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Home By Brian Cullingworth If your No. 1 reason for getting a pool or spa is because your brother,


neighbor or college buddy has one, maybe you should reconsider. Planning, building and maintaining a swimming pool or spa is not a whim or keeping- up-with-the-Joneses kind of purchase. It's a major addition to your house. It dramatically alters the landscape of your outdoor living space. It can be a lifestyle change, a positive one: more entertaining, more fun with your family, more exercise.


• Why Do I Want a Pool, Spa or Hot Tub? Have a pow-wow with your family, partner, and all members of your


household. Everyone should write down the reasons they do - want a swim- ming pool, spa or hot tub. Consider each person's opinion, even the youngest at the table.


• What Will I Use It For? Do you plan on swimming laps? Did your doctor recommend a pool or


hot tub for therapeutic reasons? Do you have visions of entertaining guests in and around your pool? Is it for your children and their friends?


• What Type of Pool Do I Want? There's a sea of styles out there, some you probably have no idea about.


Choose from many shapes, sizes and combinations. This is one of the fun aspects of the project; it's like going "pool shopping." Research books, mag- azine, and the internet


• What Size and Shape? Creativity and design can place a pool in almost any back yard setting


with less changing in bigger lots and estate properties. For those of us with smaller sites, it may take some creativity, special design and compromise to make a swimming pool or spa work for your outdoor space.


OCTOBER 2014 Pool Construction Q & A


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