The current pandemic has changed how we work, go to school, socialize, and especially how our homes are being used. Our backyards are seeing more use than ever, and you may be looking out at yours, thinking about how to get the most out of it.
Don’t let your old swimming pool define the space. Often older pools dominate the space and do not leave room to entertain. You must wonder if it is the best use of space? Removing the pool opens a world of possibilities that can add value to your home and increase the usable space in your backyard. Do you want a large lawn area for the kids and dogs to run? Or how about a large patio with a firepit or outdoor bar or kitchen? Or all the above? Installing a spacious patio with different gathering areas and diverse spaces can enable you to entertain and social distance.
That’s not to say that installing or working with your current pool isn’t possible as well. Today’s swimming pools place emphasis on the spaces around it and how it relates to other features in the backyard. On average, the are slightly smaller and shallower than traditional pools. The key is to balance out the pool cost (which is typically the largest) with the costs for the surround spaces. The most value is added when everything is done to the same level.
Mack Land’s landscape architects are here to help you design the backyard you are looking for. We are following the CDC’s best practices and public health guidance to keep our clients and staff safe. If you are in the Denver Metro area or the greater Chicagoland area, please contact us to discuss your options.
Art in the garden is a great investment. It is often underestimated the value and character art adds to the landscape. Gardens and art go together like peanut butter and jelly.
After a pool removal we often get asked to replace the pool as a focal point. If you are looking for low maintenance and low energy consumption, consider adding a sculpture piece. Garden artwork from a well know artist is a better investment than a swimming pool from our perspective. A great example of art that can give you something unique that no one else has are these wind sculptures by Lyman Whitaker. This is an example kinetic art (art that depends on motion for its effects) by a well know artist whose work will hold its value.
Let Mack Land, LLC help you find the signature piece for your landscape. Contact us to discuss your options.
After recently purchasing and moving in, our client in Aurora, Colorado contacted us about removing the failing pool that dominated her backyard.
This fiberglass shell pool had seen better days. With the freeze/thaw that winters in Colorado bring us and the close proximity of a mature pine tree and its roots, the pool had lifted and shifted. The previous owners had addressed the issue with Great Stuff foam.
The back yard was a very tight area to work in. That’s where our specialty with working with compact experiment really comes into play.
After removing the fiberglass shell entirely and disposing of it offsite, we broke up the surrounding concrete patio that covered the rest of the back yard.
We brought in clean compactable fill material and brought the back yard to grade. Our client opted to have us stop at this point. She wanted to get a feel for the backyard and determine what she wanted to do next. Lawn, extend the patio, planting beds? With the pool removed, her backyard looked as though it had doubled in size.
If you’re in the greater Denver or Chicago areas please contact us to discuss your pool removal options.
After starting one pool removal in Denver, Colorado, the neighbors next door were curious as to what we were doing. Once they learned we were removing the pool and how we have streamlined the process, they signed up to have their pool removed as well.
Their pool was a fiberglass shell pool that the homeowner and his father had installed many years ago. The family had enjoyed the pool for many years but it had not been used recently. They had been unsure of what to with the pool and the backyard in general and it was perfect timing that we were working right next door.
As with all fiberglass shell pools, we removed the pool entirely and hauled it offsite. We broke up the concrete walk around the pool and used it as structural fill in the bottom. Clean, compactable fill material was brought in. We brought the area to grade and the homeowner is planning on sodding the area. The backyard doubled in size for usable space, their dog will love the extra room to run.
If you live in the greater Denver or Chicago areas please do not hesitate to give us a call about swimming pool removal or any of the other services that we offer. Also make sure to visit our experience page to see some of our previous pool removal work.
It’s come time to sell your house. There is lots of activity but no offers. You keep hearing the same thing; “We love the house, hate the pool”. Perhaps it is time to consider removing the pool. Below are a few reasons why removing your pool may be the right move.
Increase Real Estate Value
Removing the pool will allow you to gain a bigger yard with more usable space and a more marketable space for realtors to sell.
Houses without pools appeal to a broader market.
Houses being sold “as is” with a pool in disrepair will decrease the value of the home more than it will cost to remove it and may decrease surrounding property values.
