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Monday, March 13, 2017

Swimming Pool Dreaming

When we were looking to find a new home and move, one of my main "wants" was a swimming pool.  Homes with a pool were of course more expensive so I soon felt like we just wouldn't be able to have a pool at all.  Most of the homes we saw needed some renovation and so did the pools, that put these homes way out of our budget.

The main attraction to the "Builder Basic" was the fact that it was only 12 years old, in great condition and totally builder basic.  No frills and no renovations that I would have to work around.  Just a plain basic house and the price would allow us to do a few upgrades and HAVE A POOL.  Living in the desert with temps way over 100 for most of the year and up to 115 in summer, a pool is a blessing.  Some place to be outside and not fry.  A place to enjoy cooling off in the water and a fun place to spend time with family and friends.

Now that the kitchen renovation is done, time to start looking for a pool.  What size and shape do I want and what other features would I like.  There are so many things to consider including the kind of filter, decking, tile and the list goes on and on.

We are looking for a pretty basic pool, no big water features and nothing too big.  We want what all the builders call "A Play Pool".  That is what we had when we built our last pool and we enjoyed it so much.  Perfect for the kids to play in and perfect for us too.  We don't need or want a diving pool anymore.  When the boys were teens and in college a diving pool was great for them, but now that it is just us and the grands mostly, not necessary. This is a pool that goes from 3ft to 5ft deep.  No diving.  We want an infloor cleaning system like we've had and pebble tec interior.  Really pretty much what we've had in the other pools.   We have talked with several pool builders so far and find that pricing is all over the board.  .

We got a great rendering from one builder that shows how a pool would look in our yard.  This drawing is to scale so it really gives us a great idea of the space it would take.  I love the shape and features of this pool, however I think it is much bigger than we are looking for.  They can cut the size down and still maintain the same features and look, it would just take up much less room.  I want the decking around the pool to tie into the existing patio and this drawing really does that well.


  The question is do we want a free form pool like this or do we want something different.


  Here are just a few of the many different shapes that have been suggested.









This is our backyard, nothing there so we are starting from scratch.   That one lone little half dead lemon tree is all there is and it has to go, so we can do just about anything.

Now to decide and get this show on the road.  I would love to be swimming by summer.  The weather man says we are going to be in the 90's one day next week.  It is going to be really warm soon.

So what do you think?  Do you have a favorite shape?

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35 comments:

  1. We had a pool at the old home, which we had built. It was 16x32 rectangle with steps in center of shallow end, 2 ladders, and a diving board. It held 22,000 gallons of water. It was 3' in the shallow end, and 8' in the deep end, and a vinyl liner. I did all the upkeep, and there is no way I ever want another pool! I spent hours almost daily, keeping it clean and in good condition, keeping the water balanced and free of algae. I admit, being a clean freak back then, but the work, literally causes my back to hurt to this day. But I do understand the heat is terrible where you live. I would advise to not have any trees near your pool, to cut down on debris in the pool. Be careful when you open the skimmer to dump the basket because all kinds of critters can be inside those things, from frogs to snakes. I started with chlorine system, and ended with a salt water system. Personally, I liked the chlorine much better. The other tended to allow the pool walls to become slimy feeling. There's just a whole lot to think about. One thing to invest in is the automatic floating pool sweeper. I had one for the last year we lived there. One thing is for sure, you'll have lots of friends once the pool goes in! :) Not trying to discourage you, though that is how it sounds I'm sure. Just in my opinion, I would not have another pool! Another item to invest in, is a cover that is on a motorized reel that can easily be maneuvered to cover the pool. We didn't have that, and several winters, the cover would actually fall into the pool. NO FUN! Just a few things from someone who has had her share of all the work it takes. Hope you don't have the experiences we did, and that you can enjoy having a pool.

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    1. We've had several pools before so we are very familiar with the different types of equipment.

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  2. Any one of these pools would be lovely in your backyard, especially with landscaping and fitting into the existing patio, but if I had a favourite it would be the free form. There's something very appealing about it and the way it fits into the space. I don't live in that kind of heat, but if I did a pool would be a priority for sure! I hope you have it done before the summer, so you and your family can enjoy it. I'm loving following all the changes you're making!

