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Recap: April 2017 Las Vegas Tour

Tributary Revelation wishes to express our utmost gratitude to our generous Sponsors for hosting us on our 1st Tour of 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. We had an incredible time talking shop with each Member, learning about everyone’s journey, and making memories. It is an immense pleasure to be surrounded by a harmonious group with zero competition, and only positive motivation involved. The handson cultivation we could gain from each experience of touring the facilities, and getting face to face with the creator’s and their products was ground breaking. Special thanks to Bob Roman of Fire By Design, Noah of Structure Studios, and Dennis Wightman of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing for hosting our lively group! We all had a blast and are counting down the days to our next event! We are grateful to hold a...

The Well Featuring Jimi Smith

The scene opens with a ship, sailing on the ocean into the sunset. The Captain is headed out with a group of travelers for a special nighttime dive under the sea in the surrounding waters of the Islands of St. Thomas. The boat is filled with the traveler passengers, diving equipment, cameras, a few guitars for entertainment and the Captain’s trustworthy first mate, his best friend and dog, Tilt. This is not the opening of a blockbuster movie, this is just the daily life of Jimi Smith. Jimi’s journey to land him on the beautiful Caribbean paradise that he now calls home- is a journey that Hollywood movie scripts dream of. Growing up in Athens, Georgia Jimi’s life began as most Southern men’s do- attending college and taking care of his mother. Although he attended The Berkley College of Mus...

Rock Solid System by Jimmy Reed

Jimmy Reed of Rock Solid Tile talks his waterproofing method, products and his top 3 MUST Dos’ to solutions and success! There are many discussions on the perils of waterproofing gone wrong, the complications the process can lead to and the liabilities that can spell disaster. I have devised my own personal process that I have tested in the field for many years. I stand by my method of solidity, and will be sharing my exact steps with you. No design is ever exactly alike, so every method used must be custom fit to the individual elements of each watershape. I speak to you today to provide the necessary tools on finding your method, the steps to my exact process, and hope to implement the means to tailor your method that will exceed your client’s expectations and give you that competitive e...

The Perils of Sanctuary by Jeromey Naugle

Completed in August 2016, our “Sanctuary Floating Spa”, is to this day, one of our greatest accomplishments. Our engineers, contractors, vendors and especially our staff, worked tirelessly for 16 months to place a spa on top of a mountain. Our client asked us, “Can you float a spa out over that canyon…” Before he finished his sentence, I exclaimed, “Absolutely!” He then asked, “How?”, to which I replied, “Not sure yet!” After 6 months of site visits with soils and structural engineers, town reviewers and hill side architectural committee members, we finally got our approvals to start the long building process. Typically, we would have built a project like this in 4-6 months. However, this neighborhood only allows workers on site from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The driveway is 350’ long with a...

Basecrete Waterproofing by VIito Mariano

An astonishing 90% of in-ground swimming pools are not waterproofed. A surprising number of Pool builders / Pool contractors believe that a concrete shell or pool structure is waterproof or at least watertight. This common misconception is reinforced by many plaster companies who state that their pool plaster is “water resistant “. The combination of a water-resistant pool finish and a concrete structure must be waterproof; Right? Unfortunately, the reality is that unless a swimming pool is waterproofed using a specific type of waterproofing product then that pool will be slowly leaking water out through the concrete structure. Efflorescence, stains or discolorations of the pool plaster, delamination, and cracking of pool plasters, cracking and spalling of the pool shell are but some of th...

Prevailing Aspirations By Kurt Kraisinger

Health, safety & welfare; three words that are universally associated with licensed professionals such as architects, landscape architects and civil engineers. Why are these issues important and what expectations are we setting for our clients? “Landscape architecture is one of the forty most commonly regulated professions, with over 95 percent of the United States population living in a jurisdiction with state regulation of the profession. Statutes regulating architecture, landscape architecture and engineering collectively enhance the safety of the built environment as a place for people to live, work and move about. Landscape architecture is a distinct, mature member of the design professions and its regulation is an essential component of statutory schemes to protect health, safety...

