More stories about Design/Construction

  • Nation's First "Natural" Public Swimming Pool

    After a century of renovations and updates, a Minneapolis park’s swimming hole will return to its freshwater origins and become the nation’s first “natural” public swimming pool.

  • Circulation from the Inside

    Pool builders can make large gains in energy efficiency with relatively small changes, including the placement of return fittings.

  • A Specialty Inlet

    For Skip Phillips, suction and return fittings not only were laced with safety and sanitation concerns, but he also didn’t like the way they interfered with the sleek look of his vessels.

  • Overflowing in Style

    It is always interesting to follow the design process on a project.

  • Beauty of the Edge

    When I was in my 20s, I wrote a novel and was fortunate enough to have it published.

  • Touring Pools with Steve Sargent

    Rebecca Robledo, design/construction editor of Pool & Spa News, recently enjoyed a ride-along with Steve Sargent, president of Elite Custom Pools in Lake Forest, Calif. Steve builds some of the most high-end pools in Orange County.

  • On the Road with Bryan Chrissan

    When I recently spent a hot summer day with Bryan Chrissan, owner of Clear Valley Pool and Spa in Murrieta, Calif., I thought I was prepared. Sunscreen: Check. Water bottles: Check.

  • A Jewel

    It was a tough task. The expert jury (two architects and two home builders) had to vet more than 400 entries to select just 29 winners of the 2012 Custom Home Design Awards.

  • Legends of the Fall

    It’s rare that an opportunity presents itself to work on a historic property where landscape features such as oak trees have been maturing for more than 100 years.

  • On the House?

    Some believe free estimates come with the territory of being a service technician, while others can’t imagine providing hard-earned knowledge without a charge.