|Posted by paragonpools on May 19, 2013 at 3:35 PM|
|Posted by paragonpools on April 7, 2013 at 5:15 PM|
As mentioned previously, the Grand Wailea , has many AquaTekture elements, most impressive is the details the designers incorporated to ensure an authentic setting when creating nature waterfalls and ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by paragonpools on March 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM|
The Grand Wailea property opened in 1991, and while it has changed management over the years the setting has stayed true to its original concept- a homage to the islands, its nature and culture.
This is achieved with AquaTekture, foliage, fish and art. From a restaurant floating above a salt-water lagoon filled with sea creatures, waterfalls, streams, koi ponds, gardens and sculptures, to pools with intricate tile mosaics and a chapel surrounded by a pond, the property is a...Read Full Post »
|Posted by paragonpools on February 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM|
|Posted by paragonpools on February 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM|
Hawaii AquaTekture #2
The large open air lobby is just one of the impressive design elements of the Grand Wailea in Maui, with native tropical fauna, art sculptures, water features and a sunken bar. Guests are greeted with a series of blue tiled, water channels that lead to a large reflection pond where a bronze mermaid statue lures them to toss coins into her shell bowl.
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|Posted by paragonpools on January 15, 2013 at 6:50 PM|
This courtyard water fountain may be a beautiful ice sculpture now, but in reality it could turn into a big problem for the owner. Leaving fountains and water features running during freeze conditions will cause cracks and flooding when the weather warms up and ice thaws.
Avoid this scenario by leaving fountains off and wrapping the pipes and valves with insulated tape. When possible remove pump lids and plugs to drain water out of the pumps. Depending on the set-up, it may be adv...Read Full Post »
|Posted by paragonpools on January 12, 2013 at 10:10 PM|
As the ADA deadline approaches (January 31, 2013), public pool owners are scrambling to bring their properties into compliance. However, what we are finding is that many properties require a more in-depth plan than just adding a chair lift. We have had to improvise and become very creative in finding ways for our clients to meet the new requirements.
What I have found in inspecting existing projects,especially with the smaller facilities is that the pool and spa areas are rather ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by paragonpools on December 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM|
If you travel to the Hawaiian Islands you will experience some extraordinary views. I recently visited Maui, a business related trip with ZODIAC pool products. ZODIAC booked one of the world’s most beautiful properties for the setting, the Grand Wailea (http://www.grandwailea.com) . The grounds are breathtaking spanning 40 acres on the southwest shoreline of the island. From the entry porte-cochere to the ocean- a series of waterways including; koi ponds, fountains, pools, and spas are ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by paragonpools on November 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM|
The recent natural tragedy on the east coast has left commercial properties and homeowners in a terrible situation. The process of putting lives and homes back together has only started, and while the focus may be on putting a roof over their head, those with a pool or spa have added complications and concerns.
I feel it is important to share some vital information with my audience. Even though you may not be directly affected, you may have family and friends who suffered the wrath of ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by paragonpools on August 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM|
In my latest article for WAVES magazine- India's pool, spa and bath publication, I discuss how to take a design to the next level.
The terms basic, generic, and ordinary are not part of my vernacular when designing a pool or spa. My philosophy is to create an environment the homeowner can’t live without, thus I look to the extras, the finishing touches, and the accessories to create an extraordinar...Read Full Post »
|Posted by paragonpools on June 28, 2012 at 1:35 PM|
Working with an APSP Certified Building Professional (CBP) ensures you are contracting with one of the pool industries top building professionals.
|Posted by paragonpools on April 28, 2012 at 12:50 AM|
If you are looking to add more appeal to your pool and spa with the soothing sounds and visuals of a water element. Adding natural stone to the spa spillover allows the water to trickle down the dam wall.
|Posted by paragonpools on April 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM|
Now that April has arrived, the weather is getting warmer and the family will spend more time outdoors. Duckie, the Float Like A Duck Mascot remindseveryone to enforce the ABC&D's of water safety!
|Posted by paragonpools on March 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM|
Each of the world’s oceans and shore lines has its own distinctive palette influenced by depth, soil, sand and the ocean bed. Other elements influencing water hues in nature include temperature, animal and plant life, and tide flows.
And, much like in nature, the color and reflective quality of pool water is affected by the interior elements. In addition, to traditional white and colored plasters, interior finishes of quartz or pebble are available in a vast array of colors and g...Read Full Post »
|Posted by paragonpools on November 26, 2011 at 10:50 PM|
|Posted by paragonpools on November 19, 2011 at 8:30 PM|
Living in Vegas gives us a great selection of award winning dining experiences.
With the International Pool and Spa Show in Vegas this past November, pool industry insiders shared some of their favorite dining spots on and just off the strip with Pool and Spa News.
My selections- BESO in Crystals at CityCenter and NINE Steakhouse in the Palms!
If you are looking for great ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by paragonpools on August 27, 2011 at 7:45 PM|
A call for a remodel project lead our team to the pool shown in the middle photo, the new homeowner hated the existing pool, which he referred to as "the polar bear pool" .
He desired something more visually appealing, as well as a design that would accomodate the family's needs.
|Posted by paragonpools on July 31, 2011 at 4:47 PM|
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|Posted by paragonpools on June 22, 2011 at 9:47 PM|
I had a great time as a guest on Prime Time Fitness with Host Coach Corky- we touched on a variety of topics from water safety, to enjoying one's backyard spaces, the joys and health benefits of pools and spas and designing and building pools. Thanks Corky and Scott and the production team at KLAV AM 1230 , the 1 hour show ran Tuesday 6.21.2011 from 8pm-9pm
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|Posted by paragonpools on May 10, 2011 at 11:43 PM|