While an in-ground pool can be an incredible focal point for backyard living, there are times when having this recreational feature on the property becomes a source of frustration for the homeowner. A long-time owner may face costly repairs to an older pool, lose interest in swimming and thus be unwilling to continue spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on pool maintenance, or wish to reclaim lost yard space for other purposes. Those considering purchasing a home with an installed pool may not wish to take on the risks or expenses associated with inheriting a pool. Regardless of the reason, removing or repurposing an in-ground pool can be difficult, costly, and even dangerous.

The following are a few options for those interested in becoming former pool owners.

Cemented Pond

Consider converting your in-ground swimming pool into a koi or wildlife pond. This option will not eliminate maintenance or insurance costs and may require purchasing new equipment, partially filling the pool with gravel, or even replacing the liner, but it will transform an unused responsibility into a tranquil water feature that adds beauty and diversity to your backyard environment. In some instances, pool-to-pond conversions are reversible, allowing you to restore your backyard pool in the future. Conduct research on the most effective conversion methods and determine whether the effort is worthwhile.

Convert a Pool Area into a Garden

If the space is destined to become a garden plot, removing the pool may not be necessary. However, filling the pool with soil is not as simple. Drainage holes must be drilled in the bottom of the pool. The soil required is expensive and should be compacted effectively to prevent your garden plot from sinking over time. To conceal the pool visually, the decking and the top few feet of the pool may be removed and buried. Before beginning this conversion, check to see if permits are required and consider hiring professional assistance.

Subterranean Greenhouse

For the more serious gardener, some pools can be levelled with gravel and converted into sunken “pit” glasshouses, which use the earth to maintain stable temperatures for growing plants. While this can be an economical and effective solution for some, it is not appropriate for all pools. A pool that has been drained for an extended period of time can quickly become a victim of the surrounding water table, collapsing or even being pushed out of the ground. Before you start any project that could harm the structure or its surroundings, talk to a professional demolition contractor in Melbourne.

Cover it Up

Locate a business that specialises in pool-to-deck conversions. Conversions completely cover an in-ground pool, with pumps occasionally used to prevent standing water from accumulating in the pool below. For a homeowner who wants to turn the space into an outdoor living area, converting the deck is a simple way to do so without having to spend a lot of money getting rid of it.

Removal of the entire pool

Finally, and perhaps most obviously, the pool should be completely removed. This is no small undertaking, requiring the structure to be demolished, the debris removed, and the resulting hole filled with tonnes of compacted dirt. It can cost up to $15,000 to get rid of an in-ground pool, which is best done by professionals. But it allows you to completely reclaim your yard space and eliminates the pool’s maintenance costs, which keep going even when the pool isn’t being used.


Although partial or complete pool demolition is a more permanent solution for pool removal, it is the least frequently used option due to its slightly higher cost. This method of removal does not affect your property’s future sale and enables future land development.

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