We made the decision to add a pool about 2 months ago. Looking at our current situation with the stay at home orders, it has been a blessing, something to look forward to. And I hate to even share this for fear it sounds insensitive to others situations. We had money saved and set aside for this pool and spent time deciding if we should do it. It really isn’t something you get your money back for. But we will get a return on our investment with TIME and memories for our family. They started the process of digging the hole on April 6th, and it typically takes about two weeks to have it up and going! There was Easter in the middle of that so ours wasn’t as fast. The kids wanted to swim as soon as they saw the water! The pool is heated, so they should be able to have their first swim this weekend!
Here are photos of the process of adding our pool and answers to questions about the pool-
First of all we had to move our playset to the back corner. Our contractor suggested rolling the playset on large PVC pipes. Kind of like in olden times! And it worked really well! It was important to us to leave the playset, the kids really love it and play on it daily. Lola wants an underground tramp and Ella wants open grass for soccer. So we will see what we end up doing!
The pool looked HUGE sitting outside our house. It was a crazy process to watch them get it to the backyard!!!
Luckily our neighbors are so nice and actually liked watching the show too!
They are going to add stone to the top edge of the pool and around the hot tub area. And also need to figure out all the landscaping details! I want to find someone to do a drawing of it!
What type of pool is it?
When trying decide what type of pool we would get Kevin looked into the two types of pools; a Gunite pool which is a pool that is poured concrete and is what you would see at most public pools. The other option was a One-Piece Fiberglass Pool, these pools are pre-made and dropped into a hole that have been dug. Both pool types have their advantages and disadvantages; Gunite pools are more expensive than a fiberglass pool, they do not do as well in harsh weather and they have more maintenance involved. Fiberglass pools can sometimes look “fake” and you must make sure that you are going with a quality company that are very used to installing these types of pool and use high quality materials. We decided to go with the One-Piece Fiberglass pool, for us it was exactly what we were looking for, it had a lower cost, it was installed in less than two weeks and it had less maintenance. (We got our pool from Fairfield Pools the name of the pool brand it Leisure Pools, ours is the “the ultimate” our size is 38’x17′ color is graphic gray.)
Chlorine or Salt Water?
The one thing that I was concerned with was the chlorine, I know the kids are going to be in the pool ALL summer and I really wanted to make sure that they weren’t being exposed to too many chemicals. We decided to go with a Salt Water Pool. The salt water system keeps the pool clean by converting to a Chlorine like substance with far less harsh chemicals in the water to clean the pool. The water does not taste salty like ocean water and gives me a little bit of peace of mind. (It was an additional $1500 to do Salt Water).
What is the process like of getting approved for a pool?
The first thing we had to do was get a survey of our home. We had to get a survey to see if the pool would fit and if we needed to add a drainage system for the pool, luckily we had this on hand, due to our remodel. For those who don’t have a survey, it is as easy to go to your city hall and ask zoning for the survey on file. In our town we also had to get the pool signed off by the conservation department due to the beach area we live in.
How much does a Fiberglass Pool cost?
A One-Piece Fiberglass pools cost about 50k, far less than a Gunite Pool which costs closer to 125k (in our area- CT). It is still a lot of money and a big investment, we know that this is not going to increases the value of our home, but it was something that Kevin and I always wanted and we look forward to the memories that we are going to be able to create with our friends and family.
What do you have to factor in with a pool?
One of the requirements by our town is that the pool must either have a fence around it or your backyard has to be completely fenced in. We already have a fence around our yard, except for one side where we have large boxwood and forsythia, so we need to add a fence to that side. And thankfully we already have a security system, you are required to have a door chime, which we already have as well. Our kids have all taken swimming lessons, which we actually do every year to improve the girls skills and help Finn remember what he learned. Pool safety is very important to us, when we have parties we will hire a lifeguard to watch the pool, in addition to life jackets. We will have to pay for all of the landscaping and stone around the pool too- so that is something to factor in).
Backyard Pool Plan-
A large umbrella is a must- I ordered this- 11′ Umbrella (we did beige). Kevin and I spent some time looking at lounge chairs online, both of us really liked these Lounge Chairs, they have a pillow for the back too and we did a couple of these Black Side Tables to go in-between the chairs. White Strand Lights are a must and oversized Stripe Towels. We still need to narrow down the landscaping, but we really like a simple Juniper Tree, that the leaves won’t fall into the pool. We also need to add-on to our shed for pool storage or do another type of shed in another spot or a mini garage (I like the look of THIS white shed). And around the pool we are doing cement tiles on a diamond with stone in-between (grass would get in the pool).
If you missed our deck plan you can find it HERE, we might end up doing the fire pit down by the pool.
Do you remember this beach house tour? You can find it HERE. Love their pool landscaping! Excited to take you along as we start to landscape!