How to de-boring the outside of an above-ground pool

September 10 2013 | meggyfin

Screen Shot 2013-08-30 at 6.42.56 PMRemember my parent's house in Maui? This summer their home improvement project was to install an above-ground pool — which is AWESOME! Above-ground pools are so very much more cost-effective than below-ground pools, and just as refreshing. Though it may be just as refreshing, an above-ground pool is not just as attractive. Once we set it up, I fell in love with this Intex Ultra Frame Pool –hell having ANY pool is the shit — but man is it ug-o to look at once you're not in swimmy, water-y bliss. Where once a pretty patch of grass lived, there's now this big ol' boring wall of grey.

So here's how we made the outside of this pool as pleasant as the inside…

photo 2After putting up bamboo fencing to cover up the chainlink that surrounds the home, my parents found themselves with a bunch of extra rolls of the stuff. That's how we decided to cover the above-ground pool in bamboo fencing.

photo 5Lay the fencing against the pool and secure it to the sides using zip ties around the Intex pool's frames.

photo 3Trim the fencing to just under the rim of the pool, and boom! An above ground pool that looks as good as it feels!

photo 4It's the perfect compliment to the carbana. Which, if you recall, is the carport-turned-lounge. My family sure has a way of sprucing up boring stuff.

  1. And look! The cable ties give the impression of built-in wall spikes!!! Bonus! Now you can relax in blissful, moist comfort while being sure that barbarian invaders are being impaled as they try to lay siege to your watery fortress!
    (Sorry, couldn't resist)
    LOVE the bamboo look, though.

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  2. That looks really neat. Also, that pool looks like a giant cooler in the before pictures, and I'm going to send my best friend the link to them because she needs this pool in her life.

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  3. Did I read that right that it's probably a 4 foot deep pool your parents have there? Perhaps pool ownership doesn't have to be such a pipe dream for me one day.

    That looks really awesome.

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