If you’re getting ready to put in a new pool deck, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the different options you have to choose from. Keeping a few key factors in mind can get you pointed in the right direction and help guide your decision-making process (see Part 1).
First of all, think about going with a design that seamlessly connects your pool to its surroundings. Use a color scheme and materials that naturally integrate with your existing pool design.
Second, always keep practicality in mind in everything you do. Make sure each section of your deck has a clear, useful purpose, such as a pathway, overlook, or shaded alcove. Finding smart and creative ways to better utilize your outdoor space can actually make your yard look and feel more spacious.
In the rest of this article we’ll explore some popular features you may want to include in your new poolside deck area.
Consider Adding a Shaded Hideaway
During those dog days of summer when the sun is especially intense, you’ll be eternally grateful that you decided to include a shady spot into your pool’s deck design. You could choose an underdeck grotto, a covered pergola, or an area with a retractable sunshade awning. Whether or not the shade-providing structure is permanent or retractable will depend on your preferences and how often you think you’ll want to spend time sitting in the shade.
If you live in an area with plenty of heat and sunshine, a permanent shaded structure would be both convenient and practical. On the other hand, if you live in an area with less consistent heat and where the sun isn’t overly intense, you may decide on an option that’s more versatile. Regardless of which one you choose, including some sort of shaded portion in your outdoor living space is extremely wise, whether you’re concerned about staying cool during the midday heat, protecting the health of your skin, or both.
Coordinate Your Color Scheme
One of the most basic design elements you’ll want to incorporate into your deck design is color coordination. There’s a lot to think about when it comes to this point. You need to consider how different shades of wood or hardscape match up with the color of your home’s brick or siding. Then you’ll need to look at the color of your pool’s interior and exterior.
Trying to balance between coordinating the decking to complement your house and your pool can be a bit of a challenge. Thankfully, with all the options currently available when it comes to decking materials, you should be able to find several viable options to choose from. Traditional sand-colored concrete pools often go best with decks that have a brown shade to them. Modern slate gray pool designs may go better with bleached deck boards that have a weathered appearance.
Figuring out what type and size of shade structure to add to your deck and deciding on a color scheme are two crucial elements to creating the perfect deck. In our final article in this series, we’ll consider a few more ideas that could help you transform your dream deck into a reality.
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