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Planning a pool deck or patio? Here are some things to consider.

Are you ready to turn your backyard into the ultimate summer stay-cation? Summer is just around the corner which means it’s the perfect time to turn your space into a relaxing retreat.

One way to do this is with a poolside deck or outdoor living space. The following are important considerations when planning your pool and deck/outdoor living project.

Chicagoland pool deck
Are you ready to plan your Chicagoland poolside deck or other poolside outdoor living space?

How do you plan to use the space?

A function is a very important factor to consider when planning for your new space. Will you just need space for a couple of chairs and a place for towels? Or do you want enough space for a grill and table for dining? How you plan to use the space will go hand in hand with how much space you need and how to best plan for your project.

Aurora IL pool deck
Will your poolside deck have a bar with seating like this one in Aurora IL?

Is your pool above ground or built-in?

If your pool is above ground, do you want a wrap-around deck or a deck on just one side of the pool? We can install decks that are on one side of the pool or that wrap around. Function wise, a wrap-around deck may not leave you with much space for seating or grilling, as much of the space is used for walking around the deck. Having a pool deck that’s built on one side of the pool gives more room for purposes such as lounging, grilling, or dining.

above ground pool deck
Is your pool above ground like this one? We can build your pool deck to accommodate!

If your pool is built-in, remember decks aren’t the only outdoor living space to consider. Paver patios are a great way to complement your pool. Paver patio designs can create aesthetically pleasing landscaping for your space. When building a patio, we always suggest pavers over concrete, since they are easier to maintain and require fewer repairs.

Chicagoland paver pool patio
Paver pool patios are beautiful and functional!

Do you already have an existing pool and living space installed?

Not every project needs to start from scratch. Many of our clients build in stages; do you just want a project to complement what’s already in your yard? Adding a deck coming off the house to an existing built-in pool area or pergola for shade creates an extra place for gathering with family and friends and makes a great area to watch the kids play in the pool.

pool deck with pergola
Do you have a pool, or are you planning your pool and deck from scratch?

What is your budget for your new pool deck or patio?

There are many variables that go into the cost of a poolside deck or outdoor living project. The materials used, for instance, if you use wood or low maintenance/composite decking, as well as the size of the space will be important factors that determine the project cost. If you have an above ground pool and are considering a wrap-around deck, or adding a deck to a circular pool, it will cost significantly more than a deck on only one side of the pool.

If you are ready to discuss options for adding a new poolside deck, patio, or other poolside outdoor living space, Archadeck is ready to design the perfect space for style and function! Sign up for a free design consultation or call Archadeck of Chicagoland at (847) 250-4100 to speak with a design consultant and begin creating your new dream space.