Step One: Pick out and buy a pool. We went with the ProSeries 16' X 48" Metal Frame Swimming Pool with Deluxe Kit from Walmart.
Step Two: Decide where in your yard it is going to go. We picked the spot just in front of our kitchen window...it seemed the least invasive spot and yet still in the private area of our yard. So grateful we already had a fence!
Step Three: Determine how level your spot is. Ours was off level by 4 inches from one side to the other. The pool can handle a difference of 1 inch so we had some work to do.
Step Four: Stick a pole in the middle of your spot, and we attached a string to the pole 8 foot long, and attached the other end to a can of spray paint and walked in a circle. Then we had a 16 foot round pool outlined on the ground.
Step Five: Dig the edge of the pool out. Here we wanted to get the digging process started because we realized we'd have to dig out the entire area and then level it out.
Step Six: Start digging by hand....then realize that's a terrible idea and rent a sod cutter
Step Six: Part B: Stop for Margaritas
Step Seven: Start more digging by hand and realize once again it's a bad idea! Rent a tiller. And cheapo my husband rented the smallest tiller he could get and realized it makes the work a lot harder with a small tiller.
Step Eight: level out the dirt
Step Nine: Bring on the sand! Load sand, unload sand, and spread sand around, repeat until the whole area is covered in sand, then you'll have to level it out.
Step Ten: After you have dug, dug and dug some more then leveled out and added sand and leveled out again it's time to actually put up the pool. hooray.
This is the finished product! It actually took us 3 weekends to get the ground ready. Now we're drifting along on the island (the big floaty in the middle) every chance we get. Life is good.
Here's a picture of pepper getting ready for the pool.
Have fun this summer and God Bless