Pools and Spas, 3rd edition

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Creative Homeowner helps turn a dream into a reality with the third edition Pools & Spas: Ideas for Planning, Designing, and Landscaping. This book offers ideas and advice through the complete process from pool/spa selection to creating an attractive environment. Over 400 inviting color photos and illustratioins 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 ...

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Overview

Creative Homeowner helps turn a dream into a reality with the third edition Pools & Spas: Ideas for Planning, Designing, and Landscaping. This book offers ideas and advice through the complete process from pool/spa selection to creating an attractive environment. Over 400 inviting color photos and illustratioins 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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". . . a great research tool for homeowners planning a new pool . . ." --Home & Design
 

"Pool construction, pumps, heaters, and skimmers are covered in detail that's hard to find in other books . . . Creative Homeowner, the book's publisher, and the auther deserve credit for providing the clearest explanation we have read . . ." --Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580115339
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 2/6/2012
  • Series: Landscaping
  • Edition description: Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 335
  • Sales rank: 685,749
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (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 25 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.

The late David Short, from Newington, New Hampshire, designed and built residential and commercial pools and spas for over 35 years. He was 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

Introduction...8
 
Chapter 1: Taking the First Steps...12
Uses for Your Pool and Spa
Create A Plan
Adding the Pool or Spa to Your Plan
Financing the Project
Hiring a Contractor
 
Chapter 2: Finding the Right Fit...38
Inground Pools
Aboveground Pools
Spas and Hot Tubs
Indoor Pools and Spas
Pool and Spa Plumbing
Design Ideas for Pools and Spas
 
Chapter 3: Pumps, Filters and More...60
Skimmers, Drains, and Inlets
Pumps
Filters
Heaters
Pool and Spa Covers
 
Chapter 4: Beyond Pumps and Filters...82
Timers and Remote Controls
Diving Boards and More
Automatic Pool Cleaners
Other Fun Stuff
Pool Lighting
 
Chapter 5: Clean, Safe Water...94
Clean Water: The Basics
Water Balance
Other Things in the Water
 
Chapter 6: Pool and Spa Construction...112
Concrete Pools
Vinyl Pools
Fiberglass Pools
Aboveground Pools
Spas
Placing Equipment
 
Chapter 7: Living with Your Pool...136
Routine Pool Maintenance
Spa Maintenance
Equipment Maintenance
Opening Your Pool for the Season
Closing Your Pool for the Season
Pool Repairs
 
Chapter 8: Beyond the Pool...156
Successful Landscape Design
The Pool Decking
Fences
Patios and Decks
Paths and Their Design
Landscape Lighting
Retaining Walls
Plantings
Trees and Shrubs
Hedges
Ponds
Waterfalls
Fountains
Design Ideas for Pools and Spas
 
Chapter 9: Worry-Free Fun...202
Safety and Children
Safety for Everyone
 
Chapter 10: Soothing Saunas...216
Sauna Rooms
Planning Your Sauna
 
Chapter 11: Signature Pools and Outdoor-Living Areas...224
 

Glossary...326
Resource Guide...328
Index...331
Metric Conversion...334
Photo Credits...335

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