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  3. Any of them will be wonderful. You definitely need one as hot as it is there. We want a pool too. Well, I should say I do and my husband might go along with it. I just heard from a friend how much they cost and I was shocked! Might be a deal breaker.

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  4. Just came back from a quick trip to Florida and all 3 of my sisters have pools that they love. One is long rectangle - great for swimming. The other two small and free form, not great for swimming but great to cool off.

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  5. Marty, they are all lovely. I probably would pick the first one. I am sure you will pick the best one for your yard and house. I am sorry that I didn't have one put in when I moved in years ago, but now I couldn't afford one. But my friends have one so I always have a place to go to.

    Happy selecting a pool.

    Mary

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  6. We have a pool and did tons of research before we got one. We opted for a fiberglass in ground pool. Since lap swimming was my main criteria we opted for a rectangular 38 foot pool with a salt water filter. Though it is not maintenance free, it is much easier than having a traditional filter. Another advantage is the salt filter is kinder to your skin than a regular chlorine filter. Whatever you decide make sure you get a polaris or some other self sweeper. It makes a huge difference keeping the debris off the pool bottom and out of the filter.

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  7. I like the free form pool for your square shape yard ! It adds interest . I had a pool in a previous home and agree with the previous person who had hints for pool life. All good thoughts but you will get so much use in your hot climate. The "in pool" skimmer is the best idea ever and not very expensive. Happy pool shopping.Love your blog.

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  8. Love the free form pool, adds a lot of interest to your yard. I've always wanted pool with large steps, how nice to sit in the water to cool off!! You will enjoy this!!

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  9. We put in a pool--almost all our neighbors have pools but nobody has air conditioning. We went for a flat bottom, about 4.5 feet deep (to my shoulders), with the biggest stairs. The stairs are our favorite spot to have an apéritif, whether while sitting in the water or just on the edge with feet in (with plastic glasses--you don't want to have to empty the pool to remove broken glass!). It's also a salt-water system, which is much more pleasant than chlorine. We went for a beige shell, which makes for pale green water; we didn't want that turquoise look. Black also was tempting--the water looks dark blue--but we feared the water would heat up too much in summer. We have a low cover (on rails), so we can swim from March to October, plus it keeps the pool clean (we have lots of trees, some right by the pool); we got it when our kid was little because I wanted to be able to close and lock the pool for safety. I'm still glad for that when we get visits by relatives with small children.

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    1. Love the look of the green water too, and I agree a nice bench to sit on or a Bahama Step to lounge on are two of my favorite features.

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  10. I like them all!

    I heard once that having a pool makes it more difficult to re-sell a house. Not sure why. Maybe the safety issue?

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    1. Not in our area. The desert heat is so intense, everyone loves a pool and a major selling feature here for most everyone.

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  11. I do love the free form pool. When our son lived in Phoenix their pool was free form, and in the rectangular yard it just looked so pretty. And made landscaping so interesting. Can't wait to see what you choose and how you your yard evolves...

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  12. Ha. We are actually starting a pool build this week. It looks very similar to the first pic. LAgoon style. iDVD luck with your decision and cheers to keeping cool!

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  13. I really like the next to last picture where there are steps leading into the pool. I think little ones would like being able to sit on the steps and be partially wet, and adults would like that also. I also like the shape.

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  14. We got a quote for a pool when we lived in Arizona, but a week after receiving the quote my husband was offered a job in Virginia which he accepted. So, we nixed the swimming pool since the house was immediately going on the market for sale. BUT, as far as shape, I love the look of a fancy shaped pool, but would really rather have something more of a simple rectangular shape for swimming laps. Hard to swim a lap in a kidney shape. It's all about how you plan to use the pool I guess. A waterfall along one side would be nice.

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    1. Actually the first one has what they call a Baha step. It is extra wide so it is like a small wading pool for little ones. Perfect to also sit on in a lounge and just be half wet. Love that feature.

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  15. I like how that pool fits into your yard and the soft lines it offers. I also like the little walled area to hide the mechanics for the pool. I think this sounds quite ideal- the size and depth is perfect!

