Love the forum and I've already learned a ton about pool chemistry. We recently acquired an in ground, colored plaster pool with approximately 12" copings around the side. We need to get a mesh cover for the little one (possibly little ones in the future), but the dealer said that the loop lock cover pipes would stick up approximately 4" from the yard as is, and gave us quotes on brushed concrete, stamped concrete, and flagstone decks. He said we would need to add at least 3 feet from the edge of the copings to provide a flush surface that would allow the Loop Loc piping to be concealed from feet.
Our yard isn't huge and the pool already takes up a good portion, so we'd like to keep as much green space as possible, so I was wondering if anybody had thoughts on any of these options:
1) Raising the soil level so that the ground is flush with the copings, allowing the pipes to be concealed like an automatic sprinkler system. I believe this could be a problem as a certain percentage of the pipes need to be installed something solid for the safety effect.
2) Placing strategic stones where the pipes need to be to provide a more stable surface. Still not sure if this would actually provide enough structural support.
3) Only surrounding a smaller portion of the pool with the 3' deck than its entire perimeter, for instance doing the sides and back but leaving the front more open.
4) Any other good advice? Assuming a full 3' deck I think with the nature of our yard we'd lean towards the stamped concrete or flagstone instead of brushed concrete. I know pavers are another option but I assume those would be pretty expensive with our pool shape.
Here are some pictures, keep in mind these are ridiculous wide lens pictures from a realtor to make the yard/pool look way bigger than they actually are.
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Hopefully those pictures upload correctly.