Whether you own an in-ground or an above-ground pool, good pool deck design is really a matter of conquering basics. Your choice of materials, pool location and an aesthetic framework will enhance the enjoyment of your backyard, while complementing the beauty of your home. The most successful installations are always a product of careful planning. Once these basic fundamentals are addressed, you’ll find building this addition to your home is a very simple project.
For many in-ground pool decks, there are some popular material choices.
Concrete is a simple and affordable option allowing for a number of aesthetic possibilities. Depending upon your particular project, concrete could be the easiest material to work with, since it can be molded to look like other, more expensive, materials.
Brick is also a popular option. Durable and more long-lasting than concrete, this is a material that can be used to match the existing architecture of your home or to achieve a sophisticated and classic look to your deck. However, brick retains the heat of a sweltering summer making them hot to the touch.
Ceramic tiles have been a mainstay in pool deck design for many years, offering a finished and slick appearance. Being as durable as brick, tile also shares a propensity for heat retention.
Stone and wood are two more materials to consider. Because there are so many variations of stone and wood available, these are popular choices. While stone is often used for higher budget projects, wood offers a number of choices that will fit any budget. Wood is primarily used for above-ground pool decks and these decks are often easier to build than their concrete and brick counterparts.
Choosing the Location
The pool location in relation to your house is a key component in planning a successful deck. The further the pool is away from the house, the more freedom you have with your aesthetic layout. If you're building your deck around a pool that is closer to the house, you’ll want it to match the design of your home. In some cases the deck may even be physically attached to the house. When drawing up the plans for your deck, you should take both of these factors into account.
Choosing the Layout
Once you’ve decided on where the deck is going to be installed, decide on the physical layout of the deck. Consider the common areas for your guests to congregate, the placement of the sun at all hours of the day, accessories you wish to add (a grill, fire pit, furniture, or hot tub). Once you’ve drawn up your blueprints and you have the framework of your deck finished, you’re ready to begin building.
The pool deck is one of the most exciting and useful additions that you can install for your home. Thorough planning and designing will increase the value of your home, so do it right the first time.