When outdoor living takes its place in the summer,homeowners start to think about remodeling their pools and backyard on a budget.
Usually,everyone wants to do it on a smaller budget, but looking sharp.Resurfacing pools and adding decking and water features can be expensive and loads of money can go away.
Experts says that you don’t have to do it all at once.You can resurface your own pool and then save money before refinishing your deck with an acrylic coating the following year.
If you’re in the market for a pool remodel, here are popular add-ons and upgrades. The prices are estimates for an average-size pool — roughly 350-450 square feet, or a pool with an 80- to 90-foot perimeter.
Prices vary depending on the overall scope of remodeling work being done.Here are some pool expert advises.
To give your pool a whole new look by remodeling it, one of the fastest and most affordable options may be adding an LED fixture to your pool. LEDs are more energy-efficient, and some can change color from basic white to red, blue, green and magenta. Depending on the model, LEDs can create light shows in your pool. One LED pool light, installed, can cost about $700-$800.
By installing powder-coated handrails rather than shiny metal rails that can burn one’s hand in triple-digit temperatures. This add-on can cost about $700 installed, he says. It’s a good feature for older homeowners or anyone trying to make the pool safer or more accessible.
New waterline tile can dramatically change the look of your pool. Ceramic waterline tile starts at about $600-$800 for an average pool; glass and other decorative tiles are more expensive. Pool re modelers say they’re adding waterline tiles to pools that previously had pebble or stone finishes on or above the waterline. Otherwise, it’s rare to change the waterline tile without also resurfacing the pool in either plaster or an upgraded pebble or stone surf.
Newer pools typically have an automatic leveler that fills or levels off the pool after evaporation causes the water level to drop. If your pool doesn’t have one, it can be installed. A pool contractor will have to run a new line underground and tap into your outdoor spigot, so the cost is in the $700-$800 range.
Features and fire pits are popular right now. A small fire pit, installed, with stacked stone, starts at about $500.
If you simply want to update your concrete deck, many re modelers are offering a coating called acrylic lace that costs about $750-$1,000 for an average-size deck. The coating comes in several colors, protects the concrete and often contains a little sand so pool goers won’t slip.
New equipment may not be exciting to look at, but it could save you money in the long run, with the benefit of being much less noisy. Experts say a variable-speed pump that costs about $1,000 installed can pay for itself in energy savings within one to three years. Because of the energy savings, local utilities SRP and APS offer homeowners $150-$200 rebates for upgrading to a variable-pump system.
Salt water pools -very popular during the housing boom for luxury homes — are still a trend. A regular pool uses chlorine tabs; a salt-water pool has a salt-cell system that must be filled with salt. When water passes through a salt cell, electrolysis releases chlorine from the salt, keeping the pool sanitary. Salt-water pools are said to be more gentle on skin and hair and less abrasive than regular chlorinated water. Experts says that salt systems start at about $1,250 installed. That price doesn’t include periodically cleaning the steel plates, which get caked with calcium and must be cleaned in acid. Salt cells also must be replaced about every five years.
Smooth pool plaster, available in many colors — is the most affordable surface, starting at about $2,600-$2,700 for an average-size pool. Even more popular now, however, are the upgraded pool surfaces with smooth pebbles, stones, shells and even glass beads. The small-pebble surfaces start at $3,500 for an average-size pool, and premium surfaces with glass beads and other features can cost $5,000 or more.
Experts says that water features with more modern lines, such as pillars with stone or metal bowls or scuppers, are increasingly popular. A rock waterfall or several stone pillars with scuppers or bowls can cost about $2,500-$5,000.
STONE POOL DECKING
Travertine or natural stone tiless or concrete pavers are increasingly popular for pool decking, remodelers say. These surfaces aren’t cheap, however. They start at about $3,500-$5,000.
Pool re modelers are also getting into the barbecue and outdoor-kitchen business. Prices quoted in this category varied wildly for a built-in barbecue, from about $800 to $4,500. For a true gourmet outdoor kitchen, the sky is the limit if homeowners want to go all out on fancy appliances.