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There Is No Off Season Part 2 by Chris Fogleman

“The best part about this project was how everything came together, we learned so much from working as a team- and really put our best effort into this, so that each piece of the puzzle came together to create the vision perfectly! Working as a team was such an amazing experience- from our demanding work to dealing with climate changes, to bringing together this talented team so that everyone could exceed the client’s expectations, to enjoying the time we were able to spend together!” The Spa was a customized design- created specifically for the client based on his height- we created reclined seats for comfort to include a sloped back to hold you into the seats and maximize the therapy jets. The Hydraulics required to create this customized design was nothing short of genius! We tapped int...

The Dream Team by Kurt Kraisinger

Overlooking the Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, Monkey Island is a water-side property situated in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The prairie-style home was built several decades ago and its definitive style laid the groundwork for our pool and patio design. While the existing home had a rectangular standard waterline pool and built-in spa, our main objective became clear when we discovered that the home owner wanted to capitalize on the water views with a well-placed infinity edge pool. Instead of converting the current pool, we created a brand-new design, incorporating the home’s pronounced geometry and a pool aligned with the water’s edge. The geometry is repeated in the fire feature. Its unique shape intersects with two existing columns from the home roofline—the way the columns in...

#TEAMTRIBUTARY Monkey Island

Design: LORAX Design Group Contractor: Thrasher Pool & Spa Tile Installation: AlpenTile Form Work: Edwards Pool Construction Hydraulics & Plumbing: Premier Paradise & Jmax Furniture: Ledge Lounger Glass Tile: Oceanside Interior Finish: PebbleTec Photography: Jimi Smith  

The Well “Shawn Thomas and His Two Cents” By Aquatic Settings

Water is one of the most powerful elements on Earth. Understanding the branch of science and technology concerned with the conveyance of liquids through pipes and channels, especially as a source of mechanical force or control is known as Hydraulics. Proper hydraulic systems and mechanisms are so important when building a swimming pool but are sometimes ignored by the builder unbeknownst to the homeowner. Like the old saying “Beauty is Only Skin Deep”, there is nothing worse than seeing a beautiful pool where it is obvious that a lot of thought went into the design and material selection only to walk around the side of the house to the equipment set finding under powered equipment and a spiderweb of pipe with often too small of pipe diameter to support the desired features of the pool. All...

Lounge in Style Enhance Your Outdoor Environment

Ledge Lounger introduces the latest must have outdoor accessories…. PLANTERS! Plants and landscaping are an essential piece when creating the perfect outdoor atmosphere. The Planters are available in stylish colors that coordinate with Ledge Lounger furniture and accessories. They feature a sleek minimalistic design, a self- draining system with optional plugs and are compatible with most self-watering systems. Planters are available in two shapes; round or square, and a variety of sizes to fit any preference. The high-quality Planters are designed to withstand the sun, weather, and chemicals of any outdoor aquatic area. Intended for on deck use to compliment your poolside designs and luxury landscapes. The perfect addition to the NEW Sectional! Contact the Ledge Lounger Team and per...

Extreme Pond Off With Fire By Design

Bob Roman and the Fire by Design team were featured on a recent episode of “TANKED” on Animal Planet! The stars of TANKED and Acrylic Tank Manufacturers went head to head to create extreme ponds with special effects and custom designed fire features by the one of a kind, Fire by Design! The pond off heats up as Wayde drops into the Las Vegas warehouse to see what the team can cook up for his pond! Check out the full episode on Animal Planet- Season 10, Episode 10 “Extreme Pond Off!” and catch a cameo with creator and owner, Bob Roman! Thanks for sharing Wayde and Brett! Bob Roman takes us behind the scenes and shares this unique new creation t o light up your outdoor landscapes and blaze a trail of the newest, hottest trends for your luxury living. The team at Fire by Design created a cust...

The First Rule of Hydraulics Club is.. By Jeromey Naugle / Premier Paradise, Inc.

What is there to be said about hydraulics that hasn’t already been said a million times? Who cares! I can pull up a chair and listen to anyone talk about hydraulics any time of day. If you build WaterShape’s for a living and you don’t obsess over hydraulics, it’s okay, you’ll get there. We all eventually get there… The first rule of the Hydraulics Club is, you always talk about Hydraulics! One of the first applications in the building/ development stages and the life blood of your WaterShape for its entirety. Why not focus a majority of your planning time on what keeps this creation alive? Your hydraulics and equipment set will make or break the life of your WaterShape so always make hydraulic decisions with the utmost integrity. Never settle on line sizes because of budgets or mark ...

Water Runs Downhill.. And Hydraulics Absolutes By Scott Cummings PLA, ASLA, CBP / Design Ecology

Years of experience with both new installations as well as the repair and remodel of existing swimming pool systems has provided a unique perspective on pool plumbing for hydraulic efficiency. Far too often and even in the case of high end builders we see the same plumbing mistakes repeated. Improper pipe sizing, inefficient equipment layouts and disregard of manufacturer’s installation instructions are all easily avoidable, but all too common. One of the most common and potentially the most detrimental mistakes is the incorrect sizing of pool plumbing lines. Undersized pipe can result not only in reduced pool pump efficacy, increased pump noise, shortened pump life, and reduced pool water quality but can also potentially create unsafe swimming conditions. The 2015 International Swimming P...

Prevailing Aspirations by Dale Sprigg / Pool Environments

I’ve always been drawn to both the art and the science of our profession. Nothing is more rewarding than the first moments of pencil sketching the initial concepts that have been floating around in your head, but I also love to switch gears and breakdown the functional side of building and operating our projects as safe and efficient as possible. This is the ultimate “left brain / right brain” combination, and throw in the people skills required to communicate all this to a client, and it’s not hard to see what makes those at the top unique. Starting out in the bottom rungs of this industry, plumbing was something I never gave a second thought to. Crews in the field did whatever they felt was needed, not based on any facts, but simply because that’s the way they’ve always done it. No thoug...

#TEAMTRIBUTARY By Tributary Revelation

Recap June Tour -Oceanside, CA June was a fantastic month filled with many surprises; (Team Tributary even did an excellent job of keeping a secret for a few days- so that a Member could propose to his longtime love on the beaches of Cali!) The fun in the sun ignited a meeting of the minds and set ablaze a brand-new passion for The Revelation! Taking our tour to Southern California, where we spent a few days Oceanside… what a memorable experience it was! Not only did some of our Tributary Members get to see the Pacific Ocean for the 1st time; we also were able to meet the entire OGT team and see firsthand the Oceanside process from A to Z! There is something truly unique about having a hands-on experience with a product- especially one that is made with love and respect! The product ...

The Well “Tales From An Angry Chef” By Nick Buchholz

As I open the gate to enter the backyard of a potential client, I notice the backyard is in need of a complete overhaul. From the landscaping, pool, and patio, everything could use a burst of energy. Mundane colors dominate this backyard. The sun casts through the trees and I see a glimmer out of the corner of my eye. I notice a sparkling chrome handle of a bbq grill. The 48 inch, 800 thousand btu monstrosity, do all things, rotisserie, led light grill, is staring at me. Like a head to head threat. He brought along the warming tray, quad door with pull out shelves, the quad side burner, the Big Green Egg, Keg cooler, and 900 can refrigerator. This setup is ready for war! Upon first glance I notice how clean this all is. We have a $39 thousand dollar weekend warrior’s wet dream sitting out ...

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