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Using a Site Plan for Swimming Pool Removal or Remodel


If you’re thinking of remodeling your pool or even getting rid of a backyard pool that’s seldom-used, you can’t just call up a construction company and assume that your plans will be carried out in a couple days’ time. Making any changes to an in-ground swimming pool requires a lot of careful planning.

A few of the things you need to take into account include:

Permits required by your city. The requirements for removing or remodeling a pool vary from city to city, so make sure you read up on your local regulations before you do anything. In most cases, you’ll need a permit, and to get a permit you’ll have to present the city with a specific plan as to how you’re going to remove the pool. The city may also require you to adhere to certain building regulations, such as making sure the holes used to drain the water at the bottom of your pool are a certain diameter.

Cost. In order to get a permit, many cities require you to pay a fee. This fee is sometimes based on the total square footage of your pool, so you need to make sure you know its size and have calculated the cost to demolish or renovate it.

How construction/demolition crews will access your property. You need to make sure you know where the boundaries of your property are and ensure that a construction or demolition crew won’t have to go onto your neighbor’s property in order to access your pool. After all, you don’t want your pool renovations to lead to a neighborly dispute.

Potential hazards on your property. You need to get a good sense of the distance between landscape features like trees and permanent outdoor structures like a gazebo in order to ensure that the necessary construction/demolition equipment will be able to access your pool. You also need to make sure you're not in danger of hitting gas lines, sewer connections, or other underground structures.

All of the above factors can be worked out using one of MySitePlan’s detailed plans, which will show all visible landscape features such as your driveway, lawn, pool, gazebos, and sheds based on the most recent satellite imagery available. This objective, easy-to-read plan can be presented to the city when you’re applying for a permit, and it may also be useful for construction crews that are trying to figure out the best way to access your property.

Most Autocad Designers charge $120 or more per hour to survey your land, which might make you think twice about remodeling or removing your swimming pool. Fortunately, MySitePlan offers site plans for a fraction of that price, making your intended renovations much more easily attainable.

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  • Juliana Weiss-Roessler
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