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Can You Change the Shape or Depth of a Pool?

In Pool Remodeling by Swimming Pool Expert

Do you have an existing pool but the depth, shape or size of the pool no longer meets your needs? In these instances, you may be wondering if you can reshape your pool and/or change the depth with a pool remodel. The short answer is yes. The long answer is also yes, but with some important considerations.

Reasons Homeowners Choose to Redesign Their Existing Pools

Homeowners have varying reasons as to why they want to change the dimensions of their pools. Some homeowners have pools that were built 30 years ago and came with the house. Other homeowners want their existing pools to have a sleeker shape, a diving board or custom areas for lounging in the water. Common reasons include:

  • They want to create a shallow area for kids or lounging.
  • They want to create an Olympic-size swimming pool for lap swimming.
  • They want to install a diving board and/or a pool slide and need additional depth for safety reasons.
  • They’re hosting more pool parties and the size of the pool cannot accommodate guests.
  • They want to start playing water sports, like water polo and volleyball, and need more room in the pool.
  • They want to install an automatic pool cover and the current shape of the pool doesn’t lend itself easily to an aesthetically pleasing cover.

Changing the Shape of an In Ground Pool

When it comes to changing the shape or size of your existing inground swimming pool, some materials are easier to change than others. 

For a gunite pool, significantly changing the shape can require extensive excavation, like turning a kidney-shaped pool or a circular pool into a rectangle. This process involves excavating numerous areas and backfilling other areas. The cost of this process can be similar to installing a new pool.

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Changing the Depth of the Inground Pool

Changing the depth of an inground pool is typically easier than changing the shape. If you want a deeper pool in order to install a diving board, research must be done to ensure that the new depth is safe for diving. 

The good news is that the APSP offers standards and specifications for pool depths, including how many horizontal feet of deep end is needed in order to prevent the diver from hitting the sloped end that leads to the shallow section. 

Once the vertical and horizontal sizes have been chosen, the bottom of the pool is excavated to make the diving end deeper and a sloped ramp is included to allow easy access to and from the shallow and deep ends. 

For a gunite pool, the bottom is redone with gunite concrete. If you want a shallow end or to decrease the depth of the pool, material is added to the bottom of the pool until it is the desired depth. Then, the bottom is typically finished with gunite.

Considerations for Reshaping and Converting Your Swimming Pool

Whether you want to reduce the size of your swimming pool or expand it, it’s important to think about the space in your backyard and your budget. 

The first consideration is how much open space is left in your backyard. This is because reshaping and/or expanding your pool will reduce your yard space, and in order to complete the pool renovation, the pool contractor may need to put digging equipment in your backyard in order to excavate and backfill. If your yard is extremely small, you could be looking at higher costs due to increased labor charges for manually excavating and backfilling.

Another consideration is the pool’s existing systems, like the piping, water filtration and water heater. If you expand the size of your pool, you may need more piping, a larger pool heater and a larger water filtration system in order to ensure your pool is clean, comfortable and properly disinfected so that it is safe for swimming.

Costs Involved in Changing the Shape and Depth of a Pool

The total costs involved in changing the size, shape and depth of your inground swimming pool vary considerably depending on the scope of the work. 

However, pool renovations that significantly change the dimensions of the pool can be nearly the cost of a new pool. For these reasons, it’s important to work with a custom pool builder in order to understand the scope of your proposed changes and the pool renovations estimates so that you can adequately plan your pool upgrade.

Custom Pool Remodels with Platinum Pools in Houston

Here at Platinum Pools in Houston, we perform custom pool renovations that can make your existing pool smaller, convert a wading pool into a lap pool or excavate the ends of your existing pool to create shallow and deep ends that work for both children who need a wading pool and teenagers and adults who may want to practice diving or train competitively.

To learn more about our custom pool renovations available in Houston, give us a call today.