I have been reading about all of the great ideas for decks but several have asked me about mine. Actually, I guess my deck project this year pulled me back into the BBB fold and made me a true believer this year. So, as opposed to taking over someone else's thread, I am going to make this one here and refer them to this one.
A not-so-brief history of my pool for those who are interested. The thought is it might help a new pool owner (or shopper) decide if a pool is something they want in their life (or yard). I started several years ago with a small 6-10 foot? EasySet placed on my sloping concrete patio.. The slope was the standard slope you add to a concrete deck for drainage during rain. No leveling thought ever came to mind and it was much more of a dump and fill process than actual pool maintenance. I would run the A-cartridge pump and when it got green and slimy... it was time to dump it towards the lawn, stand on the top edge, drain and re-fill. My water is cheap and clean from the garden hose. It also made for a cool pool which was good on 100F days.
I then moved to a 15 foot EasySet on a pad of dirt that I leveled under a tree. I then learned a little more about how to keep it clear but still did a few dumps.
After a season or two of that, it was time for a real pool. I went to local ABG dealer and they had a demo pool that was setup out front of the store and they were looking to sell it. The deal... I had to wait until Labor Day weekend to get it and I needed to set it up on the same day I took it down or the liner would shrink. We bought the pool and had a tractor guy make the level spot. Now the learning really began... and I learned a lot about the strength or a DE filter but with the strength and ability to quickly filter, come the requirement to bump and change DE a couple times in a weekend if you have a big algae bloom. I think I was down to one dump and fill of water each season... to resolve the uncontrolled bloom in later summer and after it become a pond over fall and winter.
Here is last summer with the cloudy green tinged pool I dealt with all year.
We lived with the ladder on pavers for a while be soon learned we ended up with too much mud and not enough pleasure without a deck. We had to make an investment in a deck. We did... over $6000 for contractor to build me a composite surface deck but we put the deck low enough we did not need railings and it didn't feel like I was on display on my deck. It also would overpower my yard.
Here is the deck today.
... more coming, time to work.