There are many above ground swimming pools on the market today that would fit in the garden of your home living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete or on Mainland Greece and Cyprus that offer hours of family fun and good excercise when the weather is just too hot for other activities. How to put an above ground pool in depends on the type and quality you choose along with good landscaping, outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks for an eco-friendly environment which needs to be pleasing to look at.Add a comment
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A swimming pool requires a large investment of time and money from a pool owner, who is usually trying to create his/her own relaxing backyard paradise such is the case as in living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. Water problems that take away the pristine attractiveness from this lavish backyard getaway, such as cloudy water, can be very frustrating Cloudy or dull pool water is caused by improper chemical balance or fine debris suspended in the pool water. Use the following five easy and practical steps to quickly diagnose and resolve this problem.
If you are planning to have a concrete swimming pool designed and built in your garden at your dream home in Crete, another part of Greece or Cyprus then this page is for you.
Based on experiences - mainly in Crete, the general advice would be that you will need to consider the key question: Is the expense to build a swimming pool worth it? You need to weigh up the running costs versus how much of the time the pool will be utilised.
To build an outdoor swimming pool in a private Greek land plot is straight forward from an architect's and real estate developer's point of view. Across Greece there are a number of local specialist construction companies to take on the job of cement, tiling and installing the water pump and filter systems for foreign buyers.
Importantly, you need to take the decision to include a pool for a new house at the outset, regardless if your future house is your holiday or retirement home. The obvious reason is related to building costs, but there are other considerations - mainly the local government bureaucracy and tax implications. The later are most important if you intend to use your dream home to generate income for short term rental to holiday makers. In that case an EOT License is required. (See page bottom for link).
This article from the Brits in Crete team sets out some of the pros and cons of adding a private swimming pool at your residence on the island of Crete. It also applies to anywhere else in Greece.
Picture right: Foreign resident, John Westover's standard sized swimming pool with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Olive Groves and the Mediterranean Sea beyond.
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Here is a check list of things to do before closing your pool for the winter. By properly closing your pool for the Winter, you spend less time and money opening your pool in the Spring. You will eliminate additional electrical costs, chemicals, cleaning and avoid possible freeze damage to equipment and plumbing. Close your pool properly in the Autumn and Spring, start up will be a snap. This advice applies to any swimming pool to fit in the garden of your home living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. With climate change, be prepared for more extremes in temperature and that includes wintertime. Allow for wide temperature range when you plan also the landscaping, outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks for an eco-friendly environment, and yet still needs to be pleasing to look at.
If you are determined to include a concrete swimming pool at your dream home in Crete, Greece or Cyprus which will be designed and built for your garden area then you are at the right web site. BritsinCrete addresses the questions related to the need to be realistic about running costs of a swimming pool in your dream home versus how much of the time the pool will be utilised! Whether it is manageable on a fixed income? Will its contribution boost your house price? and, Whether having a pool at all is an ego trip or life long dream!
How to Properly Maintain Swimming Pool Water Chemistry in Greece and Cyprus
Learn about properly maintaining pool water chemistry is perhaps the most important aspect of keeping a swimming pool in the garden of your dream home when you are living as an ex-pat in the Greek Island of Crete or on Mainland Greece or even Cyprus. More on pool Water Chemistry.
Much of the Greek Island of Crete and mainland Greece has hard bedrock. If it is too difficult to construct a concrete pool, consider an above ground pool and know how to do it. More on a Swimming Pool Above Ground
The success of heating your swimming pool with sunlight (solar energy) will vary depending on how much sun your pool will get; how big and cold the pool is, and how much you are prepared to pay to buy a dark-colored hose. Hose aside, you have to be concerned with how you will maximise heating your pool yet build and landscape an attractive pool side area. More on Using Solar Energy :: Heat a Pool
Heating a pool in Greece with inexpensive, unglazed plastic solar panels can be a relatively easy and low cost project you can do yourself. More on Installing Solar Panel Pool Heating
By properly closing your pool for the Winter, you will spend less time and money opening your pool again in the Spring. Short cuts and tips are provided. More on what is required to closing a Pool in Winter
A basic rundown of tips to opening a swimming pool for a new summer season. This practical advice applies to any swimming pool that fits in the garden of your home in the Greek Island of Crete and elsewhere in Greece or Cyprus. More on Reopening a Pool for the Summer season.
How to cope with problems with green algae in your dream home's swimming pool on a Greek Island, other places in Greece or Cyprus. More on Preventing and Eliminating Algae
Five easy and practical steps to quickly diagnose and resolve the problem of cloudy water in your pool as it applies to the Greek islands, mainland Greece and Cyprus. More on How to Diagnose and Clear Cloudy Swimming Pool Water
Advice on how to lower the Chorine levels in your swimming pool in sunny Crete, Greece and Cyprus. More on Lowering Chlorine
What replacement Liners are to be chosen for an above ground swimming pool. They have to be a functional part of the swimming pool as they need to add color, style and character. More on Replacing a Pool Liner
After winter is over and you check the condition of your pool, you may have to change the Vinyl lining. More on Repairing a Vinyl Pool Liner
Apart from all the advice on the upkeep of a pool, there is the question of landscaping, adding outdoor buildings, walls, fences and decks to maintain an eco-friendly environment. How to do it. More on landscaping an Above Ground Pool.
Solar landscape lights are very popular for showering light on a pool area. They are virtually maintenance free, easy to install, and cost nothing to run. But what is the key decision to make them work to optimum efficiency? More on Using Solar Powered Lights
How to make the concreted area around your pool look distinctive and attractive by stamping the concrete surface. It is a cost effective solution. More on Decorating with Stamp Concrete
Further reading on swimming pools if you plan to rent out your property in Crete is to be found on our "Getting an EOT License Crete" page.
That is our comprehensive coverage of Useful Articles on Building a Swimming Pool in Crete which also applies to other places in Greece or Cyprus.
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