homeprofile1When Terry and Susan Verble pulled the trigger on the largest and most expensive addition to their North Canton home, they did it with their family in mind. Their two sons, Ben, 15, and Sam, 13, were the ripe age to enjoy an in-ground pool in the Verbles’ backyard.

By the time the Verbles got onto a builder’s schedule, though, there would be little time to enjoy the new pool. What the Verbles chose to build wasn’t just any 18-by-36-foot pool, either. The family added an adjoining spa or hot tub, which spills into the pool and shares the same filtration system.

The bad news? The pool was finished in late summer to early fall. Terry Verble kept the pool open later than usual (October), but the family is looking forward to a full season in the pool this summer.

“There’s a heater in the pool, so we kept it nice and toasty last year,” Terry Verble said.

The Verbles chose Beadling Pools to build their pool and spa combination. Greg and Renee Beadling have operated their business from Louisville for 14 years. This was the first time Beadling had built a spa and pool combination. Most people opt to build a hot tub separate from their pool, because when built together the spa flows into the pool. Therefore, when the pool closes for the winter, so does the spa. Keeping the two units separate means a hot tub can operate all year if the homeowner chooses. Technically, the Verbles could keep theirs open all year, but it would lead to costly bills to heat the pool as well as the spa throughout the winter.

“Our deciding factor really was the lack of places to swim,” Terry Verble said. “You either have to belong to a country club or drive a ways to get to a good pool. You can spend as much on a country club membership over the years as it would cost to build a pool. It’s better to have it in your backyard where you can get more use out of it. Also, honestly, it keeps the kids around the house while they’re still in school instead of out running around somewhere.”

Digging an in-ground pool is a bit of an art form. Beadling uses a trackhoe to dig pools and carves out the earth to fit the pool walls inside. Honestly, Beadling said, he doesn’t encourage his customers to build a spa-pool combination as the Verbles did because of the shared filtration and heating system. In Northeast Ohio’s climate, it isn’t practical to keep a pool open all year. The closest Beadling has seen to a year-round pool here was in Carrollton, for a customer who kept his pool open until early December and opened it in March.

“He had a gas well on his property and couldn’t use all the free gas he was able to have,” Beadling said.

Pool builds slowed for a few years in the county, Beadling said. That slowdown mirrored the nosedive in the economy. If you want to know how the economy is doing, ask a pool builder.

“This has been the furthest ahead I’ve been booked in a number of years,” Beadling said. “We’re booking September right now. It seems things have rebounded.”

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Todd Porter has been writing about Stark County since 1991 and has covered everything from Ohio State football to Stark County business dealings. He frequently covers the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Malone University graduate lives in Plain Township with his wife Colleen and their three children Dylan, Sydni and Nathan.

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