Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Smart Pool Reno Ideas

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Smart Pool Reno Ideas

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IT'S POSSIBLE to make dramatic changes to your pool without spending a fortune and even enabling your pool to run more efficiently.

Feeling a little dissatisfied with that old backyard swimming pool? Maybe you moved into a house that already had someone else's idea of a dream pool. Or perhaps you installed the pool years ago when styles and standards were different. Maybe you never got the pool you really wanted because your installation budget was limited.

Whatever the case, the cost of a major pool renovation is probably more than you want to pay.

Here are a handful of swimming pool renovation ideas to consider if you're looking to get the most bang for your buck. Of course, if your pool has serious structural or equipment problems that need to be fixed, there's probably no getting around a costly renovation project.

These ideas are aimed at making an outdated (but still functioning) pool look nicer and operate better with a minimal investment.

1. LED lighting

If you have simple floodlight or other basic pool lighting, think about upgrading to LED lights. LED pool lighting is more energy efficient than traditional options, which at least somewhat offsets the higher cost of installation. LED lights can be installed below the water or anywhere in the pool area, and come in all different colours. They make it easy to add your own personal sense of style to your pool scape.

2. Pool resurfacing

While it's not cheap by any means, resurfacing can be a solid way to use your remodelling budget. That's because it improves the looks of your pool, while also serving the practical purpose of replacing something that wears out over time. If your pool currently has a simple plaster finish, an update could also make your pool look more modern. These days, many people choose aggregate finishes that come in different colours and incorporate stones, shells, or other materials. …

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