I hate my pool. It was included with the house we bought...we love the house, the property, everything...except the pool (and I'm pretty sure that the pool hates us as well). We live on 5 acres out in the country but we have a very geometrically shaped pool (Grecian) that doesn't even try to blend into the beautiful scenery that we live in. It's also not very big: 30x15 and only 3 to 6 feet deep (math says 15200 gal). The hot tub is also at the same water level as the pool (who came up with this stupid design) so if anyone is swimming in the pool, the cooler water comes right into the hot tub. After 5 years, it is time to try and do something about the pool. So we contacted several pool companies that did pool remodeling. We know that we need new plaster and that the pool filter and pumps need updating, but mostly we want the pool to 'fit in' to the outdoors better and do something to keep the hot tub water in and the pool water out. Maybe raise the wall of the hot tub, redo the concrete desk to soften the pool and spray extra coating in the corners of the pool to 'round' out the shape. We expected it not to be cheap...but every estimate has been $50,000 or more (up to $70,000).
Am I just crazy for thinking that this is too much for a pool remodel? I'm wondering if it would be easier to tear the pool out and build one that we would LIKE (instead of one we can tolerate). I'm also thinking of replacing some of the pool equipment myself (yes, I know how to do electrical, but I'm only talking about the filter to start). We live in California so we only use the heater for the hot tub and the one we have does the job, but the estimates all want to replace it.
All the estimates (kind of surprising) so far have suggested all Pentair equipment: "Easy Touch" pool/spa 8 computer and mobile computer, "Mastertemp" 400,000 BTU pool/spa heater, "Intelliflo" variable speed pump, CCP 520 cart filter, Globrite pool and spa lights, and Legend pool sweep. New pipes, tile, concrete (740 sq ft), and Pebble Tec coating. Added note: this does NOT including a SWG.
We're looking at finding some way to control this cost (around $16,000 for the pool equipt. alone) or other options and/or suggestions that could help us to come to peace with the pool. Are we crazy for thinking $50k for a pool remodel is kind of high? Should we just tear it out and build a pool that we could love? Any help is appreciated.