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    New house, with pool

    I ended up here when I got an idea in my head that some day, in the not too distant future, I'd like to upgrade my pool area from the sort of plain concrete pool deck that I have currently, to something that looks more like some of the pictures I've seen of "oasis" areas. I'm currently in no hurry to go tearing up the decking (not sure I would need to do that even) and I haven't the slightest clue about anything pool related....yet.

    A little of what I know at this point.

    1. We purchased the house a month ago and had the pool closed two days later....so much for enjoying that.
    2. I'm located in south central Kentucky.
    3. The pool is salt water.
    4. I'm 95% sure the pool has a vinyl liner with either metal or plastic coping around the edge.
    5. It's an "athletic style" pool, 3ft. to 6ft. to 3ft. (ish).
    6. It has a heater.
    7. There is an under water, "robot" with a catch net attached.
    8. There are several hand held devices for cleaning the pool stored at the house also.

    I'm waiting on a call back from the pool builder to get some more information about the construction of the pool. I'll post more information as I know it and try to keep the questions I have in the correct areas of the forum.
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    Re: New house, with pool

    Welcome to TFP and nice house/pool

    IMO, I think for half the cost of ripping up the existing deck, you can get that "tropical" look with some nice landscaping. I was expecting to see something a little less pretty when scrolling down to the pic, but said "gosh...looks fine to me" That said I am a plain type of guy. Some nice grasses as well as a palm or two would make a tremendous difference if weather conditions permit...just my two cents.
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    Re: New house, with pool

    i too was expecting to see a run down POS lol... looks darn good to me!
    Some new landscape, and concrete paint will do wonders. You have a great canvas to start from.

    Its funny, anytime i hear somone say kentucky i think, Hillbillys, farms, & county folk. Not a nice home with a sweet inground pool

    Then again, when i tell ppl im from the " jersey shore" they probably think im a tanned up guido, who fist pumps while fixing pools, and drinks yaggerbombs at the bar with my broski's. HAHA!

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    Re: New house, with pool

    Quote Originally Posted by Heckpools
    Then again, when i tell ppl im from the " jersey shore" they probably think im a tanned up guido, who fist pumps while fixing pools, and drinks yaggerbombs at the bar with my broski's.
    Ever hang out with Snookie?
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    Re: New house, with pool

    Thanks for the compliments. I even wear shoes...most of the time. I realize that it looks fine just the way it is, but I was think something more along the lines of a "natural" look with stone surfaces and such. May not work well with the existing brick though. I'm no designer.

    After doing a little reading I did realize that I have a "pressure" automatic cleaner, not a robot. Learned something already, LOL.

    I also just realized that I use "quotes" a lot.
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    Re: New house, with pool

    For starters, something like what Rdrunner has around their pool is what I'm referring to.



    Are those coping stones around the edge just on top of what I already have as my concrete decking? It looks like the rounded metal or plastic coping is there, under the stone. The particular type of stone is not exactly what I'm talking about but the look is. Then from there, back to the edge of my existing concrete or further, away from the pool, doing some type of stone work.
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    Re: New house, with pool

    Possibilites are endless, depending on budget. Here is a site I recently refered someone to for some ideas.

    http://www.sundesignpools.com/gallery.cfm?p=1

    The key with stone coping is to position it in a way so that future liner replacement is still possible. BK406 likely has some helpful advice around that process.
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    Re: New house, with pool

    Those pictures are great. Looks like exactly the sort of thing I was talking about.
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    Re: New house, with pool

    Quote Originally Posted by bk406
    Quote Originally Posted by Heckpools
    Then again, when i tell ppl im from the " jersey shore" they probably think im a tanned up guido, who fist pumps while fixing pools, and drinks yaggerbombs at the bar with my broski's.
    Ever hang out with Snookie?
    Had her in the hottub lastnight.
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    Re: New house, with pool

    Had her in the hottub lastnight.
    Shock the tub as outlined in the procedures in Pool School and you should be fine.
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    Re: New house, with pool

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    Had her in the hottub lastnight.
    Shock the tub as outlined in the procedures in Pool School and you should be fine.
    Thanks Dave I have to clean the coffee from the keyboard again.
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    Re: New house, with pool

    Welcome & congratualtions on the fine looking pool Joshs!

    Agree with the others: look at landscaping, maybe concrete stain/paint/texturing. Should be no reason to rip the old stuff out. IMHO the landscaping is what really 'makes' the pool. Lots of pictures on this forum in the Showoff section.

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    Re: New house, with pool

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    Had her in the hottub lastnight.
    Shock the tub as outlined in the procedures in Pool School and you should be fine.
    I just spit out my tea
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    Re: New house, with pool

    Here are some more pictures of the pool equipment that I have.
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    Re: New house, with pool

    Pictures continued
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    Re: New house, with pool

    Looks like a nice setup - heater, circulation pump, salt water system, and a booster pump for your pressure pool cleaner.

    Suggest read pool school, get a water test kit, and start maintaining it! Don't let it get away from you over the winter.
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    Re: New house, with pool

    The pool is currently closed and under a cover. I'm assuming that since this has been done, there's nothing to maintain until the spring when I decide to open it. Am I wrong in saying this?
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    Re: New house, with pool

    Nah you should be fine, as long as it was closed properly ( water drained etc). Sorry I thought it was still open. Cheers & see you in the Spring!
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    Re: New house, with pool

    Since you seem to be wanting to do something with the "appearance" of the pool area, I agree that landscaping can make a huge difference. You might contact a true landscape designer in your area - not just a guy like me who can plant bushes somewhere... The good ones can make it look awesome rather than just ordinary. Congratulations on a nice place & good luck as you start your project next spring!
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    Re: New house, with pool

    I'll second the designer. Nothing beats a pro to help with plants and placement. A good landscape plan will cost maybe $300 and worth every penny.
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