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To really really want my own swimming pool

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misspoirot Tue 18-Feb-14 20:54:31

No, I probably can't afford it but..... Maybe with some clever financial planning and if we sacrifice holidays, nights out, non-essential clothes, Chinese takeaways and all things frivolous..... It might be possible. Maybe I could start a neighbourhood swimming pool co-op?!

I've always wanted a swimming pool in the garden since I can remember, even better if it came in one of those log cabin type buildings! I just want to wake up and literally take a running jump...!

Does anyone know how much it costs to maintain a pool after the initial outlay of having one built?

Fannydabbydozey Wed 19-Feb-14 22:26:58

Oh that pool porn was incredible. Pool porn combined with property porn.

Even my son was going on about pools today.

Booboostoo Wed 19-Feb-14 16:31:39

We used to have an Endless Pool. OH convinced me it was a cheap way of having a pool you could swim in...then went overboard and built a conservatory for it, with underfloor heating, sunk it in the ground and lined it with (gorgeous) marble tiles! It was very beautiful but in the end he never bothered swimming in it either. However the house did sell on the day it went on the market to the first person who saw it so you never know.

Now we live in the south of France where we have a very cheap, above ground pool - a lot safer for children and dogs. It's quite warm here, but we still need to heat it a bit and use it April to October, in the summer every evening after work which is really nice.

lateSeptember1964 Wed 19-Feb-14 15:57:04

We are currently looking at the possibility of an Endless pool being installed in our double garage. We intend to convert the garage so it can accommodate the largest pool. The people at Endless Pools have given me a local contact. This all hinges on us getting planning permission to build a double garage on land at the front of the house. We intend to get a planning application in by Easter but I'm scared of telling the neighbours. Sometimes I change my mind and think is it worth it but I know we will use it. The endless pool is cheaper and easier to run. Whenever There's a design programme on TV they usually go with an endless pool.

ManifestoMT Wed 19-Feb-14 15:52:59

That hidden pool is spectacular though isn't it. Sooo cool.

BonaDea Wed 19-Feb-14 15:33:59

My dad and his wife have a pool in the basement. He is constantly complaining about the costs but it is such a lovely thing to have.

Degustibusnonestdisputandem Wed 19-Feb-14 15:22:43

A pool in the UK would definitely be a lottery-win job for us! We do hope to build a pool when we eventually build in (southern, so not always very warm) Oz though smile

misspoirot Wed 19-Feb-14 14:44:46

vingtdeux22 that's a great idea, I'm going to give serious thought to getting an above ground pool and see how we get on with that first.

Plus I won a fiver on my scratch card this morning so the pool fund is off to a flying start!

CMOTDibbler Wed 19-Feb-14 13:32:14

Difficultpickle - no, its not exactly a glamourous setting, but having done this, I'd never pay for swimming lessons in any other setting. The closeness and mirrors mean there is no hiding any element of your stroke from the coach

whatsthatcomingoverthehill Wed 19-Feb-14 13:26:54

Pool porn

From what I've heard in the UK an outdoor pool can really knock value off your house. For an indoor pool you'd probably get back what you put in (build cost, not maintenance), but they cost an awful lot in the first place.

Laquitar Wed 19-Feb-14 13:25:48

I ' dying to see your house.Please post some pictures, not just the pool. All the rooms. Pleeeaase?

HomeIsWhereTheGinIs Wed 19-Feb-14 13:17:22

YANBU. I started a thread a while back when I was still in shock about finding out what is left to leak out of nappies. Gross.

I would suggest a pool building with sliding glass walls so that you can open it when it's sunny?

Costacoffeeplease Wed 19-Feb-14 13:13:13

I always wanted to have a private pool, and never ever imagined I would, so we had a hot tub, which we loved - but 11 years ago we moved to Portugal so now have a 8x4 m kidney shaped pool in the garden. I swim most days March/April - Sept/Oct, it isn't heated, but I actually prefer colder water so as long as it's about 21 degrees I'll go in (it's currently 10 degrees!!). I do think that, as with a lot of things, you take it for granted when it's there all the time, and there are days when I don't bother, then feel guilty when I only have to step outside......... It doesn't cost much to maintain, I check the levels and chuck some clorine in when it needs it, and DH does the cleaning/hoovering, and I would certainly miss it if we didn't have it - especially midnight swims to cool down before bed, in high summer

difficultpickle Wed 19-Feb-14 13:04:52

CMOT I was all excited about the thought of an endless pool until I read your post about having swimming lessons in a garage. It sounds like a big bath rather than a pool!

