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    Putting on a New Hat

    Tim Murphy didn’t ask for a new job, but the economy gave him one.

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    Residential Specialty Trade Contractor Employment

    The construction boom of the early 2000s created a historically tight labor market. Specialty tradespeople, including tile setters, masons and electricians, had more work than they could handle.

  • Photo courtesy Bella Vista Pools / APSP

    Art and Architecture

    In a push to come up with evermore creative backyard designs, many builders are mixing and matching multiple surfacing products to great effect.

  • Photo courtesy Paragon Pools

    Making an Impact

    Certain applications call out for different surfacing materials. Here are just a few places where multiple materials will heighten the look and/or function of the poolscape.

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    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.

  • Photo courtesy MRM Design Group, PA

    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.

  • Photo courtesy Paragon Pools

    Feeding Frenzy

    The way Americans perceive suction entrapment is changing rapidly.

  • Photo by Denise Baker

    The New Bully

    To say that some homeowners have become brazen in this economy is an understatement.

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    Solving Stains

    Salt chlorine pools have become popular over the past few years.