The summer of Covid has forced some areas to close public pools and beaches. In response to closures, and perhaps simply to avoid public spaces, consumers flocked to stores to buy their own refreshing oasis. Pool sales have seen a dramatic uptick this summer, and the pool craze has reached such a fever pitch that stores and pool manufacturers can’t keep them in stock.
The lucky consumers, though, who bought into the popularity early, might not be sure how to integrate the pool into the landscape. New pool owners can try these design ideas for building a deck around a pool when that big blue pool addition looks a little too conspicuous.
How to Build a Deck around a Pool: Full or Partial Decks
A Partial Deck
Some homeowners may opt to build a small half deck to cover a portion of an above-ground pool. A smaller deck can be built with a smaller budget while still providing ample room for sunbathing and socialization. However, you still might need to install a fence around the pool; HGTV reports that some states and municipalities mandate a fence (or “protective barriers”) for safety reasons. Before you splash in the pool—or opt for a small deck—check with your municipality about safety mandates regarding pools.
A Full Deck
A full deck is a traditional choice, and these decks go all around the pool. For safety reasons, integrate a fence that matches the wood of the deck to create a cohesive design. Again, though, check with your municipality to ensure that your fence and deck comply with local ordinances and laws.
Unique Designs: Features to Upgrade the Appearance of the Deck
While a partial or full deck may be the top style choices for decks, both can be upgraded with other features to create unique deck designs. Personalize your aquatic oasis with these design ideas for building a deck.
If the deck is large enough, you may consider integrating a kitchen off in a corner. Kitchens can include a space for the barbecue grill and maybe even a picnic table. This idea works best, though, if the deck extends to the porch of the back of the house. Keep the cooking area separate from the pool/swimming area…no one wants chlorine on their burgers!
A small enclosure like an attached gazebo provides shade and a relaxing space to escape from the heat of the sun. Install seating like wood benches or maybe a table and chairs.
Stone and Tile Accents
Homeowners may have installed an in-ground pool, which provides many opportunities for unique design details. Use stone accents around the pool to complement the deck design. Or choose colorful tiles as a border around an inground pool.
Pool decks don’t have to be made of wood. Stone also is a rugged option that adds character to the backyard. This material works best for in-ground pools, however, as above-ground pools will require a raised deck.
Gardens & Greenery
Inground pool decks crafted of stone also can be accentuated with greenery and garden areas. Shrubs, flowers and other plants create the oasis ambiance that many want for their pool area. Choose plants and greenery that will flourish in your climate. While palm trees may add a tropical beauty, they might not thrive in certain parts of the country.
A Fire Pit
Again, this feature is suited to in-ground pool decks, especially those built from stone or brick. A fire pit adds a primitive touch to the area and provides the perfect place for gathering during cooler nights. Or use it to roast marshmallows for a sweet s’more snack under the stars.
An Adjacent Hot Tub
The pool and hot tub combo is a win-win design. Homeowners will need to plan ahead to ensure that they can snag both of these must-have aquatic elements for their deck, though. Like pools, hot tubs may also be in high demand. And, again, make sure all aquatic areas are fenced and out of access to kids/pets.
Decks can feature a large central water fountain or small single fountains that spray into the pool. These features add to the playfulness of the outdoor area. Some homeowners also add in a small waterfall that empties into the pool.
Pool decks can either partially or completely surround the pool area. For above-ground pools, decks need to be elevated to wrap around the pool. In-ground pools may have more options to integrate unique elements into the deck design; in-ground pool decks can be made of brick, concrete, stone or wood. No matter what deck design you choose—or what extra elements are integrated—always check state and local laws related to barriers/fences for pools as these will need to be added when building the deck.