Hopefully, next week, we will start construction on a deck around our AG pool. We are planning a two level design. A 10X12 area level with the pool then a 20X12 area about two steps down making an L shape. For the upper part, we had originally wanted the deck to come just below the pool top. But our contractor strongly recommended that we go above it. He said if we go below or even with the rail, then the neighbor's kid will almost certainly step or sit on the railing and mess it up. My concern is if I need to get under there for maintenance. The builder assured me that it is unlikely I will need to get under there anytime soon but if I did, it would be no problem to unscrew a couple of boards for access.
At this point, I am leaning towards taking the builder's advice. Do and of you guys have any words of wisdom on this?
[pictures to come]