• Change Is Good

    by Karen Erstad March 2007

    When people purchase a pool, it's not just a pool anymore," says Bill Wiley, director of marketing for Latham International. "Now they're adding on features, such as spillover spas and lighting and waterfalls, and the pool is really becoming part of their home as opposed to just a rectangular pool in the backyard with a filter and a concrete walkway around it....

  • Waterfront: March 2007 - Repurposed Piscine

    by AQUA Editors March 2007

    French pool gets second life as a museum.

    Searching for a way to preserve a beautiful municipal swimming pool in Roubaix, France, the community chose to create La Piscine, part of the Roubaix Museum of Art and Industry. The indoor facility, built in 1932, is an art deco palace, and the former pool room is decorated with sculptures, porcelain and large stained-glass...

  • First Choice

    by AQUA Editors February 2007

    The people have spoken! We've tabulated the ballots and checked them twice to bring you the winners of the 14th annual AQUA Choice Awards. As always, the result is a gallery of your peers' best projects presented to honor the winners and inspire AQUA readers.

    As you enjoy the beauty, ingenuity and craftsmanship of the winning projects, we hope you'll be inspired,...

  • Spec-tacular Pool

    by Karen Erstad February 2007

    This pool was done for a $4 million spec house in Nashville," says Gary Nannini, owner of Pool Art by Gary Nannini in Brentwood, Tenn. "The builder had a landscaper draw up a generic pool, which I didn't think fit, so I showed the builder some photos of pools I've done and he had me make some changes."

    Instead of installing just the straight brick...

  • Out Of The Box, Into The Pool

    by Karen Erstad January 2007

    The story behind this poolscape in Yucaipa, Calif., shows yet again why it's so important to keep your truck clean and in good condition. "The client didn't call up my company," says Glenn Douglas, owner of L.A. Custom Pools & Spas in Yucaipa, Calif. "He actually ran into me at a gas station. He saw the sign on my truck and said, 'We've gotten some bids...

  • Performance-Enhanced Ponds

    by Barrett Kilmer January 2007

    Bill Goddard, owner of Goddard Construction Services, is a very busy man. When I reached him on his cell, he was watching his crew doing a dig and he told me he was heading to his office where he'd be better able to talk. "Should I call you back there." I asked. Not necessary, he said, he was just steps away from it. Bill's a guy who literally takes his office to...

  • Promoting Portables

    by Barrett Kilmer January 2007

    Portable pools, whether supported by a framework and straps or not, offer many benefits that consumers are attracted to. Chief among these, according to Jim Newman, vice president of sales and marketing for Splash SuperPools, are durability and the fact that consumers can set them up with little or no help at all, then easily move them should that be necessary.

    Some dealers, however, say they've had difficulty selling them alongside traditional steel-walled...

  • Moving Water

    by Elissa Sard Pollock November 2006

    The slope of this property was ideally suited to the homeowner's request for water in transit over varied elevations, recalls David Klohr, Jr. from Smart Pools & Spas in Las Vegas. "The customer came to us knowing he could do something neat with that kind of slope," he says. So David Klohr, Sr. presented a 3-D rendering, and the job began.


  • Bright Ideas

    by Elissa Sard Pollack November 2006

    Swimming pool lighting can be as simple as a single white bulb in the deep-end wall, or a Vegas-style multicolor show choreographed to light up grottos, spas, fountains, trees, patio areas and more in sweeping swaths of changing colors.

    Something in between those extremes describes the lighting in and around most backyard pools today. And the effects may be...

  • Shelve It!

    by Karen Erstad September 2006

    Randy Beard, owner of Pure Water Pools in Costa Mesa, Calif., says most of his clients who know about beach entries want one. And who can blame them. They're beautiful, kids love playing in them and adults enjoy lounging in them. But the gentle, gradual slope that makes them so appealing also takes up a lot of space. Unfortunately, not every backyard can accommodate a...