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    15 Awesome Above Ground Pool Deck Designs

    April 3, 2019


    above ground pools with decks

    In some cases, in some areas - building an inground pool is just not possible. Poor soil conditions, high water table, terrain issues, building and zoning restrictions - any of these can conspire to prevent building a pool in the ground. In other cases, a homeowner may not want to spend $20,000 or more on a backyard oasis, and may look for a more affordable option.

    Aboveground pools can be less attractive than an inground pool - but they do not have to be! With some creative planning, grading and decking - aboveground pools with decks can be truly stunning and inviting, and cost half as much to build as one of our inground pool kits.

    Here's a look at some aboveground pool designs that are out of the ordinary, and definitely uniquely awesome.

    1. Above-Ground Pool with Composite Deck


    For an inground pool to work at this location, 9 trucks of fill dirt would have been required to level the sloping backyard, an engineer's study and a grading plan. All of these costs added up to nearly $10K. The home owner decided to use a 21' round aboveground pool, and used some of the savings to install a beautiful composite wood deck around half of the pool.

    A unique feature of this aboveground pool are the walk in steps, which add elegance and a real inground pool feel. Another bonus to installing an aboveground pool on this job site was that the home owner was able to save substantially on pool fencing costs and landscaping costs.

    2. Pool Wrapped in Wood and Stone


    This pool is a great example of how an aboveground pool can be wrapped in stone and wood to create a pool that blends into the surroundings, and really adds value to the property. Another example of how to fit above ground pool into a sloping backyard, using the 4 ft height of the pool wall as an advantage.

    This 15x30 Grecian pool has a look of an inground pool, and the raised wall on one side adds an element of safety to the pool, by providing an effective barrier to half of the pool perimeter.

    3. Above-Ground Pool with Terraced Deck


    Are you beginning to see a pattern here? Sinking an aboveground pool in a wooden deck, or partially submerging an aboveground pool in the ground, changes the entire look and feel of an aboveground pool. Adding contrasting stampcrete and grass adds other natural elements and really makes this pool pop.

    This location had a septic field running across the backyard, making an inground pool installation impossible. This 15x30 pool used the "Lagoon" step as the pool entry, which also functions as a seating area, and with installed jets, provides spa-like hydrotherapy for sore DIY pool builders.

    4. Corner Pool with Terraced Deck


    This is one of my favorite above ground pool designs. The wood deck functions as stairs, seating and a great way to wrap the pool. The retaining wall around 2 sides of the pool is wrapped with siding, but could also be done in stone, brick or nearly any surface.

    At only 10x28 in size, this pool is also a great space saver, and could be tucked most anywhere. Especially useful for narrow, urban backyards, or for when you want to preserve space in the backyard for other activities.

    5. Above-Ground Pool with Platform Deck


    For those without space concerns, this above ground pool with deck has a lot of benefits. The raised pool deck, with paneled walls, acts as a barrier for young children and animals, and the filtration equipment fits neatly underneath! This pool had no installation issues for an inground pool, the owners just wanted a more affordable option.

    Pergola on the opposite end of this 20x40 pool gives shade during the afternoon. Nicely done, and I understand that this pool was built in only a week!

    6. Half Submerged Pool with Composite Deck


    Another 15x30 oval aboveground pool with composite wood deck. This one is built on-ground, with the pool deck covering about half of the pool wall. This type of pool deck gives this above ground pool a unique, integrated look, and again provides a small element of safety for small children and pets. It also helps to keep the pool clean by blocking autumn leaves that blow around the pool.

    Evergreen cypress trees block the perimeter fence and also add some privacy to the pool. Additional potted plants could be added if desired, in rectangle planter boxes, to hide the raised pool wall, but I think it looks kind of nice, do not you?

    7. Above-Ground Pool with Safety Cover


    Another advantage of an above ground pool with a surround deck is that you can use a safety pool cover during winter, vacations, or anytime that you want to secure the pool. This type of wood pool deck has safety built-in all year around, with a self-latching gate on the upper deck, attached to the house.

    The lattice on the underside is an economical way to hide the pool structure; you can see the small door used to access the pump and filter equipment, plus plenty of room for pool stuff storage.

    8. Above Ground Pool with Automatic Cover


    An above ground pool with an automatic cover? Yes - it can be done with a wooden deck built around the pool. A cover reel is housed in the box at the end of the pool, and pull ropes run through the aluminum tracks that run down the side of the pool. Automatic covers offer unparalleled safety for any pool type, keep the pool clean, and save big bucks on pool heating costs.

    The raised pool deck surrounding the pool keeps too many leaves from blowing in the pool. Recessed lights illuminate the raised transition during evening hours. 18x36 above ground pool is built fully above ground, but the pool deck gives the illusion of an inground pool.

