Our deck is built around a 21-ft.-dia. pool. It’s constructed entirely of
pressure-treated lumber and features a 360˚ wraparound pool deck that’s
connected to a spacious 10 x 18-ft. sun deck. The 31⁄2-ft.-wide circular pool deck
provides easy access to the water, while the sun deck is large enough to
accommodate a table and chairs and a few chaise lounges.
mentioned earlier, we employed a timesaving deck-building method that didn’t
require us to dig postholes or pour concrete footings. It’s called a
floating-foundation system. The entire deck is supported by concrete pier
blocks that simply sit on the ground.
foundations are generally allowed by building codes nationwide, including
regions that experience frost heave. However, codes
do differ from town to town, so be sure to check with your local building
department before starting
construction on your pool deck.
this project, we used Dek-Block precast piers ($5 each), which measure 8 in.
high x 11 in. square and weigh about 45 pounds. Molded into the top of each are
slots and a 31⁄2-in.-square
recessed socket. The slots accept 2 x joists, while the socket is used to
a vertical 4 x 4 post.
To give you some idea of how much time and trouble we
saved using the Dek-Blocks, consider this: It took us less than a day to set
all 36 piers and 4 x 4 posts for the perimeter pool deck.
If we had used the
traditional posthole method, it would’ve taken at least two days just to dig
the three dozen holes and pour the concrete footings.
The plans for building this deck are available free of
charge from DekBrands, the company that sells Dek-Block piers. We ordered the
Splash Deluxe plan, which came with a detailed materials list, cost estimator
We spent about $2400 for materials to build our deck,
which included the pressure-treated lumber,
pier blocks, wood sealant, joist hangers and screws.
For more information about
Dek-Blocks or to order a set of plans, contact DekBrands, P.O. Box 14804,
Minneapolis, MN 55414; www.deckplans.com;
2705. Plans are available via mail,
fax or by downloading them from the Web site.