It has been some time since I last blogged, with not much happening on the home renovation front. Until now. Last week we signed a contract for a new concrete swimming pool, with construction planned to commence in June.
We've desired a pool for a long time, and the design of the house allowed space for a pool and outdoor area. We have about ten metres from the back wall of the house to the edge of the easement along the back fence. The easement is roughly where the monkey bars are in the panoramic photo above (the shape of the yard is distorted - it is somewhat triangular in reality).
This year we decided we would make the commitment. Our trip to the 2015 Melbourne Pool and Spa Show Expo in January was, this time, for the specific purpose of short listing builders and products. At the show we spoke to one concrete pool builder, one concrete/fibreglass builder/installer and two fibreglass pool companies. We took along photos of our yard, and access, as well as dimensions for access. Both fibreglass pool companies suggested we look at a concrete pool, primarily because access was between two two-story houses, and the power lines are down our side of the street. That makes it expensive to use a very large crane to put a fibreglass pool over the house and into the yard.
It certainly makes a difference attending the Pool and Spa Show with photos, ideas and even sketches of what you'd like - many of the companies attending are more than happy to give you some advice, including suggesting other companies if they can't help.
Following from the show we arranged two quotes, and after clarifying details to be able to compare similar proposals we signed with one company last week, for an 8m x 4m pool.