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Old 07-11-2012, 09:23 AM   #31
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I've seen some above ground pools that looked great, that had a nice deck around them, and that had some nice landscape around them.

Then, I've seen some that I thought did indeed look tacky.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:37 AM   #32
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I would have dearly loved an inground pool,,, they are just so gorgeous...& my plan was to build a cover for it to be used all year round.
*sigh*
well that just is not in the cards, can't justify the expense of 20,000+ to even start it. so we have done nothing..
until 2 weeks ago . my daughter & her hubby decide they want a pool in the backyard ( they live in attached home). at first looked at steel w/liner inground pools, but I pointed out neither of the men are that young anymore to do THAT kind of install,, & any inground installed just too pricey.....
soo decided on an above ground.. (18x33,,,, almost got the 21x40)

anyway,, my hubby just kinda sighs.. that the pool with a deck around it just looks tacky....... I dunno.
how do you guys feel about above ground pools? do you have a deck,, ? like it?hate it?
I have seen ideas on decks ( we are still in drawing plans on one) that look pretty nice, but its STILL not the same as an inground.

we have a 8 &12 foot deck back out the back of our house, & will add the pool connected to the 8 ft part with a couple stairs up.. then have the long side of pool with a 12 deck out the side. backside of pool will have nothing.


Well let me tell you my experience!! We put in an inground pool 20 years ago along with a deck and concrete walk around. Total cost was $25,000. It looked very nice. Come to present day - kids are gone and we barely use the pool - Just 2 to 3 times during the summer. Cost for early maintenance is around $500 per summer - except last year which cost $4000 to replace liner.

Six months after we put our pool, deck and walkaround in our neighbor 2 doors down put in an above ground oval pool. He put in a deck coming off the house with a really cut bridge to the second deck that surrounds the pool. At one end of the deck with the pool, he put a gazebo. The whole look is stunning!! If I had seen this before I did mine, I would have done the same thing.

My problem is, we can't ever get rid of the pool except for filling it in with dirt which would make the yard look horrible. Our neighbor, however, built the deck in such a way that if he every wants to get rid of the pool, he just has to put the floor of the deck where the pool was.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:49 AM   #33
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Well let me tell you my experience!! We put in an inground pool 20 years ago along with a deck and concrete walk around. Total cost was $25,000. It looked very nice. Come to present day - kids are gone and we barely use the pool - Just 2 to 3 times during the summer. Cost for early maintenance is around $500 per summer - except last year which cost $4000 to replace liner.

Six months after we put our pool, deck and walkaround in our neighbor 2 doors down put in an above ground oval pool. He put in a deck coming off the house with a really cut bridge to the second deck that surrounds the pool. At one end of the deck with the pool, he put a gazebo. The whole look is stunning!! If I had seen this before I did mine, I would have done the same thing.

My problem is, we can't ever get rid of the pool except for filling it in with dirt which would make the yard look horrible. Our neighbor, however, built the deck in such a way that if he every wants to get rid of the pool, he just has to put the floor of the deck where the pool was.
I think you need to take a pic of this because I would love to see it!!
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:03 AM   #34
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We have an above ground pool with NO deck but we have gotten so much use out of the silly thing that I have come to not care! It was $400 at Sam's Club and we are on year 4 with it. I got a 3 tiered fountain we attached to the filter to "class" it up I love the sound of the fountain...We are tacky and proud!


We have a decent Trek deck 1/4 away around our above ground pool. Nothing super fancy (mostly a place to keep the pool "stuff" off the ground.)

I'm trying to keep cool, not show off for House Beautiful. No one has ever declined an invite to come swimming because they didn't like how it looked.

Our pool was given to use by friends whose kids had grown up and so the pool wasn't getting much use. They were glad they had the above ground- both to be able to pass it along and because it was easy to redo their yard into a "post pool" look.
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:37 AM   #35
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I have no problem with above ground pools, lots of them in our area. But our over the back fence neighbors pool/deck is driving me nuts.

Our lots are pretty small and all of them are fenced. 3 years ago these folks cut down a beautiful, mature maple tree. Opened up or view to other houses where we used to see a tree. OK, their property, they can do what they want. 2 years ago they took down the chain link fence on the property line and put in a 6 foot white plastic/resin whatever fence. I honestly don't know who owned the old fence, it was here when we moved in 13 years ago and when they moved in 7 years ago. They never said a word to us, just put in the fence. We would have been happy to split the cost if we would have been consulted. I would have preferred a wood fence as 1 1/2 sides of our yard have wood already. But again, OK. Whatever.

Apparently, this work was all in prep for last summer and the installation of a fairly large, above ground, oval pool. Takes up 2/3rds of the yard. Comes almost up to the top of the fence. I don't see it, no big deal. Welcome to 2012! The put a deck around about 1/2 of the pool. With this deck up, they can sit on their deck and look over into my backyard and 2 foot deck. We now have zip privacy and have to look at them and their extended family and friends sitting around on their deck. Look at their towels hanging around the railing constantly. Listen to their music being played on the deck...and since it's above the fence it carries more than ever to our yard. We get their conversations when a bit drunk. We get their tacky roof-only tent thing that provides shade. (to add insult to injury we are a U of M family and the tent is blazing Ohio State) .

But most of all I just hate feeling like a zoo animal in my own backyard. I think it's just rude.
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:40 AM   #36
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Well let me tell you my experience!! We put in an inground pool 20 years ago along with a deck and concrete walk around. Total cost was $25,000. It looked very nice. Come to present day - kids are gone and we barely use the pool - Just 2 to 3 times during the summer. Cost for early maintenance is around $500 per summer - except last year which cost $4000 to replace liner.

