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    Why so much?

    Thank you everyone for your kind responses! I definitely understand that quality work is costly; I don't work for free and I don't expect anyone else to work for free, either. That said, I was just taken aback by quotes close to 6 figures for something that is, essentially, a large-ish pond. My...
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    Why so much?

    This is pure whining--but also a bit of genuine questioning! Why are pools so insanely expensive? I want a hole in the ground, perhaps as small as 8x10, 12x10 at very largest. No diving board, no grotto, no volleyball net or spitting statues, no bulky faux-marble hot tub benches and stupid hot...
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    Concrete above ground

    Well, dang it. A whole day of calling places,and no luck finding a gunite or vinyl builder who is able or willing to schedule a quote. One woman said she could *maybe* get someone out in September to *quote* me but wasn't sure they would take on a small project. One place said they'd try (?) to...
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    Concrete above ground

    Martin and pooldv, those are both great. I'm overwhelmed with good ideas, but in a good way lol
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    Concrete above ground

    My lot is sloping, so I thought something that was half-inground might look nice. I'm still just brainstorming ideas, really. I'm calling this week to set up quotes :)
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    Concrete above ground

    Has anyone here ever done a concrete above ground pool? Like the type you'd see at a resort, where it almost looks like a fountain or something Is this a terrible idea?
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    Tiny Pool?

    Brent I love your pool! And the mermaid statue is adorable.
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    Tiny Pool?

    Thanks Yankee--it's nice to hear positive feedback about a small pool. Agreed, there are lovely examples of small pools on Pinterest, dwell, apartment therapy, etc. but I never seem to meet any of these small pool owners in real life and the online examples never offer details about specs or...
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    Tiny Pool?

    The swim spas I've seen all have more of the hot tub feel, if that makes sense. I want more of a plunge pool feel.
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    Tiny Pool?

    Has anyone built a tiny pool? I'm talking like 10x12 or something. I don't have much space, but I want a place to splash around and cool off with my kids in the courtyard area in front of my house. I already have a hot tub, so I don't want a "swim spa" and I don't want anything particularly...