How can I repurpose a pool deck where it stands?

by Linda
We have a pool deck, about 4.5 feet off the ground which surrounds our above ground pool. We are seriously thinking to take down the pool. But then a deck stands alone in our yard, which my husband loves to sit on at night and watch the stars. Any ideas on how to make the deck not look so odd standing alone?
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  • Tam 15076171 Tam 15076171 on Jun 11, 2017

    If it goes around the pool then you need to cut of the part that goes around the pool put up a new rail across the back and re-stain it. sorry that's the best answer I've got.

  • Eliot Geer Eliot Geer on Jun 11, 2017

    Use the wood to make benches. I stacked 2x6's vertical to make seats

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    • Dawn Sheehan Ryan Dawn Sheehan Ryan on Sep 17, 2018

      Linda, did you ever do anything with the deck? We have the same dilemma. A beautiful huge deck, with storage underneath and a shelter to many birds/wildlife in the winter. So, I don't want to get rid of it. I like the ideas I'm reading in here!!

  • How about leaving as is and planting a tree smack dab in the middle of the area where the pool used to be. Fill in around tree with mulch or stones and a few annuals for color.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 11, 2017

    You could extend the pool decking and make it into a deck in your yard. Add nice stairs to it, maybe a pergola to cover part of it and potted plants and furniture to finish it. You could perhaps put some shrubs or plantings around the lower edge and put in shade loving perennials that would spread underneath where the pool was.

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    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 13, 2017

      Glad you like the idea! I think the decking already in place makes good bones for an elevated deck and why waste what is already there. It could make for a beautiful addition to your back yard, and it will be well used.

  • ObiaMan ObiaMan on Jun 11, 2017

    I like the idea of the tree in the middle. I have a similar set up, except I built a top over the pool part, about 8' above the top of the pool. It's actually an octagon shaped structure. I thought that if ever I do away with the pool, I'd leave the deck and convert the structure into a simple green house, using the deck and steps for different layers of plants, sort of like another room.

  • Inetia Inetia on Jun 13, 2017

    Cut off the posts supporting the deck and lower it. Build a rock garden with a fountain and pond where the pool was. Then set up an outdoor movie screen and invite the neighbors to movie night.

  • Debby Maynard Merritt Debby Maynard Merritt on Mar 11, 2019

    I just bought a house with the same situation. I sm going to convert mine to a she shed space!