“How do I make an above-ground pool look like an inground pool?” We’ve heard this question a lot over the years at Doughboy® Pools. At first glance, this question may seem counterintuitive. Either you want an above-ground pool or an inground pool, they serve completely different purposes, right? Not necessarily. You can have the best of both worlds, and at Doughboy, we have been making that happen for pool owners since 1947.
How to Make an Above-Ground Pool Look Like an Inground Pool
An above-ground pool can be a great addition to your backyard, providing a fun, safe place to swim, relax, and entertain guests. However, they have a complicated reputation for having a different aesthetic appeal than an inground pool, especially if you have a large yard and want to create a more luxurious look.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking your above-ground pool can’t have an inground look. With some standard construction and landscaping techniques at the ready, you can take a dip in your pool without having to climb any walls. Here, we list some of the most effective methods for making your above-ground pool look like an inground pool.
1. Install a Pool Deck
One of the most effective ways to make an above-ground pool look like an inground pool is by installing a deck. A deck can surround the entire pool and hide its sides, making it look like it is completely built into the surface you and your guests walk on. This will give the illusion that the pool is actually an inground pool and create a more cohesive look.
When choosing a deck, consider materials such as composite decking which is low maintenance and comes in a range of colors and styles. You can also opt for a wood deck for a more natural look, but keep in mind that wood requires regular maintenance to protect it from rotting and warping.
2. Recess the Pool into the Ground
Yes! You can, in fact, put a well-made above-ground pool into the ground. So if you have your heart set on achieving the inground pool look at the above-ground pool price, consider recessing the pool into the ground. This involves surveying, measuring, and excavating a portion of the ground around and then lowering the pool into the ground, giving it a more built-in look. Be sure to follow Doughboy’s specific below grade instructions when completing this project.
Doughboy Pools are strong enough to be recessed in the ground. When taking this approach, your best bet is to consult a professional installer, as this process is executed best with specialized planning, excavation, and installation tools. The amount of excavation required will depend on the size and shape of your pool, as well as the soil conditions in your area. It is important to note that Doughboy cannot assume responsibility for installation errors when either the homeowner or their chosen professional performs the installation.
3. Incorporate Landscaping
Once you’ve added decking or recessed your pool into the ground, you can help your above-ground pool look like an inground pool even more by strategically adding landscaping around it. This will help create a seamless visual transition between the pool and the rest of your yard. Consider adding flowers and bushes to the area around the pool.
Additionally, you can use rocks or pavers to create a border around the pool, which will give it a more finished look. The border can be used to separate the pool area from the rest of the yard and create a sense of privacy.
4. Add Lights
If the ambiance factor of an inground pool makes you wonder if an above-ground pool can look as impressive, know that you can achieve almost anything with the right pool lighting. This can include underwater lights – such as the Embassy Color Burst Jet Light, which will create a glowing effect in the pool, or lights around the perimeter of the pool, which will highlight its shape and create a more dramatic effect.
Lights can also be used to illuminate the surrounding area, making it easier to enjoy the pool and surrounding landscape at night. Additionally, lights can highlight specific areas such as flowers or landscaping, which will create a more inviting, appealing look.
Doughboy Pools for Backyard Living
With a Doughboy Pool, making an above-ground pool look like an inground pool is easier than you might think. With the use of Doughboy’s Imagine Pool Planning Pak you can better determine your ideal pool size, shape, location, and accessories. The right techniques and elements can help you create a pool that is both functional and beautiful.
How will you install your Doughboy Pool? Visit our Gallery for more inspiration. Then, contact a Doughboy dealer near you to help you realize your best picture of backyard living.