Consider some of these issues about above ground pool deck designs as you embark on your backyard deck.
Every deck and backyard is different but each project should be
approached with the same desire: create an outdoor living space that
performs a function and but is designed to work with the home and
The Homeowner's Design Wishes
The homeowners had an above ground pool and a hot tub that they wanted to tie in to the the house with a backyard deck concept.
In addition the backyard faced north, reducing sun exposure and the
lot sloped upwards in the back and on the east side to the neighbors.
The clients and I decided to locate the hot
tub close to the house at main floor level and sunk into the deck with a
board on board privacy fence rail to create intimacy and break the
I also used built-in-benches around the tub.
This design aspect required excavating so that the hot tub could be set at the correct elevation to finished decking surface.
The deck then moved to the transition zone further from the house
where it would be exposed to the sun. I created a circular deck
structure as a sun and sitting area with patio stones leading to the
above ground pool deck.
The above ground pool deck was only four feet high not requiring
extra bracing around the posts. However, you should consider this with
your deck depending on the height.
Once complete the above ground pool deck design, basic in detail,
worked well with the rest of the deck as it appeared to have a
connection to the rest of the home.
Sometimes above ground pool decks can be set off from a home and
therefore appear like an orphan. Try to avoid that as you come up with