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You know in the yard. What kind of pool would you want?<br>
The standard backyard pool? A funky shape, an infinity edge? A very long, narrow pool. One of those new fangled swim against the stream things? Oly length? Maybe one of those lazy raft circle crick shapes w/ a hot tub in the center, like a the rec. center.?
 

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It would depend a lot on what my backyard looked like and how much $$$ I had. The shape of our yard is not really conducive to an in-ground pool - it would have filled with a lot of run-off without substantial re-grading. I also didn't really want to make a long-term pool commitment. So... 24' above-ground standard pool, a couple weekends expanding the deck to meet up with it, and bingo, back-yard oasis. When the kids leave home, tear down the pool, patch up the deck, and no more vacuuming! (Since these picks, the grass has grown back in and the decks have been stained to match.)<br><img alt="" src="http://home.comcast.net/~jintorcio/sum05/pool.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><img alt="" src="http://home.comcast.net/~jintorcio/sum05/pool2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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I dare say I might look at pools a <i>liiiiiittle</i> bit differently than y'all do.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/102/309529089_832efccfe1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><<< Not me, I wear a helmet</span>
 

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Unlimited budget? I'd put in a 2-lane 25 meter pool with the option for a cover in the winter.<br><br>
LRR - love how you incorporated the deck. It looks great, and so useable. Our neighbor puts up a big inflatable pool - it's about the size of yours, but you blow up the sides, and he just has a ladder that goes over the edge. They let us use it while we house/cat sat for them for 3 weeks last summer - it was great to cool down after bike rides and runs. And, he takes it down at the end of the summer and puts the trampoline where the pool was. Pretty good system to keep the kids happy.
 

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Is this a fantasy or reality question? I have a peanut shaped in ground pool. It is only 12-15 yards (guess) long. If I could I would lengthen it to 25 yards but keep the overall shape. I would also automate everything possible heater,vacuum,bromine etc. LRR that is a nice setup. I don't know what I will do when the kids grow up. I'm actually planning on using my pool for brick training this spring. Maybe 100 lengths wow. If I ever get a wetsuit I can try it out in the backyard without being embarrassed at the Y.
 

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We currently have a 18'X36' inground pool. It is rectangular with a vinyl liner. The kids love it, the wife wanted it, and I have become the permanent pool boy! Luckily, with the salt chlorinator, there really isn't much work to do, and it is nice to have after summer workouts.
 

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I've been thinking about this very subject. More like dreaming and here's what I want.<br>
At least a 25 yd, 4 lane pool. And just for fun, I'd have a slide and a diving board. And for recovery, I'd have a hot tub and a sauna. And since I live in Seattle, I'll need some type of open/shut roof option.
 

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I'd get an endless pool with the "jacuzzi" option of hets and heating if I had endless budget. I knwo some who have them and love them but they are $$$
 

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I'd go with one that had lap capabilities......<br>
25 yds would be nice....that's LONG in most back yards.<br>
It would need to be at least wide enough so that when swimming butterfly in the lane, I wouldn't worry about bashing my hands on the coping stones of the pool edges.
 

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What we have: A oval blue plastic inflated edge pool - great for the kids and we take it down in winter. We bought a hot tub last spring and put it outside just off of our porch. We use it daily to relax and unwind under the stars.<br><br>
What I would love to have if we had the $$$ -heated pool that could be used year round with 25m lap lane, kid section of pool with slides, diving board etc. I love the idea of the lazy river - we have the perfect property for this. In fact DH would love to take up the entire back yard with this so he wouldn't have to cut the grass. Some very nice teak pool deck furniture and an outside kitchen would go nicely as well.<br>
I'm going to buy a powerball ticket now.
 

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This is a weird concept. It's from Europe, of course.<br><br><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/05/garden/05pools.html" target="_blank">Complete story ...</a>
 

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3 lanes, 50m, with a retractable roof.<br>
And if you still have room, add RandMart's pool for open water practice. Throw in some snapping turtles in there.
 

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You know how tracks have the little straight sections off the oval for the long sprints? My pool would have that for two lanes to reach 25yds.<br><br>
Snapping turtles are no problem since we have them here in NE. But they are intimidating. The last one I saw crossing a road was the size of garbage can lid. Yikes.
 

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What about a big circular or oval pool, like a track, so that you don't have to do turns? That would be cool. I'd want it to go around my house like a moat. When I am not swimming I could put fake crocs in it to keep the kids off my lawn. In the winter it could be for ice skating.
 

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Doug, you'd love it down here in Florida. I don't know how to make the fancy links so you'll just have to click on this one.<br><br>
No wait. I'll give it a try. <a href="http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/custom/consumer/sfl-0518gatorinthegarden,0,504113.story" target="_blank">How's this?</a>
 

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<i>If you see an alligator more than 4 feet long that poses a threat to humans or property, call 1-866-392-4286, a statewide, toll-free number launched by the conservation commission last April. Dispatchers will answer questions or possibly send a licensed trapper to catch the gator.</i><br><br>
If that damn thing is 3'11" - you're on your own!! C'mon gator! Let's rassle!! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 
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