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  16. You have the perfect backyard for a pool! If it were my pool? I'd get a pool that had a rectangular component so I could swim laps for exercise. But...it's not my pool. I think any of them would be lovely...my favorite is the 2nd to last pic. Good luck Marty....it will be fun to follow along and see what you choose! ;)

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  17. How exciting!....We have had pools in most of our homes and my hubby misses it. I know you pool designer will come up with a great plan to fit your needs and your property. Our last pool was so non-maintenance with the pool cleaner and the salt water filtering system requiring no addition of chlorine.
    Have fun designing it!!

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  18. I have had several pools in my life. One thing I can tell you is that the rectangle corners are harder for the automatic pool cleaners to get into. Also, living in a hot area, the water on top is always warmer than the water underneath, so you will want to have a deep pool (at least 8 feet deep) at one end. My sister had an aerator in her pool that sprayed the water in a fountain at night, which cooled the water. Of course, if you like your pool to be as warm as bath water, these steps aren't necessary. I know whatever you choose, it will be gorgeous!

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  19. How exciting Marty! There is more planning than I thought when we installed our pools (yes we built two already). So many decisions! It sounds like you have a good idea what you want to that's great! I think the shape of your pool depends on the style of your house. So many options but such an amazing project!! Especially considering you will use it all year round! Our season is so short but my kids love to swim!!

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  20. I LOVE the one in the mock up. Free form! But they are all terrific!

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  21. Marty any one of these would be beautiful. With how hot it gets where you live I agree a pool is a must. When I come to visit I will want to swim in the pool ok?!!! Enjoy picking out your favorite and I hope they can start on it soon for you. Wooo Hooo you will love swimming this summer.
    Have a great week.
    Kris

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  22. I was told that pools with straight sides are "in" now. Free form is old school, who knew?

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  23. I`ll be happy with any pool, but first one is my favorite! Good luck, hope you can finish it before summer!
    Vesna - Home Chic Club

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  24. You definitely need a pool,in the dessert. We have a pool. If I was going to out in another pool, I would go with a rectangle shape pool, so a cover could be installed. One of those automatic covers. When you have a free form pool, it is difficult to have a cover. Water evaporates, so you will need something to prevent that. I would also add some built in seating. We have several areas in our pool. We also love our Baja shelf. Great for littles ones and to add a lounge or two. We love our under water cleaner.

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  25. I am glad you don't need me to pick a shape, it would be a hard decision. One thing I would do though is, ask myself if I want to see the pool from those windows and doors. To draw my eye outside to a gorgeous pool, a pretty lounger or umbrella. I might put it on the other side of the yard other then the one shown. So you can see it. Also now that I am thinking about it, the free form one might cost more to lay stone or pavers around, all those cuts and angles.

    Something to think about, might save ya some $$$

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  26. I would say you NEED a pool with those temperatures. I have always loved your basic rectangular pool, the y are classic and have an elegance about them.

    Cindy

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  27. Marty, this is exciting. The rendering of the pool for your space is very attractive, but I also like the second photo the follow up group of photo. The wide step entrance is very appealing to me. It would be the perfect spot to sit and cool off, possibly drink in hand. Also if you have very young grands, it's a great place to keep them with you. Love the shape too. Good luck with your decisions. I know it will be lovely when all is finished.

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  28. I've always liked the eye appeal of a free form pool, especially in a square backyard. But if you plan on swimming laps, a rectangle shape would be much better.
    We used to have a pool at our old house. It was a lot of work and pool chemicals were pricey. And the pool water used to get so warm some days that it was more refreshing to go in the house and take a cool shower. Lol needless to say we didn't put in a pool at our new home. Don't miss it a bit!

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  29. I really like the one in the rendering of your backyard. I like that it's kind of tucked into the corner, providing an easy way to conceal all the "stuff" you don't want to see, and that gives you more yard space to plant some trees and/or have a garden. We have a perfect yard for a pool, but after having one before, we don't want one. It is nice that we live in a planned development that has several community pools....we can just enjoy and not have to take care of it! Good luck, and I hope you will be "splashing" in record time!

    Carol

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  30. Love the design from the builder! How exciting to put in a pool!!! Can't wait to follow along!

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  31. Love all the Wonderful swimming pool ideas. Really it is just a dream comes true for all. Thanks for sharing your another updated projects ideas with us. I appreciate all the ideas you shared with us.

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