• Waterfront: September 2006

    by AQUA Editors September 2006

    Maui resort pools are much more than cool places to cool off. 

    A tropical retreat is incomplete without plenty of time to relax. And if the kids are along, then fun and games will most likely fill in the rest of the schedule. The Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, Hawaii, has plenty of pools for the fun time and the down time.

    Because the resort's pools are...

  • Put To Rest

    by Karen Erstad September 2006

    What's not to like about automatic covers. They make pools safer, they reduce heating and chemical costs, and generally make the pool easier to maintain. Plus, they're not hard to use, which means they'll actually get used. "If something is not convenient, even if it's a good idea, people just won't do it," says Wes Mathis, co-owner of Pool Cover Specialists,...

  • Stock In Trade

    by Becky Strauss September 2006

    Above-ground pool sales are a notoriously difficult-to-predict segment of the industry — the weather, especially, can be a curse or a blessing. And sometimes trends appear that no one would have thought possible — anyone for a $6 grande double-shot vanilla iced half-skim latte. Yet dealers all over the country have to try to predict both unforeseeable trends...

  • A Thinking Environment

    by Karen Erstad September 2006

    A backyard where you can escape everyday stresses sounds like an ideal environment to many homeowners. The owner of this pool and spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., definitely wanted a tranquil space. "He wanted to be able to go into his backyard and have the whole environment remove him from everyday thinking," says Judd Smith, owner of Tahitian Pools in nearby...

  • Selling Point

    by Karen Erstad August 2006

    Perched atop a hill overlooking the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati, this elegant free-form pool in Covington, Ky., is the first commercial vanishing-edge pool in the state, says Bob Shehan, vice president of sales and marketing for Shehan Pools in Florence, Ky.

    Shehan says vanishing edges are just starting to catch on in his market, and he cites cost as one...

  • Up, Up And Away

    by Becky Strauss August 2006

    The numbers just keep going higher and higher. Can it really cost this much to fill my gas tank? Imagine how you'd feel filling two tanks, holding between them 200 to 300 gallons. At nearly $3.00 per gallon, that comes out to $600 to $900. Welcome to the world of long-distance trucking in our oil-hungry age. Everyone feels the pain at the pump, and the evening news is...

  • Inside Story

    by Karen Erstad August 2006

    Filters are definitely not the most attractive part of any poolscape. But without one, every pool would be a murky mess. Hence, keeping them clean and in good condition is absolutely necessary in order to maintain crystal clear water.

    And while servicing filters may not be any tech's favorite chore, it must be done, and it's important to be familiar with...

  • And Now For Something Completely Different

    by Becky Strauss July 2006

    Imagine, if you will, your clients this summer lounging by the pool you've just built. What does it look like. Perhaps there's intricate tile work, or beautiful stone decking surrounding the sparkling water. If it were a natural swimming pool, though, you might instead envision your clients sharing the water with a luscious assortment of aquatic plants, perhaps a pebble...

  • Mix And Match

    by Karen Erstad July 2006

    Tropical Pools and Spas of Winter Park, Fla., builds about 100 high-end, custom pools a year, and it's almost all new home construction, says company president Adam Alstott.

    This particular project in Windermere, Fla., is set in a neighborhood of million-dollar homes Says Alstott, "It's where all the stars like Tiger Woods and Ken Griffey, Jr., live in this...

  • Away With Stains

    by Karen Erstad July 2006

    After getting stains out of swimming pools for 20 years, Jack Beane, owner of Jack's Magic, says, "There's only two types of pools: Those that are stained and those that are going to stain." Perhaps not every pool is doomed to be stained, but if not properly cared for, pools and their surfaces will likely succumb to staining.

    But all is not lost. A pool...