Pools and Spas, 2nd Edition

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Creative Homeowner helps turn a dream into a reality with the second edition Pools & Spas: Planning, Designing, Maintaining, Landscaping. This book offers ideas and advice through the complete process from pool/spa selection to creating an attractive environment. Over 300 inviting color photos and illustrations show the many options from infinity-edge pools to indoor swim spas; from built-ins to attractive aboveground pools. Valuable advice is included on site selection, materials, financing, and more. As the...
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Overview

Creative Homeowner helps turn a dream into a reality with the second edition Pools & Spas: Planning, Designing, Maintaining, Landscaping. This book offers ideas and advice through the complete process from pool/spa selection to creating an attractive environment. Over 300 inviting color photos and illustrations show the many options from infinity-edge pools to indoor swim spas; from built-ins to attractive aboveground pools. Valuable advice is included on site selection, materials, financing, and more. As the crowning touch, Pools & Spas suggests ideas to create the ideal setting for the new pool or spa using decks, patios, and landscapes.
  • Over 300 full-color photographs convey current design ideas
  • 53 full-color illustrations
  • Explains how to choose a pool or spa based on lifestyle as well as location
  • Prepares homeowners for the construction and installation process
  • Offers ideas for decking and landscaping around a pool or spa
  • Covers planning issues such as budgeting, financing, hiring a contractor, and site selection
  • Provides helpful advice concerning pool- and spa-related equipment
  • Covers pool and spa maintenance, including “green” alternatives
  • Resource Guide with most recent pool products
  • Comprehensive cross-referenced index and glossary with important technical terms


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580113915
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis J. Donegan, from Verona, New Jersey, has been an editor and writer in the home improvement field for more than 20 years. Fran has been a staff editor at national home improvement magazines and has produced countless articles as well as a previous book, Paint Your Home (1997, Readers Digest). He is currently the managing editor at Creative Homeowner.
David Short, from Newington, New Hampshire, has been designing and building residential and commercial pools and spas for over 30 years. He is one of the owners of Custom Pools, Inc., a family-owned business and member of the Master Pools Guild. Custom Pools has designed over 3,000 pools - from New England to the Middle East.
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Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter 1: Getting Your Feet WetUses for Your Pool and SpaCreate A PlanAdding the Pool or Spa on Your PlanFinancing the ProjectHiring a ContractorChapter 2: Diving InIn-Ground PoolsAboveground PoolsSpas and Hot TubsIndoor Pools and SpasPool and Spa PlumbingDesign Ideas for Pools and SpasChapter 3: Pool GearSkimmers, Drains, and InletsPumpsFiltersHeatersPool and Spa CoversChapter 4: Enhancing the ExperienceTimers and Remote ControlsDiving Boards and MoreAutomatic Pool CleanersOther Fun StuffPool LightingChapter 5: Sparkling WaterClean Water: The BasicsWater BalanceOther Things in the WaterChapter 6: Creating Your DreamConcrete PoolsVinyl PoolsFiberglass PoolsAboveground PoolsSpasEquipmentChapter 7: Pool KeepingRoutine Pool MaintenanceSpa MaintenanceEquipment MaintenanceOpening Your Pool for the SeasonClosing Your Pool for the SeasonPool RepairsChapter 8: Around the PoolSuccessful Landscape DesignThe Pool DeckingFencesPatios and DecksPaths and Their DesignLandscape LightingRetaining WallsPlantingsTrees and ShrubsHedgesPondsWaterfallsFountainsDesign Ideas for Pools and SpasChapter 9: Worry-Free FunSafety and ChildrenSafety for EveryoneChapter 10: Soothing SaunasSauna RoomsPlanning Your SaunaResource GuideGlossaryIndexMetric ConversionPhoto Credits
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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    The definitive guide to a first time pool purchase

    This book was our guide to building our first pool. It is well written, organized and designed for someone just like me - an ignorant but well-meaning guy that finally decided that a pool was what I just had to have. Well, I may be stupid but I'm not ignorant anymore! I now know what to expect, what to demand and what I'm getting myself into and more importantly, why! Great photos, landscaping ideas, design considerations, siting, equipment choices, costs to run/maintain, lighting, and structural issues were all addressed. Now I can meet with a designer and contractor with some hope of not getting my a** handed to me or ending up stuck with something I don't like but can't afford to change. Only buy this if you're serious about a pool - it's not a wish book or a coffee-table item. If you're doing what I'm doing though, it's almost mandatory.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    Pools and Spas full of ideas

    I got this as a gift for my brother who just moved into a home with a pool. He is in the middle of landscaping around and in the pool. He said he loves it and that it has lots of ideas.

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