When it comes to the outdoors, the best way to add value to your home is to renovate.
And since many people already own a pool, patio, deck or barbecue area, we thought pool closing season is a great time to consider value-based ideas to spruce up these areas.
Whether or not you do any of these upgrades in early fall when closing down the pool, or whether you just discuss ideas for spring, now is a great time to think some upgrades through.
Upgrading Pool Pump
It doesn’t really matter if your pool is gunite or vinyl, there is one easy way to upgrade and save big money say pool experts.
“Consider changing your current one-speed filter pump to an energy efficient variable speed pump,” says Dave Stockwell, owner of Deck and Patio.
“These pumps are so efficient that they can cut your energy costs to 1/6th of what they currently are. There are several manufactures that offer these pumps including Pentair, Sta-rite and Jandy. And the cost of the new pump is paid back quickly — often in three years or less.”
Some Easy Pool Upgrades
Other upgrade ideas would be to simply change the tile and color of your pool. In gunite, there are many color options in marbledusts, pebble finishes and even all-tile pools.
Also, you could upgrade the coping to make a fresh, dramatic statement.
“In this case (above), we added bright blue coping to a pool in Oyster Bay, NY. Our design called for installing the coping on the far side of the pool — flush with the lawn.”
In vinyl pools, you can change a staircase, add a bench or swimout, change the coping — and of course change your old liner.
Liner color choices are almost limitless and it is amazing what a new liner does to an old faded pool as seen in this photo (right).
There are even pebbled colored liners in a tan tone that make them look more like a gunite pool.
Pool Patio Surrounds, Waterfalls
Renovating around a pool is sometimes easier than renovating the pool itself.
It could be something as easy as fixing a settled or damaged patio.
Other ideas might be upgrading to a new patio material like Techo-Bloc “Inca” pavers. Be sure to compact and install enough base to prevent future settling.
Another popular upgrade is adding a slide and/or waterfall. Insist on a rubber liner under the waterfall to ensure that it will be leak free for a long time.