Modernizing your pool is a task that can increase the beauty of your backyard, increase the value of your property and increase the level of enjoyment of spending time outdoors. With that in mind, modernizing your pool on a budget is not a simple thing. There are so many improvement ideas that you could come up with, right off the top of your head, but their astronomical cost immediately disqualifies them as budget-friendly. So with that in mind and without further ado, here are several ideas that are not as costly and can help you make the most effective difference possible.
1. Vinyl liners
One of the cheapest ways to make your pool more aesthetic is to invest in vinyl liners. Vinyl will protect the concrete edges of your pool from erosion and make your swimming pool simpler to maintain. This means that apart from making the pool instantly more aesthetic, you also get to maintain the beauty of this pool for a lot longer. Also, keep in mind that vinyl comes in all colours, shapes and textures. It means that it can be moulded to fit your pool and your lawn quite nicely. Overall, you can adjust the swimming pool to the rest of the setting, which gives a lot more flexibility than trying to do so the other way around.
2. New fencing
A pool fence is a legal requirement in some areas, so the chances are that you already have one. They are there to provide safety, especially for those who organize backyard events like outdoor weddings. Other than increasing the functionality of your backyard and elevating the level of safety, it can also modernize your pool quite a bit. The choice of material, the height and the pattern of the fence are just two things you could change regarding your fence. Like the vinyl liner, it can help bridge the contrast between the pool and the rest of the garden.
3. Pool reinvigoration project
Other than changing an element or two, you could go for a swimming pool renovation. You see, sometimes, tweaking several minor materials will be less expensive than adding a whole new feature to the pool. For instance, constructing a wooden deck around the pool is incredibly complex and expensive. In a way, doing a full pool reinvigoration project would be cheaper, and the effect would probably be far more impressive. Also, it fixes many shortcomings of the pool. It prolongs its useful life and increases the resale value of your entire property by a significant margin.
4. Cunning use of light
The next thing you can do is install some LED lights into and around the pool. This way, you can create the impression of an Icelandic lagoon or a pristine, tropical ocean. One of the things worth noticing is the fact that during the night time, the light will divert all the attention towards the pool. It will make the area even safer. Together with some other items on this list (like new fencing), it will help you drastically elevate the safety level of your backyard.
At the end of the day, you need to understand that what matters is the result. Sometimes, it’s hard to visualize the impact that a certain change will have on the whole picture. Once you add elements like the fence, you alter the view of the pool and its surroundings. Proper lights can completely change how your pool is illuminated during evening hours, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Landscaping the surrounding area can also make quite the difference.
Alison Pearson is an interior design student. She is a writer and designer, but her ultimate passion is design and creation. She is also a bibliophile and her favourite book is “The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner. Follow her on Twitter.