Home renovation is always a great opportunity to improve the beauty and function of the house but also for the outdoor living spaces
The pool and deck was lowered 14” from the courtyard in order to see over the pool and to capitalize on the panoramic view of Lake Michigan. Because the fill in the location of the previous pool did not have adequate time to compact, the garden wall and steps required three 5’ x 5’ footings poured 6’ below the grade and a 3’ grade beam spanning the footings. The steps that lead to the new pool and deck are lannonstone risers, to complement the existing wall stone, and bluestone treads. The courtyard patio is tumbled clay pavers to compliment the house brick. Simple boxwood hedges align the house on both sides of the courtyard.
The homeowner wanted the material of pool deck be something unique, beyond the usual stone or pavers. The pool deck is constructed out of Ipe wood and “floats” around the pool. It is set flush with the pool coping but has an 18” air gap underneath for adequate air circulation. Drain tile was installed around the perimeter of the pool structure to ensure proper drainage and relieve any pressure on the pool and retaining wall. The drain tile comes through the retaining wall and drains to the beach. The deck railings mimic the upper story house deck railings and have larger openings, with mesh, to keep the views to the lake unobstructed.
There was an existing concrete retaining wall with a stone veneer holding the pool at grade with steps leading down to the beach. The Homeowners decided that the existing retaining wall was to remain. However the steps were beyond repair and needed to be removed. New stairs were built that lead you to a tumbled clay brick landing that is used for small gatherings. The stairs are lannonstone risers with bluestone treads to match the upper garden wall and steps. Due to the age and weather taking its toll on the wall the existing stone was tuck-pointed and power washed. Since the top of the retaining wall was not uniform and not allow for a stone coping an Ipe skirt was built around it thus hiding the defect and blending it into the pool deck.
From the new wall steps you transition to bluestone steppers set into the lawn. The steppers are from the original masonry steps and recycled for a new use. The remaining hillside along the base of the retaining wall was transformed into a garden area with outcropping stone providing planting pockets with flowering trees, colorful perennials and ornamental grasses.
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“Decking around pool?” — lauren12
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“balcon” — jelly2
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“deck shape” — light12
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