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Old 01-10-2014, 01:44 PM
 
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I am planning to buy a house in north dallas, but couldn't find a decent size pool for any houses. All are the new custom shaped small ones. I am a swimmer and like the old style rectangular pools.So I am thinking about buying a house with a big lot and building a rectangular pool. How big of a lot should i get so I have some decent backyard after the pool is built. Is .5 acre ok or need 1 acre atleast?I have a lab as well, so really need some space. Also how much will it cost to build a standard rectangular pool and what are the yearly maintenance work/costs associated?
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:35 AM
 
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Hi,
The cost of a pool can vary dramatically depending on size, site conditions, soils and features such as decking, covers and so on. I would talk to a couple of pool professionals to get a better idea. That said, you get more pool for your money in Texas and there are quite a few really good builders. (I do a lot of work in the pool industry.)
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:06 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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It's very easy to spend $40-50k on a pool. On a larger pool I would budget about $150-200 a month in expenses if you do most of the day to day work yourself. There are certain areas of Dallas that due to soil conditions require Piers and special work done to the pools foundation. That can add 50% to the price of a pool and easily make it $60-100k.

Pools have pumps that can run up to 12 hours a day in the summer, use chemicals, require yearly tuneups / maintenance and require parts / pumps / filters be replaced on occasions.

I would not build a pool with out an attached spa so I could use it year round.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:26 AM
 
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It's very easy to spend $40-50k on a pool. On a larger pool I would budget about $150-200 a month in expenses if you do most of the day to day work yourself. There are certain areas of Dallas that due to soil conditions require Piers and special work done to the pools foundation. That can add 50% to the price of a pool and easily make it $60-100k.

Pools have pumps that can run up to 12 hours a day in the summer, use chemicals, require yearly tuneups / maintenance and require parts / pumps / filters be replaced on occasions.

I would not build a pool with out an attached spa so I could use it year round.
Errr, it's very easy to spend $100K+ on a pool.

We built a pool+spa in 2011. It was $77K and it's nice but not overboard in any way.

Modern variable speed pumps do not need tune ups. For that matter older pumps didn't need tune ups either.

My ongoing pool costs:

I. $250 per year for new leaf bags, brushes, various o-rings, blown valve covers and handles, rebuilding the pool vac etc.

II. ~$890 chemical use last year
My chemical use this year - close estimates:
Jan. $20
Feb. $20
March $35
April $55
May $90
June $150 (lots of weird weather = lots of shock treatments)
July $150
August $165 (very hot and windy = lots of shock treatments)
Sept $105
Oct $45
Nov $35
Dec. $20

III. Power - ~$500 per year probably less.
We have a top of the line (or close) variable speed pump. In the off-season we run the pump on high 2/3 hours per day to catch leaves etc. and 8 hours per night to keep and algae at bay - it's off 10/14 hours. From late May-early Oct. I generally run the pump on high for a four hour burst in the morning and again at night. The rest of the time I run it at a the second to the lowest setting. Sometimes when the pool is busy or it's exceptionally hot I'll run the pool on high a bit more.


Why people spend more money on pool operations:

I. Old single speed and two speed pumps use lots of power. So people often don't run their pumps nearly enough in order to lower their power bill.
II. Because most people don't run their pumps enough they have to use more chemicals to keep algae at bay.
III. People don't seem to know that algae will not live without phosphates to "eat".

My plan during the swim season and why my chemical use low to very low....

Normal stuff
1. dump the skimmer baskets - take less than one minute every day
2. clean the vac bag whenever needed - takes two minutes or less 2/3x per week
3. sweep sides of pool on Wednesday and Saturday mornings - takes 5 minutes
4. if needed sweep the entire pool + spa instead of #3 - takes less than 10 minutes
On a bad pool day if I hustle I can do #1, #2 and #4 in 10 minutes.

Algae
1. run the pump a lot even at low speeds - algae prefers stagnant water
2. keep the phosphates down to zero or very low levels with borax or I prefer a liquid product from the pool store - they say add it every weekend - I add it every 12/14 days
3. backwash by pressure readings not a schedule
4. Sweep the sides and keep the bottom clean water moving and algae isn't much of a problem.

By staying on top of things and paying a little attention my pool daily during the summer our pool looks perfect all the time and I spend far less on chemicals than most people.


iPad post sorry for typos....
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:18 AM
 
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I think with 1 acre you will build a good and big enough pool for swimming. But you also need lot of cash to build that pool and please hire a reliable contractor. Good luck
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