Information, photos, graphics, and designs are not a free for all. Despite this, many pool designers/builders may have experienced some form of theft with respect to their intellectual property. Generally, an original work is automatically protected by copyright the moment it is created. By registering the copyright, a designer/builder will receive a certificate issued by…
During the winter of 2013, Poolscape Inc., was referred by International Landscaping Inc., to a soon-to-be-built large residential estate project in Ontario’s Muskoka region. The project was a new build, a luxurious cottage with impressive…
It can be extremely difficult for potential pool owners these days when it comes to selecting a builder to create their backyard oasis. The terms custom, unique, design, designer, and experience are possibly the most overused expressions in the pool and landscape industry.
Small projects can be accomplished with a small team; large sophisticated projects need the work of a small army. Designers, builders, and contractors rely on a diverse group of individuals that are highly trained, and often very specialized, to facilitate the end product.
Consumers are exposed to imaginative ideas and concepts from a variety of sources such as reality television, exotic travel, and niche magazines. However, the Internet, by far, is the most common source of inspiration.
The first pools were built 5,000 years ago in modern-day Pakistan. Waterproofing the pool interior was accomplished by using a combination of bricks, mortar, plaster, and a coating of tar. In 2500 BC, the Romans refined the process with massive public bathing pools that were built to impress. Columns, terracotta, and mosaics were featured in the finish materials for these pools. Modern swimming pools first appeared in Britain in the mid-1800s and often featured an all-tile interior, a material that is in resurgence today in high-end pool projects.
Safety and security are prime topics when first meeting a prospective client who is often surrounded by their young children. In fact, most mothers initially want Fort Knox built in their backyards—essentially a water feature without water.
A project’s design is influenced by a number of factors. Designers and builders are constantly performing a balancing act with respect to budget, client interests, site conditions, and building codes. The addition of energy efficiency and esthetics only serves to complicate the project. Typically, the client’s budget and expectations dictate to a large degree the final outcome of a design.