The days of the predictable turquoise rectangle are well and truly in decline. From the latest eco pools that use plants to naturally filter the water to futuristic state-of-the-art stainless steel, twenty-first century swimming pools are aesthetic statements that are as much a part of the well-designed home as a spa bathroom or the ultimate kitchen -and they don't have to cost much more. Whether it's a streamlined lap pool that's an extension of a home gym or a sympathetically landscaped outdoor pool that nestles discreetly among the planting schemes in your backgarden, a swimming pool can be an undeniable asset. A fitness centre in the basement, a party venue, or the ultimate water feature in your garden filled by a wall of cascading water -a pool can be all these things and more. In Cool Pools and Hot Tubs, Vinny Lee looks at pools of all shapes, sizes and structures. A range of case studies, from an urban roof-top tub to a pool nestled in the Provencal countryside show how people have successfully incorporated swimming pools and hot tubs into their homes with some fabulous results. Looking for ideas about where to situate a pool, or which materials to use?
Vinny analyses real-life examples so that you can select exactly what features best suit your needs. The book also covers the most innovative finishes and latest decorative techniques, as well as a host of accessories such as lighting and furniture, and the all-important maintenance issues. If you are considering installing a pool in your home, Cool Pools and Hot Tubs is an indispensable guide.
Vinny Lee is a writer and stylist specializing in interior lifestyle features, who also broadcasts on television and radio. She is Interiors Editor of The Times magazine and had written several books on design, including The Colourful Home, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Recycled Spaces, Innovative Interiors and The Spiritual Home. She was awarded Newspaper and Supplements Stylist of the Year in 2001. She lives in London.