Six months after we put our pool, deck and walkaround in our neighbor 2 doors down put in an above ground oval pool. He put in a deck coming off the house with a really cut bridge to the second deck that surrounds the pool. At one end of the deck with the pool, he put a gazebo. The whole look is stunning!! If I had seen this before I did mine, I would have done the same thing.

My problem is, we can't ever get rid of the pool except for filling it in with dirt which would make the yard look horrible. Our neighbor, however, built the deck in such a way that if he every wants to get rid of the pool, he just has to put the floor of the deck where the pool was.
This is the exact reason why my dh and I decided that we want to install an above ground pool with decking around it. Also, in making our decision we decided to buy a $300 Intex pool to use for a couple of years as a "test" to see if we had the time and energy to use and maintain a pool. So far our kids love it and it get used regularly during the summer months and we plan to have the permanent one installed next summer.
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:46 AM   #37
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We have an inground pool and it's actually indoors so we can use it all year round. I love it!!

But, I honestly don't see a problem with above ground pools with decks either. You can make it beautiful with landscaping and rocks around the edge.

Enjoy your new pool!
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:53 AM   #38
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I think above ground pools are fine depending on how close your neighbors are. if you have enough space on your property to enjoy your pool without annoying the neighbors I say go for it.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:38 AM   #39
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Oh my, how did you possibly own up to that in a public forum. And one from Sam's Club at that!

I think the rich snobs need to mind their own dang business instead of fretting how "tacky" us poor people are. So I have an Intex pool as well. And I do not have a deck around it (would like one though, maybe next year.) The "tackiness" of an above ground pool is just the rich snobs mad now because a pool use to be for them, but now there are cheap alternatives for us poor folk.

Put up an above ground pool. Put up one of those cheap blowup ring pools. Heck, put it in your front yard and tell all the rich snobs to mind their own business!

The kids love our 22' cheap Intex pool, especially since there isn't a public pool around for them to go to.
What in the world are you talking about?

I don't like above ground pools without decks as I don't feel they are safe, some of them look horrible, and some are hard to get into. Flimsy stairs to climb up on (have had several neighborhood accidents courtesty of those), weeds growing up the side, rust on the outside and not being able to get into the pool quickly enough in the event of an emergency (been there, done that too) are what we have experienced.

Those are the reasons I don't like above ground pools, so it has nothing to do with being a rich snob. Goodness.

The photos shown with decks look fabulous and very safe, compared to some of the above ground pools we have seen around here. Not to mention some of them look very tacky or out of place, as they were just stuck in the middle of a backyard with no way to really get into them, so it makes very difficult to actually enjoy the experience, especially with kids.

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Old 07-11-2012, 01:17 PM   #40
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I think above ground pools are fine depending on how close your neighbors are. if you have enough space on your property to enjoy your pool without annoying the neighbors I say go for it.
Reminds me of the episode on King of Queens, where the neighbors got an above ground pool, and the neighbors could see right into Doug & Carrie's yard.

Doug & Carrie were going to sue them for it but.....Doug & Carrie both ended up swimming in it, and dropped the law suite.
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:28 PM   #41
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Not sure why they would be tacky? Well unless you have cars on blocks next to them

I live about 100 feet from the beach but still wanted a pool. We tried to get a gunite intsalled but along with the 20 grand the pool cost, we would have had to had a pump going to get rid of ground water. We are below sea level, that would have been about 35,000.

Well if ours is tacky then none of my friends or neighbors care when they want to use it Since our beach gets packed on weekends in summer, I will stay tacky and wet & cool.
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Above ground pool lover chiming in. My parents had a 15x30 oval above ground for 25 years. When it was time to take it down, it was a farily inexpensive fix to their lawn. Conversely I have a retired teacher friend with a 15x30 inground that no one uses but will cost her a fortune to remove.

We have a beautiful 28' round in our backyard. No deck yet but it's in the future plans. I love my pool and being able to walk out my backdoor when it was 97 last week to go swimming was heaven.

Above grounds are the norm in our area of Ohio. When you can only use the pool for 4-5 months a year, seems a little financially irresponsible to spend $40K for a pool.
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Our above ground pool is 19 years old and we are probably going to replace it next year. Be careful when purchasing an Intex type of pool. We have been told they are illegal to own in some states. They are not illegal to purchase, but illegal to own. Apparently the soft sides can allow a child to fall into it and possibly drown. I thought that was interesting information.
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"Tacky" is in the eye of the beholder. The only people you have to please are yourselves.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:38 PM   #45
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I have to say that I'm not a fan of them because I've never seen one nicely landscaped or attractive. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure I've ever seen an above ground pool with a deck. They just look like really big tubs, often with rust climbing up them smack dab in the middle of an otherwise nice yard.
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I don't like above ground pools without decks as I don't feel they are safe, some of them look horrible, and some are hard to get into. Flimsy stairs to climb up on (have had several neighborhood accidents courtesty of those), weeds growing up the side, rust on the outside and not being able to get into the pool quickly enough in the event of an emergency (been there, done that too) are what we have experienced.

Those are the reasons I don't like above ground pools, so it has nothing to do with being a rich snob. Goodness.
So I really wouldn't want to look at one in my neighbor's backyard -- I might put a fence up so I wouldn't have to look at it, to be honest.

I could be convinced otherwise if I saw one with nice landscaping, however.
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