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Poolscapes

How To Design The Perfect Pool Deck: Form & Function

When it comes to designing the perfect pool deck, there’s more than meets the eye. While aesthetics play an important role in the enjoyment of your outdoor space, there are other considerations to make before landing on a design.

Before you read any further, make a list of must-haves for both Form and Function. This will help you more easily navigate this guide to designing the perfect pool deck.

Form

While the aesthetic possibilities are endless, there are three main types of pool deck structures, each with their own unique flavor: Traditional, Minimalist, and Organic.

Traditional Poolscape

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Right angles dominate the traditional pool deck style. Usually surrounding a simple rectangle pool, traditional pool decks leave room for lounge chairs, diving boards, and small outdoor appliances.

These pool decks look best next to stately, traditional style homes. Angular pools decks are easy to add onto and give an outdoor space a clean-cut look.

Minimalist Poolscape

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For a more contemporary look, simple, spaced stepping stones can separate grassy areas from the pool without being too overstated. While minimalist designs like this can create awkward spacing for seating and appliances, they look great next to a clean, simple modern home.

Organic Poolscape

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Even if your oasis isn’t in the middle of the nowhere, it’s nice to feel like it is. A wavy, irregularly shaped pool deck is a great way to make your poolscape feel organic. Curved edges easily incorporate flower beds and fire pits, looking stellar next to a rustic style home.

Function

The function of a pool deck includes the material, additions, and safety features necessary for each poolscape.

Material

While there are endless material options for a stone pool deck, there are a few that are used for their form as well as their function. Here are a few of the most common and beautiful types:


Flagstone/Slate: Rich earthy tones make this stone a popular choice for more rustic, natural designs but it can be cut into varying shapes and lengths. The naturally textured surface provides grip on poolscapes.

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Travertine: A stone used in more luxe designs, travertine is hard-wearing and remains cool even in the hot sun. Its porous surface is quick to absorb water and handles freeze/thaw cycles well. Found in textured, matte, and polished finishes, travertine is a versatile stone for a variety of designs.

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Sandstone: Usually light brown or red, sandstone is especially hard-wearing and naturally monochromatic.

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Limestone: A very low-maintenance stone, limestone is heralded for its durability and array of colors from gray to pink.

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Additions

Fire Elements: Even when it’s too cold to swim, you can enjoy your pool deck with the addition of a fire bowl, firepit, or fireplace. With the air, water, and earth around you, it only makes sense to complete the elements.

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Water Features: Waterfalls, fountains, and spillways add life and movement to any poolscape.

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Kitchens and Bars: Freestanding or swim up kitchens and bars make your pool deck a multi-functional entertaining space. They continue the party until the sun goes down.

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Lighting: Building recessed lighting into your pool deck helps keep children, pets, and guests safe by marking perimeters, corners, and raised features.

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Retaining Walls: Multiple elevations and retaining walls around your poolscape will help combat erosion, turn slopes into useable space, and separate kid’s play areas. Walls also provide seating, dining, and planting areas.

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