    9. Semi Buried Pool with Composite Deck


    Now here's a unique above ground pool design. Pool deck is placed at ground level, and the pool walls and top rails are wrapped in wood, with extra wide planks. This pool sits on the ground, which is one of the great advantages of above ground pools - no excavation.

    Not having to dig into the ground not only saves money, but can save nearby trees, and avoids the problem of what to do with all the excess fill dirt.

    10. Above-Ground Pool with Ipa Wood Deck

    Hunter Pools built this beautiful pool

    When you have a view like this, the pool has got to be special. Hunter Pools perched this pool just perfectly, and then wrapped it with fine hardwoods, like Ipa wood, which has outstanding resistance to rot and weather.

    Another safety feature, a railing is required for suspended decks, to keep your guests and pets safe. A complete deck like this also allows pool owners to install a safety pool cover for off-season use.

    11. Above-Ground Pool with Terraced Deck

    Pool and Deck by Brothers 3 Pools

    From Brothers 3 Pools, this custom pool deck looks safe and sturdy, and built to meet codes while providing space for relaxing and entertaining. Pool Decks like this also hide the pool equipment underneath.

    Contrasting colors and neutral tones are used here to blend with other outdoor elements and push a pleasing palette. Composite materials used here will last longer and reduce demand for natural products. Called a 'Quarter-Deck', this style is popular for cost to benefit.

    12. Above-Ground Pool with Terraced Deck

    Pool and Deck by Brothers 3 Pools

    Another Brothers 3 Pools pool deck, this two-level deck has style aplenty and looks super sturdy. In some cases, a pool deck is used to cover-up rough terrain or areas adjacent to the pool that are difficult to maintain.

    In these last few examples, the above ground pool deck is installed flush-under the pool top rail. In other instances, the pool deck can overhang the top rail. Remember however, to leave room for future removal of the top rail, and also consider winter cover installation.

    13. Above-Ground Pool with Terraced Deck

    beautiful and private aboveground pool deck idea

    Although this pattern makes me a wee bit dizzy, this aboveground pool deck design is quite nicely done. Pre-assembled wall panels go up quickly and provide some pool privacy.

    This design allows the pool to be built on-grade, while having a walk-out or walk-up pool. Be sure to design safety into the pool deck and install a sturdy fence gates with self-closing hinges, and self-locking latches.

    14. Oversized Step Section and Walk-Around

    Large entrance steps and deck for aboveground pool

    Here's a pool that was dug out halfway, or about 24" and then likely backfilled with drain pipe and gravel, then a framed composite deck for a path around the pool and an entrance platform.

    On top of the half-height pool deck is built an oversized step entrance system that I just love! Even though it's not large enough for 4-Pc Wicker Seating Set, it does give a nice spot to sit and dangle feet in the pool.

    15. Above-Ground Pool with Resin Pool Deck

    pre-fab resin decks for aboveground pools

    I've saved the best for last, because it's the one type of pool deck that we can provide for you - a pre-fabricated DIY pool deck package that comes complete and ready to assemble.

    Vinyl Works 5'x10' Pool Deck Kit adjusts for above ground pools with 48"-56" walls, and adapts to any ladder or step system. The perfect pool deck, one that will never warp, rot or rust, and is easy to keep clean.

    If you've thought about building your own inground pool, we'd love to talk to you about it. If you have pool construction challenges, or want to cut the price of a new swimming pool in half - I hope these aboveground pool design ideas gives you something to think about.

    SPP Above Ground Pools are available in all shapes and sizes, for aboveground or below ground installation. Anyone can sell you a package pool kit, but when you work with SPP, you get 100% free support on your specific pool project. All of our SPP Pool Experts are at your disposal, to help you design your dream pool - whether in-ground, on-ground, or above-ground!

    Want more awesome aboveground pools with decks? Go ahead, binge! Take a look at 10 more aboveground pool deck design ideas, in Part II !

    Blog Author
    SPP Pool Expert
    Thank you very much for keep this information.
    Thank you for the brilliant blog. You have provided excellent advice as well as useful information.
    Jeffries toro
    I like no 15
    Cynthia Harris
    I am looking at number 15 could you please let me know what the price is , I live in Kansas City.
    Sheryl Somers
    Hi Cynthia, the price on these pool decks are $2599, with shipping included. You can view them here >>> https://www.poolproducts.com/p/5-x-10-ft-resin-side-deck-with-steps-and-gate
    Amber Wheeler
    I am looking to install a 15×30 above-ground pool this next summer and would love to utilize a “lagoon” step/sitting area like #3. Where can I buy this piece and how does it install in an above ground pool? Thanks!
    Matt Spencer
    Yeah that is cool, they can install into an aboveground pool, but need to be strongly built, and supported by the earth, support piers and lots of concrete. The seam where the bench meets the wall is also gasketed custom. Not an easy job, but can be done.