A Pool Deck Build


After a couple of summers of navigating the ladder that came with the pool, and falling off more then once, we decided it was time to build a pool deck. The deck you see to the right was put in after we built our koi pond but doesn't allow access to the pool.
The first step was to build the frame and put the post in
Then we built the stairs. We like the idea of being able to enter the deck from either side.
And since I believe that all structure should be "landscaped" I did that with simple brick trim and rock.
My husband and I go fishing every year in Marathon, FL. Our favorite place to go out of is called Sea Dog Charters. We decided to give our deck a "boat dock" feel.
Some loungers, chairs and other "boat" items
I loved the paddle and the glass balls
Found this sign and had to have it and the fish net
I have a love of fairy gardens so I put a little sea side one on this side of the deck
And of course we had to have our "Sea Man"
Set up a relaxing sitting area
Now all that is left is to enjoy the deck :-)
A view from above. The pelican and light to the far left are solar.

Suggested materials:

  • Lumber and cement  (Ace Hardware, Builders Supply)
  • Boat Rope, Paddle and other marine items  (Marine Trading Post, Old Time Pottery)

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Janet Arceneaux

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 15 questions
  • Lor24301987
    on May 28, 2017

    How do u heat your pool?
    • NancyMaria
      on Jun 16, 2017

      I got a solar pool cover, like bubble wrap. Just make sure the whole thing is on the water and not hanging over. On the water it will stay just fine, but if you have it over the side the wind gets under it and is imposible to tie down.
  • Pauline Wagers
    on Jun 5, 2017

    Cant see how you done the ladder on the out side did you just cut out
  • Debbie Lang
    on Jun 5, 2017

    Do you have step by step instructions for your lattice walls?
    • Tina Moore
      on Jul 12, 2017

      Looks like the kind of lattice you can buy at any home store. Measure cut and nail to existing posts.

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  • Bruce Ward
    on Aug 14, 2017

    loved the project..putting in pool next summer might steal some ideas. as usual I don't think I am posting this right

  • Denise Brooks
    on May 13, 2018

    Have you checked to see if it complies with the swimming pool fence regulations. Although it looks wonderful abd user friendly. I would suspect it wont comply. The structure is easily climbable by a child.

    • Elle
      on Feb 21, 2019

      Their yard is fenced, so it wouldn’t really matter.

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