Prevailing Inspirations

“The essence of Art is expressing oneself” – As Landscape Architect’s and Pool Designer’s we always put ourselves in the shoes of our clients. We identify their personality and the essence of their personal tastes to create a design. Considering their perspective sparks the art process. This begins the design itself, and brings it to life. The landscape becomes our canvas, where we consider all the elements we must utilize, and begin to add in the unique layers to grow into the outdoor art we are creating. This begins the plan of blending our client’s vision, and ours to life. Within art, there is a wonderful duality of architectural designs- in fact, there is a true science. Designing on a creative level isn’t enough to sustain an actual build, or plan. This is when we must apply the scie...

Matching Expectations and Reality by Kurt Kraisinger

I’m sure you’ve seen the funny articles about unfortunate online “shopping fails”. The full-sized rug that turns out to be an Oriental-pattern mouse pad. Or perhaps the adult denim jeans that arrive only for you to find out they they’re only suitable for a Barbie. While these are humorous examples, I think it’s safe to say that expectations not meeting reality is a real problem in the design world. Since we understand the importance of delivering what we’ve promised our clients, we take several steps to make that happen. By identifying our client’s expectations, teaming with the right people and sticking to the plan, we create projects that match our intent and leave everybody happy. Identifying your client’s needs and expectations is part one of creating a successful outcome. It’s rare to...

Exterior Focus of the Architecture and Design World: by Jason Brownlee

“I have seen all of this before.  There has to be something more.”  These were my prevailing thoughts as I pursued the aisles as the most recent International Pool Spa Patio Show this past November.   As a Landscape Architect, designer, and just all-around curious person, I tend to crave the new, the special, and the unique — either product or perspective, and I simply did not find it in New Orleans.  Everything felt very similar, like a review, or rehash of what I have already discovered, experienced, or specified.  I flew home with the unfulfilled feeling that I was missing, well, ….. something. “Is there anything that could offer a new perspective or opportunity that is just being missed in the pool world?”  With this question in mind, I researched and found what I hoped to be a n...

Pursuit of Excellence by Kurt Skinner

The pursuit of excellence requires that we understand how people live life. When asked why, I defer to the fact that we live, work, and play in a world that has become ever more compartmentalized. Work life is separate from personal life, which is separated from spiritual life, and so on. We have grown accustomed to the division of work and focus on our own specialties.  Nevertheless, too often I see builders/contractors/designers stop with the client’s laundry list (The List) of desired features. They take it for granted that everything should go where the client wants it. As their expert, we must look beyond The List and get to know how they live, understand what they are passionate about, evaluate what additional experiences they might enjoy, and anticipate how their needs will likely c...

Organizational Health by DAO Architecture

Organizational Health by DAO Architecture “The single greatest advantage any company can  achieve is organizational health.Yet it is ignored by most leaders even though it is simple, free, and available to anyone who wants it.” -Patrick Lencioni, The Advantage Discipline 1:  Build a Cohesive Leadership Team A Leadership Team should consist of a small group of people (3-10) that are “behaviorally cohesive”.  Every Leadership Team should embrace these five behavioral principals: Trust Conflict Commitment Accountability Results (See Figure 1)                                                                                                                      Figure 1 Trust – This is the foundation for building a cohesive team. It is different than the conventional notion of trust – it’s ...

Homage to John Lautner by Tributary Revelation

John Lautner is one of our biggest inspirations in the Architecture field. We feel very connected to his teachings and styles, and utilize his design techniques in our build. Taking the leap into the unknown of building outdoor living spaces that are unique and outside of the box has pushed us in many directions to excel in ways we never imagined. Not many contractors, designer’s or architect’s will take on the Lautner edge pool for its difficulty and time consuming fine points. We encourage our team, and all of you, to push yourself in your designs. Study those who inspire you, and apply their techniques to your work. Failures mean success, and it is a great benefit to learn the ways you fail, and succeed, from 1st hand experience. Always try what makes you uncomfortable. Try harder if yo...

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