When the cold gets too unbearable, a little bit of summer dreaming can be just what the day demands. And what better way to ditch the seasonal chill than some dream-worthy above ground pools ideas that will help create your own backyard oasis? Many of us have to travel for that luxury, but a lucky few have a backyard and can build their own private dream pool. If you’re considering adding a backyard swimming pool and the classic, rectangular ones don’t fit your taste, consider these above ground swimming pool designs and ideas that can really add character and intrigue to your pool, as well as to your entire landscape.

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With an eye-catching design, these above-ground swimming pools are the ultimate backyard refreshment. [source]

Why choose above ground pools?

A swimming pool is a delightful feature for any home. If you are considering adding a pool to your property, you first have to decide: above ground swimming pools or in-ground ones? Well, if don’t know which one you should go with, you should consider the benefits of above ground pools:

• above-ground pools are cost effective – this is the main reason above ground pools have been enjoying a resurgence in popularity in recent years;  an above-ground pool is, by far, the least-expensive option for a pool

• they are easy to install – you can get an above-ground pool installed and ready to use in a very short period of time.

• ease of maintenance – the process of cleaning and maintaining above-ground pools is also easier because nothing is hidden and all the parts are easily accessible.

• above-ground pools are the safer choice – although this will depend on the setup of your pool, by their very nature above-ground swimming pools are safer, as they are raised from the ground so the chance of your pet or kids to fall into the pool is almost impossible

• they have the same features as in-ground pools – today’s above-ground pools are equipped with slides, water fountains, waterfalls and more, making your swimming experience that much more enjoyable.

• above-ground swimming pools can be a relaxing yet surprisingly affordable backyard luxury.

Be inspired by these gorgeous above ground swimming pools designs

If you like the idea of having your own dream-worthy swimming pool but you’re on a tight budget, above-ground pools are the perfect solution. Not only are they cost-effective, they’re more attractive than ever! There are plenty of add-ons available on the market, luxurious items that are usually associated with in-ground installations and can enhance your outdoor swimming area in no time. Adding some features like above ground pool decks, comfortable outdoor patio furniture or lighting fixtures will improve the look and functionality of your swimming pool, helping you to create the ultimate backyard paradise. If you think an above-ground pool is right for your needs,  check out these creative ways to add some style, maximizing the enjoyment factor out of your outdoor living space.

Above ground pool decks

Installing a deck around the pool will give you an easier way to get in and out of your pool and extra lounge space, while hiding any unsightly elements. Built-around decking is a great way to improve a pool’s appearance. A deck can turn your pool area into an oasis in the courtyard, a fun-in-the-sun gathering place for family and friends.

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Above ground pool decks can transform your pool area into a private paradise! [source]
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This above ground pool wooden deck surrounds the complete pool area, creating enough space for lounge chairs. [source]
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The one-sided wooden deck helps the above-ground pool blend into the courtyard.[source]
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Building a wooden deck around above ground pools will add both beauty and usable space to a yard.[source]
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The rich, dark wood deck creates a beautiful contemporary pool area. As you can see, above-ground pools can be as aesthetically-pleasing as their in-ground counterparts.[source]
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This above-ground pool has a fence barrier installed around the top edge of the pool and along the stairway leading up to the wooden deck. A fence is the perfect way to enhance your pool’s surroundings and prevent accidents and unauthorized access to your pool. [source]
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Above ground pools offer just as many, if not more, opportunities for amazing style and clever add-ons and accessories as the in-ground ones.[source]
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Above ground pool decks provide a place for relaxation and family fun! [source]
Add style with custom materials

Shape, size, construction materials—there are so many great options to choose from when you build an above-ground pool. Even though above-ground pools are a “budget” option, with careful design planning and the right finishing materials they can make a truly beautiful conjunction with your outdoor space. By adding some high-end features like glass or ceramic tile to your above-ground pool you can create your very own aquatic paradise.  When most people think of the ideal pool, they think of an in-ground swimming pool, but with pool manufacturers and installers offering new shapes and surround designs for above ground pools you’ll get the same feeling of luxury.

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This above-ground pool uses glass walls to blend in with nature and the surrounding environment, allowing natural light and interactive viewing to occur. [source]
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Above-ground swimming pools with glass walls are a recent design trend that makes for an attractive and impressive outdoor decor.[source]
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Featuring ceramic tiles and glass walls, this modern above-ground pool is one of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen![source]
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When budgets allow, adding wood or stone can have a dramatic effect, completely redefining the concept of an above-ground pool.[source]
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With a larger budget you can break all boundaries of a typical above-ground pool by using high end features.[source]
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Now this is where we want to spend our summer.[source]
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Above-ground pools can be stylish and luxurious. [source]
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Can you imagine yourself swimming in these luxurious above-ground pools? [source]
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With gorgeous designs and indulgent features, above-ground pools can be luxurious![source]
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If you’re trying to find a way to make your backyard more attractive, above-ground pools are the perfect solution. [source]