I am very grateful to all the help I have gotten lurking on this site over the last two years. What started as a 'hey, maybe we should get this clearance pool' two years ago is turning into an obsession
Our property only gives us two flat-ish spots for our outdoor fun. One is in the front yard :full sun, view of the river, minimal tree/leaf mess but fully visible when you pull into the house (I.E. total eyesore with a electric blue intex!). The other is in the backyard: right of the deck, concrete sidewalks surrounding, private, but virtually no sun and full of 50yr old maples...OMG the leaves!. The first two years we had the pool out back and the garden in the full sun spot in front.And yes, this really happened.... we DID take it down and level it correctly by the way. Ha!
Unfortunately it was just too shady and the massive maples right above it were a constant struggle. I am wanting to pull the trigger and swap the pool and garden spots this year but I am nervous! It represents a bigger commitment since it is so visible and I am concerned about tearing up one of the few usable (and cute) areas of our property to turn it into a forever pool spot, ya know?
Has anyone found a way to prep the pool area in such a way that it's not hideous should a pool ever not be there? I was thinking pavers so that we could have a nice area for outdoor seating and a little fire pit (the ones you buy) but further reading on here made me re-think that because it sounds like they can become a bit jagged and uneven underneath. What about the whole area pea gravel with a paver border so its at least not a big mud pit in the winter? I would then use the pink foam underneath for some cushion.
Long term goals are to upgrade our basic Intex 15'48" to a bigger Ultra Frame (or nicer if I can talk the hubs into it!). We live in the pacific northwest (between Portland and Seattle) so I don't know that our relatively short summers justify a more expensive pool. I guess we will see how this goes. Thanks for any advice.