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    Full Bury Doughboy with cement deck

    New here on TFP. I live in the Chicagoland area and have been researching inground pools. I have had some quotes that are more than the kind of investment I want to make. Our HOA requires any pool to be installed "inground." I am looking into having a doughboy installed that will hopefully cut down on some of the cost. We have a slope in our yard so one side I would like to bury fully and leave the other side about 3 ft exposed and then do a retaining wall to disguise the exposed pool. The entire length of the fully buried long oval side would be a concrete deck. I have seen posts of others with doughboys on slopes and full bury but they are old and was hoping somebody would chime in with an update on how they are holding up. Anything you would suggest or recommend? This will NOT be a diy.
    Also, I have read a lot of posts about the expandable liners for adding deep ends but can you just add some depth to the entire pool? Can we just make the entire water depth 5 ft with 54" side walls?
    Thanks....I look forward to hearing from you all!

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    Re: Full Bury Doughboy with cement deck

    Welcome to TFP!

    I really hate to start off raining on your pool party, but are you sure the HOA will let you do this?
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    Re: Full Bury Doughboy with cement deck

    I am not 100% sure of anything with our HOA but we contacted one of the local pool guys who installs Fox ultimate pools and he says he has done jobs in our subdivision and it's all in the wording when we propose the project. He said it is important that I state, " I am installing XYZ pool inground." They will require drawings and specs so I am not trying to pull one over on them or anything. Their inground rule is merely for unobstructed views. I am still in the research phase and obviously will not be able to move forward without approval. I just want to make sure I'm looking in the right direction or if I should go another route.

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    Re: Full Bury Doughboy with cement deck

    I am not 100% sure but I believe the Doughboy pools with expandable liner have to have a "normal" depth perimeter of a certain width.
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    Re: Full Bury Doughboy with cement deck

    Quote Originally Posted by smankins View Post
    I am not 100% sure but I believe the Doughboy pools with expandable liner have to have a "normal" depth perimeter of a certain width.
    I think this translates into like a deeper donut hole in the middle. I've deen it done with a small oval pool too.
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    Re: Full Bury Doughboy with cement deck

    We have a round pool with the center at about 6 feet deep. There is roughly a 3 foot rim around the pool at regular pool depth and then it slopes down from there. This works great for us because we can do water resistance exercises all the way around the outside edge of the pool and then still have plenty of deeper water. We also have friends who don't like deeper water and the edge around the perimeter really helps. I love our expandable liner and it did not raise our taxes!!!
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    Re: Full Bury Doughboy with cement deck

    Well....just got a quote from the pool guy and he wants over 32k for the pool, equipment, excavation, and install. This does not include another 9k for concrete work. This seems ridiculously high to me. Over 41k for a buried doughboy?!?!

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    Re: Full Bury Doughboy with cement deck

    Quote Originally Posted by Jlady121 View Post
    Well....just got a quote from the pool guy and he wants over 32k for the pool, equipment, excavation, and install. This does not include another 9k for concrete work. This seems ridiculously high to me. Over 41k for a buried doughboy?!?!
    Wow! We buried our Doughboy halfway. Including excavation, hauling dirt away, blocks/sand, filter, heater, and all the buried electric to the pad, I think ours was in the ballpark of $11K-$12K.
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    Re: Full Bury Doughboy with cement deck

    Jlady121 what did you decide?

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    Re: Full Bury Doughboy with cement deck

    We went to Great Escape and were given a quote of 17k for a full inground, no concrete, but can't be any deeper because of the straps. We are waiting on another quote, hoping they will be comparable in price to Great Escape but have the option to go deeper. Hate to invest that much and not get what we really want. If anybody has a recommendation of a pool installed that also will pour concrete in the Chicagoland area I would greatly appreciate it. It's frustrating because I don't want to DIY this project but can't find an installer that will just use one of the many online kits available. They all have their own manufacturer they work with and of course, upcharge a ridiculous amount. It shouldn't be this hard.

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