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Natural Swimming Pools (Schiffer Design Books) Hardcover – 1 Dec 2004

3.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (US) (1 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764321838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764321832
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 916,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book that would make the perfect Christmas present for any gardener, whether they want to create something of beauty in their garden or just dream about it from the comfort of their armchair. I bought one for my Dad (not from Amazon - sorry) who found it inspirational to the point of becoming almost evangelical! Whilst some aspects of the book must be seen as aspirational (especially for those with more modest gardens), the concepts and ecological principles are definitely something we should all be applying on a daily basis. If you buy this book to add some colour to your coffee table, you will not be disappointed: you get a lot of book for the price and the photographs and illustrations are beautifully presented!
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If you've decided to build a natural swimming pool, then this book has lots of information on construction method and options and is probably going to help you do it yourself or supervise a contractor with enough knowledge to spot any mistakes.

What is doesn't have much detail on is the design process, for which you need the author's first / other book. Unfortunately getting hold of that isn't easy as both are in a niche market and suppliers even within Amazon are few. And might send you the wrong one by mistake as the titles and covers ar so similar. (Happened to me and I'm still looking for the design book)
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Format: Hardcover
Best book ever about this topic - very detailed and inspiring! Michael Littlewood is a very capable, experienced, well known garden and landscape designer. If you are thinking about building your own Natural Swimming Pool you definitely need to have this book for a better understanding of the state of the art. Plenty of high quality illustrations. We very much enjoyed have read it. Highly recommended.
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By J Forbes on 10 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
It was not clear before I bought the book that one needed to buy his earlier book. The titles are misleadingly close. There could have been more detail on design and general information in this book, and I feel the two books could have been combined without losing anything. I suppose the author would like me to buy both books.
Having said that I found the book very helpful.
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Format: Hardcover
This book sold it-self to me on the abstract about being "A comprehensive guide to planning, constructing and maintaining...". Unfortunately it is not, but it is an interesting read with some superb images and photographs
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Format: Hardcover
STILL one of the very few books available on the subject, which is a great pity, because it is now very dated - and, as a previous reviewer has said, badly in need of a sub-editor who can spell and punctuate. There's also evidence of product promotional literature cut and pasted into the book, even at one point in a gushing list of quantities of a product called 'Siltex' referring to the fact that 'improves the environment for fish' - the reader having just been told a page earlier that fish are a no-no in natural pools. But amongst the sloppiness is some genuinely useful stuff, so probably worth having if you're investigating a natural pool, especially if you can avoid forking out the £40 I had to.
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