While your new swimming pool will probably be the #1 outdoor addition for many years to come, there are some other additions you may want to consider. One is a pool house, and we’ve looked at the steps to consider when adding that structure in a previous post. Today we’re going to consider what it takes to plan your pool deck. There are so many considerations you need to keep in view as well as options to sift through, that it can be quite the endeavor. But in the end, it’s one of the most significant improvements you can make to your outdoor living space — second to your swimming pool itself, of course.
Step 1: Get Legal Stuff Squared Away
From alfresco meals to family-friendly entertainment options, your decking choice can go a long way toward enhancing the fun factor in your outdoor oasis. There will be many fun parts to follow, we promise! But first things first: legalities. As with any major home improvement project, you’ll need to check into local zoning ordinances and find out about the types of permits you will need. While if you’re hiring a contractor to do the work, you may not think you need to look into this aspect personally, it’s really best to check into it yourself; doing so can save you a lot of headaches (and time and money) down the road.
Step 2: Filter Through Your Options
The good news is that there are many decking options available from which you get to choose. The bad news is that there are so many choices, that it can be difficult to choose. By starting by defining some things you definitely want, you’ll be able to narrow your choices a bit, making the process a little less overwhelming. First, consider whether you’re up for a DIY project or you want to hire a professional to install your deck. If you want to do it yourself, your own experience and skills will obviously limit the options. Next, think about what you’re up for as far as maintenance. If you don’t have the time, money, or desire to keep up with a high-maintenance decking option, then you can obviously rule out wood decking, for instance; if it’s not nurtured, it can start looking bad fairly quickly.
After considering your installation preference and maintenance capability, you’ll want to take your budget into consideration. Start with the amount you have to work with and you’ll probably be able to rule out at least a few really nice-looking possibilities. Even if the high-end tile you’ve been eyeing really isn’t a possibility, stamped concrete can offer an affordable option that’s still pretty classy. Of course, you don’t want to forget to consider safety and durability; while tiles that look great in your bathroom might seem like they’d also be a great choice around your pool, slip-resistance is something you’ll want to consider.
Continue reading with Part 2.
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