As temperatures rise, the idea of installing a pool in your backyard probably seems more and more tempting.
That is, until you learn that the average cost of a backyard pool is around $20,000 to $30,000. Whaaat?!
Here's an idea: Instead of dropping a ton of cash just to stay cool for a few hours at a time this summer, you may want to consider the humble, yet far more affordable, galvanized stock tank swimming pool (also known as a "water trough pool"). These inexpensive farm staples were originally designed as water troughs for livestock, it's true. But that's part of their country-chic appeal. Nowadays, stock tank swimming pools have been popping up in backyards across the country, earning them the affectionate title of "hillbilly hot tubs."
They're easier to set up too. Once you've chosen a relatively flat area in your yard, all you have to do is seal it off, plop down your stock tank swimming pool, and maybe add a pump, which makes it easier to fill and clean.
Maintaining the tub isn't too difficult either. Simply drain it after use, or make your life even easier by using a filter.
"We use an above ground pool pump/filter," Annie McCreary, owner of one such stock pool, wrote on Instagram. "We do add chlorine as needed, just like a regular pool/spa. I test it daily with the pool strips, [and], I shock it once a week—so easy! If it gets too funky, it's easy to drain and re-fill."
And while we love the look of the standard galvanized metal all on its own—so rustic-chic—you can also opt to customize or enhance the look of the pool to complement your home's style. Some stock tank swimming pool owners add surrounding rock tiles to provide makeshift flooring, while others splurge on premium wooden decks and siding.
For between $200 and $400, the optional cost of a pump, you can easily add a country pool to your yard this summer. So what are you waiting for? Dive in! And once you do, check out our tips for keeping your fun new pool clean.