Synopses & Reviews
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.
". . . 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
Offers ideas and advice through the complete process--from pool/spa selection to creating an attractive environment. Over 400 beautiful color photos and illustrations show the many options available--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. Also includes ideas to create the ideal setting for the new pool or spa using decks, patios, and landscapes.
Pools & Spas covers everything from pool selection and installation to landscaping. Includes choosing a pool site, hiring a contractor, and information on pool and spa types.
Pools & Spas - The latest trends in pools and spas - Pumps, filters, and heaters explained in simple, straightforward language - Guides to keep pool and spa water sparkling clean - Fun extras and accessories to complete your outdoor-living area - Over 400 gorgeous photographs and comprehensive illustrations - 50 outstanding pools and spas from award-winning designers
About 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.
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