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October in Arizona! Fall Tour Registration is now OPEN

Travel with Tributary continues this Fall as we head to the Arizona Desert! Fly into Phoenix Arizona and join us for a few days in the land of the rising sun! We have so many exciting events to take you too- we can’t WAIT to share! Please submit your registration and confirm your attendance by emailing us or comment below with your name! Our Sponsors are lining up to dazzle you with products, facilities and more! Tributary Revelation headquarters are in Arizona, and we are so excited to show you where the magic happens! Register TODAY! We will be sending out detailed information, along with requested questionnaires from our Sponsors- be sure to secure your spot! This Tour is not to be missed! Photo by Jimi Smith

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 a Lautner edge pool design 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 ...

Benjamin & Me by Jeromey Naugle

A little story about Benjamin… and me…. It’s 4 a.m. and I have been staring at the alarm clock on my night stand all night waiting for it to kick me out of bed. Shotcrete day is coming, and I am more excited for this particular project than any other I have ever been involved with. We are incorporating our first Lautner designed WaterShape feature called a Lautner Edge. When utilized as design intended and constructed with the utmost attention to its incredibly difficult details, this water feature is awe inspiring to say the least. I had been thinking about this project day and night. Planning for weeks how I was going to execute this build prior to even digging the hole. I was 100% confident that I had thought of everything, or was I? “Wait, is my angle on the weir correct? Is there anyt...

The Knife Edge Part 1 by Benjamin Lasseter

In recent years the Vanishing Edge pool design has evolved into overflow details only limited by the designers imagination. A detail that started as the simple single wall Vanishing Edge, now has countless iterations in form, execution and detail. We at Design Ecology have designed and built more than a dozen of perimeter overflow and Lautner Knife Edge pools over the last 10 years and are constantly pushing the boundaries of design and construction. This is the first in a series of articles that will guide you through the challenges of designing and building head turning overflow edges. With every new knife edge project, we seem to modify our mechanical and plumbing design to improve over the previous. One of my major points of concern with the knife edge is minimizing the sound of water ...

There is No Off Season Part 1 by Chris Fogleman

As with every job it all starts and ends by having a great team. For years, I had always isolated myself from any other pool companies to try and protect our way of doing things. There is always power in number’s. No one person could pull off a project of this magnitude alone and it wasn’t until very recently that I learned that. Collaborating with the Tributary team, and increasing our network of knowledge, is what has made this monster sized project such a success. Kurt Kraisinger, a Tributary Founder, reached out to me and asked if I was interested in building a pool out of state and shared the design he had come up with. I immediately fell in love with the design and knew it was something I wanted to be a part of no matter where it needed to be built. Jeromey Naugle, another Tributary ...

Reinforcing the Details Part 1 by Grant Smith

Details and perfection. In the formative years of my life when I started working at the age of 13 I always had jobs that demanded perfection. The first one was when I started working at the family tool and die business. Everything there was done in thousands of an inch. If you were off even a half of a thousand than you just ruined a week’s worth of work on the milling machine. I found that out the hard way. After graduating high school I had the yearning for travel and adventure and joined the United States Marine Corps. From the first moments of stepping off the bus details and perfection was pounded into your brain. Hours were spent on the drill field that perfect practice created perfection. I cannot stress enough how important a geotechnical engineer is to your project. He will set th...

Founders Insight March 2017

Noun, plural minutiae [mi-noo-shee-ee, -nyoo-] 1. Usually, minutiae. precise details; small or trifling matters: the minutiae of his craft. Taking time to perfect the details is what separates you from the rest of your industry professionals. It is what allows you to charge more for your services as a General Contractor. Not because you understand how to build high end projects, rather because you spend countless hours running through details on plans. Then, you dream about those details, wake up at 2 a.m., and expand on those details to make them better! Then, you are perfecting those details with trades on site, and all while making it look like you were born for this! That is why you can charge more for the service you provide, because you bring the most technical details to life all wh...

Infusing the Past with the Future in the Design Process by Kurt Kraisinger

I’m a designer who earnestly believes a hand drawing adds a human touch that you can’t achieve using a computer. Even when today, we are all becoming more sophisticated in how we use technology to design and communicate — including 3-D printing— the process remains rooted in knowing how to put pen and pencil to paper. When studying landscape architecture at Kansas State University, I was taught how to draw by hand. It’s a skill that I believe resides at the heart of the design process. Everyone’s drawing style is different, and that is what keeps the process original, and fresh. There’s a softness and spontaneity to the lines, and the ability to think on your feet, and grow in the moment. Sketching out your ideas with a client present, creates opportunities that you will not find using a p...

Do you work for free? by Jeromey Naugle

“Are you INSANE?!? Why would I pay you $1,000.00 to come out to my house and draw a pool? I’ve already called 5 other pool companies to come out to my home next week and none of them are charging me.” Welcome to the world of charging for design. This was the response I received the first time I told a potential client that I charged for my time to design their pool. The immediate response was to tuck my tail between my legs and run back to “Complimentary Consultations” but I committed to making this change so I thought to myself, “There must be a better way to present this to potential clients.” There is a better way to present charging for design and I will go over that a little later. Right now, let’s discuss the opening comment from the potential client I proposed design services to. I ...

Founders Insight February 2017 by Kurt Kraisinger

In the words of John Donne, “No man is an island.” I spent many years pretending to be an island, carving out my path as a landscape architect and slowly accumulating hard-earned knowledge. If my 21+ years as a landscape architect have taught me anything, they have made me realize the value of camaraderie and collaboration. I came to understand how nothing can replace experience–ultimately, this is Tributary Revelation’s stance, as well. We intend to combine the cumulative years of experience of industry professionals into one place. When I first connected with Shane LeBlanc and Jeromey Naugle, I was incredulous that I had not begun these friendships sooner! I now had fellow professionals to call for insight. With our varying backgrounds, their different perspectives gave me new ways...

Iain MIddleton by V-vo Architectural Mosaics

Waterproofing and other significant surface preparation is hot on the lips of tile and adhesive manufacturers globally.  The magnitude of failures is overwhelming, none more poignant than in Australia’s swimming pool industry.   In a country so well versed in water conservation and salination of the available soil, I find it incredulous that waterproofing’s importance is not recognized by pool builders or even questioned by the end user or client. At this point, you might wonder if this is just scare mongering? Concrete, after all, IS waterproof, isn’t it?  I will come back to this later. Pools in Australia, and by this I restrict my meaning to ‘concrete’ pools, are more often than not sprayed into a steel-reinforced lined ‘shell’.  The form is either cut out of compacted soil or framed up...

Marco Perella by Marco Design Group

Glass tile. The mere mention during conceptual meetings / presentations with clients almost always illicits an excited response as they have usually seen the material in other context and the thought of use in their yard where peaks interest. As a designer I gravitate towards more natural or “raw” materials: concrete, steel, stone, wood and glass. Of these materials , glass tile gives the most flexibility in stepping away from the natural earthtones and muted colors the other materials typically present. Its also timeless. It gives us the opportunity to add color and life if we deem necessary but with a material thats still so pure. Like the water it works so well with. The top glass creators today are making my job way more difficult with all the colors, blends, surface treatments and siz...

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