How can a pool designer achieve such depth? One answer is color theory, which both sets a tone for the backyard and imparts a subconscious emotional impact.

    “It’s not just about the aesthetic,” says Feras Irikat, creative director for Lunada Bay Tile in Harbor City, Calif. “Understanding...

  • Pools for the POTUS

    by AQUA Editors May 2017

    Everything about the White House is historic. From the silverware to the furniture in the Oval Office, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is not only the seat of power in the free world, it's also one of the greatest...