Above-ground pools provide an affordable option for those who can’t manage the expense of an in-ground pool. The pool and surrounding deck can be installed without the need to hire a general contractor. Cleverly designed decks give the appearance and appeal of built-in models without the commitment, hassle or major construction required for in-ground pools.
Planning a Pool Deck
Plan your above-ground pool deck carefully to ensure a built-in design suits your needs, whether it’s about privacy, family safety or entertaining. Choose materials that are compatible with the climate you live in to ensure the deck’s durability throughout the changing seasons. A built-in style pool deck should be consistent with the style of your home and fit within the natural layout of both the pool and the yard. Utilizing natural shaded areas also helps with the dynamic function of a deck that provides a built-in look. Check your local building codes or consult with a building inspector when doing the work yourself to ensure your structure meets all necessary requirements.
A 360 degree, wraparound design gives an above ground pool a built-in appearance while also providing easy access around the entire perimeter. Decorative railings, built-in benches and planters and lattice work underneath provide a custom look. Scatter cushions and decorative pillows around built-in seating areas for added comfort. Include extra room on one side for a small outdoor kitchen with grill and seating furniture or a small patio table.
Landscape with Partial Deck
A yard that contains a natural slope or hill provides the perfect opportunity to install a partial wraparound deck. Excavate a hole going into the slope to create a partial, sunken look on one side of the pool.This design cuts costs on materials. However, you will have less usable space around the perimeter of the pool. A fence may also create a natural border around one side of the pool. A partial deck should still include an extra wide area to accommodate lounge chairs and ornamental accessories such as benches or planters and tie in with any existing deck attached to the home. Landscaping with rocks and shrubs can help fill in any exposed areas around the pool for a more natural appearance.
Layered Decks and Patios
If you have an extra large yard, a layered deck might be the best solution for your above ground pool. Instead of using stairs or a ladder to access the pool, a large deck is built with gradually ascending levels that reach the top edge of the pool. This design also allows plenty of room for built-in extras such as benches and planters, which add aesthetic value. A stone or concrete patio can also be built up around the edge of an above ground pool, with part of the pool appearing as a stone wall.