Designing with Water and Space

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

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 ...

We Need to Talk about Pool Construction
We Need to Talk about Pool Construction

It’s time we had a serious conversation about pool construction. We’ve been focused for some time here at the WaterSpace blog on the elements and principles of pool design because that’s the place where you need to start. We started there because design is a topic too many new pool buyers—as well as cookie-cutter pool ...

Connect the Dots to Achieve Unity in Your Landscape Design
Connect the Dots to Achieve Unity in Your Landscape Design

This 6th principle of landscape architecture poses a question you need to ask early and often. The Principle of Unity can seem terribly abstract, but it’s really one simple question: Did you connect all the dots in your design? How does your design hang together? This is the question you don’t want to start asking ...