I am in the process of designing a new pool for my backyard. The current plan is for a 14' x 20' (x 5') rectangular pool situated between a medium size oak and camphor tree. My residence is in Central Florida and I live in a historic district where screen enclosures are not an option. The two tree drop acorns, berries, and leaves at a prodigious rate. We also have a 3 year old and young children who visit regularly so safety is a big concern.
Ideally the solution is push button easy so that there is never a temptation to "put off" putting the safety mechanism back in place.
My first thought was to install a pool cover (like the one from auquamatic), but after researching them, I am not excited about the idea of having to always maintain a pump (with an ugly extension cord) right on top of the cover. If you pay 10k to integrate the cover into the pool, you would think that you wouldn't have this goofy pump sitting out in the middle with an electric cord and pump hose all the time.
Are there other options that anyone would recommend to this problem?
I have considered a rigid cover by Grando offered by Covertech, but haven't been able to get much information on them. I searched this forum and didn't find anything about them.
I also have a French friend who suggested a telescopic low profile cover from a company in France. This is a good idea, but not very attractive in my opinion. I'm sure there are American companies that make a similar product, but I haven't looked yet.
Anyone have any other ideas?