Monday, March 2, 2009

I really deserve a pool.



Which is a ridiculous thing to say in general, and especially ridiculous to say in Seattle where you only have pool-appropriate weather about 20 days out of the year, but come on, people. I mean, my ANKLES ARE FUSING TOGETHER. Isn't a pool theraputic or something? I think the answer is YES, which means I deserve one. Let's get on this, people.

Seriously, how much does it cost to have one put in? And how much should one budget to spend on heating it, etc (in a mild climate)?





45 comments:

tartanscot said...

I wanna pony.

*stomps foot*

Renovation Therapy said...

A semi-decent inground pool - $25K+.

My Fiance hates dogs so much that he said we can get a pool one day if I'll agree to NOT get a dog. Deal!

I'll get the pool...and then get a dog. Hah!

Decorno said...

Tartanscot - ha! Yes, exactly. This is exactly how I feel about the matter. :)

Anonymous said...

Our small in-ground spa costs about $50 to heat per use. We never use it. We're going to fill it.

MaryBeth said...

i spent over $100g's putting one in 2 years ago and spend $10gs a year heating and maintenance and guess what... I hate putting on a bathing suit and walking around my house and yard, so I almost never use it. Something seems so wrong about that, I need to be at a resort or ocean. Any time you are in PA just stop by and I'll let you use mine. xo, MB

Anonymous said...

It would be easier to find a fabulous friend who already has a pool. :)

red ticking said...

you should have been in seattle today...you could have jumped in a pool! (well almost) sorry you are in nyc where the snow is falling... love these shots... so wonderful...

kate said...

oh, poo-poo.
I had a pool some years ago in southern Ca.
LOvEd it. every day after work- the best de-stress.
Wish I had one now in Northern Ca.
(of course i didn't have to heat it) but I've heard that it hogs the same amount of water as a lawn (sq.foot comparison) if that factors into your fantasies.
I know I won't get a pool, so I'm holding out for a pergola.

trust me said...

just put in a big hot tub, then you can use it more and the heat bill stays low.

Anonymous said...

I deserved a deep oblong redwood hot tub and I got one for my fortieth birthday.

I feel the need for cheetos, boxed wine, and a heterosexual partner who 'looked smokin' hot back in the seventies' every time I get in to the damn thing - which would be about a dozen times in the last two years.

Rachel said...

Last summer, on a brutally hot summer afternoon, I was outside doing something when all of a sudden I hear "Cannonball!!" and a big SPLASH!

Yeah, that sucked. I can't tell you what I would've given for a pool right then!

What's more, living in Texas they actually get some use.

All of these pools are lovely - especially the first one!

Anonymous said...

the best thing about having a pool? the pool boy. :-)

Anonymous said...

put in one of these - way smaller (matching your season ) very fun-ctional and much cheeper
plus its in proportion to your yard which we helped on


http://www.endlesspools.com/whatis/sundaygazette.html

Randy said...

boy did somebody see Marybeth coming. 100,000 for a pool? and 10,000 to heat and maintain...do you use it for a giant hotub?

the earlier post was right, you can build a "nice" one for about 25,000 and probably a couple hundred a month for heat and maintainence.
yes I'm a pool builder.....

Kathleen said...

I'm with MaryBeth on this one. Our house already had a pool when we bought it. Here in the DC area, the summers do get stinking hot, so it's a nice thing to have. But, there is so much maintenance. And, it hogs up a huge part of the yard.

lucitebox said...

I want an Oompa Loompa now, Daddy!! I want an Oompa Loompa!

I wonder how much they cost?

It seems you'd do better with the Oompa Loompa than the pool judging by your climate. You could probably enter your Ooompa Loompa in some freakshows and even make some money off of of him.

Krysta said...

I moved to NYC about a year ago and the only thing I miss back in MI (well nearly the only thing) is the amazing inground pool at my last house. Even just for lounging around with a beer after work in the summer.

Anonymous said...

depends if you do vinyl- EWWW- or gunnite- concrete

the first will run you around 20-25K the second is about $65-$70 with a concrete surround.

Great Dame said...

Here in Atlanta, the pools that we design for our clients - and these are bigger pools with ALL the bells and whistles - generally come in at about $60K. That's a hefty chunk of change. What about a splash pool instead? Kinda like an oversized spa - that would still look like a real water feature even if it isn't used much? The pool boy could still be optional. ;)

Michelle said...

pools are a huge investment and being that you do not live in a climate where a pool would get much use i would suggest not doing it.
in some regions pools actually decrease your property value so be careful.

Michelle said...

Hows about you say you deserve a patio like that first one...with the ivy and the view??? Sounds good to me.

Anonymous said...

I would never buy a house with a pool. Houses are big enough money pits without them.

Jill said...

I bet the Significant Other isn't thrilled with the "ankles fusing together" phenomenon! That in itself might get you a heated pool!

desiree said...

