Pool Envy. It hits many of us this time of year, when a visit to those fortunate friends with a watery oasis in their yard kindles fantasies of installing a pool of our own.
The dream can become a reality — if you have patience, and if you’re willing to go through the required steps. That’s what Sam Marino of Washington Township did when his wife, Nina, started talking about a pool, and today, his “chill time” is literally “chill time.” “It’s nice after a long day of work in the hot months to jump in after dinner to unwind,” he says.
The Marinos’ pool is one of some 5.2 million installed residential inground pools in the U.S., says Sabeena Hickman, president and CEO of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, a Virginia-based organization that tracks pools and pool safety. Her organization reported a large jump in pool installations in 2020, likely a consequence of COVID-19 lockdowns. “The pool industry as a whole experienced 24 percent growth in 2020, which is the largest period of growth for the industry since 1983,” she says. “Our members are contracting into 2023 right now.”
The Marinos didn’t have kids when they started thinking about putting in a pool….