Designing with Water and Space

How to bring water, nature, beauty and enjoyment into your home.

Plunge Pools and Swim Spas: Luxury Pools Go Small
Plunge Pools and Swim Spas: Luxury Pools Go Small

Make (Less) Room for these Little Pools (plunge pools) that Turn Small Yards into Posh Daily Retreats   When The Wall Street Journal announces plunge pools are, “A Chic Swimming Pool Alternative for Small Backyards,” and a week later The New York Times publishes a plunge pool story, “Don’t Call It a Swimming Pool,” you ...

Is Expert Pool Maintenance a Luxury?
Is Expert Pool Maintenance a Luxury?

Consider these 3 Risks before You Decide Too many people buy an in-ground swimming pool and then treat paying for routine water and pool maintenance as if it were an optional luxury. I’m in the luxury design/build pool business because—let’s face it—all in-ground pools are luxuries. Yet I see too many pool owners treat their ...

5 Steps to Make a Swimming Pool a Luxury Pool
5 Steps to Make a Swimming Pool a Luxury Pool

How do you achieve that ultimate value—the luxury pool effect. In previous articles we’ve looked at the well documented benefits—physical, mental, social and spiritual—that water and swimming pools bring into a home. These health benefits—along with the fun, relaxation, and enjoyment—can add up to what I call a “Luxury Pool Effect.” The feel of luxury ...

LSI and Pool Water Balance Made Easier
LSI and Pool Water Balance Made Easier

Water balance starts with understanding LSI: the Langelier Saturation Index. I admit I’m a nut about maintaining safe and clean pool water. I know how important it is to maintain water that’s good for your pool and for the people in it. What drives me nuts is that it doesn’t have to be so complicated. ...

Is It a Spa or Hot Tub, or Maybe an Ahhhhh Tub?
Is It a Spa or Hot Tub, or Maybe an Ahhhhh Tub?

Do you know when to call it a spa or hot tub? For a long time the words were used interchangeably, but now there’s a clear difference: Hot Tubs are manufactured and free-standing. Spas are custom built and in-ground—often part of a larger pool project. Hot tubs started life as a round, wood vat that ...