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

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

by David Short, Fran J. Donegan




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.

Product Details

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

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Table of Contents

Pools & Spas

Table of Contents


Planning Your Pool and Spa GETTING YOUR FEET WET...12Uses 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...38In-Ground Pools...40• Concrete• Vinyl• Fiberglass

Aboveground Pools...44Spas 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...54Skimmers, 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...76Timers 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...84Pool Lighting...86• Standard Voltage• Low-Voltage and Fiber Optics

Pool Chemistry Made EasySPARKLING WATER...88Clean 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...102Concrete 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...126Routine 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...142Closing Your Pool for the Season...143Pool Repairs...144• Indoor Pools and Spas

Landscaping and Water Features AROUND THE POOL...146Successful 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...186Safety 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...200Sauna Rooms...203• Construction• Heaters

Planning Your Sauna...206• Accessories

Resource Guide...208



Photo Credits...223

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