Pools & Spas: Ideas for Planning, Designing, and Landscaping

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Pools & Spas: Ideas for Planning, Designing, and Landscaping, offers ideas and advice through the complete process from pool/spa selection to creating an attractive landscaping 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 above-ground pools. Valuable advice is included on site selection, materials, financing, and more.
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Overview


Pools & Spas: Ideas for Planning, Designing, and Landscaping, offers ideas and advice through the complete process from pool/spa selection to creating an attractive landscaping 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 above-ground pools. Valuable advice is included on site selection, materials, financing, and more.
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"...a great research tool for homeowners planning a new pool....."

--Home & Design

Finalist for an Ippy Award (Independent Publisher Book Award)

and ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award.

Wisconsin Bookwatch
Co-written by home improvement expert Fran Donegan and residential/commercial pools and spa expert David Short, Pools & Spas: Ideas for Planning, Designing, and Landscaping is a straightforward, user friendly, comprehensive guide which is enhanced throughout with full-color photography…. Pools & Spas is an exceptional manual and very highly recommended for anyone who is considering adding a pool or a spa to their commercial or residential property. January 2004
Library Journal
Owning a swimming pool is a popular fantasy for many people, albeit one that requires a fairly large expenditure and a great deal of ongoing maintenance. Donegan, a writer and editor on home improvement, and Short, a pool designer and builder, show readers the many types of pools and spas that are available, as well as what is required to design, build, and maintain them. There is more to building a pool than digging a hole: it must be carefully situated, with factors like sun and wind direction (not just aesthetics) taken into account; and the type of pool must be determined, whether in-ground (concrete, fiberglass, or vinyl), above-ground, spa, or hot tub. The authors show many available designs and describe what additional equipment (such as pumps or filters) is needed. Pool maintenance and chemistry are covered in detail since pools require regular upkeep. Other topics include safety, landscaping, and somewhat related subjects like ponds and saunas. Colorful photos supplement every section of this informative title. Recommended for all public libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580110808
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Pools & Spas

Table of Contents

Introduction...8

Planning Your Pool and Spa
GETTING YOUR FEET WET...12
Uses for Your Pool and Spa 14
• A Recreation Center
• An Exercise Center
• A Relaxation Center

Create a Plan...17
• Survey Maps
• Items to Include in a Plan

Adding the Pool or Spa on your Plan...25
• Practical Realities

Financing the Project...32
• Other Cost Considerations
• Getting the Money

Hiring a Contractor...32
• Ask Friends for References
• Find Your Own
• Check Them Out
• Collect Estimates
• The Contract

Pool and Spa Styles
DIVING IN...38
In-Ground Pools...40
• Concrete
• Vinyl
• Fiberglass

Aboveground Pools...44
Spas and Hot Tubs...45
• In-Ground Spas
• Aboveground Spas
• Spa Installation Considerations
• Hot Tubs
• Buying a Spa or Hot Tub
• Swim Spas

Pool and Spa Plumbing...52
• Working with PVC Piping

Pool and Spa Equipment
POOL GEAR...54
Skimmers, Drains, and Inlets...56
• Main Drain

Pumps...59
• Sizing the Pump

Filters...60
• Cartridge Filters
• Diatomaceous Earth Filters
• Sand Filters
• Sizing Filters

Heaters...66
• Gas Heaters
• Heat Pumps
• Solar Heaters
• Electric-Resistance and Oil Heaters
• Sizing Heaters for Pools
• Sizing Heaters for Spas

Pool and Spa Covers...70
• Maintenance Covers
• Safety Covers
• Spa Covers

Accessories and Fun Stuff
ENHANCING THE EXPERIENCE...76
Timers and Remote Controls...78
• Electromechanical and Mechanical Timers
• Remote Controls

Diving Boards and More...80
• Slides
• Ladders and Rails

Automatic Pool Cleaners...82
• Booster Pump Systems
• Skimmer Systems
• In-Floor Systems

Other Fun Stuff...84
Pool Lighting...86
• Standard Voltage
• Low-Voltage and Fiber Optics

Pool Chemistry Made Easy
SPARKLING WATER...88
Clean Water: The Basics...90
• Chlorine
• Bromine
• Other Ways to Disinfect

Your Pool or Spa Water Balance...96
• pH Levels
• Total Alkalinity
• Calcium Hardness
• Total Dissolved Solids

Other Things in the Water...100

The ABCs of Building Pools and Spas
CREATING YOUR DREAM...102
Concrete Pools...106
• Molding the Shape and Reinforcing the Walls
• Spraying the Gunite
• Curing and Finishing the Pool
• Filling the Pool

Vinyl Pools...114
• Constructing Walls and Support
• Installing the Liner
• Finishing and Filling the Pool Fiberglass PoolsÉ117
• Installing the Shell
• Filling the Pool

Aboveground Pools...119
• Preparing the Pool Area
• Assembling the Pool System
• Installing the Liner

Spas...121
• Portable Spas

Equipment...124
• Installing Equipment

Routine Maintenance and Care
POOL KEEPING...126
Routine Pool Maintenance...128
• Daily Maintenance
• Water Testing
• Adding Chemicals
• Weekly Maintenance
• Shocking, or Superchlorinating

Spa Maintenance...135

Equipment Maintenance...137
• Maintaining the Pump
• Maintaining the Filter

Opening Your Pool for the Season...142
Closing Your Pool for the Season...143
Pool Repairs...144
• Indoor Pools and Spas

Landscaping and Water Features
AROUND THE POOL...146
Successful Landscape Design...148
• Professional Help
• Creating the Plan

The Pool Decking...150
• Concrete
• Other Surface Materials

Fences...151
• Design Options
• Erecting Fences

Patios and Decks...154
• Patio Design
• Deck Design

Paths and Their Design...158
• Path Surfaces
• Installing Paths

Landscape Lighting...162
• Low-Voltage Lighting Systems

Retaining Walls...164
• Materials for Retaining Walls

Plantings...166
• Hardiness and Heat Zones
• Soil Considerations
• Soil Texture

Trees and Shrubs...170
• Choose the Right One
• Determine Its Purpose
• Consider Unusual Shapes
• Planting Trees and Shrubs

Hedges...177
• Consider the Rate of Growth
• Planting a Hedge

Ponds...180
• Flexible Pond Liners
• Preformed Pond Shells
• Other Options
• Edgings
• Adding Plants and Fish

Waterfalls...182
• Shaping a Waterfall
• Designing a Stream

Fountains...184
• Types of Fountains

Using Your Pool and Spa Safely
WORRY-FREE FUN...186
Safety and Children...188
• All Eyes
• Teach Children to Swim
• Reduce Hazardous Conditions
• Use Pool or Spa Covers
• Install Fences and Gates
• Fence Specifications
• Gates
• Fencing for Aboveground Pools

Safety for Everyone...196
• Pool Equipment and Accessories
• Diving and Sliding with Caution

A Healthy Habit
SOOTHING SAUNAS...200
Sauna Rooms...203
• Construction
• Heaters

Planning Your Sauna...206
• Accessories

Resource Guide...208

Glossary...216

Index...218

Photo Credits...223

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