Aboveground pools appear harsh in contrast with a green lawn. They can be an eyesore from a distance, decreasing the aesthetic value of your house -- which can make or break a deal when it comes time to sell. If you live in a gated community, aboveground pools can also lead to fines and citations for their inconsistency with the landscape. Use decorative siding, living fences and tidy storage to hide the pool in your backyard.
Select an area of the lawn where the pool is least likely to be an eyesore. Set the pool on a down-sloping hill, in the back corner of your yard, up against an existing terrace, behind the house proper or in back of a garage/shed.
Level the ground. Build retaining walls to protect the sides of the pool especially if you are placing the pool on a hillside.
Place the pool. Hire a professional to install the unit to ensure durability and adherence to regional safety parameters; failure to meet depth, height and material requirements can lead to penalties for negligence and child endangerment.
Build around the pool. Erect a deck, fence or brick wall around the pool to disguise the plastic siding; the side structure may be placed up against the pool or several feet from the site. Embed walls in the ground with a sturdy concrete base to prevent tipping and pressure on the pool walls; aboveground pools are not intended to support pressure from the outside.
Consider adding a shed or open-faced storage enclosure with an awning; this structure can be built right against a raised deck or fence. Store pool cleaning supplies, chemicals, toys and swim gear in this area. Use sturdy metal or wooden shelving with drainage to prevent water from pooling. Add benches and towel hooks and use the space as a changing room. Hang a clothing line and use the space to dry swimwear. Decorate the shed to match your house and garage or make a structure that stands out by using a colorful beach hut theme.
Ensure the entrance to the pool can be locked or removed, in the case of a ladder.
Add a walkway or path to the pool if the pool is not adjacent to the house. Use a flagstone, brick or cobblestone pathway to divide the lawn and draw the eye in the direction of your pool -- incorporating the pool into the landscape and hiding in plain sight. Continue the walkway to other areas of the lawn such as an herb garden or barbecue station.
Add greenery. Plant or place potted bushes and shrubs around the pool to soften the fence. Use moss and grass to soften the edge of walkways. Select varieties that will tolerate the climate and occasional over-spill of pool water -- for example, palm, ficus (fig tree), magnolia, plum, yucca, zoysia grass, morning glory or trumpet vines.
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