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    Making existing pool longer for laps?

    Hey everyone, I am buying my first home! Being able to swim laps would be great, but the home we are considering has a kidney shaped pool which is nice, but I would love a longer pool. From the survey, the pool appears to be 35 ft in length. I have read that most people need at need 45 ft to be comfortable???

    So...how difficult is it to extend the length of a pool near the shallow end/spa end? What would be a possible price? $10k? $15k? Or am I way off in price?

    Thanks so much!!!! I'm so excited to own a pool and swim!
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    Re: Making existing pool longer for laps?

    I can't imagine it being cheap to add on to existing pool. I would also worry that it would look funny, possibly funny enough to hurt re-sale ability in the future. Unless you maybe extend entire end of pool, vs. adding an small long area like a swimlane.
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    Re: Making existing pool longer for laps?

    Probably less expensive to add one of those systems that creates a current you swim against. http://www.badujet.com/build.html
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    Re: Making existing pool longer for laps?

    I was thinking of extending the entire end of the shallow end of the pool. It is now kidney shaped. So, I guess we would be remodeling from kindey to free form. Has anyone done any pool remodeling to make a pool larger? I am having a hard time finding pics of this.

    I like the current idea, but I would love a longer pool. Thanks for showing me that. The over the pool unit looks easy to break/get water in the motor. If I extend the pool, I will add one of these in ground.
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    Re: Making existing pool longer for laps?

    Anyone know a possible price range for extending the size of a pool on one side so it is longer?

    Any idea where I can find remodel pictures of something like this? I tried google, but I cant find anything!
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    Re: Making existing pool longer for laps?

    Do you know how the pool is constructed? Do you know the pools wall/floor material? Have you called any local pool builders to ask them if they would even consider taking on a job such as this. Seems like a lot would ride on your government inspector. I'm sure it can be done, anything can be done, but you are talking about the cost of building a small new pool. The problem is that you have to tie it in to a existing structure that has to be demoed. I'm going out on a limb with a wild guess that you are looking at 30K easily.

    Have you considered buying and building a pool, certainly would open up more house possibilities.....

    In fact, you could easily look up the building inspector, call and ask them if they would approve it.
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    Re: Making existing pool longer for laps?

    Here is a page from a local builder who expanded a pool. Mind you, this was a massive project and probably cost close to $100K (fireplace, waterfall, conversion of spa to walk in pool bar, new spa and expanded pool size). I'm inclined to agree with harleysilo on the price, if you could restrain yourself. As HS mentioned, you need to do the demo and resurfacing the whole pool, coping and tile to match. Then add in the expensive swim system and extra pump(s).

    The pictures are in the middle of this page:
    http://poolsbybackyardcreations.com/Remodeling.aspx

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    Re: Making existing pool longer for laps?

    There are swim tether/harness devices that might work. I'd spend $200 on a gadget before 10s of $1,000s on a rebuild.

    Just my $.02. Good luck!
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