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It's one of the most imaginative designs in the history of pre-manufactured spas – something that evokes films and cartoons and magic — and by the designer's admission, it came straight out of Hollywood:
"It came out of those old movies from Abbott and Costello where the cannibals boil the missionaries. I wanted it to give the impression it was hanging and that was real fire around the base heating the cauldron," says Steve Blamer of Cauldron Hot Tubs, the company that produces these cauldron-style hot tubs for the backyard.
And the illusion is convincing — each cauldron appears to sit on top of a fire pit, supported by chains that connect to three large supporting beams. In reality, the cauldron is anchored to a concrete foundation underneath the hot tub, with the heater, pipes, blower and filter located in a nearby equipment pad. (The chains and wood beams help give it an Old World feel.) The tub features teak seats and a stainless-steel liner for insulation.
And yes, that's real fire — but it does not affect the temperature inside the tub.
The most common question Blamer gets about the cauldron hot tub is, of all things, how to get in.
"They think they have to jump in it," he says. "You walk up a ladder for three steps and you step into the kettle."
Perhaps the reason no one asks about getting out is because there's no reason to leave once inside.
"I think we have a winning idea, but we're just starting out. We're excited to get going on it," Blamer says.
For longer than I care to admit, the design snob in me has looked down my snooty snout on portable spas, or hot tubs, depending on the preferred terminology. (For this discussion I'll use my favorite term: "spas.") By whatever label, portable vessels that contain hot water were for many years more of a clunky appliance than part of the landscape, at least to my eyes.
It's fair to say that comfort and hydrotherapy, rather than aesthetics, have long been the driving element behind spa...
We always say that pool construction tracks closely with housing starts, and historically that has always been the case. But is that still true? And are there other economic indicators that are as correlative with the state of the pool industry?
Indeed, pools have tracked with housing starts. But then, in 2011, things began to change. Starts stopped prompting pools. Moreover, two new indicators began to explain a lot of things about the floundering pool business.
Here at AQUA, we spend a lot of time discussing the in's and outs of your work life, but what about life outside of work? On our Facebook page, we asked you to tell us about the hobbies and passions you enjoy off the clock. We got a wave of responses that included everything from motorcycling to music to statue making!
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For landscape lighting designer Scott Armusewicz, Jr., it's all about discovering possibilities after the sun goes down. As lead lighting designer with Hamptons Landscape Lighting (Southampton, N.Y.), Armusewicz says he's always on the lookout for opportunities to create unique effects while also being sensitive to the client's needs.
"It's all about finding that unique piece that will give the client something special, but at the same time give them exactly what they're looking...