Your pool deck design can either enhance or detract from your backyard swimming experience. If you’re a pool owner, or you’re considering installing a swimming pool on your property, be sure to give careful thought to designing the perfect deck. After all, a significant portion of the time you’ll spend at your new backyard oasis will take place in the area around rather than inside the pool. Whether you feel like getting out of the water for a much-deserved rest after some vigorous lap swimming, or you’re ready to enjoy an afternoon barbecue with family and friends, a well-appointed deck can add extra enjoyment to your poolside experience.
Create a Deck that Reflects Your Unique Style
There’s no one-size-fits-all style when it comes to pool decking. Just as your pool’s shape, size, and color are specifically chosen to suit your needs, budget, and taste, the same should be true of your pool’s deck. When designing your ideal deck, consider what’s aesthetically pleasing to you, what you can practically afford, and what design will best fit your family’s recreational plans.
It also makes sense to speak to a pool deck installation specialist. Check with your local pool supply retailer or look online for recommendations of experts in your area. Once you’ve found someone reliable, you could consider bringing them out to your property to take a look at your backyard, listen to your ideas, and offer helpful suggestions. You may even decide to get a formal estimate and hire them to take on the job.
Build Around Your Pool’s Design Concept
If you’re going to be adding a new deck to your already existing pool, consider including elements that bear similarity to your pool’s style. For example, if you have a pool with a light concrete interior, you may want to go with that same material and shade for your deck area. You can add dimension by including a series of elevated decks with different purposes, such as a dining area, a lounging area, and a recreation area.
Consider Special Accommodation Needs
A layered deck with multiple levels can make your pool area appear larger and allow separate spaces for people to use during large gatherings. Depending on your situation, however, multiple levels may not be ideal for you. Whether you choose to go with a multifaceted deck or a single, smooth layer of hardscaping, will depend in large part on what’s practical for your circumstances.
If you or someone who will be using the pool on a frequent basis has mobility challenges, you’ll probably want to steer clear of elevated levels and instead find ways to make the deck as accessible as possible. You could even consider storing a lift chair for the pool on your deck or including a sloped ramp entrance into the pool as a part of your deck design.
Making sure your pool deck is attractive as well as comfortable is important when it comes to making the most out of your backyard pool area. In our next article in this series, we’ll take a look at some specific elements and ideas to include in your pool deck design.
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