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“any experience with adding an in ground pool to their yard in DC?”

by Prince Of Petworth August 2, 2016 at 2:10 pm 23 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with adding an in ground pool to their yard in DC. While I do not see many pools in private yards in DC, many yards seems to be large enough (especially in NE) to accommodate a small pool. I’d be curious to know about the permit process, cost, and regulations associated with installing a private pool in DC.”

  • n

    Did that garage pool house sell yet? Can we get a GDoN revisited when it does? That place was insane.

    • hiphop anonymous
      • OP Anon

        Hold on, that photo above is from a pool ON TOP of a garage?!? How the hell did they pull that off on a normal house flip?!? That would need all sorts of crazy, expensive structural support.
        I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.

        • ZetteZelle

          Wasn’t a normal house flip. The previous owner put the pool in, and the flippers declined to remove it.

  • anon

    I don’t know about getting this done in the District, but I grew up with a pool not far outside of town and the cost and effort associated with maintenance and repair drove my dad crazy. I’d never ever ever do such a thing to myself, personally. I imagine doing this in a dense environment would involve the added hassle of kids sneaking in to use it, which in turn would carry huge liabilities for you in addition to the annoyance of having to call MPD and having them generally not care about dealing with your first-world problems.
    Sorry, I know this is not answering your question…

    • andy2

      Everyone I know that has a pool can’t wait to sell the house and get rid of the responsibility/maintenance. Its like a boat – happiest two days are when you buy it and sell it.

      • Bloomy

        My friend just bought a house with a pool in the city, and he has had homes with pools in the past and loves them. If you can afford the maintenance (pay someone), it’s a really enjoyable luxury.

        • anon

          With enough money and motivation, all things are possible. However, pool maintenance service fees are only part of it. Pumps break. Concrete cracks. Any number of unforeseen costs pop up. There might be insurance-like plans that cover these available now, so at least the costs are fixed. Hopefully OP is really really sure they want to do this or already familiar with what it’s like to own one.

        • A Nony Mouse

          DC has a lot of trees. Trees have leaves. Leaves get in the pool. That means daily skimming and scooping. Then you have to make sure the chlorine (or salt or whatever you choose) levels are right. The water level needs to be right, draining some after it rains and filling if it gets to low. The bottom of the pool needs to be vacuumed and cleaned regularly. Also. the skimmers in the water return need to be dumped regularly. And you will need professional help opening and closing the pool each year. Not to mention the maintenance that will invariable be required on the water filtration and heating system (if you have it). If all this sounds like something that you would love to do or love to pay for someone to do then a pool is for you.

          • anon

            That’s what kids are for.

          • anon

            you don’t need professional help opening a pool every year. I grew up with a pool and our family handled it just fine

      • anon

        My parents in MD have an in-ground pool and did for the second half of my growing up there. I loved it, and they continue to love it. Just depends on what you want to spend your money on.

      • v

        this makes me soooo sad. all i want is a pool and a boat, but i can so see this…

    • Park View

      An often overlooked consideration in having a pool is that you can expect your insurance rates to jack up. Additionally, don’t expect it to increase the value of your home. Many potential buyers are deterred by the maintenance cost, liability, loss of outdoor space, etc associated with having a pool.



  • Anonymous

    Seems like a huge PITA to deal with DCRA on installing a pool. I can’t even imagine the logistical and permitting headaches.
    Plus rapscallion kids sneaking into your yard and using it.
    Stick with a hot tub. Though, I would be curious to hear from people who went through the process.

    • anon

      I think it would be easiest done in a super-expensive area where you aren’t so likely to have many kids sneaking in, and can afford to have high security to ward off those who might try – like lots of attractive, high fences made from iron bars with strong locks, and alarms. Or high wood fences such that people can’t see that there is a pool through the fence. (Razor wire would work, but would be SO unattractive to look at.) Generally, areas of the city with large lots and lots of rich people. This is likely where you find pools undisturbed by neighborhood children – not your typical row house neighborhoods. The kind of neighborhood where you don’t ask about putting a pool in your “yard,” but rather somewhere on your “grounds,” as part of your landscaping.

      • anon

        OP mentioned lots in NE as being especially conducive. So you and he/she aren’t on the same page at all. Far NE neighborhoods have relatively large lots but are not very wealthy or classy places.

        • v

          the word “classy” screams not

      • ZetteZelle

        Agreed that you wouldn’t (couldn’t!) put a pool behind a rowhouse, but you don’t need “grounds” levels of space or even to live WOTP. Check out the number of pools in North Portal Estates visible from Google Maps, for example.

    • navyard

      Kudos for the use of the word rapscallion! I vow to find a way to use it before the nigh’ falls.

  • HaileUnlikely

    I wonder if this is from the buyer of the “Pool Ready!” $1M GDoN in Brookland a few months ago.

  • DRC

    I have a friend who builds custom homes and does remodels that just installed a backyard pool somewhere in NW DC.

  • JJ

    A friend in the suburbs is pricing pools and getting quotes around $25/30k. The companies dig the hole one day, then drop in, hook up and fill a pre-molded shell the next, but they all have 2+ month waits.


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