Loc: houston, tx
|Posted: 4/2/2013 2:30:32 PM|
Did you regret it?
Ours is in need of repair (broken underground pipe somewhere) and resurfacing. We are considering just removing it altogether.
Either way it will be $$$$$, but possibly more expensive to remove than to repair.
I never used it....can't swim!
DH hasn't used it in years.
DD is 15, but she would only use it occasionally if friends came over to swim.
We have so many trees in the back yard that it is always such a pita to clean and keep clean. (We actually had a pool service quit us because it was so hard for them to maintain!)
I'm thinking just bite the bullet and have it demolished.
|Posted: 4/2/2013 2:35:02 PM|
Can you just fill it in? I know one of the neighborhood pools was done that way in our city.
|Posted: 4/2/2013 2:36:21 PM|
Our friends just got rid of their in ground pool. They were in a similar position as far as their pool requiring expensive repairs and being rarely used.
The kids complained at first, but our friends are glad to be rid of their pool. They just planted a giant garden and both say they wish they'd fine it sooner.
|Posted: 4/2/2013 2:58:09 PM|
We had friends that did it. They really wanted a yard and the pool dominated the space. They never regretted it, and lived there for probably 10 years.
My cousin decided it was actually a better financial decision to move. They lived in an area where pools actually increased property values (rare, but possible) and it is pretty expensive. It probably helped that they were on the fence about staying in the house anyway.
Loc: Texas of course..
|Posted: 4/2/2013 3:38:09 PM|
A friend of mine had hers filled in after her little boy drowned in it on Thanksgiving. She just filled it with dirt and built a playground on top of it... very sweet family.
My husband's uncle has had his empty for years and I often wonder why they don't just fill it in...
but, I am fairly certain that if I had one, I would be the one in it more than the rest of the family... insane- I know... we had a little 4 foot above ground pool and I used to kick the kids out and jump in just chill during the summer... lol.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 4/2/2013 3:41:33 PM|
I've looked into it. It's pricey but I'd like to do it. Doubt we will though. I have seen DIY instructions online. A ton of work but could save you a lot of money.
Our kids are almost 13 and 16 now and though we've been here 7 years, the pool doesn't get used much. By the time it's really hot here, it's time for school to start (mid August).
Also, it's on the small side and really chops up the yard. We didn't put it in so nothing we could do about the location.
|Posted: 4/2/2013 4:05:55 PM|
DH's grandparents had theirs filled in as did a family friend. I think all the stuff was disconnected and taken out but the pool itself was filled in plus a layer of dirt to even it all out. Looking at either one of those yards, you'd never know it. If you dig in the right spot, I'm sure you'll come across the pool itself.
|Posted: 4/2/2013 4:08:26 PM|
Our neighbor did, years ago. Had some kind of equipment break up the concrete then a bull dozer pile the broken concrete into the center, then a dump truck filled it in with dirt.
My father has looked into it for his pool (not ever used) and he said it would cost about $15,000.
But, I think you must follow your city's regulations about it, if you live in a city. I'd start with finding out that.
Pools are an expense. And a pain to keep clean and running properly!
We bought a house with a nice sized one....and we figure it costs at least $50-100/month to run....if everything is running well.
But we enjoy it! We live in Texas and can use it from May-Sept most years. Our kids were 5 & 9 when we moved here & spent summers in it for hours every day. DH and I still use it nearly every evening in summer.
Let us know what you do....I'd be interested to know what it costs and how you did it.
Loc: central Texas
|Posted: 4/2/2013 8:22:08 PM|
If you just fill it in with dirt, wouldn't you possibly end up with drainage issues?
Loc: North Texas
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: Southern, CA
|Posted: 4/2/2013 9:02:40 PM|
SO's grandma did. She likes not having to worry about the upkeep and enjoys the extra space. There is a decorative golf course on top now.
Loc: Central California
|Posted: 4/2/2013 9:05:22 PM|
My parents did when I was in highschool. We had one of the first inground pools in our area but 14 year later it started to crumble and they couldn't afford to repair it.
I cried for weeks but by the time winter came/went I was okay with it being gone.
Mom, wife, CASA advocate, baseball fanatic and wine drinker