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Poolside/Hot Tub Decks

Having a pool or hot tub in your backyard is a luxurious way to up your backyard aesthetic. Whether you've got a pool for the kids and their friends to enjoy on a summer day, or you've got a hot tub to relax in with your partner after a long day of work, this post is about poolside decks and how they can elevate your experience.

The Benefits

Imagine walking inside after playing in your backyard pool or relaxing in your hot tub... and you have to walk through the grass, dirt, and goat heads just to reach your backdoor. That kind of just ruins the experience, doesn't it? Or you slip on your soggy wet flip flops, and stub your toe a bunch... well, you get the idea. Adding a deck, or even a simple walkway has so many benefits that we'd like to share with you!

#1 Suntan or drying area - It provides the perfect place to dry off and relax in the sun.

#2 No muddy feet - This is a pretty straightforward reason.

#3 Lounge area for when you don't want to swim - Sometimes you just want to soak up the sun without getting wet!

#4 Place to set your towel and bags to avoid getting them dirty - We don't want any muddy towels either!

What About Getting My Deck Wet?

Well, that's a pretty great point. Having wet wood can cause it to mold and warp. But we've got a solution for that too! Introducing... Composite Decking! Typically, it's not a problem if you get composite decking wet. In fact, it's the perfect material for a poolside deck!

We recommend Trex Composite Decking, as they are a very eco-friendly company. We are actually partnered with them as Platinum Level Builders! If you're interested in learning more, we've got a whole blog post on it!

This photo is of a beautiful asymmetric Composite poolside deck:

Here is a hot tub deck that we've built - it was also made with Composite decking!

Design Considerations

There are a few things to consider when looking into possible designs for your poolside deck.

#1 Railing

Adding a railing is useful for safety. To avoid slipping on a wet deck, an added railing provides a more secure option.

#2 Size and layout

Consider the size, shape, and location of the deck. Do you want a deck that fully surrounds the pool? Or would you prefer a deck that encompasses one side, or a single corner. Consider whether an asymmetrical deck (like the first image pictured) would be a better option over a regular symmetrical deck.

#3 Aesthetic appeal

You'll want to pick a deck that aligns with the current color scheme of your backyard. If there is a certain type of wood already used, you may want to consider using that same type of wood for your deck, or a composite wood that looks similar. Consider the type of look that you're going for. Do you want a more raw or natural wood look? Or are you going for a more polished, modern aesthetic?

#4 Integration with landscape

Take into account the current landscaping themes in your yard. You can choose to blend your deck in with the surrounding landscape by choosing colors that match surrounding rocks, or trees. Creating a cohesive environment sets the mood for your backyard area. You can also choose to make your deck an accent piece in your yard, and make it stand out in color and size as a statement.

When constructing your deck, numerous design options merit consideration. Ultimately, your choices should reflect both functionality and aesthetics.

How do you envision your deck functioning? Are you aiming for a comprehensive deck encircling the pool, or do you prefer a simple platform guiding access to the pool?

What is the "vibe" or feel that you're going for? Do you prefer a natural look, or a modern look? Do you want a bold or more blended feeling?

Deciding the answer to these questions is key in understanding what you want for a poolside deck. After you have your ideas, go to the professionals! We are always happy to answer any questions you may have! Feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call! If you're interested in learning more, we're posting blog posts almost weekly, and we're happy to take any suggestions. Subscribe (it's free) and get weekly updates!

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