More stories about Design/Construction

  • 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.

  • A Test of Endurance

    Proper execution is all about learning from experience.

  • Abandonment Issues

    When Phoenix-based Riviera Pools declared bankruptcy in fall 2008, president and CEO Ron Ostlund vowed to complete the 50 or so projects his company had not yet finished.

  • More Than a Dream

    With new-pool orders at a near standstill, the renovation bandwagon is becoming crowded. But don’t jump on too fast. Any renovation project means dealing with a product that was originally built by someone else, and the pool is only as good as their workmanship. In addition, the passage of time can...

  • Safety First

    When inspecting a pool for renovation, the pool’s safety is the most important thing to check.

  • Picking up the Pieces

    Phoenix-based Shasta Pools and Spas made a mainstream media splash when it recently finished, free of charge, a half-completed project by Riviera Pools.