The Pool & Lower Deck: Making Things Right

March 23, 2014



When we first had the deck which surrounds the pool installed, it was done so under the expectation that the edging would be timber, just like the deck.  To cut a long story short, it wasn't and we had to use an alternative method to edge the pool.  Our solution was to use a garden edging product as it was the only thing we could find which was flexible enough to bend around with the curve of the pool, and which came in grey and was water resistant/UV treated.  You can see a close-up picture of how it looked in this post. A year later and the edging wasn't looking so great so we decided after much debate that the only thing to do was try and find someone who could do the edging in timber.


We did finally find someone who specialises in decks to fix the deck but this meant ripping up about two thirds of the deck and re-doing it.  Not ideal, but it really was worth the extra expense as now it looks great and like it was meant to from the start. It also meant the whole deck had to be re-stained again and while it was a lot of work to make the deck look exactly like it did before, at least now we know it has been done properly.


I'm half embarrassed and half amused when I look back at my first deck decorating attempt - so much stuff, so fussy and placed just so...So I got rid of 90% of that stuff (keeping only the black and white striped cushions, just not in use here) and have kept things more laidback and simple. Seriously, who needs to be cleaning bugs and rainwater out of tealights and candles?


The only thing I did do was add some inexpensive solar lights to the base of some our plants on the deck and in the garden, and they really add a little extra atmosphere. I bought these solar lights from Masters but you can get them pretty much anywhere these days for next to nothing.


We still have some planting to do around the perimeter of the lower deck as it still looks a bit boxy and bare, so the next job to completely finish off the area is to decide a design for a garden bed in that area and the plants which will go there. We also need to get some hooks so we can attach the pool vacuum and leaf scooper to the side of the fence for easy access (and to hide them), instead of leaving them laying out on the deck. So not a huge visual change out there, but so much better.


In This Post:
Pool - Classic Pools Majestic 5.5m Salt Water Round
Pool Fence - ARC Fencing 'Eden' in black
Stain colour - 'Blackburn' (Cabot's Deck & Exterior Stain)
Sun Lounges - Ray's Outdoor (2013 range)
Side Table - IKEA (2013 range)
Deck Plants - Strelitzia Nicolai, Yucca
Solar Lights - Masters


13 comments:

  1. It looks fantastic. I would love to see a picture of the new deck edging. I love how everything turned out still. Your back yard looks so fabulous!!

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    1. All the pictures in this post do show the new edging (the handrail picture is probably the best to see it really close up) - I wasn't kidding when I said we spent more money to make it look the same, ha! The link I posted to the older post (I'm not sure that my links are highlighting properly though) where there is a picture of the old edging shows that you could see the black lip of the top of the pool under the garden edging we used, if that makes sense? I proably didn't word this post that clearly, and if so, sorry!

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  2. It's looking GREAT Natalie!
    Lesley
    xx

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  3. Just love your pool and the view!

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    1. Thank you - although I had nothing to do with the view!

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  4. Its looking really good. I feel your pain having to redo it, but hey we are first time renovators we live and learn right and it gives us something to blog about :)
    Bugs in tea lights drive me mad too, I only put them in when Im going to use them so they are usually empty tea light holders collecting dust instead :)

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    1. You're right, us first timers have to learn these things as we go along - we win some, lose some!

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  5. Looks amazing Natalie! Well done! You have such a fantastic eye. Also, I'm so jealous of your beautiful night view.

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  6. There's nothing worse than needing to 'redo' something that's finished and ticked off the list but sometimes it just has to be done. It looks fabulous as does the view! I think the use of garden edging was inspired!

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    1. Thanks, KL - at the time the garden edging was great, not so much a year down the track!

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  7. It looks fantastic! I bet you can't wait for Summer to come around again. Lisa xo

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