I'm slowly cleaning up the deck around the pool in the house I moved into just over a year ago. There were some rather strange things done with house when we bought it. The strangest is how they built a pump house for the pool equipment. You can see some photos at http://gallery.mac.com/eschweitzer#100024 .
When we moved in the entire pump house was covered with ivy which I've removed. There was so much ivy, the doors could not be closed. The doors are completely rusty, but mostly work. I do need to prop up one door to leave room for the waste pipe. You can see a brick I use for this. There's a large rock out of view on top of the brick.
The decorative sun was there, but was invisible under all the ivy. It was kind of fun to uncover it as I was cutting the ivy back. The equipment is a bit old, but functional. I've added the pump timer and the Hayward puck chlorinator. I only use the chlorinator when I travel which is a few weeks a year. When I'm in town I use bleach.
Any thoughts on how to inexpensively make this look better? It's now the ugliest part of the house!