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  • 2017 SOI Builder Report: Optimism Abounds

    by Eric Herman May 2017

    In many ways, builders are the front line for the entire pool and spa industry, especially when it comes to looking at overall market growth. After all, builders are the ones who design and install the industry's primary products; they also refurbish existing installations so those vessels continue to generate service and retail activity.

    As such, it's fair to say as the builders go, so goes the rest of the industry. That may bode well as the 2017 AQUA State of the Industry Builder...

  • 10 Solutions for Sloping Yards

    by Joanna Simmons, Houzz May 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 just some of the design possibilities to complement sloping backyards.

    There are...

  • Aquanale Coming to Cologne

    by Scott Webb May 2017

    Aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, and FSB, the International Exhibition for Open Spaces, Sports and Swimming Facilities, will take place this year at the Koelnmesse exhibition center in Cologne November 7 to 10.

    Based on early indications, show organizers are expecting a similarly high level of interest in 2017 to that seen in Aquanale 2015, which drew 288 exhibitors from 30 countries (share of...

  • That Gap Under the Deck: Hide it or Use It!

    by Courtney Olander, Houzz May 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 ways to take advantage of that awkward space under a deck — and how to hide it...

  • Show Off Your Work in the 2017 Awards of Excellence

    by AQUA Editors May 2017

    The industry’s biggest design competition is back — APSP is accepting submissions for the 2017 Awards of Excellence.

    Each year, hundreds of designs are entered from the world over, and each one carefully assessed for its technical prowess, aesthetic achievement and dedication to the craft. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony at the 2017 PSP Expo in Orlando, Fla.,...

  • New Survey Reveals How Americans Invest in Their Backyards

    by Erin Carlyle, Houzz May 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. Here, a Houzz expert shares data on backyard renovations.

    If you’re thinking about upgrading your outdoor spaces and...

  • Sponsored Video: The Industry's Favorite Flow Meter

    by H2Flow May 2017

    If you've ever used a FlowVis, then you're familiar with the incredible accuracy and reliability that make it the industry's favorite flow meter...and if you haven't used a FlowVis, then we invite you to take a look at our awesome new 3-D video to find out what you've been missing!

     

     

  • Transparent Pools: Over the Edge of Pool Design

    by Kathryn Howard May 2017

    If you have been anywhere around the internet in April, you’ve probably seen this video of a glass bottom pool in Texas.

    The sky pool, featured in the video, is located at the Market Square Tower in Houston, Texas, and features 8 1/2 inches of monolithic cast acrylic. It was designed and built by Hammerhead International, a company that specializes in building aquatic...

  • Discretionary Dollars: How are Our Competitors Faring?

    by Eric Herman May 2017

    Any way you slice it, discretionary income in the U.S. is an enormous pie. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the total disposable income in the U. S. reached an all-time high of 14345.40 USD billion in January.

    That unfathomably huge number represents all the "non-essential" spending by U.S. consumers across a spectrum of activities, products and services. The category includes everything from tobacco and alcohol consumption to movie rentals, massages and professional...

  • Swimming Pool Services Wins Two Gold From Midwest Chapter

    by AQUA Editors May 2017

    Swimming Pool Services Inc., which is celebrating 50 years of creating outdoor living spaces in 2017, has won two gold awards from APSP's Midwest chapter.

    The honors recognize two unique, custom-built projects that exemplify Swimming Pool Services’ longstanding commitment to quality and creativity. Swimming Pool Services has won gold awards for over 10 consecutive years from APSP Midwest chapter, which includes more than 100 companies in Wisconsin, Illinois and...