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mgsbella 10-21-2012 09:20 PM

back yard ideas
I would appreciate in some advise.. i am debating on first having a pool.. then my ideas became better having a big patio. Brick and stones...fireplace and mabe a jacuzzi...built in grill with patio space.. thinking it be much more enjoyable and less expensive in long run... any ideas??

user1007 10-22-2012 06:52 AM

Natural pools are growing in popularity in the US and are quite nice. Among other things, once established they have lower maintenance and chemical costs.

I vowed never to have one because I did not want the responsibility or expense of taking care of my own pool having taken care of community versions in high school and college years. I did design many into landscapes and really liked black bottom ones. I suspect if you would really use your pool it could be a good landscape addition.

You should list what you really want from your landscape and what you are willing to commit to it in terms of both time and money. If you come up with the fact you would really find yourself barbecuing around the pool you might be better off leaning toward the outdoor kitchen trend and downscaling to some sort of water or fire feature, or just a jacuzzi, rather than a full blown pool.

Do make sure you understand the commitment you need to make to a pool before committing to one. The library will have books on pool design and cost or stop by a pool designer in your area for a candid chat.

ToolSeeker 10-22-2012 07:15 AM

It is my understanding that a pool is a pretty expensive thing with the maintenance issues chemicals, insurance, heaters (if needed) filters, ect. And from what I have been told it does not add value to your home because half of the people don't want them. However I think the deciding factor would be how much would you use it. You don't say where you are so would weather be a factor on the amount of usage or winter maintenance. I think these are some things you need to consider but talk to some people in your area that have pools and see what they say.

beenthere 10-22-2012 03:41 PM

Moved to landscaping forum.

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