06 March 2019
Contemporise Your Swimming Pool
There are many reasons why you might want to remodel your current swimming pool. Perhaps you have moved into a property with a pool that is not suitable for your needs. Maybe your old pool is taking up too much garden space and downsizing is the answer. Although it might seem like a daunting job, with the right expertise and thorough planning, remodelling the pool can be achieved without major disruption.
Pool owners can take advantage of modern building techniques and technology to transform an old pool into a more contemporary shape and design, as well as making it more energy efficient.
Good reasons to downsize
A swimming pool is the ultimate status symbol and a fine addition to any property. As such, it can feel a little counterintuitive to want to reduce its size. However, our behaviour, needs and attitudes change over the years. Additionally, having children can be game-changer, because an old-fashioned, out-of-date pool might not incorporate all the modern safety features or benefits. For example, an older pool may take much longer to heat up and maintain.
It all starts with great design. Seek out an experienced pool builder with a solid track record of refurbishing pools and it is always best to use one that is a member of the pool industry body, SPATA. You will be able to sit down with the pool designer and discuss your needs, how the refurbished pool will be used, the space it should occupy and any aesthetic preferences. Don’t hold back, the key to a brilliant outcome that completes on budget is to give the designer as much information as you can up front.
Most likely, the pool shell will need to be demolished. Working to the agreed design, your builders will then create the new pool in the old pool space. The next step will probably depend on how efficient the old pool plant is. Often it is possible to retain well-maintained plant and it can be re-tasked to work with the new pool. If it was built to work with a large pool it will certainly be able to manage a smaller pool. During the design process, the pool designer will assess all the equipment and determine if the existing plant needs to be updated in any way, for example, replacing an old pump with a modern variable speed pump.
Adding modern technology
The best part about downsizing is that you can take advantage of modern technology that either was not available the first time around or is really only suitable for smaller pools. Innovative additions like a counter-current unit effectively turn a small pool into a lap pool by giving you a current to swim against. In fact, this technology is one of the best arguments against maintaining a large pool that you do not actually need. With a counter-current unit, your smaller pool will feel large enough.
If you’d like to discuss turning an oversized, old-fashioned pool into a beautiful smaller pool that meets your current needs, do get in touch today to discuss your requirements.
At London Swimming Pool Company we specialise in swimming pool design, construction and refurbishment, so if you need advice on a brand new pool, contact us for an initial discussion – there’s no substitute for expert advice.