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April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 602

Building a wood deck around an above-ground pool not only enhances the enjoyment of the pool, it improves the looks, as well. It provides a place to sit and take in the sun between dips and helps keep the pool cleaner. But exactly how does one go about building a deck around a pool? This article will give you some pointers.

There are two aspects that make building a deck around an above ground pool tricky. The first challenge is that you're building a square deck around a circular shaped object. Lumber comes only in straight and rectangular shapes. You can't go out and buy a curved board.

The second challenge is that you're building a deck unattached to any structure. Most decks are bolted to an existing structure, like a house. This requires the inclusion of extra bracing to keep the deck from toppling over.

When it comes to designing a deck around a round pool, you have a couple of choices. One is build a square deck with a round hole in the middle to accommodate the pool. This design is easier to build as the framing members are all going the same direction. The deck boards, running perpendicular to the framing, are also going the same direction.

The other design option is to build your deck in an octagonal or hexagonal shape. This design is more aesthetically pleasing as it "follows" the shape of the pool more closely. This type of design is more complicated to build, so if you lack experience, it will take longer to build than the more traditional square deck.

One cool idea is to build a deck around your pool and also attach it to your house. This way your swimmers can go directly to the pool without going through the yard picking up loose grass and dirt with their wet feet.

The first step for either design is to assemble the pool where you want it located. Make sure you have the necessary room between the pool and any obstacles to build the deck. If you're attaching the deck to your home, make sure the deck is no higher than the top of the pool.

Build a square deck just like you would a normal square deck. When a support beam or floor joist is terminated by the pool, just hold the member back an inch or two and provide some kind of support for it.

Run the deck boards like you would on a normal deck, but trim them back an inch or two from the pool side wall. Don't leave a gap larger than 2" as this can become a hazard for little feet.

To build an octagonal or hexagonal deck, you're going to divide the area around the pool into either six (for hexagonal shaped decks) or eight (octagonal shaped decks) sections of equal size. You will run support beams out away from the pool perpendicular to the pool side.

Then fill in each area with short joists running away from the pool. Lastly, attach the deck boards across the joists and "parallel" to the pool side.

Don't forget to add railing if the deck is 30" or higher than the ground. And steps to the yard can also be convenient.

This article lacks the room to give detailed instruction on how to build a deck around a pool. It's much easier to describe the process when one can incorporate pictures and illustrations to support the text. If you would like to see a more in-depth tutorial of how to build a deck around a pool, please visit my website at www.howtobuildadeckstepbystep.com/how-to-build-a-deck-around-a-pool

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