Inground pool. Our decking comes out flush with the standard coping of the pool.x
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Limited room to get from the elevation of the door to the pool deck. You can see the Box Step at the door that allowed us to have less steps from the deck to the pool level.x
Nice area with integrated light posts.x
Garden Benches on the deck help preserve the view from the house to the pool.x
Another shot to show the Box Step at the doors which allowed the deck to be dropped by about 14".x
This gives them a little deck area without having the main deck steps crown the steps into the pool. When there is limited room, creativity in design is key.
A lot of people like our Bench Sets near the pool. They provide seating (and table) you can rely on that can't be blown around by storms. (Next 2 pics)x
Most above ground pools do best with our decking going under the pool cap. x
There are two Trap Doors in this picture. The obvious one next to the pool is for the skimmer. The larger square one (that may be hard to see) is to get access to the valve/selector on the top of the pool pump, which happens to be situated under this deck. Details like this are standard with Custom Deckowrks.
You may not want deck all the way around a pool. x
Sometimes just enough functional area is all you need.
One of our early pool decks overlooking the AR river. x
Before we had a quality camera or knew how to even take a good picture.
This client wanted our decking to be above the pool coping. (Next 6 pics)x
To keep from having decking with extreme end cuts, the floor direction has to change as you go around the pool.x
We also built the privacy fence on the deck instead of railing. x
We did NOT build the hideous upper deck in these pictures. There will be more about that deck on the "Our Competition" page.
Just about 12 ft away from the pool is this area where the Hot Tub will sit.x
The arrow points to the cutout "handle" used to lift up the Trap Door for thie skimmer.x
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Skimmer Trap Door being lifted off.x
This pool was so far down, lower in elevation from the door of the house, we ended up with two separate deck areas and a lot of steps. But we always try to give it some design - not just a long flight of stairs to hike. The main stairs are centered and wide, along with Garden Benches on the lower deck - all to keep as much line-of-sight as possible to the pool from the house.x
Sometimes the concrete next to a pool just isn't enough space. And we can certainly add a deck flush with the concrete to give more room and function to the area.x
A lot goes into proper framing. (Next 2 pics)x
Line-of-sight from the house without railing or other things blocking the view. It's a saftey issue we always consider when designing a deck for a pool.x
A lot of deck between the house & pool. x
Garden Benches, and a Pergola with a Hot Tub under it. Next pic....
More stuff on the other side of the pool. The skinny 4 ft wide concrete around the pool just wasn't enough.
Due to the pool's location in the yard, the practical thing here was to build the deck in the back corner of the yard. (Next 3 pics)
Due to the retaining wall and it's footing that stuck up in the corner, we had to make a little triangle platform to cover it. Perfect place for a fountain, lamp post, or potted tree!
You can see here the entire pool sits on an elevated yard above a retaining wall. So this was really the only place to put a deck. And you do need some sort of surface to be able to get in and out of the pool without getting grass in the pool or on your feet.
Had to step up since the yard sloped up. But still plenty of room for anything they needed.x
They wanted more usable room around this pool - and some privacy.x
Sometimes they've got everything they need except a better gate and entrance landing for pool guests.x
This is an option many folks don't think about - having some of the deck be about 18" lower than the top of the pool. (Next 5 pics)x
On any deck, we make the stairs fit what the slope of the ground is doing.x
This type of pool means decking under the pool cap is best. And again, the flooring needs to change direction as it goes around the pool.x
We try to end our decks at the joints in the pool cap.x
If the client requests it, we try to accomodate the pool pump on a platform (wood or concrete). As seen earlier in this gallery, sometimes that works out to be under the deck. But I think this client had other plans for this pump.x
Another shot of the pool ending at a joint in the pool cap. x
Bolted frame, skirting, nice & finished look.
Backyard oasis with Privacy Screening in jsut the right spots.x
Nice big deck right next to the pool. And a screened Pool House at the head of the pool.x
Deck to bridge the gap between house & pool. The far end is one of our Bench & Table Sets, and this end has a Garden Bench and spot for the Hot Tub.x
This picture doesn't show it very well at all, but there is a Bench & Table Set off the corner of this pool too.x
This is the first time we've done a deck around this type of pool. We could only bring the flooring ALMOST up to, and flush with, the top edge of the pool. We had to be careful not to let the fabric of the pool rub against our decking. (Next 4 pics)x
This deck was pretty much fully designed by the client. Privacy Railing, and louvered privacy above that in some spots.x
Very unique! There's not another one like it!x
The pool is sitting on a platform under the main deck. There is an access door on either side to help in getting a cover on the pool or for setting up/dismantling the pool. You can see the hinges & latches of one door here.x
Here is the door on the opposite side. Everything is thought of and planned out!x
Wide, angled steps leading up to the pool level, but with a rail at each roof post for anyone needing it. And look..... another Bench Set!x
This pool deck was an extension to the screened porch we built a year or so before.x
I'm starting to think all we build are our Bench & Table Sets.x
This deck has a gate to keep the dog out of the pool. (Next 1 pic)
Wide steps to get in and out of the pool.x
If you get an above-ground pool, always let us complete your design before you buy "pool steps" from the pool company. It may be that you don't need them and can save that money. But if you do need them, you can always buy them later.
Another from early in our career.x
Extension to the pool concrete, with Benches and a center Table. (Next 1 pic)x
And then a LOT more added to that to make this the ultimate party deck!x
This is another favorite! (Next 1 pic)x
We did this way early in our career, and it's probably the most ambitious, daring thing we've ever done. The engineering of this is what makes me prouder of this than anything else. (Next 4 pics)x
The flooring is a Sunburst Pattern, whre each board is special cut to be skinny at the pool end and wider at the far end. Yes, we had to calculate the exact size each board would have to be cut to in order to come out right 180° later, but that is not the feat of engineering I'm so proud of on this one.x
That small round pool was about 15 ft off the ground. The client wanted his guests to stand at the railing and look over and not see any posts - he wanted them to wonder what was holding the deck up. So I came up with a truss design.x
With just my background in commercial construction, drafting, and a coulple of architects in my family, I came up with this design for these 6x6 trusses all on my own. I thought about it for days and worked on it in my sleep. And when I was positive (in my mind) that it would work, I took it to an actual structural engineer and they approved! There was one spot they suggested I needed to add bolts, but then they signed off on it. x
We've had several projects that I've gotten an engineer to look at. I will always put safety first when designing your structure. But this one still blows my mind! On one hand it seems like it can't work. But on the other, when you think it through, you see there is actually no way it can fail (short of rotting far in the future). Dare to be bold!x