More stories about Design/Construction

  • A Fine Balance

    In today’s pool industry, every dig is critical. But in trying to get that signature on the dotted line, some sales professionals will push the limits of what they can promise and at what price.

  • The Big Time

    The commercial market is very alluring. With higher price points and already-in-place financing, commercial work can mean a company gets to avoid the all-too-common headaches of residential jobs.

  • Aquascapes: The Big Picture

    Large backyards pose a challenge that may seem like a luxury at first, but actually require a unique kind of imagination and discipline to design

  • Dropping Bombs

    Ken McKenna hasn’t raised prices in three years. If anything, he’s dropped them to compete

  • Desert Drama

    This Phoenix-area townhouse sat on a golf course and had little space in the backyard. But, as is so often the case, the homeowners still wanted a lot of bells and whistles.

  • Everyone on Deck

    Often, a deck is the most visible part of the backyard, so you don’t want to neglect it with a finish that looks like a sidewalk.

  • Cutting Corners

    Photo illustration by Denise BakerJim Kuenzi has seen how new-pool prices have dropped, and he’s had enough.

  • Back in Time

    When it comes to renovations, some projects are minor, some are major, and some are let’s-just-pull-the-whole-thing-out-and-start-again

  • A Test of Endurance

    Proper execution is all about learning from experience. You may have to burn the tongue a few times before enjoying a taste of success. The design process on this fiberglass poolscape was no exception.

  • Project Pictorial

    The leading edge of the pool cover was tinted black for two reasons — to blend in with the overall color scheme of the aquascape, as well as to appear transparent.