• Its Own Stratosphere

    by Karen Erstad July 2005

    While the backyard as a mini-resort may no longer be an uncommon concept, it is rare to find a backyard poolscape that truly resembles the type of setting you'd find at a posh resort. But this residential project in Jupiter, Fla., does — and that's exactly what the homeowners wanted.

    Built by The Pool Professionals, also in Jupiter, these two pools are...

  • Frozen Assets

    by Reid Creager June 2005

    Some things are just a good fit: Baseball and hot dogs. Fireworks and the Fourth of July. Canada and swimming pools. Autumn and . . . Whoa! Back up the truck. Canada and swimming pools?

    “Don’t let the weather fool you,” says Ed Gibbs, Jr., the president of Gib-San Pools in Toronto. “Canada does have longer periods of frost and freezing,...

  • Sunning In The Schoharie

    by Karen Erstad June 2005

    Perched atop a verdant hill, this vinyl-liner pool by Concord Pools overlooks the Schoharie Valley in upstate New York. At first glance, the poolscape might seem ripe for a vanishing edge, but Michael Giovanone, president of the Latham, N.Y., builder said the site was not right. “They wouldn’t get the effect of a negative edge because the house is looking...

  • Pool Cover Pateontology

    by Scott Webb June 2005

    Somewhere out on the Oklahoma prairie, a lonely oil derrick labors in the summer sun, extracting the liquid remains of a brontosaurus. Up, down, up, down, tirelessly it pumps, while hundreds of feet below, precious crude leaps up a steel straw and squirts toward the surface.

    It is one more step on a long voyage. Long ago, the fauna and flora of the Jurassic...

  • Surface Deep

    by Kirstin Pires May 2005

    Water's ability to instantly devastate and destroy both natural and built environments was emphatically demonstrated to the world when the now infamous December 2004 tsunami sent the Indian Ocean ashore in Indonesia and much of South Asia. But water can alter seemingly invulnerable substances and structures in a more subtle and patient way. Gradually and relentlessly over...

  • Spa Treatment

    by Karen Erstad May 2005

    Tucked into a backyard in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains, this 11-by-50-foot pool was just one part of a major home remodeling project, says Teresa Rosano, principal architect at Ibarra Rosano Design Architects of Tucson, Ariz. "Originally, there was a kidney bean shaped pool and there was paving all the way around it. There was nothing living at all in the...

  • The School By The Bay

    by Kirstin Pires April 2005

    AQUA Editor Kirstin Pires traveled from Madison, Wis., to Morro Bay, Calif., last fall to attend the Genesis 3 Level I Design School, and lived to tell about it.

    Thursday, October 28, 2004, Morro Bay, Calif., 57 degrees; a Pacific breeze stirs up scents of cedar, jasmine and salt spray. Whatever happens next, I'm just happy to be here and breathe this air....

  • Grand View In Grand Junction

    by Karen Erstad April 2005

    What do you build for clients who don't want something as big as a 20-by-40-foot pool or as small as a traditional spa, but do want a body of water that's a little bit of both. Marshall Foote, general manager and partner at Colorado Poolscapes, suggested a 15-foot round pool without jets for this site in Grand Junction.

    "The whole idea was: Give me something...

  • Out On An Edge

    by Kirstin Pires March 2005

    Remember the first time you saw a pool with a vanishing edge. It was probably near a natural body of water, and it probably was designed to make the pool look like it flowed right into the lake, bay or ocean beyond. Or the pool may have been on a hillside or mountainside, sited to appear as if the edge of the pool was the edge of the earth. Either way, it was breathtaking...

  • Don't Fence Me In

    by Karen Erstad March 2005

    The only good pool is a safe one. Unfortunately, not every safe, fenced-in pool setting is attractive. But safety and beauty don't have to be mutually exclusive when it comes to poolscapes. Codes and covenants must be followed, but much can be done to diminish the effects of aesthetically unappealing fences or barriers.

    "Quite often the main solution for making...