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Much Needed Swimming Pool Outdoor Access Opens The Doors To A Stunning Backyard Transformation

Necessity being the Mother of Invention, this backyard transformation in South Austin, Texas, is one for the books.

The issue was that this family decided to have a swimming pool installed last year. That’s great, so why is that an issue, you ask?

before picture of backyard

Area before Archadeck of Austin started the project. Notice the gap between the back door and the new pool – no transition area from one to the other.

The family had no access to get to the new pool from their home except for walking through mud. That’s bad. Very bad.

Creative Pool Access Outdoor Living Space Solutions From Archadeck of Austin

Leave it to Archadeck Outdoor Living space designer, Daniel Smith, to come up with a functional solution that is as incredibly beautiful as it is easily accessible.

The Before photo above, shows the dilemma and the challenge. Dirt, mud, and patches of gravel, with some artificial turf carpet patches thrown in for extra measure.

The After photos showcase what a stunning solution it is…

custom poolside outdoor living space

custom poolside outdoor living space

As you exit the rear of the home heading to the new swimming pool, we built a U-shaped deck and added a hardscape permeable patio leading the deck to the pool.

Its stunning geometric design adds sublime beauty and texture to the yard now.

custom poolside outdoor living space

The new low maintenance deck that leads to the poolside patio extension was built using AZEK TimberTech decking, one of our favorite outdoor building material solutions.

Its high style and virtually carefree maintenance delivers the look and feel of real wood without any of the pitfalls that come with real wood.

custom poolside outdoor living space

No decking fading. No splinters. No nail pops. No potential accrual of mold spores. Not with this renovation. With complete confidence, AZEK TimberTech lets you lock in the best composite decking material for your signature outdoor space.

Lueders Stone Pairs With Black Star Gravel Sets The Stage For Poolside Patio Perfection

One of the strongest and most beautiful limestones on Earth, Lueders limestone is known for its versatility in all climates due to a higher compression strength than other limestones in Texas.

custom poolside outdoor living space

The stone design parcels were intentionally and meticulously placed amongst the foundation bed of Black Star Gravel. If you’re not familiar with it, Black Star Gravel is made from basalt. Basalt is an extremely functional and durable stone, which is why the possibilities are seemingly endless when it comes to its use, as is evident in Daniel’s design transformation. When Black Star Gravel is dry, it has more of a gray color; however, when wet, it turns black. And, that makes it the ultimate poolside visual accent.

Also, in the spirit of full disclosure, as this backyard oasis improvement is in Austin, the project did have to fall within the WUI codes – Wildland Urban Interface.

The code is intended to proactively take measures to reduce the risk of fire spreading from heavily timbered areas to homes and igniting structures either on the home, attached to the home, or detached.

The City of Austin adopted (and amended) the 2015 International Wildland-Urban Interface Code (WUIC) effective January 1, 2021, and began reviewing permit requests for compliance in April. All new construction must comply with the 2015 WUIC. The code can be reviewed here.

Expect The Exceptional For Your Backyard Outdoor Living Space Home Improvement

Only truly wonderful is good enough with Archadeck.

Our design philosophy begins with functionality – balanced with exquisite beauty.

custom poolside outdoor living space

Traffic flow is taken into consideration for the best functional use of the new or enhanced outdoor space. We examine your specific needs. We even take your outdoor furniture into account — because a poolside table and lounge chairs need a different setting than a round umbrella table would.

You’ll be amazed at the way your Archadeck poolside project blends seamlessly with your home yet still manages to stand out as the masterpiece of your yard.

Discover what excellence in design and craftsmanship means in the truest sense of the word during your free, no-obligation outdoor space consultation.

To schedule yours, just click here.

Daniel Smith, Archadeck of Austin Outdoor Living Designer