Upgrade a Basic Bookcase

Put a personal spin on an off-the-shelf bookcase with these easy DIY makeover ideas.

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Pools & Spas

Adding a pool or a spa to your backyard might seem like a daunting task, even for a savvy planner or DIYer. And from choosing a design style to upkeep and repairs, the addition of a pool or spa undoubtedly comes with an endless array of questions and answers. We'll give you the information you need -- from design and planning ideas to care and maintenance tips -- to help take the guesswork out of the whole process. To start, we've compiled a list of common pool styles to help you find the type that will suit your space, budget, and needs. Then browse through our pool and spa planning tips. We'll give you answers to questions every homeowner asks: How much can I afford? How long will it take to install? And should I install an in-ground pool or an above-ground pool? We also have an array of expert maintenance and cleaning tips you can use to keep your pool or spa looking fresh and new for years to come. We've even gathered a collection of our favorite pools, spas, and pavilions you can use as inspiration to help create your own backyard oasis.

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