To be honest, I was not particularly excited about compiling this year’s Masters of Design issue. The economy is so bad that it almost felt inappropriate, like throwing a huge, extravagant party in a war-torn country.
But once the projects started coming in, I changed my mind. This
group of pools and spas is among the best we have ever awarded, and
I am so happy to have the opportunity to honor them in this way.
After all, just because we’re in tough times doesn’t
mean fine design and craftsmanship shouldn’t be
For example, check out this
waterfeature. When it comes to mimicking nature, Dave Duensing
is literally one of the best in the world. Looking at the stream he
created never fails to give me that “ahhhhh” feeling I
get in the presence of great beauty.
Another favorite of mine is this pool.
Admittedly, I’m a total sucker for Craftsman-style homes, but
even allowing for personal bias, this project is incredible.
Designer Mark Goldschmidt and builder Don Ward recreated a bygone
era using colors and materials that seamlessly blend the backyard
with the home’s simple, stunning elegance.
And to make the 2009 Masters of Design program even more
exciting, earlier this spring, Pool & Spa News got a
new toy — our own video camera — which we’ve put
to good use for this issue. Two of the projects featured here are
available for further viewing on our Website. In both cases, you
can see aspects of the installation that aren’t shown in the
magazine, as well as hear the project’s creators discuss
their design intents and selections of materials. Log onto www.poolspanews.com
to check out our multimedia package.
So, without further ado, I present you with some of the very
finest pools and spas our industry has to offer. Enjoy!