The Above Ground Pool Goes Underground

What do you get when you cross an above ground pool with an in ground pool?  An inexpensive, attractive, and super fun way to spend the summer months (and beyond). I just learned how much it costs to have an in ground pool installed in the back yard. Yikes! I don’t know about you, but I don’t have tens of thousands of dollars to spare on a luxury item like a backyard in ground swimming pool. But I do think I could swing the cost of an above ground pool, which is a fraction of the cost.

Traditionally not the most attractive piece of backyard decor, the above ground swimming pool has come a long way in terms of looks. For example, oval shaped above ground pools can now be installed without the use of buttresses, which are unattractive and take up a good deal of yard space. Additionally, the walls of above ground pools are specially coated — not only to resist corrosion, scratching, and UV rays — but to offer the consumer a variety of attractive colors and designs. When you add features like pool decks and creative landscaping, today’s backyard above ground pool feels like a luxury get away.

So, where does the underground element come into play when we talk about above ground pools? If decorative walls, pool decks, and beautiful landscaping still don’t make the addition of an above ground pool in your backyard an attractive option, then why not install the above ground pool into the ground like you would an in ground pool? Impossible? No. The superior construction and corrosion resistance of some above ground pools allow them to be installed as semi-in ground and even mostly in ground pools. By installing an above ground pool underground, so to speak, you can have the look of an in ground pool without the cost of an in ground pool. Beauty and affordability together!



20 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Glenda,

    What kind of 27′ Above Ground Pool do you have? Was it purchased from BackyardCity?

  2. Posted by Glenda Evans on April 25, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Does anyone know where I might get directions on putting up a 27′ above ground pool? We have the pool, just that we didn’t get any directions on what the steps are. Help!

  3. Hi Barry!

    There are several 27′ pools on the website below that would be perfect for putting in the ground. If you are having trouble choosing one, you can contact BackyardCityPools at 888-751-0101. Anyone there will be able to help you pick the pool that is right for you!

    Above Ground Pools

  4. Posted by Barry Romero on April 14, 2011 at 4:26 am

    looking for a 27′ round pool able to be burried 1’5″ to 2′.

  5. Posted by Above Ground Swimming Pool on March 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Above ground pools are much better than in ground pools. There can be some privacy in above ground pools as compare to in ground pools.

  6. I would recommend the Bermuda pools — they are specifically designed to withstand partial or mostly in ground installation as well as serving beautifully as a traditional above ground pool. You can find these on Thanks!

  7. shelley, any high-quality above ground pool should work. Check out the website and give them a call if you have further questions. Their staff is very well trained and can answer any questions you might have!

  8. Posted by shelley on March 1, 2011 at 4:46 am

    If we would put an above ground pool in the ground, is there a brand of pool that is better than the others to do this?

  9. Posted by Nebiyat on August 1, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I like to have it but since I’m from Africa I can,t

  10. Posted by Ray on March 3, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I’ve put a couple hundred above ground pools in the ground. I recommend only going about half way down and then build the deck up to it. It’ll still seem in the ground an will give you less trouble when you have to replace the liner.

  11. Posted by Mauro Henriquez on December 12, 2009 at 12:13 am

    My up ground pool ruptured two days ago. its 38′ by 18′ . and the whole plastic needs to be replaced and i want to know if you replace the whole plastic or you just fix the hole ?

  12. Posted by deven on December 8, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    do you have sales agents in India

  13. So many people balk at the idea of an above ground pool, even though they are several thousands of dollars cheaper. Some of our customers have sent us pictures of the decks they’ve built around our pools – they are magnificent!

  14. Hello, We are based in Collierville, TN USA. Looks like it might be a long trip for you! We are an online store and do not have a show room anyway so shop away online at

  15. Hi,

    Do you have a showroom I can visit? Where abouts are you based?

  16. Posted by Anonymous on June 30, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for the interesting article. Pools can be so much fun for the whole family.

  17. Posted by outdoor games on June 23, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    outdoor games

  18. Sir,

    We do not install pools. Please contact a local pool professional in your area for a price.

  19. Posted by Kenneth Gehrke on June 22, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Need approximate price on instalation.

  20. Posted by tomemon on June 3, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    your articles are interesting and so useful for me. Thank you for sharing great information.

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