Our Pool Deck Project

We hired professionals to install a used pool we bought from my sister, then designed and built our deck!
Almost done - now there is a step from ground to lower deck - about 6 feet wide.
Day 1 - laying out the concrete pads for the 4x4s
Framing the upper level of the pool deck
day two - framing the lower deck
First deck boards go on.
End of day one - upper deck complete except for railings.
end of day two, lower deck complete. Next will be steps, railings and gate.
It has turned into a deck-a-saurus! (Summer 2016)

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7 questions
  • Ashley Olstad
    on Jul 10, 2016

    How did you secure the 4x4s - It doesn't look like you dug? I can't dig down where my pool is and want to set it on the dirt but not sure how to make it structurally sound as this will be about 4' high

    • Traci V
      on Jul 14, 2016

      It is on blocks -a "floating deck". The sheer weight of the lumber keeps it secure.

  • Tub22385114
    on Apr 27, 2017

    Do you have blueprints & directions we can get?
    • Traci V
      on Apr 28, 2017

      Sorry. No blueprints. This was sketched out on paper with rough measurements. My pool is 29 feet diameter with 19 posts/sides. 360 degrees (circle) divided by 19 sides is 19 degree angles at each post. I cut my deck boards at half that (9.5 degrees - with a little tweaking up or down as necessary) so that where the deck boards meet at each post it forms the 19 degree angle. Beyond that it was just a lot of elbow grease. I hope this helps you.
  • Pat Johnson Smith
    on Apr 30, 2017

    We are in the planning stage for our pool deck. How do you cover the pool for winter with the deck being even with the pool edge? BTW, it looks great!!
    • Traci V
      on Apr 30, 2017

      There is enough room (tight - but enough) to get the cover and clips on. I do have the pool opened and closed each year (including cover on/off) by the company that installed the pool. It is worth the $$ to save me the hassle, plus for an extra $25 they store the cover for us all summer.
  • Sandra Miller
    on Jul 13, 2017

    how are the posts on the concrete pads, Do they just stand on them or are they put in wet concrete.
  • Terry Baldwin
    on Mar 6, 2019

    Is the floor 2 X 6 or 2 X 8

  • Izzy Marie
    on Mar 28, 2019

    Do you have a supply list I want to do this but don’t know what to get.

    • Traci V
      on Jul 16, 2019

      tough call - depends on how big you are building. Each trapezoid section needs 4 4x4 posts, 4 2x6 or 2x8 stringers, enough deck boards to cover the surface and the hardware. I use 3/8" galvanized carriage bolts, nuts and washers and square drive deck screws (3" for framing, 2 1/2 for decking) The concrete pads are either 4" octagons or the less expensive 4x8x16 blocks. Hope that helps.

  • Sonya Hickman
    on Aug 7, 2019

    Where are the actual instructions for this deck?

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  • Marc Didemus
    on Jul 18, 2017

    Your lucky being able to use deck blocks. In our municipality any deck over 4' high you have to use big feet and sono tubes. Way more expensive.
  • Cith A
    on Feb 16, 2018

    awesome Job!!
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