SOURCE: Design & Decorating
Freestanding Raised Swimming Pools
These are simple rectangular or cylindrical pools that are raised above the surrounding ground level. They are often freestanding elements that sit in the landscape and are not connected to the house.
You can opt for this type of above ground pool if you have a compact backyard or want keep your pool design cost effective. Above ground swimming pool landscaping for freestanding pools can be a challenge and requires careful consideration.
Where To Place Your Above Ground Pool
Remember that your above ground pool will be visible not just when you’re outdoors but also from inside the house. Therefore, think about placing your pool in a prominent location where it is clearly visible from indoors.
If you live in a walled villa, you can tuck your pool up against a property line wall with the spill edge facing the house.
If you’re lucky enough to own a house with a magnificent view, your infinity edge will face away from the house, merging with the horizon beyond. Otherwise, you can still have a raised pool with a spill edge that faces the house.
Add An Additional Water Feature
Since your pool is the visible centre of your landscaping, jazz it up with an additional water feature in the form of a cascading water bowl or spillway built into an adjacent feature wall.
You can combine a raised pool with a raised spa that can spill over into the pool for added oomph.
More Than Just A Pool
Equip your outdoor pool deck with a fireplace, built-in barbecue area or Jacuzzi for additional outdoor entertainment options. You can even incorporate a long wooden seat wall into one side of a raised pool if it is only slightly raised above natural ground level.
If you entertain frequently, an outdoor kitchen and bar might be an option to consider.
Sunken seating is all the rage in modern landscapes, where the seating area is sunken right in the middle of the raised pool, accessed by ‘floating’ pavers.
You can even build your raised pool around an existing landscaping feature, such as an old oak or olive tree, making this a feature of your above ground swimming pool landscaping design.