questionsany advice for someone having a pool put in?

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If you have young kids, make sure to get a pool cover or fence around it. If you have a dog, get a pool escape ramp and immediately teach them how to use it.
http://www.nextag.com/dog-ramp-for-pool/stores-html

I get a lot of use out of the fire pit on my deck. I live in a temperate climate, so even during the winter we are able to light up the fire on a clear night and watch the stars and roast marshmallows.

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Install a Western Union machine next to the pool so you can wire me some of that sweet, sweet money you have so much of! :)
You should totally get an outdoor TV and sound system.

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I'm totally fascinated by the outdoor grills with a direct natural gas line seems like that would be alot of fun alongside the pool

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I've noticed indoor ice makers are far more expensive than a whole fridge, can't imagine what an outdoor unit goes for (nor can I understand the cost factor, but that's a different thing). Considering the expected volume of ice needed, decide if you're not better off with a built in ice chest and some $2 bags from the store whenever an event dictates.

On to the adders:
A built-in grill is assumed, but also consider a side burner(s) for...side items.
You will probably want a sink out there for washing food and hands.
A dishwasher unless you use disposable-ware or haul stuff inside for cleaning.

Patio heaters (warm water is great, but when you get out...)

j5 j5
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@moondrake: We do not have children ( One of the reasons we can afford this @bsmith1. Plus We have saved for this for years! We finally get to put one in!). We do have an English Bulldog and that is a GREAT IDEA! Thank you!! I am going through reviews now for different ramps. Do you recommend a specific ramp? There is a propane fire pit in the plans. I tried to keep the fire pit closer to the house because I do intend to use it in the winter and didn't want to walk through the cold to get to it. Does that make sense?

@djbowman: We will eventually add on a pool house and there will be an outdoor kitchen in that. That is where the grill would go. We have underground propane so it will use propane, not natural gas.

@j5: I never considered just getting an ice chest. I will entertain, but I don't know if it will be enough to warrant an ice maker. I may be able to get away with just using a chest. I will have a drain behind the bar so draining the chest will be very easy.

Thanks!

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Since you have no children, do you have enough foliage/fencing/whatever to give you adequate privacy for adult pool activities?

Have you considered an outdoor shower? Walking around all day with chlorine hair after a swim can be annoying. You don't say what kind of landscaping you are planning around it. Make sure you have some kind of path between your pool and your party area that can stay relatively cool in the summer. Getting out of a pool after a nice refreshing summer swim only to burn your feet having to walk across 10 yards of cement sucks. You will be going barefoot a lot more than usual.

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Be sure to do everything you can to make winterization easier. Talk to your contractor about this. There are some design decisions that should be made, some of which may be costly, but will aid in draining your pool for the winter and getting it ready for the summer. You can do without the outdoor ice maker (nice, but unnecessary, and also will be a source of contamination and the gd things break constantly) and some other goodies. Anything that you can do up front to make maintaining the pool easier will really pay for itself down the road.

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@coondogg97: English bulldog is an especially big challenge since AFAIK they can't swim. They may have trouble with the floating type of escape ramp due to their uneven weight distribution. I have a really funny story involving an English bulldog and a swimming pool. I would suggest looking more at stairs:
http://www.discountramps.com/dog-pool-stairs.htm

But if I am correct and EB's can't swim, even stairs won't save him. You are going to have to find some way to keep the dog away from the pool. Even if he has no intention of getting in, he could easily fall in. My previous Great Dane fell into a pool I was swimming in because she was leaning forward looking at me and overbalanced. I would suggest a low fence, you could probably put up a 2' tall ornamental fence that you could step over but the dog couldn't get over. If pools are common in your area you migth want to contact your local breed club and ask what solutions they use.

Keeping the firepit near the house makes sense.

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My pool has a caretaker pop-up cleaner system (I think Zodiac), and I love it.. I had a robot at the old house and it was constantly breaking.

