When we bought our lot to build, I told my husband “a pool would look great here” At the time it was just wishful thinking. I have always wanted a pool.
In our last home we had an above ground 4ft deep pool. We loved that pool so much, my kids swam in it every day. (view that one here) We had heard rumors that pools were several years out. I didn’t want to wait that long to put in a pool so we were planning to go with grass. And then I found a company that was just starting up. They could start in the spring and the price was just right, so we jumped on the opportunity.
Why We did a Liner Pool
I did a lot of research about different kinds of pools. Each pool is built and installed differently and they all seem to have pro and cons.
A Liner pool is Cheaper- Gunite is about $30,000 to $50,000 more.
Gunite will last for a VERY long time, where a liner will usually last 10 to 15 years. Once the liner wears out you drain your pool and then replace the liner. The cost to do that is around $5,000.
I also like the bright blue color of a liner pool. Gunite can be sharp and cut your feet until it wears down. A liner is very smooth, but texture can be added to stairs. (which is what I did)
We decided it wasn’t worth the extra cost for gunite so we went the liner option and I am so glad we did.
We did a standard 40ft long x20ft wide pool. We do have a 3 ft wide Shamu shelf. I made the shelf a little shorter so it wouldn’t eat up the shallow too much. The water on the shelf is 18 inches deep, which is a great place to sit in the water. Our pool is 9ft deep so we could have a diving board.
It is hard to put a firm price on a pool because of all the options. I would say pools start around $75,000 and go up from there. Where you live will impact the price as well.
We went with a salt pool. Salt water pools reduce skin and eye irritation and greatly reduce the chlorine smell. We have a chlorinator that converts salt into chlorine. Salt is also cheaper to buy and easy to maintain.
I hope I answered all of your pool questions, if not leave a comment!