So I've probably spent a lot more time on this forum than I should have. And I've pondered almost every situation imaginable for my backyard.
Now understand that my wife has been against having a pool in our yard. she doesn't want me to cut down any trees or spend a lot of money. We bought a foreclosure last September and we have plenty of other "projects" our time and efforts can be invested in. Not to mention, she has seen plenty of "green" pools overgrown with weeds and plaged by rust in out neightboorhood.
I figured that the best situation for us would be a cheap, portable pool...done right. I want an 18'x53" Intex Ultraframe with the sandfilter and SWG combo. I am going to put 2" foam down, with pavers under the uprights and upgrade the ladder. I'll also be looking for a light and may hard plumb the pool and build a waterfall. I will have to to a little digging as our yard in on a hill. I have seen some people do a great job on this forum with the ultraframe. It is so refreshing to hear that we can enjoy a qualitly pool for little money. And, we can take the pool down every season if need me!
I thought I would stop by my local pool store to get some ideas. Talk about having my bubble burst. Right away the guy was trying to sell me a $3,500 Doughboy plus $1000 installation. He told me how we need to cut trees in the yard, or have to relocate the pool to an area I know my wife will not be happy with. He told me the frame will rust and compared Intex to "more of an aquarium than a pool". He told me that by the time I invest the money in an upgraded pump and SWG, I might as well just get the doughboy.
Maybe I am an optomist, but this forum has shown me the good, bad and the ugly of owning an Intex. I think I can handle the challenge and am writing this guy off...
What do you guys think?