We purchased a house with a 1980's pool recently and I'm looking for ideas on how to update the pool deck and surround to be more of a backyard oasis. It's a bit like a 1980s parking lot currently with concrete aggregate (which is popping off), bricks (coming loose), river rocks galore, and a cement retaining wall. I even joked to the wife I was going to paint parking lines on the deck and reserved for signs on the retaining wall.
We're interested in your ideas and experience in updating this type of pool with the following design features.
How to have more grass around the pool?
How to disguise the retaining wall (hanging over greenery, attach sideways cedar boards, attach stacked stone, etc.)?
What type of material to replace the bricks with (something light colored)?
Should we cover or remove the aggregate deck and what to material to put over it or replace it with?
What type of tile to use inside the pool that won't come off?
Here's some pics of the current pool for your reference.
Thanks for all of your help!