I've been thinking about refreshing my pool area which has started to show its age.
*the pool fence is falling apart and
*the pool coping has pieces which are coming off.
*The aggregate concrete has showed signs of settling.
*Sheds are pretty much rusted out
*install low profile alluminium decking sub frame
*with the composite decking for decking material.
*Get rid of sheds (already have plenty of storage for outdoor tools)
*Frameless glass pool fence
*Get rid of pool water feature
What are some thoughts from the group around this plan? Or any better suggestions. Budget is a moderate concern. I'd like to DIY as much as possible.
Thoughts on what to do with pool coping? Would I be able to remove the coping and deck up to the border?
Thanks for sharing your question about refreshing your pool area. Moving the sheds and building a low-level composite deck with a pergola is definitely within the possibilities of D.I.Y. Removing the pool's water feature is also an item on your list that can be done independently.
However, I propose that the glass pool fence and the pool coping be done by specialist trades so that they will be under warranty. The pebblecrete is something that you can probably remove yourself, but it all depends on what you're planning to replace it with. My only other suggestion would be to do the renovation in sections so that the project becomes manageable.
Please keep us updated with your progress, we look forward to seeing the start of your pool area revamp.
Thank's for the mention @EricL,
@Mooky: First, I would get rid of one (or both) sheds and make them accessible via the garden so you don't need to access the pool area to access the shed. If you can "hide the shed" by making them darker or creating a new shed with wooden features, you can place a really nice lattice or garden feature on it to get a green zone.
I agree with the previous suggestion of a Glass Pool Fence, it really brings things up a notch. I'd also surround the pool in modern composite decking with LED Lighting that wraps around to a raised composite decking area for sitting, lounging and socialising.
To end things, I'd update the boundry fence by painting it a dark colour and then cladding it with either lattices for vines to grow themselves, or grab the Artificial Hedge Tile's and go to town createing a nice wall feature alternating between the green and the wood.
Thanks for the ideas.
I will definitely be getting rid of the sheds.
I have a double car port thats extra deep for shed storage.
I'll keep this thread updated when I have progress to post.
Definitely keep us updated, @Mooky. The community is full of helpful and knowledgeably members that will be excited to add their input to your project.
I thought I'd add that you can use Ekodeck right up to your pool edge. Here are a couple of examples that showcase it with and without coping. You could leave the coping and deck up and over it. It currently serves the purpose of finishing the top edge of the pool. If you remove it, the edge will appear unfinished when in the pool. You could slightly overhang the pool edge with the decking, which would conceal the coping and give an awe-inspiring floating deck look.
I look forward to seeing what you create and assisting along the way.
Actually the second picture is exactly what I had in mind.
Does anyone have a good recommendation of a low profile decking frame?
I'm thinking about aluminium options due to salt water resistance.
As my colleague has mentioned the store has the Steel Deck System which you can order to custom size in sections so that you can build your deck according to your plans.
Have you considered using Pedestal Feet in combination with Consolidated Alloys 50mm x 20m Bearer Protector G-Tape? Combining these two should provide you with above-average protection from moisture should you use treated timber framing. You can even cover the entire front of the deck frame if you really want to prevent it from getting wet. So even if you get pool water all over the top of the deck the frame underneath will be adequately protected.
To provide better air circulation under the deck, I suggest using a 6.5mm gap for your decking panels instead of the standard 3mm. If you were to use a low-level foot at 35mm + 70mm for the frame and the thickness of the deck panel which is 23mm it will give you a total of 128mm in height.
If you have any other questions we can help with, please let us know.