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Landscape ideas needed following pool removal

Posted by radiomo Missouri (My Page) on
Sat, May 1, 10 at 16:13

We have removed an above-ground pool that was present when we bought the house, and was at the walk-out-basement level. The deck was built around the pool. I am seeking landscape ideas for the yard and deck area, now that the pool is gone.
The deck is in poor shape (was likely 20 years ago that it was framed; we replaced the topd boards ~7 years ago). It is the transition from the main-level deck to the walk-out basement area that is what I'm looking for ideas for.

Thanks in advance for any ideas you can provide!
Or ... if someone can recommend a landscape designer in the St. Louis Metropolitan area (Missouri), that would also be helpful.

Here is a link that might be useful: Photos of yard without pool

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RE: Landscape ideas needed following pool removal

Here are the photos:
From Back Yard Apr 2010

From Back Yard Apr 2010

RE: Landscape ideas needed following pool removal

Call me crazy, but I like the round shape there, and it looks like you have plenty of lawn.

Here's one idea:
Replace the lower deck portion bringing it in line with the retaining wall so that it slightly juts into the circle. Replace the existing lower steps with ones that are wider, so that the steps repeat the theme of the upper ones but are off to the side a bit. Extend the pavers from the basement door into the circle. Then semi-enclose the circle with raised planters of bedding plants and seats, and put a fire pit in the center.

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