So probably like any homeowner with a new pool, who lives in the midwest near Chicago, and with a short 3 to 4 month swimming season, I decided to investigate pool enclosures. I'm thinking they are not likely inexpensive, but I wasn't at all prepared for this:
Option 1 - retractable enclosure, nothing fancy. $110,000. Dynadome.
Option 2 - fixed enclosure, small footprint around pool (i.e. not covering a lot of the surrounding concrete deck) $380,000 Solar Innovations.
Option 3 - thermal wet suit, and a hot propane patio heater. $300
Needless to say, there are a slew of other options from Greenhouse companies who'll sell you prefab enclosures that would easily cover a pool for around $13,000, and allow you to swim at least 9 months of the year, to inflatable domes that are under $10,000.
With a pool that cost $41,000, options 1 and 2 are clearly out of the question. I probably would "spring" for a retractable of some sort were it in the ballpark of $30,000. But clearly that Option seems unlikely to exist unless I want my backyard to look like something located out in some rural area where carports, large green houses, and rusty cars sitting in the yards are the norm.
What was I thinking ???