Timber pool decking could require extra upkeep than concrete or paving, but it surely does look spectacular.
There’s one thing about timber. Its rustic attraction provides character to the house wherever it’s used and totally different timber species can change the appear and feel of an space. And one place that timber seems particularly good? Pool decking.
Inspiring pool deck concepts
Should you’re planning a brand new pool and pinning pool concepts with timber decking, this learn is for you. We’ve rounded up 16 pool deck concepts, together with suggestions and methods from the very best within the enterprise — Mornington Peninsula-based panorama architect Mark Travers from MTLA, and Aimee Tarulli from main dwelling builder Thomas Archer.
1. Create ranges with an elevated pool deck
Whereas paving will be the go-to materials for the area surrounding the pool, including some decking can create distinction and make the realm extra visually interesting.
Mark says: “Pool decking that’s on a distinct degree from the pavement can create a brand new zone — excellent for entertaining or lounging. Simply don’t overlook that each degree change must be mirrored in pool fence heights, too”.
2. Matching supplies: pool home and pool deck
Linked parts are an vital facet of any design. Mark says: “Supplies utilized in totally different parts of the design can create a cohesive out of doors space. On this home pictured beneath, by Latitude 37 Properties, the pool decking materials matches up with the out of doors cooking and entertaining space just some steps away”.
3. Go composite for low upkeep pool decking
In terms of decking round swimming pools, timber generally is a little excessive upkeep — with the potential for oils seeping and weather-induced rot and excessive put on across the pool. However, in the event you love the look of timber it’s price it.
Mark says: “One of many points with timber close to water is within the early days the oils can seep out onto surrounding surfaces, though this does cease after just a few months and isn’t a difficulty long run”.
There are different supplies that can be utilized like composite timbers and timber-look tiles that protect the timber decking aesthetic with out the maintenance of timber.
4. Get the design proper earlier than you dig
Whereas it’d sound apparent, getting the place of the pool proper is crucial. It’s particularly vital in the event you’re together with timber decking surrounding the pool; if the pool is positioned in a spot that doesn’t obtain a lot daylight you’re prone to find yourself with rotting timber decking.
“An ideal pool ought to all the time be designed to maximise the orientation of the block, so as to seize essentially the most quantity of sunshine and solar within the area,” says Aimee.
5. Contemplate the encircling panorama
Whether or not you’re constructing a pool surrounded by timber decking, stone pavers or concrete, it’s vital to think about the place of the pool in your yard to take advantage of the area.
“Whereas the pool is likely to be the characteristic, it’s vital to think about the yard space holistically and design a panorama to enrich the pool design and guarantee it harmoniously integrates with the pure parts, in addition to feeling prefer it’s a part of the ground plan of the home,” says Mark.
“It ought to work seamlessly with the general landscaping design of the yard and never really feel like an “addition” or an afterthought,” says Aimee.
6. Shapely designs
When it comes time to promote, a stupendous pool can enhance the worth of your property, so it’s vital to think about what’s going to attraction to future consumers when within the design part.
So, what are the most well-liked pool decking designs? “They’re those that go from boundary to boundary throughout the rear yard and are often rectangular in form,” says Aimee.
“Usually, that is the most important obtainable area in a yard for the pool to go and often means it’s seen from inside the home. Rectangular swimming pools are simpler to tile than a pool with curves and displays most trendy, modern dwelling designs.”
7. Create decking walkways
Questioning how your private home and out of doors entertaining space will join along with your pool space? Mixing and matching supplies may be a good way to create definition and course. In a principally paved pool and alfresco entertaining space, decking can be utilized to create a walkway connecting the 2 areas.
8. Maintain it in sight
In accordance with Aimee, “A pool shouldn’t be solely stunning to swim in, however superb to have a look at from the home. An ideal pool shall be designed to be seen from many of the vantage factors from inside the house, in addition to exterior guaranteeing the house house owners can take pleasure in it even when not swimming.”
“Because the ’90s, pool fences (and pool security) have develop into a significant focus for regulators which has seen swimming pools being positioned nearer to the home and visual from the primary residing areas — the place it’s straightforward to see what’s occurring and make sure the pool is getting used safely,” says Mark.
9. Create a decking diving board
Received youngsters (or an inside youngster that wants taming)? Elevate a bit of the pool deck to create a low platform to launch from – consider the cannon balls! Or, in the event you’re feeling like extra zen pool time, it might be used as a spot to sit down and browse and dangle your legs within the pool.
10. Add a swim-up pool deck space
Break from the norm and add a separate pool deck space that may solely be reached by leaping within the pool and swimming over to it. Children will really feel prefer it’s their very own particular island, and for adults it’s a non-public spot to get away from all of it.
“Most pool areas are primarily based on decking or paving surrounding the pool form, however you’ll be able to add curiosity and create zones within the pool space with swim-up pool decks accessible solely by water,” says Mark.
11. Don’t overlook the climate
Make your pool deck and out of doors entertaining space excellent to be used in all climate situations by including a vergola.
“Vergolas are an important possibility for many who need to add a little bit climate safety to their pool deck space. Simply shut it off for cover from the weather, or open it as much as let the sunshine in,” says Mark.
12. Slippery when moist
Swimming pools are moist areas, which implies they get slippery. Contemplate slip-resistant pool deck supplies to make sure the realm seems good and is practical. This implies common upkeep for timber pool decking which might simply develop into slippery with frequent publicity to water.
13. Add a hearth pit
Flip your pool space into the final word out of doors entertaining area by including a cooking and eating space, and a up to date hearth pit.
“There’s one thing about hearth pits, individuals simply gravitate in the direction of them. So it’s a pleasant addition to a pool space, particularly if the out of doors cooking and eating area is adjoining,” says Mark.
14. Or take into account including a conventional fire
Love the thought of a hearth pit however need one thing a bit extra everlasting? Contemplate including a fire to the pool space.
“An out of doors entertaining space with a conventional fire makes the pool deck accessible 12 months spherical. Even because the climate turns into cooler, it’s a comfy place to spend the night,” says Mark.
15. Take drainage into consideration
Wherever it’s used, timber requires a little bit extra upkeep so it’s a good suggestion to take drainage into consideration when planning your pool decking — which shall be uncovered to the weather.
16. Join the indoors and open air
The pool space shouldn’t really feel like an afterthought, it ought to really feel linked to the house and prefer it’s a part of the ground plan — an extension of the indoor residing areas.
“Increasingly individuals need built-in indoor/out of doors residing. Essentially the most profitable designs are the place the pool space is a part of the ground plan of the home. One approach to obtain that is with timber flooring and timber decking which can be laid in the identical course and visually join the 2 areas,” says Mark.