Planning Your Deck Around Your Pool

Screen Shot 2013-08-20 at 1.37.14 PMPlanning your deck around your pool

A pool is a great addition to any home. Pools can help people cool off on a hot day or relax after a stressful week. They also make an ideal gathering spot for a fabulous outdoor party. The pool is even ideal for a last minute swim before heading to bed. For those who already have a pool in their backyard, it is important to think about how best to facilitate access to it. One of the best ways to do so is with a deck. A deck is a great addition to any home, but works especially well with a pool. Decks provide a specific space where the homeowner and their guests can enjoy a barbeque, watch the sun go down or just sit and relax in the quiet privacy of their own yard. It’s often a good idea to make sure the pool and the deck are incorporated together. This allows for easier use of both parts of the backyard.

Safety is Important

Any homeowner will want to think about multiple factors as they plan their deck and pool. One of the most important is that of safety. A homeowner with young children needs to make sure the deck is safe and has minimal trip hazards. They also need to make sure that the kids can only get access to the pool under their direct supervision. All homeowners should also think about other kids in the neighborhood. Ideally, the deck should work with other structures on the property to make sure that any other kids also can’t get access to the pool without their express permission.

Deck Materials

Another issue to keep in mind are the kind of materials the homeowner is planning to use to create the deck. With today’s modern materials, it’s easier than ever to get the exact look the homeowner wants. A homeowner may want to avoid certain shades as they can get hot in the summer. Many homeowners also look for materials that are easy to keep clean. A homeowner can pick from different kinds of stones as well as materials that mimic the look of stones but are safer and will not stain.

The Shape of the Pool

Pools vary in shape and size. A deck should carefully curve around the pool to allow for easy access. If the homeowner has a pool with an out of the ordinary shape, they will want to have a deck custom made for the pool. The shape of the deck should help integrate the pool with the surrounding landscaping as well, allowing for a unified look that is pleasing to the eye. Decking can create a clear path from the house to the pool, making it easier to find it.

Other Features

Many pool owners additional pool features such as a hot tub or a swim-up bar. The decking should help show off these features rather than make them look like one large pool. A deck can also help create a bridge that extends from the hot tub or the kids’ area to a deeper part of the pool. This helps make pool use even safer while adding something entirely unique and special to the entire backyard.