If you have an above-ground swimming pool the addition of a pool deck is certainly one sure way to enhance the area. A pool deck is a great place to entertain family and friends who can enjoy the coolness of the water whenever the sun becomes too much. Aside from that, a pool deck also helps to keep your pool cleaner as well, which is always good news!
Building a pool deck around a pool can be a bit tricky, especially if your pool is not square. The deck will be and this can cause some trouble for inexperienced folks. If you have ever purchased wood before you will know that it is available only in straight, rectangular shapes. Also, the deck is not attached to anything and will therefore require being bolted to a pre-existing structure. Because of this fact you will need to make sure that you provide extra bracing. This is so as to ensure that the deck will be steadfast and sturdy, resistant to collapsing.
If your pool is round you do have the choice to build a square deck with a hole in the middle. It is an easy design to attempt, because all the lumber will follow the same direction. Alternatively you might choose to build a hexagonal pool deck, or perhaps an octagonal one. While these are aesthetically more pleasing as some would assert, they are also more complicated for the DIY novice. Those who lack the relevant experience would be better off sticking to the first option. After all, you want the end result to compliment your outdoor area, so rather play it safe if necessary.
Attaching the pool deck to your home is another aesthetically pleasing idea. It is also rather functional in that it will enable people to move between the deck and the house more easily.
New York Buildings http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/downloads/pdf/tool_kit_pools.pdf
Carroll County, Maryland http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/permits/
Fairfax Count, Virginia http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/publications/decks/