Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer.  Backyard pools are open for business and it’s ‘swim time’ for those who enjoy the water.

To complement a swimming pool, you’ll need to consider ways to ‘tie it all together’ — your home, yard and pool — creating an attractive outdoor space and a place for entertaining, lounging and relief from the sun.

Deck and Screened Porch for Backyard Pool by Archadeck

Deck and Screened Porch for Backyard Pool by Archadeck

For swimmers and onlookers alike, a deck, pergola, porch — or all three — could be a perfect match for a summertime getaway right in your own backyard.

Pergola ideas for swimming pools

Of course your backyard pool could stand by its lonesome; however a shade structure will enhance the outdoor space with a designated seating area, providing a respite from too much sunshine.

Wood Pergola with Deck for Swimming Pool by Archadeck

Wood Pergola with Deck for Swimming Pool by Archadeck

And today’s pergolas can be designed and built with wood, vinyl, aluminum or a combination thereof.

Vinyl Pergola for Backyard Pool, by Archadeck

Vinyl Pergola for Backyard Pool, by Archadeck

Pergolas can be purchased as a prefabricated structure or they can be totally customized to suit a homeowner’s specific needs and wants.

Large Custom Double Pergola for Backyard Pool by Archadeck

Large Custom Double Pergola for Backyard Pool by Archadeck

And best of all, if you’d like to upgrade your pergola with a heavier shade feature up-top, incorporate vines or hanging plants; fabric or a canopy; wider slats; solar panels or a polycarbonate roof.

Deck ideas for swimming pools

Every swimming pool will need some type of hard surface to surround it such as pavers or decking or a combination of the two.  But no matter the layout of your backyard or your type of pool (in-ground or above-ground), a fantastic deck design will pull-it-all-together with plenty of style.

Deck and Sunroom for Backyard Pool, by Archadeck

Deck and Sunroom for Backyard Pool, by Archadeck

Pool Deck with Composite Decking, Rails and Decorative Inlay, by Archadeck

Pool Deck with Composite Decking, Rails and Decorative Inlay, by Archadeck

And if your home has more than one story, a deck — with or without a screened porch — will provide the absolute best way to transition from your interior spaces to your outdoor spaces.  These structures also create functional outdoor living zones — defined areas for grilling, dining, lounging, entertaining, conversing.

Second Story Deck with Backyard Pool, by Archadeck

Second Story Deck with Backyard Pool, by Archadeck

Second Story Deck and Porch Designed for Backyard Swimming Pool, by Archadeck

Second Story Deck and Porch Designed for Backyard Swimming Pool, by Archadeck

Other things to consider for a pool deck:

What is the best slip-resistant decking?

What type of decking will last the longest for a permanent pool?

What type of decking is the most economical for a temporary pool (above-ground)?

How can I incorporate privacy and shade around my pool deck?

Pressure Treated Wood Deck with Shade and Privacy for Backyard Pool, by Archadeck

Pressure Treated Wood Deck with Shade and Privacy for Backyard Pool, by Archadeck

Porch ideas for swimming pools

A porch — open or screened-in —  can be an ideal complement to your pool.  You can escape the heat of summertime sun without missing any of the fun, poolside.  With a roof overhead, the addition of lighting and a ceiling fan is a breeze.

Poolside Open Porch with Ceiling Fan by Archadeck

Poolside Open Porch with Ceiling Fan by Archadeck

Oh, and a poolside porch is the perfect place for swimmers to hang-out during a rain shower.  If you opt for a screened porch addition, you’ll escape the bugs too.

Attached Screened Porch for Backyard Pool by Archadeck

Attached Screened Porch for Backyard Pool by Archadeck

By using a professional design-and-build contractor, you’ll have complete freedom in choosing a style… from rustic to formal and everything-in-between.  The sky’s the limit!

Enclosed Porch/Deck for Large Outdoor Living Space by Archadeck

Enclosed Porch/Deck for Large Outdoor Living Space by Archadeck

Key Takeaways

In most cases, a swimming pool becomes a major backyard focal point for relaxing, entertaining and a whole lotta fun!  But a swimming pool without a deck, pergola or porch looks incomplete.

Avoid a fragmented, closed-off outdoor space:  consider the entirety of your home and property so that your interior spaces and your landscaping work together as-one for the highest visual impact, function and usability.

Multilevel Deck and Partial Pergola with Backyard Pool, by Archadeck

Multilevel Deck and Partial Pergola with Backyard Pool, by Archadeck

Next Steps

If you want to explore more outdoor spaces just visit our website, west-county.archadeck.com.  There you’ll find photo galleries, an online inquiry form, a video and free download for Archadeck’s design guide.  Social media links to Pinterest, Google+ and Houzz pages are clickable right from the homepage.

If you reside in St. Louis Missouri and are ready to speak with a builder for outdoor spaces, please consider Archadeck.  We’re locally owned and operated and our offices are in St. Louis West County.  We serve the Greater St. Louis region in Missouri including all areas of St. Louis County, St. Charles, St. Charles County and parts of Illinois too.

We’d love to answer your questions and meet with you anytime.  Just call us at 636.227.0800.

Poolside Covered Patio, St. Louis, Mo by Archadeck

Poolside Covered Patio, St. Louis, Mo by Archadeck

Sources

Red Beacon, Home Design Lover, HGTV, Landscape Network, Houzz, Beautiful Backyard Blog, Archadeck Outdoor Living, Archadecks in Central Georgia, Chester County PA, Charlotte, Central Connecticut, Raleigh/Durham, Columbus, Central South Carolina, Central Iowa

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