LifeisFuckingGreat Wed 19-Feb-14 13:04:31

Bloody hell, that hidden pool is lush

LifeisFuckingGreat Wed 19-Feb-14 13:01:48

I have an outdoor unheated pool and a hot tub. We use the hot tub in the winter and the pool in the summer. I guess we get about 3-4 months use out of the pool max (we don't live in the UK).
Even unheated it's a costly luxury. Don't get me wrong I love swimming in it and I love sitting beside it eating my lunch but now I've had it for a couple of years I could live without it. Friends and family from the UK love it because to them our house is like a holiday villa.
I would love one of those exercise pools with an end jacuzzi but I think getting the temperature right would be impossible - too hot to exercise in too cold to relax in.

Artandco Wed 19-Feb-14 12:55:00

Help- the serpentine is freezing all year! Even in summer. We have no pool but have a sauna and jacuzzi in a building on our roof terrace ( London, so no actual garden). They. Are great as use all year around as inside ( the jacuzzi part has glass wall door things so can be opened in summer)

I think I need a built in pizza oven next smile. I love the idea of sunken trampoline also if we had a garden

kaizen Wed 19-Feb-14 12:54:08

I swim in an endless pool but it does get a bit boring even for a lesson, as there's noone else to watch and literally no changing scenery, except looking at yourself in the mirror on the bottom. I'd like one in the garden though, with a spa-bit seperately at the end so i could climb into there for a beer after a swim.

My friend saw a film with a woman swimming in an endless pool in her basement, and a murderer came in and put the lid on grin

EduCated Wed 19-Feb-14 12:45:30

I really want one of those natural looking swimming ponds <sigh>

I don't even have a garden, so it's hugely wishful thinking.

CMOTDibbler Wed 19-Feb-14 12:25:00

I've been going to a swim coach recently, and he has an endless pool in the garage. I have never coveted anything so much - just set the speed and swim, no turning or avoiding anyone else

tolittletoolate Wed 19-Feb-14 12:18:02

my mum has an outdoor pool but she lives abroad so it doesn't need heating. A pool man comes every week to clean it and test the chemical levels.
We went out there last summer and it was bliss. My 2 yr old dd learnt to swim in there and 10 yr old dd spent the whole time throwing things in there and diving down to get them.

Vingtdeux22 Wed 19-Feb-14 09:32:58

We decided to purchase an above ground pool to see how we managed with a pool prior to making a decision about having an in-ground pool. We have a south facing garden in Southern England and use an electric and a solar heater as well as a solar cover. It isn't going to be the same as a pool with expensive heating but we like it and use it. My husband's brother in law claims that it is too cold for him and won't use it but most visitors have been happy using it from April/May to September/October. Sometimes the water temperature is warmer than the outside air temperature. Looking after it is fairly straightforward but if the chemistry goes wrong then it is messy and unusable for several days but this has only happened twice. It's great fun on sunny days but less so when overcast. I suppose the message is, that if you want a pool and will use it, go for it but be prepared for it being colder than hotel or villa pools in the Med or California.

ManifestoMT Tue 18-Feb-14 23:57:18

This is what you want ( without the cheesy music)

When I win the lottery ............

Helpyourself Tue 18-Feb-14 23:37:24

We had one in Australia. I would kill for one now. I'm reading Barracuda which is horrid btw but the swimming descriptions are making me feel quite homesick and desperate to be able to swim easily.
I think what I'd like most of all is to live within easy walking distance of a warm sea or failing that The Serpentine in Hyde Park.

Nocomet Tue 18-Feb-14 23:27:15

We have run a big enough to swim in easy set one, It's great, but I'm married to a chemist.

We also have a big garden we are happy to half cover in cheap and cheerful solar panels.

Oh and cold water fish for DDs. There is no point in having a pool if you have DCs who aren't prepared to use it on cooler days.

HadABadDay2014 Tue 18-Feb-14 23:21:57

Yanbu, if only to look at the pool boy lol.

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