How high-end pool builders use fire to add drama and excitement to poolscapes

Playing with Fire

PROFILE BY KEVIN DOUD on Luxurypools.com

Years ago, while I was working as a sales manager for an industrial combustion company, I received a phone call from a contractor working on the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. His specialty was water, and he was looking for a mechanical engineer to assemble all of the technical equipment for the fire features on the project, which included two 7-foot-diameter cast-stone water and fire urns at the entrance of the temple. I always had an interest in landscape architecture and construction, and so I agreed to help them out.

Scientists Discover The Oldest, Largest Body Of Water In Existence--In Space

By Charles Fishman, from Fastcompany.com

July 28, 2011

Around a black hole 12 billion light years away, there's an almost unimaginable vapor cloud of water--enough to supply an entire planet's worth of water for every person on earth, 20,000 times over.

Scientists have found the biggest and oldest reservoir of water ever--so large and so old, it's almost impossible to describe.

The water is out in space, a place we used to think of as desolate and desert dry, but it's turning out to be pretty lush.

Researchers found a lake of water so large that it could provide each person on Earth an entire planet's worth of water--20,000 times over. Yes, so much water out there in space that it could supply each one of us all the water on Earth--Niagara Falls, the Pacific Ocean, the polar ice caps, the puddle in the bottom of the canoe you forgot to flip over--20,000 times over.

We were already well into the construction of a custom inground swimming pool in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago when our client, who traveled frequently to the Middle East, saw something that he just had to have included in his project.  In a hotel in Qatar, he saw a celestial star floor in the swimming pool, and promptly emailed a picture to our salesman.  We went immediately to work on adding this unique and stunning feature to his pool, and the following details the steps we took to install it.