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Anatomy of a Pool: Types of Pools & Construction

More than just a big pit in your yard, a pool goes through many building phases before it looks like a swimming pool. Discover the various materials and degrees of labor involved in pool construction, including gunite, masonry blocks, vinyl linings, fiberglass shells, hybrid fiberglass, pouring concrete, finishing, and more. Learn what's involved for both inground and above-ground pools.
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Pool Types, Designs and Styles
Thinking of buying or building a private pool? Like mother warned you, get to know your pool types before deciding which is "the right one."

Above-Ground Swimming Pool Designs, Shapes and Styles
In the current economy, above-ground swimming pools are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Why? Above-grounds always have cost less than inground pools, a point that is not lost on pool shoppers and buyers. Other selling points: above-ground pools are a breeze to install compared to building an inground pool, many can be disassembled at the...

Above-Ground Pool Manufacturers
An above-ground swimming pool seems like a great idea, but where do you go to learn more about the different manufacturers? The following is a frequently updated list of above-ground pool manufacturers. While above-ground pools have seen a rise in popularity since the Great Recession, some manufacturers have had to close their doors because of...

10 Things to Consider When Hiring a Contractor
You've assessed your DIY skills and interest in building a pool, patio, or other backyard project, and realized you'll need to hire a contractor for a venture of this magnitude. This calls for finding someone whom you can trust to follow through with the job until the not-so-distant finish. Everyone has a construction horror story; follow these...

What is an Infinity Pool?
Infinity-edge pools are meant to be photographed. They are the ultimate in luxury, taking the concept of a private pool to an entirely different level. Done right -- and they almost always are -- infinity pools give the illusion of a sheet of water dropping off over the edge of the property, like a waterfall.

What is a Plunge Pool?
What, exactly, is a plunge pool? Discover how a plunge pool is different than other types of residential swimming pools and why it may be the choice for you.

What is a Spool?
What, exactly is a spool? Not the spool of thread, but the body of water you have installed in your backyard for leisure and therapeutic benefits. It's also known as a swim spa, and combines the best of both worlds. Find out why you may want one.

What is an Olympic-Size Pool?
For obvious reasons, Olympic-size swimming pools are built really big. The first Olympic swimming competitions of the "modern" Games took place in the sea or in a river. But how large is a regulation Olympic-size pool?

What is a Swim Spa?
You've seen them on TV, but aren't really sure what they are. Swim spas are increasing in popularity as a more compact version of a lap pool, with built-in jets that provide resistance for exercise or training.

What is an Indoor Pool?
Since we all know what an indoor pool is and where it is located, let's take a look at a few reasons why you might choose an indoor swimming pool over an outdoor pool.

What is a Family Pool?
A family or recreational pool can have all the bells, whistles, slides and waterfalls you desire. While some pools reflect a home's architecture, many family pools are designed to appear more naturalistic, like a giant body of water with boulders and elaborate water features.

From the Ground Down:
Follow along throughout the many stages it takes to build a new swimming pool. From digging the big pit to the final result, you'll witness the various steps and stages involved in a complete backyard swimming pool project. Not a do-it-yourself project, this pool includes a landscape architect, licensed pool contractor, subcontractors and crew.

Garden Pond Basics
A quick way to get an idea for the shape of an outdoor garden pond: use a garden hose or chalk to outline the shape. Find out what else you are going to need if you get serious about this garden pond project

Where is the World's Largest Swimming Pool?
The world's largest swimming pool is the San Alfonso del Mar seawater pool in Algarrobo, Chile. Find out more about this popular resort and why it's a favorite with water-lovers worldwide.

Diary of a Pool Project: Part 2 -- The Rebar Chronicles
Follow along throughout the many stages it takes to build a new swimming pool. From digging the big pit to the final result, you'll witness the various steps and stages involved in a complete backyard swimming pool project. Not a do-it-yourself project, this pool includes a landscape architect, licensed pool contractor, subcontractors and crew.

Luxury Homes: Top 12 Luxurious Homes With Pools for 2012
See how the less-than-1 percent lives when you take a tour of celebrity and luxury homes and pools from 2012.

Celebrity Swimming Pools
While swimming pools have been around since the days before the Hanging Towers of Babylon, in modern history, private backyard swimming pools really started to make a big splash after World War II. And guess who owned pools, were photographed in and near them, and unofficially sparked the trend that continues to grow more than 60 years later?...

Outdoor Projects: Show Us Your Project!
Have you remodeled a pool or spa? Here's the perfect opportunity to show off your outdoor project! Why did you decide to build or remodel your patio? How did you come up with the idea and design? Where is the patio located in relation to your house? What about materials and tools used in the project? Size doesn't matter - no two patios are...

Guiness World Records for Swimming, Pools
Ever wonder where the largest or deepest diving pools in the world are located? The answers to these and other pool- and swim-related facts and trivia, courtesy of the Guiness World Records, will satisfy your thirst for knowledge and settle a few bar bets. Learn and become enlightened.

Why I Want a Swimming Pool
What's so great about swimming and having a pool in your own backyard? Apparently, lots. About.com Pool & Patio posed a few questions on the topic to friends, colleagues, and others, receiving an assortment of reasons why swimming and pool ownership are, well, such a cool thing.

Pool Parts: Get to Know Your Swimming Pool
Are you familiar with your swimming pool's parts? While there won't be a quiz, it's wise to learn about the main components of that big body of water in your yard.

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