20 Outdoor Pools That Have Become New Backyard Features

Whether you have a young family or you’ve always fancied your own little outdoor pool oasis in the backyard, take some inspiration from these 20 Hometalkers who have undertaken their own DIY outdoor projects with amazing results. Some of these projects have taken inspiration from hotels with outdoor pools, while other DIYers have used their own imagination to create unique water features that add real value to their home and daily life. Let's take a look!

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1. Mosaic Outdoor Pool Surrounds Using Tiles

Hometalker Ann-Christin’s outdoor pool area needed some urgent repairs. Its tiles and steps to the pool were becoming dangerous to use. Using old broken tiles, a few

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2. Landscaped Outdoor Pool Oasis

This Hometalker had a readymade area for a brand-new Intex outdoor swimming pool but wanted to landscape it so that it was safer and prettier to use. She used a sod

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3. Stock Tank Outdoor Plunge Pool

Katie and her husband were craving a place to keep cool in the searing Texas heat. So they bought a 6ft x 2ft stock tank to act as an outdoor plunge pool to take a dip in

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4. Handcrafted Outdoor Pool Deck

This stunning outdoor pool came with a plastic ladder. Although it had a practical use, it fell off more than once. Hometalker Janet opted to handcraft a bespoke pool

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5. Backyard Makeover with Pool and Decking

Hometalker Stephanie opted to transform her previously bland, tired backyard into a water-filled oasis. After getting the pool professionally installed, she and her

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6. Putting an Above-Ground Pool In-Ground

Hometalker Misty had always had a built-in pool, so when she moved into her new home she wanted to do the same in the backyard. Instead of buying a brand-new built-in

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7. Breathing New Life into a Tired Hot Tub

Nita and her husband couldn’t afford a vacation, so they opted to spend their money on renovating a 12-year-old hot tub. They restored the pumps and connections, sealing

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8. Water Slide into a Water Feature Paradise

Who knew that it would be possible to have a dual-purpose backyard water feature? This Hometalker created a simple water slide-cum-waterfall with the cast rock formation

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9. Build-Your-Own Above Ground Pool

Hometalker Jessica knows a lot about building your very own above-ground outdoor swimming pool. In this DIY project, she details every stage of installing her own pool,

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10. Energy-Efficient Solar Pool Heat Panels

An outdoor swimming pool in your backyard can sometimes be expensive to maintain – and especially heat up. To solve this problem, Hometalker Dan created these DIY solar

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11. Stock Tank Plunge Pool with Filter Pump

Hometalker DeeDee came across two bargain stock tanks and flagstone. Using them, she created a stock tank plunge pool, while turning the other into a waterfall feature.

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12. Splash of Color for Outdoor Pool Cinder Wall

Mary’s backyard decking was built on top of a cinder block foundation. The foundation is clearly visible from her outdoor swimming pool. She thus opted to paint the

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13. Techo-Bloc Paving Brings Tired Pool to Life

This mason contractor firm was struggling to find a way to re-landscape this backyard and multiple outdoor pool complex. They eventually found Techo-Block paving stones

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14. Inbuilt Backyard Pool Enhances Property Value

Poor drainage issues meant that this Hometalker’s backyard was unusable for kids to play on during the year. So they opted to design their own in-built outdoor pool,

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15. Puppy Pool Ramp for the Summer

Hometalker Michelle didn’t want an expensive puppy pool ramp, so she opted to build her own to enable her pups to push themselves out of the pool. The ramp had to be long

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16. Doubling Outdoor Pool Patio Space

Kristen’s previous outdoor pool patio was only wide enough for two people to pass and couldn’t seat anyone comfortably. After pulling up the old pavers that weren’t fit

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17. “Deck-a-saurus” Above-Ground Pool Deck

After Traci hired professionals to install her family’s second-hand above-ground outdoor pool, she built her own pool deck, creating easy access into and out of the pool.

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18. Brand-New Pool Pavers onto Existing Deck

You might be surprised to hear that new pool pavers can be installed on an existing concrete deck. In fact, there’s no need to remove old concrete decks even if they are

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19. DIY Poolside Backyard Cabana

What better way to maximize your outdoor swimming pool space than to build your very own pool cabana? It’s a fantastic way to enjoy some shade without having to venture

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20. Misting System Tackles Heat and Humidity

Hometalker John lives in Phoenix, where it’s particularly hot and humid in the height of the summer. Inspired by restaurants and amusement parks that have misting systems

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