Yes, I'm the blonde! My husband did think my pool idea was a joke at first. My husband and I have lived in our home in Austin, TX for about six years now, and our backyard has always been a little sad. We have a hard time getting any grass to grow there and our dogs like to run around and tear up the little bit that tries to grow (this year NOTHING is growing there due to zero rain). In throwing ideas around I came up with decking and a pool to cover the majority of the main backyard, leaving a bit of yard off to the side for the furkids.
So I started my research and brought the idea up to my husband. He didn't think I was serious...until I found this forum and started talking pool jargon to him...now he's on board with the plan! I'm right in the middle of the bids process, with a few more companies coming out to see the property this week. Our yard is on the small side, so we decided we'd like a pool only instead of the combo pool and spa. It's been interesting to see how different builders envision using the space we have available.
I've been diligently studying the forums here, and have gained a wealth of knowledge. I've taken the lead on interviews with the builders, and I don't think they expect all the more in-depth questions that come out of me when they're giving their presentations. I look forward to sharing our build and decision making with everyone here, and know I will get excellent advice!