It’s the official beginning of spring which means the warm days of sunshine aren’t too far away. On a nice sunny day it is hard to find me anywhere but outside and one of my favorite spots to put my feet up and take in the sun is around my parents’ pool. They have a great pool deck that is a great place to spend some time outdoors.
A spa or pool without a deck looks incomplete. The outdoors should be an extension of your home with space to sit and relax around the pool as the kids jump inside. The size, color and material of pool decks are endless. There is a style for everyone, but the function is what is most important. A material that tends to be slippery when wet, for example, wouldn’t be a good idea around a spa or pool. At Archadeck Outdoor Living, our franchisees have designed and built custom outdoor living spaces that fit all types of pools and spas. Take a look at these…
This first design is from our deck builder in Charlotte. The homeowners have a large backyard, but they wanted a mini sanctuary for their hot tub and outdoor shower that was private. They essentially wanted a room outdoors. Our designer designed a space that was beautiful, private and safe. The biggest issue when designing a spa deck is the weight of the spa. The weight of the tub, as well as the water needs to be accounted for to make sure the structure is safe for everyone using it. Additional foundation may be needed underneath to ensure there is no sinking. Our Archadeck of Charlotte team designed the space with this beautiful wood in mind. The wood decking for the deck and fence gives the area a spa like feel that I would love to relax in.
This pool deck in the Tri-Cities is on a large, rural property. The homeowners had an above ground pool that they weren’t getting enough use out of. They thought that having a deck built at the pool’s height would make the area more inviting. Our Archadeck designer decided to build a pool deck that had enough room for several lounge chairs and a slide for the kids. Because the homeowners had young kids that they wanted to keep away from the pool at times, the entire space was fenced in using vinyl deck railing. The only way to climb into the pool is off the deck.
I wouldn’t mind having this view from this pool deck in Charleston. This commercial area in South Carolina has a small in-ground pool and beautiful view, but until recently didn’t have the outdoor structure needed to pull it all together. The property owners wanted a space that visitors could sit and relax or dine on while enjoying the view and the pool. The pool already had pavers surrounding it and the Charleston deck designer was able to create a smooth transition from one space to another by adding a step onto the pool deck. The grey TimberTech decking complements the grey tones of the pavers beautifully.
This last pool deck comes from Austin, TX. The homeowners built a beautiful pool and spa area in their backyard that had a unique shape and wanted the new pool deck to mirror its curves. Our Archadeck of Austin team designed a low to grade curved deck to surround the pool on three sides. By making the deck low to grade, the deck was not only at the same height as the pool, but no railings were necessary for safety. The designer and homeowners agreed that adding railing would make the space more cut off from the rest of the property and obscure the views. I love the deep red color of the wood; with the spaces more natural surroundings, it goes with the more earthy feel of the space.
Pool decks are a great way to make a pool the center of an outdoor area. They make the space more welcoming to the homeowners and their guests. If you have an unfinished pool area or your current one needs an update, contact your local Archadeck Outdoor Living office. Our trained deck designers will make sure to create a space you love.
I live in a hilly neighborhood that I walk with my dog all the time. Whenever I walk, I always look around at the houses and wave to neighbors. Recently I started noticing that the change in elevation truly impacts the amount of privacy that me and my neighbors have in our backyards.
When my husband and I bought our house there was already a small deck off of our kitchen. While most of it is open to our yard, there is a privacy screen of lattice on one side. If it wasn’t there, everyone walking on the street (we live on a corner) would be able to look right onto our deck as the top of our six foot fence is below our deck height on that part of the yard (the yard slopes). Although our privacy screen isn’t completely solid, it gives me enough privacy so I don’t feel like I’m on display for the rest of the neighborhood.
Privacy is a keep component to an outdoor living design. While some homeowners enjoy an open design where they can easily see and interact with neighbors, others want a more room-like feel complete with privacy walls incorporated.
Privacy walls come in a wide variety of styles that we can design to complement your outdoor living space. While some may be built of solid wood, others, like mine, incorporate lattice. Some privacy walls also include built in planters so you can switch the look as you see fit (daisies in the spring and mums in fall).
Here are some great examples of Archadeck Outdoor Living privacy walls:
When I think of privacy fences, for some reason the first thing that pops to my mind are those terrible walls that you see on the side of a highway which are likely created to contain the noise of the highway. If someone steers my thinking to a privacy fence for a hot-tub, I generally think of something that looks like 3 8-foot fence walls that are bought at Lowes or Home Depot and put together to create hot tub privacy on 3-walls.
At Archadeck of Austin, this is just one of their specialties. Take a look at some of these photos to dispel the myth that privacy fences and enclosures need to look functional. Functional can be really beautiful if designed right.
This hot tub enclosure is designed with a cover for shade, one privacy wall to hide the surrounding fence, two partially open sides, an adjoining bar, and an open side for easy access to the hot tub from the deck.
One of the nice things about the way they design privacy enclosures in the Austin office is they only put full privacy walls where needed. If you look at the back of this picture, you will only see a partial privacy wall. This privacy wall is designed to block only what they don’t want to see – which is over the barrier fence. The pergola provides a great structure to attach the partial privacy wall to.
One of the things that can make a privacy wall an eyesore is how it’s finished at the top. In Austin, they often finish the privacy walls with a pergola style top as you see here. This wall is a beautiful and very functional addition to the stone wall.
Archadeck of Austin is owned by Jim and Julie Odom. Give them a call for composite decks, tigerwood decks, cedar decks, pressure-treated decks, flagstone patios, stained concrete patios, covered porches, front and back porches, or to build your own custom outdoor structure for your backyard.