Since there's no chance I'll be going to the local pool this year, I want to bring the fun at home for the kids and have one here. What do you guys recommend? Make this a DIY projects and go for an in-ground pool that (to the extent I can) I make on my own, or just get an above ground pool that I assemble in a few hours and get it all done with? You think the DIY is too hard?
I don't have any experience in this department, I mean the one with making your own, but I'll leave you some useful sources. On the other hand, I did have an above ground pool at my old house, couldn't relocate it when I moved cause there's no backyard space here so I sold it to some friends. I was very happy with it, it was a Coleman, did its job, never had problems with it, even installed a system to have saltwater. Fun for all, no comment here. It was a bit annoying when I had to clean it, but that goes for all pools, so I can't really complain about that either. And yes, it takes just a few hours to set it up, depending on its size, you might even be able to do it with just another person not have to call in all of your friends. If I were you, I'd definitely go for buying an above ground kit, but maybe you're more skilled in the DIY department and who knows, can do an in-ground on your own.
@Harry_PK I'm a rookie here, living in Huatulco, Mexico now after 13 years in Thai. Before that, had a pool service in So Cal for 15 yrs. Have seen construction in Thai and Mexico, both really have no building codes, basically just brick it up and cement over or tile.
The one thing I would say is get a good water sample of your source water(tested for hardness for sure) and use the best/most modern equipment now available. I always emphasize using the least amount of elbows/90 degree joints.
Other than that, if I can help in any way-shoot!