We spent about $50k and that included pool and landscape about 9 years ago. We've only heated it a couple of times, so I don't have any real figures on that. We use it May thru October. But with four boys and long summers...It's been worth every last cent.

KatinkaPinka said...

pools are expensive to get and expensive to maintain.

if you do get one, get a saltwater pool. my folks had their chlorine pool converted to SW and it was glorious to swim in, thereafter. no red eyes, no bleached hair or swimmies...good for your skin and the enviro.

i want a pool but don't want the upkeep. therefore, i am buying a big round horse-watering trough to swim in circles in this summer. my neighbor has one and i can hear her over the fence kicking and splashing and it sounds like such a good time.

Condo Blues said...

A pool I worked at in high school heated their pool with a solar blanket. It floated on top of the water & looked like a giant sheet of bubble wrap. The water in that pool was always the temperature of tea water. ahhh

jen said...

I deserve one too. With my old house, winter was all about fireplace envy. Then, when the winter was over, I moved right into the pool envy. Now I have the fireplace and my best friend has the pool. However, she balks about my swimming in the buff. Go figure.

Anonymous said...

My parents also live in Washington (east of Bellingham) and they recently put in a hot tub. It gets a good amount of use... I even used it when all that snow was on the ground in December! We had a temporary pool as kids and never used it... too cold! The only 'real' pool I ever see used around here is an enclosed pool. So, if you really want one, build around it!!!

Anonymous said...

screw the pool, get a sauna. you can bring a drink with an umbrella in with you and a bucket of water to splash on yourself if it helps.

it's good for your fusey ankles, no lie!

Anonymous said...

My husband and I had a pool put in a couple of years ago. Best money we ever spent. We spend every waking moment out there during the summer and its great for parties. I love looking at it when I'm not in it. Very relaxing!

I also have a pergola covered in wisteria and I love that too. You look through it from the house to see the pool :)

Brilliant Asylum said...

Me too. Luckily my parents have one nearby. They can do the maintenance--and there is lots of it. I think it is worth it though.

Julie at BV said...

I also need and deserve one. I can imagine myself going to swim every morning for exercise...Someday I'll have it.

brillante home decor said...

Living in Vancouver BC I understand the dilemma, we usually have enough water "over our heads" all year long.
A dream would be to have an indoor/outdoor pool,retractable ceiling, but it is only a dream!
Love your Blog.

drollgirl said...

my sister used to have a pool and it sure was nice to housesit there!

*moggit girls said...

We {each} love our pools...

BUT--

a) they are a lot of work
b) they cost a TON to heat
c) mice drown in them
d) frogs party in them
e) it's just another thing you have to vaccum...

Joy and Janet
xo

saraem said...

40 k in tennessee after extra cha ching blasting out the limestone back yard. but it was worth it.

s. said...

Of course you deserve one. That goes without saying. But the question is, would you eventually rue the day you had it installed?

Off topic: how do you and your motley crew of readers think this crazy economy is going to impact decorating trends? Will warm, cozy colours and fabrics become The Next Big Thing or will folks embrace wacky in an attempt to escape the real world...? Enquiring minds *need* to know.

Kwana said...

You know what? I deserve one too. Darn it!

Anonymous said...

The common denominator in all the pools pictured is the landscaping offering complete privacy from the neighbors. Without that, i wouldn't even consider it!

big boy said...

Drain and skate.

Anonymous said...

Vinyl liner pool with minimal non-decorator concrete and do it yourself landscaping--40k. You go up from there (east coast)

Nicki said...

@ Renovation Therapy:
Your fiance hates dogs???!!!! Anyone who doesnt like our 4 legged friends is suspect in my book. I would run!

@ Decorno:
I live in S FL, land of the pools, and sadly I do not have one, but I hae a really lovely garden. When we first bought the house 4 years ago, the previous owner had gotten the initial soil sample approvals and started the planning for a pool, but never did it and Im glad they didn't, it would've eaten up all of our yard!

You're looking at a min investment of $30K thats a reg run of the mill pool, anything more youre literally dumping money into a hole that you'll probably never get back.
To run a pump and up keep is prob $400-600 a month.
My neighbors have a pool and I think the pool guy visits it more often than they do!

Anonymous said...

Eight years ago I bought a $150.00 above ground pool from Wal Mart(it has the thick plastic sidewall) it is 12feet diameter and 36 inches deep. I set it a foot and a half in the ground, bought me a kick ass pool liner online $200.00, and I have been enjoying it ever since. I live in Indiana so we enjoy it about four months out of the year it cost prolly 400 to 500 bucks a season to run it. With the landscaping and the patio around it people are always amazed when they see it.

I deserved a pool too and frugality and ingenuity got me one!

Anonymous said...

I'm with the poster above who mentioned a salt water pool. It is so superior - costs about the same to maintain but without the chemicals so it's so much better for you. Having swam in both, I can say - salt water - yes.

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