Creating the Australian dream

The hole for our new pool was dug this morning, so I started work at tradie hours to be on site and make sure it was put in the right place. Something that was worth setting the alarm and leaving the house on a sunny, yet frosty, 6 degree morning for.

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I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid if you had an in-ground pool in your backyard you had made it. Sure, we knew some people with a rickety above ground pool, which even in the height of summer was always freezing and slightly murky to swim in, but those people with a heated in-ground pool, well they were fancy.

It’s funny how those little childhood perceptions stay with you into adulthood, meaning that even now when I look at pictures of the pool that will go into our house, I quietly think to myself, ‘We’re going to be a little bit fancy.’

We were definitely not fancy enough for a pool when I was growing up, but 9 years ago my parents bought a house with a pool and it was VERY fancy. It was a gorgeous backyard, it had even been photographed and used as an ad for the pool company, so we still occasionally see it in magazines and feel a bit sad that they no longer have that house. But at the time their purchase was perfect for us, we had just moved back to Adelaide with our new baby and were at their house every week, so many a summer day was spent in that pool. In fact, it was the perfect scenario for us all round, we could drop in and use the pool whenever we wanted, even inviting friends over and hosting parties, but we didn’t have to pay for it or clean it. What’s not to love about that?!

But a year ago they decided to downsize and we all sadly bid farewell to the house and pool. And I promised my mum we would put a pool in our new house and they could come over and swim in it whenever they wanted (which made her feel less guilty about taking the kids favourite summer past time away from them!)

I always presumed that when that day came we would get a concrete pool, seeing as they are the ‘fanciest.’ However, when we’d bought our block and I started looking into it I realised there was pros and cons for both concrete and fiberglass, with the main points being:

– Fiberglass pools are WAY cheaper. Big plus there.

– The warranty was typically longer for fiberglass pools, because concrete pools can crack and need repairs. This is a big plus in Adelaide where dry soil and cracking can be a big issue.

– Concrete pools can be shaped in any design whereas with fiberglass you’re limited to their designs. However I liked a lot of the designs I saw and didn’t want anything other than a simple rectangle anyway, so this wasn’t an issue.

– Fiberglass pools stay warmer.

Ultimately I couldn’t see any reason that the significantly higher cost of concrete was worth it. The photos of fiberglass pools I saw looked pretty fancy to me, as long as you get the pool coping right, having it overlap over the edge of the pool. In that case you can hardly even tell it’s fiberglass unless you’re right up close. And I figure if it looks fancy from afar, the kids certainly won’t care what it’s made out of when they’re in it.

After looking at photos and hearing recommendations we went with Narellan Pools and ordered their Symphony pool, which is their most popular shape.

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Looks pretty fancy to me. I also liked that it had a step all the way round for the little ones. Seeing as our pool will now become the ‘family’ pool that’s a plus for my toddler niece and nephew.

The colour we chose is the Grey Quartz, which is a grey fiberglass but when it has water in it makes it a soft turquoise shade that’s reminiscent of the crystal clear waters of Tahiti or Fiji. Don’t you want to just jump in there now!

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We also chose the mineral pool instead of the salt one, which is a new option to Narellan Pools and is marketed as having the therapeutic health benefits of magnesium, which is absorbed through your skin. Apparently it magically washes away aches, pains, stress and improves your health and well being every time you swim. Wouldn’t that be nice! It’s also gentle on the environment through the low salinity of the water, so sounded like a pretty good option to me. We also spent a little extra getting it electrically heated, because I was told we’d get an extra 6 weeks of swimming a year out of it.

A pool is undoubtedly a big investment, but the way I see it it will also save us money in not needing to go out if we’re all happy to hang out at home all summer. Also, as the kids get older if you have a pool they are more likely to bring friends over to your place rather than going out. So if having a bunch of rowdy teenagers hanging out at our house means I know where they are I’m ok with that. Not that I can even think about my two being rowdy teenagers, but sadly they will be before I know it!

But for now I’m just looking forward to having friends and family over for a BBQ, sitting on the deck with a glass in hand and watching the kids play, feeling just a little bit fancy. :)

Comments

  1. Jo says

    Next post – yet another similarity. I came up with the exact same pros and cons list that you did for your pool and made the same the decision. Narellan Pools are on the top of my list too – they have a great reputation in Melbourne for fibre glass pools.

    I reminisced with you about growing up in the 80s – and spending time in friends and relatives in ground pools (we were the ones with the above ground Clark pool in the backyard!). Do you remember scratching your feet and knees on the pebble mix interiors of those ‘oh so fancy in ground pools’ – ah those were the days!

  2. Rebecca says

    Are you happy with the grey Quartz? I would love to see some photos we are deciding on our narellan pool colour

  3. Berny says

    Hi there…Are you still happy with your choice? I am also going with Narellans Symphony pool – It’s stunning :) Also getting the mineral too…but going with a more blue colour :) Can’t wait!!

    Do you have any photos??

    • Amity says

      Hi Berny, I’m still really happy with it. It’s the perfect shape and size and the kids have been in there all summer. Pics of the backyard are coming very soon!

  4. says

    Hi Amity,

    So happy I came across your story (on narellan pools website) and your blog.
    after reading your story and blog I’m definitely now sold on getting a fibreglass pool and with narellan pools, I know what great taste you have and how fussy you are (this is a great compliment) so this gives me greater confidence in choosing fibreglass and narellan.

    Now I just have to convince my husband (stubborn Italian) is pretty old school and is stuck in getting a concrete pool but can’t come up with really any pros over fibre glass. I think probably back 30 years or more concrete was the best but technology has come along way since then.

    We just attended the home show in Sydney and met matt Ranieri from narellan pools who was so lovely and so helpful, but unfortunately he only covers the north side of sydney and we are in the Camden area. My husband was sold on him, so I’m hoping the guys that cover our area are just as good.

    So thank you for sharing the building of your pool with us, I’m definitely going to get my husband to read your blog.

    Enjoy the rest of your week.

    • Amity says

      What a lovely comment Lisa, thank you! Good luck with your new pool, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. :)

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