Outdoor Decks For Above Ground Pools - Many sundecks past the simple deck comprised with many houses will be custom additions to an existing structure. And like most custom building jobs, the more thought you put in, the better the outcome. This means that your new sundeck doesn't start with the very first nail, but rather, with the very first pencil line made in your sketchbook.
Whether building yourself or hiring out, initial planning should be done by those who will be using the deck. A good designer can assist with this, but most homeowners have a pretty good idea what will work at this earliest design stage. A wonderful place to start is by determining the deck's shape using a bird's eye or " plan view" sketch. Simply draw a line representing your house wall, adding to it the shape you envision to your deck. Simply take a couple stabs at it. You might end up performing arcs and odd angles, but it is all in pencil so play with this.
While you are outside walking the shape or "footprint" of your favorite sketches, think about levels, or " elevations." Raising or lowering a deck degree in places by even one measure can add greatly to a deck appearance and feel. Once an approximate notion of this deck's footprint appears to function, consider points of access into this deck if any, and if stairs are needed.
Considering elevations in decks is essential for a few other reasons, the first being the most deck surfaces have joists supporting them. The base of them should be about eight inches (20 cm) above the floor in wetter areas to protect woodwork. An even more pressing thought is railings. In general, if a deck surface is more than two feet above floor, a rail is required. If over six feet, a greater railing is needed. In my opinion, any altitude change on a deck should be obvious.