• Rooftop Sophistication

    by Cailley Hammel October 2017

    The project you see here looks clean and elegant, but make no mistake: It certainly wasn’t easy to achieve. A small 20-by-30 foot deck, unusual material selections, a concurrent interior remodel and a homeowner’s association were just a few challenges the Pool Environments team (Plano, Texas) faced.

    Then add in the height factor. This project was 270 feet, or seven stories, off the ground.

    “It was a challenge from the start,” laughs Reconstruction Project Manager Mike...

  • Interview with Rich Gottwald and Jack Manila: APSP Takes the High Road

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    In the last couple of weeks, the merger between CPSA and NSPF has fueled conjecture and rumor about the future alignment of trade associations in the pool and spa industry. Some have publicly speculated that NSPF and CPSA intend to launch an organization to directly challenge APSP, but leaders of the newly formed “Alliance” have stopped short of saying that.


  • 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners: Silver

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Last week we kicked off our Awards of Excellence month by looking at the impressive batch of bronze-winning projects, and this week, we’re onto silver — and trust us, they do not disappoint.

    RELATED:2017 AOE Bronze Winners

    Dazzling freeforms, luxurious spas, creative lighting and impressive...

  • Couple Survives CA Wildfires in Swimming Pool

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Northern California’s wildfires have been both devastating and deadly — 41 people have died as a result so far. Jan and John Pascoe of Santa Rosa were almost among them. As fires closed in around their home, with no way out, they sought refuge in the only place they could find: their neighbor’s swimming pool.

    With t-shirts over their faces to protect themselves from falling embers, the Pascoes stayed in the pool for six hours before it was safe to leave. 

    The Los...

  • This Santa Fe Backyard Keeps Summer Going All Year Round

    by Camille LeFerve, Houzz October 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 guides us through a memorable Santa Fe backyard.

    Backyard at a...

  • 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners: Bronze

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Every year, the Awards of Excellence recognizes the finest in pool and spa building and design. All month long, we'll be sharing the winners, starting off with the bronze winners. 

    And remember: There's still one AOE honor to be won — the annual Fan Favorite project. Vote for the project you feel is most deserving at The people’s choice will be revealed at the APSP Awards Reception in Orlando on October...

  • APSP Launches New Industry Certification

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is launching a new certification, the Professional Pool & Spa Operator Course (PPSO for short), based on extensive feedback from state and local health departments and industry participants.

    The new certification course zeroes in on the core skills needed for safe and efficient pool and spa operations, and is designed to meet the learning styles...

  • Zodiac Acquires Grand Effects

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Zodiac Pool Systems has acquired California-based Grand Effects and its portfolio of custom outdoor fire and water combination features for pools and spas.

    The acquisition is the latest in a series of strategic acquisitions by Zodiac...

  • Business Success = People Success

    by Kevin Woodhurst October 2017

    I’ve had the privilege of working in an industry that became my life’s passion for more than 20 years now. Along the way, I have learned and experienced much from my days working for organizations, running my own, leading an association, contributing to builder and education counsels, leading/attending training in other parts of the country and more. I have been a student from day one absorbing experiences along the way.   

    Through all these years, I’ve learned that succeeding...

  • Remembering Hugh Hefner, Pool Innovator

    by Bruce Riley October 2017

    Hugh Hefner passed away last week, and while he’ll be remembered for many things (both famously and infamously), in my eyes, he’ll always be remembered for his role in the pool and spa industry.

    In 1973, Hefner built the Playboy mansion pool and, perhaps more importantly, the legendary grotto. The grotto was built with natural stones weighing as much as 3 tons, and held together with over 100 yards of concrete. At the time, the grotto was a unique concept, one that spurred...