Above-Ground Pool Decks
Dive into the wide array of options for above-ground pool decks.
The relaxation that accompanies lounging poolside on a stylish deck isn't reserved just for those with in-ground pools anymore. Above-ground pool decks are becoming more common these days, and there are many designs to choose from.
Less Is More
Boxwoods anchor the base of the rear porch columns while repeated use of the 2x2 thermal bluestone pavers set with lawn joints forms a grid-like pattern. Having lawn on all sides of the pool and spa helps make the space feel more expansive. Design by Barry Block
Integrate your pool with a well-designed patio. An attached fire pit with built-in curved seating and a dining area make this pool patio area family friendly and ideal for entertaining. Photo courtesy of Belgard Hardscape
Hard Rock Appeal
Random pavers, natural stone coping and artificial rock were used around this pool and spa to complement the rustic setting of this mountain retreat. The pool is also accented by a large rock waterfall. Design by Alderete Pools; photography by Andy Abrecht
Plan for Shade and Sun
Whenever possible, provide options for those who use your pool. This poolside paradise and covered patio by Marrokal Design and Remodeling allows visitors to lounge in the sun or have a drink or quick bite in the shade.
For this small and cozy backyard, a freeform pool and raised spa by Alderete Pools is surrounded by natural stone blended with artificial rock formations. Three extra-large urns and a stone water feature with custom fountains adds ambiance. Photography by Andy Abrecht
This modified rectangle-shaped courtyard pool features travertine stone coping and stone decking. Six deck jet water features are included on the side corners of the pool. Design by Memphis Pool; photography by James Roberts
Elevated Pool Deck
An extension of HGTV Dream Home's great room and bedroom, this pool deck is elevated 10 feet above ground level and overlooks marsh scenery. The space beneath the deck allows for both a patio and a garage.
Creating an attractive and functional above-ground pool deck starts with choosing a design that suits your style and budget. Many choices are available, from simple, circular styles that wrap around the circumference of the pool to elaborate multi-level designs. For the truly adventurous, above-ground pool decks can even incorporate outdoor kitchens and other popular outdoor living flourishes.
One of the biggest choices you'll need to make regarding your above-ground pool deck is what material to use for the decking surface. Due to the fact that it's likely to have lots of sun exposure and be splashed regularly with chemically treated water, you may want to consider composite lumber or plastic decking. Otherwise, focus on pressure-treated wood, and make sure you provide a high level of maintenance to keep it in good shape.
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