Yes, I know. We’ve got some of the world’s best beaches just a few minutes away. Still, I’d love to have a swimming pool at Fish Hooks. Sometimes you just want a quick, cool dip without the salty skin and sand-caked dog.
For a bunch of reasons, though, a full-sized swimming pool isn’t practical for us. An above-ground pool would require constructing a permanent concrete pad, while an in-ground pool would require major (and expensive!) excavation of our solid-rock back yard. And don’t even get me started on the hassle and cost of maintaining either one, especially when we’re off the island.
But recently, I’ve discovered a much better option — stock tank pools. Am I the only one who’s never heard of them? All of a sudden, they’re everywhere on Pinterest and Instagram.
Stock tanks are intended as feeding troughs for livestock. These days, however, they’re moonlighting as stylish water features and tiny swimming pools. No concrete pad necessary. No excavation. And no long-term commitment. All you need is a flat, solid surface with a bit of sand or crushed gravel.
A chlorine floater can help prevent algae growth and mosquito breeding, and it’s pretty easy to install a small pump if you want the water to recirculate. Plus, the tank is easy to drain and secure when we leave for the summer. And the cost? Less than $500!
Are these not adorable?! I’m pretty sure Wrigley will approve. Now, I just have to convince Tom.