I recently purchased an REO that needs some fixing up. In the backyard there is a deck, with an area cut out for an above-ground pool. However, since this was a foreclosure, the bank didn’t want the liability of a pool on a vacant property so it had the pool removed. Now I’m trying to figure out the best option. I’m in eastern Pennsylvania where pools aren’t terribly common (like 1 per block). As far as I see, the two main options are find a used pool to throw in there, or fill in the deck so it’s square. One consideration is that it’s late November, so my time to work on outdoor projects will be limited by the weather. Any ideas? There are pics linked.
The cost of filling in the deck would be about $500-600. I’m not sure about a pool, or if I can even find one at this time of year. Also with the rebuilding is the fact that because it’s a two-tiered deck, the sides are at weird heights. On the lower tier, the back and sides are five feet high. If we filled in at the same height, you couldn’t sit on the deck and see the rest of the backyard. At the same time, it seems like using a different height would look silly. Or I could use a lower height railing all the way around and tear out the existing rails.