Scott Webb
Scott Webb has been with AQUA magazine in one capacity or another since April 2001; he now serves as executive editor. Scott has a degree from University of Cincinnati in aerospace engineering and lives in Madison, Wisc. To get in touch, email him at scott@aquamagazine.com.
  • Saturday, February, 13, 2010 Award-winning Kona Coast residential pool project



    There's no word in the English language to describe the relationship between this pool and its setting. One can describe how they are alike - both are simple, natural and placid - but the connection goes beyond that. It's as if, although one native and wild,...

  • Thursday, February, 11, 2010 Pool builder profile of high-tech pools

    Not every pool builder surveys an open field, clean sheet of drawing paper in hand, with freedom to create without constraint. But often it's the biggest hurdles that elicit the best performance. (And make it fun, too.) As these three builders demonstrate, no matter what obstacles arise, there's always a way to overcome barriers with brains and produce a beautiful, high-tech pool.

    Creative Pools, Naples, Fla.

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  • Friday, January, 15, 2010 New Materials in Pool and Spa Decking

    Most inground pools are surrounded in some fashion of concrete, but wood-style decking is increasingly popular around inset spas, both to create easy access and to help hide the skirt, which many feel is the spa's least attractive feature. And of course, wooden decking has long been a good way of dressing up an aboveground pool.

    Over the last couple of decades, however, manufacturers of wood...

  • Thursday, December, 31, 2009 Award-winning residential pool project in Las Vegas



    The name of the project is "Liquid Window," after the acrylic windowpane that creates the illusion of a solid, self-supporting block of water and provides a unique view below its surface.

    What lies below the surface of the entire residential...

  • Friday, October, 23, 2009 California pool pump laws going nationwide

    A long time ago, it might seem, the state of California startled the nation by announcing that it really didn't have enough generating capacity to meet the energy needs of its citizens, and would have to begin rationing power using "rolling brownouts."

    Elsewhere across the nation, most pool builders took little notice of the fact beyond perhaps a kindhearted concern for their...

  • Tuesday, September, 29, 2009 Profile of spa and hot tub dealers surviving in a tough economy

    No need to dwell on the latest economic news. What matters is what a dealership does today to stay active in the market and sell merchandise.

    AQUA talked to several dealers that are taking in truckloads of spas and selling them to customers at a time when that takes a little more than it used to.

    Case #1: Orley's | Medford, Ore.
    Heat is still in style

    There are several factors behind the steady progress at Orley's despite the countervailing economic winds. As...

  • Tuesday, September, 29, 2009 Marketing automatic pool covers in a tough economy

    It's no secret that the automatic pool cover is a growth-oriented product, well-positioned for the future. And the reason is clear - its principal benefits are energy conservation and pool safety at a time when the most prominent market drivers are, coincidentally, energy conservation and pool safety.

    But like every other segment of the pool market, the recession has forced a...

  • Monday, September, 28, 2009 Retailer uses Google Earth to sell automatic pool covers

    Scott WebbFor a living, as a means of securing food for the kids and my wife's ongoing support and admiration, I call people in the pool and spa industry - retailers, distributors, service people and manufacturers.

    All kinds of people. Some are reserved and suspicious, others brisk and officious. Some are rude and condescending. Every once in a while, you run across an...

  • Monday, September, 28, 2009 Award-winning pool in Medford, Ore.



    From any breathtaking point of view, this Tuscan-style pool in southwestern Oregon is stunning. But drawing just as many gasps from visitors are its surprisingly ordinary building materials and low price tag - the pool and landscaping together ran about...

  • Monday, August, 31, 2009 How filters and chemicals work together to keep the pool water clean

    The vision that forms in the head of every pool owner when swimming season is mentioned is that of sparkling water - beams of sunlight reflecting off its surface and passing unhindered to the bottom and back as if through fine crystal.

    They yearn for water that not only reflects and transmits light like a pane of clean glass, but that is free of bacteria and germs that cause...