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5 Creative Ways to Fill the Pool

If your pool is getting too expensive to maintain or you just don’t have any use for it anymore, you may think the best thing to do is fill it in with dirt and plant some grass. But, this is not necessarily true. With a little creativity, you can transform that old, useless pool into an area you and the family can use without the ongoing expense of pool upkeep.


1. Turn Your Pool Into a Deck

You don’t have to bring in the jackhammers and dirt to fill in your pool if you transform it into a deck. A deck is a great idea if you would to like use the space for outdoor gatherings or a peaceful area to sit back and enjoy the outdoors.

The process includes using composite decking to cover the pool area. The cost of a deckover can vary depending on several factors:

  • Your pool’s surface area
  • Your pool’s shape — curved pools are more difficult
  • Your vision of extras, like benches or levels
  • Your choice of materials to use on the deck

You can call a local contractor for an estimate on cost, but most deckovers require a $10,000 to $12,000 investment. In most cases, you can have a usable outdoor area within a week.

Investing in a deck-over for your pool depends on the area and your needs. What’s great about this as a solution is you can use the area under the deck as storage. If you aren’t sure about losing your pool forever, you can remove the deck and use the pool again in the future.


2. Turn Your Pool Into a Pond

Maybe you like water but want to reduce the amount of necessary maintenance for a pool. If this is the case, transform your pool into a peaceful pond and create a relaxing area to lounge. There’s nothing quite so peaceful as fish in a pond.

Pool-to-pond makeovers are not as difficult as you might think. You’ll need to make some changes to your pool’s basic structure and add a filtration system. You can choose the plants and animals you’d like to add to customize your pond. If you would like to swim and enjoy a pond, consult a professional contractor about creating a water feature that is eco-friendly.


3. Turn Your Pool Into a Greenhouse

Have you ever dreamed of growing your own fresh produce all year? If so, transforming your old pool into a greenhouse can make that dream come true. A pool-to-greenhouse makeover is an inexpensive way to use your pool area and save money. You’ll see savings not only on pool upkeep but also on your grocery bill.

Temperatures below ground provide stable temperatures for growing plants in an environment you can control. If you’re interested in garden-fresh veggies all year, talk to a contractor to decide if your pool can be successfully converted into an underground greenhouse.


4. Turn Your Pool Into a Garden

If you love plant life, would like a plot for vegetables, or a butterfly/hummingbird garden, transforming your old pool into a garden is a fairly easy process. Drill some holes in the bottom of the pool for drainage, and then replace the soil, either the old fashioned way (with a shovel) or with an earthmoving equipment.

Using rented equipment can not only save you time, but also prevent unnecessary strain in the hot summer sun. Just be sure to follow proper safety protocol for your equipment and ask the dealer any questions you may have about operating it. Once you get it on-site, compact the soil into the pool to prevent your garden from sinking over time.

Once filled in, find your hoe, rake, and favorite plant starters to create your dream garden.


5. Turn Your Pool Into a Sunken Patio

Turn your old pool into a comfortable and lovely area to entertain guests or just relax. If you love spending time outdoors, a sunken patio will make good use of the old pool space and can be cheaper than a deck.

Use some of the pool’s features, like steps and handrails, for an interesting aesthetic, but you can add your own features and design an outdoor living area that is as cozy as your indoor rooms. Choose the seating, plants and other features you’d like to add to transform the area and make it your own.

While it may require a small investment to transform your pool into a space you’ll love, it will eliminate the task and expense of caring for a swimming pool. Instead of just filling it in, consider other options to create an outdoor area that is not only useful by attractive.

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Megan Wild enjoys finding easy and low-stress ways to improve your home. In her downtime, she enjoys flipping flea market finds, hanging out with her dog, and writing on her home-themed blog, Your Wild Home. She's passionate about sustainability and environmentalism, and you can find her tweeting about both @Megan_Wild.

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