The cost of removing a pool in disrepair will be significantly offset by the value it adds to the property and it will make the property easier to sell.
What if you aren’t in the market to sell your home? Or did you just purchase a home with a pool you don’t want? Removing the pool can still add value to your property and save you money.
Property Tax Reduction – Pool are considered usable space are you are taxed on it.
Reduce your Home Owners Insurance Premium – Pools are a safety liability.
Lower your monthly utility costs, energy costs are constantly rising, your pool will only become more expensive.
Water costs are rising.
Repairing an old pool will cost a lot more than it will be to remove a pool over the long run. Many areas will require you to bring your old pool up to current code and can be quite costly.
If you’re in the greater Chicago or Denver areas please contact us to discuss your pool removal options.
This vinyl liner pool in Golden, Colorado is a typical style we see.
To access, we needed to remove a few sections of fence. With this project, the client also wanted the hold hot tub and raised deck area removed.
We removed the vinyl liner, broke up the concrete pool bottom and removed the fiberglass sides. The concrete pool deck was pulled into the hole and broken up as well to remain as structural fill. We then brought clean fill dirt in and compacted in layers.
The client opted to have a new concrete patio poured and irrigation installed for the new lawn area. The project was then finished with sod for an instant green backyard. The clients and their dogs are enjoying the new backyard.
If you live in the greater Denver or Chicago areas please do not hesitate to give us a call about swimming pool removal or any of the other services that we offer.
We recently had a client who was looking for a reputable Denver Metro pool removal company. They were quite thorough in their approach and did a lot of research. Here are some of the questions that they asked us along with our responses.
Do you have any examples of other Denver Metro area pool removal jobs?
We have been in the pool removal business for many years, have removed 100’s of pools and have many satisfied customers. Take a look at just a few of these here.
We have continually refined our processes in order to do the job as quickly and efficiently as possibly. Long gone are the days of the wrecking ball. We are able to minimize collateral damage by using new and improved low impact techniques. Our main tool to achieve this is the compact excavator. Additionally we are a complete turnkey solution company with licensed Landscape Architects, allowing us to not only manage your Denver Metro area pool removal but also to leave you with a beautifully landscaped backyard afterwards.
How environmentally conscious are you?
Where possible all the concrete associated with the pool removal is completely demolished and processed into 8” fracture concrete gravel similar to PGE and used as fill in the resultant hole. Because we process the concrete associated with the pool into fill material, also called our low impact method, it reduces heavy truck loads of concrete out and then heavy truck loads of fill back in reducing trauma to your property and public roads.
With this in-ground pool, our clients were in the processes of purchasing this new home. Removing the pool was a contingent part of the sale of the house and needed to be completed in a short time frame. We understood the client’s concerns and were able to remove the pool properly and in the time frame given.
The pool was an all concrete pool surrounded by a large concrete pool deck. All of the concrete was broken down and used it as structural fill in the deep end of the pool. We also removed a small shed that had housed the pool equipment.
After back filling, we brought the area to rough grade and installed erosion control blanket to stabilize the dirt. Since the client’s had not moved in yet, they wanted to wait and see how they were going to use the space.
If you are in the greater Denver or Chicago areas and are interested in finding out more about your pool removal options, then please do not hesitate to contact us for a complimentary estimate.
Mack Land, LLC receives numerous calls about removing pools in Arvada, CO every year. This in-ground pool dominated the backyard at this house. Also, it had not been used in years and had fallen into disrepair.
The family was unsure if they were going to do, put the house up for rent or for sale. However, they knew the pool needed to be removed to make the house more appealing to a broader market. As the backyard and pool area was a tight space to maneuver in, our use of compact equipment really shone here. It is what makes our process of removing pools stand out from the rest.
This pool was a liner pool with a sand bottom. This is a common pool style we see in Colorado. We removed the concrete walk around the pool and old concrete stairs under the deck. The area was brought to rough grade, leaving the family with options on how they wanted to finish off the space.
We have been removing pools for many years and are experts in the field. If you live in the greater Chicago or Denver areas, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.