• The Dirt On Staying Clean

    by Karen Erstad March 2006

    Few service techs look forward to tearing down and cleaning out a D.E. filter, but it's something homeowners absolutely dread, and that spells opportunity. "Most homeowners only have to clean a D.E. filter one time before they decide they don't want to do that anymore," says David Hawes, owner of H & H Pool Service in Dublin, Calif.

    Even though...

  • Wrapping The Perfect Package

    by Karen Erstad March 2006

    It would be nice if every pool customer could afford a $500,000 vanishing-edge pool decked out with every bell and whistle on the market, but that's just not in many clients' budgets. However, there are millions of families that can afford a vinyl-liner package pool. Builders who serve this market stand to make a healthy profit if they deliver a quality product. How,...

  • Custom Curves

    by Karen Erstad March 2006

    At first glance, to a skilled builder, this vanishing-edge pool and spa in Brick, N.J., may not look particularly difficult to construct. But look again. One whole side of decking, a 180-foot stretch, is curved and this radius motif is repeated in many other parts of the project as well. "Each one of those slabs of deck has a radius to it," says...

  • Vanishing Edges 101

    by Kirstin Pires March 2006

    Remember the first time you saw a vanishing-edge pool? Once you got past the sheer beauty of the effect, you probably wondered, "How'd they do that?"

    In the 21st century, vanishing edges — also called negative edges or infinity edges — are common enough that lots of the engineering puzzles have been worked out. But it's still a detail that you probably shouldn't...

  • Unexpected Luxury

    by Becky Strauss February 2006

    Most above-ground pool dealers can get customers into a pool for between $3,000 and $5,000. Customers opt for above-ground pools for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that lower expense. But that shouldn't stop dealers from looking for ways to add on to the sale. There are plenty of add-ons available in the above-ground market, luxurious items that are...

  • California Dreamy

    by Karen Erstad February 2006

    Not surprisingly, one of the client's primary requests for this poolscape in Calabasas, Calif., was that it not obstruct the amazing view of the San Fernando Valley. "You almost feel like you own Calabasas from sitting on that patio looking out," says Scott Cohen, supervising designer at The Green Scene in Canoga Park, Calif.

    To create a view deck above...

  • Finding Flow

    by Lindsay Renick Mayer January 2006

    Reece Jackson is all about flow. Flow dictates the design of every pool he builds. He practices flow as part of his business philosophy. And he admires flow in the work of architecture's greatest artists.

    In short, flow seems to be the key to how Jackson has run his successful pool company, Austin Waterscape Design, since September 2001. With seven to 14...

  • Would You Trust These People To Take Care Of A New

    by Kirstin Pires January 2006

    There are plenty of strong and varying opinions in the industry about start-up procedures with regard to the pool surface, but there are a few big concepts everyone can agree on. If you care about the beautiful plaster or aggregate or quartz surface you've just applied to a new or renovated pool, you need to care about the start-up. The attention that pool receives in...

  • Natural Wonders

    by Karen Erstad January 2006

    Marble and limestone have been used for centuries to create some of the most amazing pieces of architecture known to humankind. A limestone aqueduct built by the Assyrians around 691 B.C. brought fresh water to the city of Nineveh. Ancient Greeks used marble and limestone to build the Parthenon and many other structures at the Acropolis in Athens. The Romans also used...

  • Infinite Family Fun

    by Karen Erstad January 2006

    Built to take advantage of the grade differential in this backyard, the vanishing-edge pool and 360-degree infinite-edge spa certainly allow the homeowners to enjoy views of the Costa Mesa Country Club golf course.

    "The raised walls of the pool work out great, too, because they provide a lot of seating," says builder Randy Beard, owner of Pure Water...