Ice Blue and H20 – A Cool Combo!

Sometimes a fountain just needs a little TLC.

This contemporary water feature had some technical problems and when homeowner Bret Hopper contacted us.  He worried his fountain wouldn’t be able live up to its full potential.

Not to worry!  We brought the right installation system and great products and design to the project to create a cool water feature for this Scottsdale backyard.

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Luke started with prep – grinding, floating.

Then came waterproofing…

And finally a two-layer anti-fracture membrane

Ready for Tile.  (The bottom of the fountain was waterproofed and tiled at a second stage.)

This design called for a clean 90 degree corner so we decided to miter all the perimeter mosaics to achieve a right angle.

Installing Miters: over 800 miters on this fountain.

A clean, crisp edge….

Looking good with Moonstone Muse!  Sometimes we encounter dye lot issues when working with handmade products.  On this particular installation we did quite a bit of hand-blending to maintain an even look to the installation.  Many hours were spent blending sheets and tiles during the installation process.

One consideration that needing resolution was the sheer decent water spillways, which had been recessed too far into the monolith by the original builder.  Then, with the addition of tile and float work, we caused them to be recessed even further.  So we went to our friends over at Grizzly Iron to have these custom stainless steel spillway extensions fabricated.

Do you see the dark shadows around each tile?  This is my favorite thing about the color ‘moonstone’ – while it is an opaque ‘milk’ glass formula, the perimeter of each tile is slightly translucent as a result of the manufacturing process, and when the installation is grouted, these edges actually trap light and create shadows within the installation.  It gives such depth to the installation.

Design: Amy Denny

Installation: Luke and Amy Denny

Tile: Oceanside Glasstile ‘Muse’ Straight stacked brick in Moonstone

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