Get A Handle On Your Swimming Pool Renovation Project

by Pool Builders on 01-27-2011 in Articles

Your pool is beginning to show signs of wear from the years of fun and enjoyment. This is the year, though that you've decided it's time for a facelift and renovation project. If you plan on doing a home renovation project, why not include your swimming pool in the project. A swimming pool makeover can make a impressive difference in your outdoor living space.

Why might you consider a pool renovation project? If there are stained or chipped tiles, flaking paint or even if you are weary of the shape of your pool, you could consider one. When it comes to the renovation, the sky's the limit when you're thinking of what you want to do to upgrade your swimming pool. Keep in mind the best time of the year for the renovation project could be during the off season so you don't miss the whole summer of swimming time.

Keep this checklist in mind when thinking of your renovation project:

  1. Has your lifestyle changed since you originally installed your pool? Do you want the renovation project to reflect those changes? For example, if your children are grown and out of the house, maybe you want to look at your pool more for business entertaining rather than family fun.
  2. Set a budget before you start the project
  3. What is your house's color scheme and do you want that to carry to the pool area?
  4. Your upkeep will vary depending on the type of pool material you chose for your project so keep that in mind when working on the design phase.
  5. Do you want to upgrade the lighting around the pool and patio area?
  6. Will you upgrade the landscaping? Remove plants, install them? What about fencing?

When you meet with your pool contractor here are some specifics to discuss with him or her as they relate to your renovation project:

  • Do the tiles need to be removed, replaced, upgraded?
  • Do want to replace the pavers surrounding the pool?
  • Do you want to retile the whole pool and deck area for a new theme or color scheme?
  • How about installing a fountain?
  • A shallow or deep end?
  • Want to add a spa to one end of the swimming pool?
  • Do you need to incorporate a handicapped accessible area
  • You can update the pool's finish from quartz to tile or vice versa for a completely different look and feel
  • If you want to, you can convert the pool to a completely different shape. Keep in mind, this will be an expensive, labor intensive undertaking
  • Update and upgrade your equipment to more energy efficient models
  • Install a motorized pool cover
  • Upgrade to a solar pool heating system
  • Upgrade water and energy conservation elements including a cartridge filter system
  • If you need a complete change, you can remove the existing pool and start from scratch, keep in mind, though that could come with a price tag of $50,000 or more.

Check with your pool contractor and your local code and zoning enforcement officers as your project could require you to file for building permits. Your pool contractor should know the scope of the project and the laws in your municipality and will likely help you file the paperwork.

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