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My advice is don't. Really, a pool is a huge expense that will never stop draining your resources. We live in an area where lots of people own pools - some neighborhoods it seems like half the houses have them. Every single one of our friends who own a pool have had an expensive problem with them in the past 3-4 years. Of those with above-ground pools, they have all collapsed at some point. One of them were lucky enough that it collapsed slowly and didn't flood out their basement or damage any neighborhood yards. The other two happened to be on hills with favorable drainage so the loss was not expensive other than replacing the pool. Our friend with an in-ground pool recently had to have their pool liner replaced, which was not cheap either.

My advice is get a hot tub instead and put it outside. Cheaper to install, easier to maintain, and you can fill it in less than a day if you decide to drain it for a while.

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@lparsons42: This tends to only happen to people who neglect their pool. Granted, I live in Arizona where pool ownership is a necessity so we do have a lot of pool experts at every corner. I tend to mine 3 - 4 days a week for roughly 30 minutes and keep up on the minor repairs before they become major repairs. My only upkeep costs are chlorine and water to replace evaporation. There isn't much to a pool, it's a very simple system, the only thing you should be calling in professional help is with is an underground pipe breaking or something that you have to access underground - which is rare

Once you know your pool intimately, you will know how to solve certain problems and you'll have blue water 365

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one thing i always loved (if i ever had money)... half in ground half out. then have the half out section come level with the bar side so you can get direct service with drinks and stay in the pool/raft. also. love tiki theme.

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@lparsons42: My thoughts are the same as yours. I am a former in-ground pool owner, and I am elated about the former part. In my area it was only usable from late May to late September....1/3 of a year. A new liner was $2500, chemicals ran around $100 per month and it's not being used 24/7, ya know? A couple of hours a day(maybe...it storms here during the summer) x 120 days did not = value to me. BTW, I manually vacuumed it, spending about 30 min. 3 times a week or more. Apologies about my lengthy opinion. As for the OP, if that's what you have been looking forward to then enjoy it and go all out. My best advice would be to make sure everything was freeze-proof.

ETA: It doesn't increase your property value as far as money spent versus value gained, and it could possibly raise your insurance premiums.

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@jsimsace: Pffffft....$2500? What did you do, buy the cheapest liner available? Those are only good for around 6 years or so. YMMV. As for the OP, I prefer a hot tub for my wetness....it can be turned down to 85° if desired (too cool for me) and can be turned up to 105°. Chemicals are basically the same but on a much smaller scale. Advice about appliances? I have none. As far as fire pits go, they are nice but will void your warranty on a solid pool cover if a spark burns a hole.

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@jsimsace: As for property value, in the current real estate market (I just sold my house) it doesn't seem that anything short of coating your house in platinum will increase its value much. My wife and I bought when the bubble was popping (hence values supposedly low) and spent $30k on improvements to our house. We are selling for $4.5k less than we paid for the house.

So I would under no circumstance put in a pool expecting to get money back out of it. In fact I would expect the pool to eat its own cost in additional expenses within the first 5 or so years.

And from what I've heard from every pool-owning friend, yes the pool does increase insurance costs. Not only because they are a threat to life but because they tend to fail in fantastic ways. Really, it would be less risky to sublease your garage to someone who was just released from county after serving a lengthy term for selling drugs.

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Even though you don't have kids, you should still have the area fenced in (with a lock) for insurance and liability reasons. Kids often end up where they shouldn't be.

Also, for if and/or when you do have children of your own, think about infant swimming lessons if they are available.

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I believe that building codes just about everywhere in the U.S. now require a fence with a lockable gate, latch located at least 4' above ground. I assume @conndogg97 has checked with his local building office and is aware of whatever the code requirements are in his town, but it might be worth checking with the insurance company too. Sometimes they have more stringent requirements than code, or they charge absurdly high rates for only-to-code fences around pools.

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Here's the cheapest and coolest way to heat your pool and keep it warm:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUZd_fAQnQk

It doesn't look like much, but a dozen of these will make a huge difference. And, of course, the more of them you make, the bigger a difference they will make.