An above-ground pool can be an oasis of calm in a sea of everyday stress--or an eyesore no one in your family wants to go near. How it all turns out can be a direct result of how much planning you put into this important home improvement project. A well designed above-ground pool can be a great cost-saving alternative to a costly in-ground pool project, but it is important to do your homework before getting started.
Look at the Overall Picture
When designing your backyard landscape around a planned above-ground pool, it is helpful to take a step back and look at the whole picture. Why not use your planned pool to create a tropical landscape full of lush foliage, tiki torches and festive drink holders? By realizing these design touches you can create an oasis right in the middle of your backyard.
Bring the Beach Home
One of the most critical preparations for an above-ground pool is leveling the ground, and one of the best ways to create that level spot is with a layer of sand. But you can use sand for much more than creating a level spot to put the pool. By taking it one step farther you can set up your own little beach, complete with fun beach umbrellas and even a couple of lawn chairs. In no time at all, you will have your own beach vacation without leaving home.
Landscaping with Boulders
Rocks can add beauty to any landscape, including your backyard pool. Adding a few attractive rocks to your backyard pool area can bring instant charm and beauty. If you are looking for landscaping that is just as useful as it is beautiful, you may want to include a few outdoor speakers disguised as rocks. This is a perfect way to enjoy your favorite tunes at poolside without unsightly wires or expensive connections.