Pool deck makeover

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Our pool area has been in need of a pool deck makeover for sometime but the thought of spending 20K plus to rip up the old cement deck and replace with new just didn’t sit well with my parents. Can’t say I blame them. My parents have owned the house for almost 30 years and the pool was here when they bought the house. Over the years they have added a pool house, gorgeous new wrought iron fencing and updated the liner. This year, we decided to give the pool deck a facelift and add drainage.

pool deck makeover

The old railroad ties, acting as a retaining wall, were rotted and needed to be replaced. They also were preventing the water from draining when it rained. Over the years, they have shifted and kind of created a mess. So we took this opportunity to get rid of them completely and install drainage pipes. Don’t get me wrong, it looks super cute with the rugs and the furniture but the old cement over the years has become rough on the feet, stained and kind of an eyesore.

pool deck makeover

We found a local guy who was a referral from a friend and they got started with prepping the cement area. We do most of our renovations and home projects but sometimes you need a professional when it comes to stuff you don’t know much about. Cement and pools happen to be two things we don’t do ourselves.

pool deck makeoverAs you can see, it hasn’t been washed yet but even after it’s washed, it’s pretty nasty looking. You can see more of this space by checking out our outdoor living area post a couple years ago. It’s a great space, it just needs a little sprucing up.  My dad would have been happy to just fill in the pool and plant grass but my mom put a stop to that. -ha. Stay tuned, I will be sharing the pool deck progress over the next couple weeks.

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  1. Wow, your pool does look inviting. Can’t wait to see the new pool deck. I think the term for your fence is wrought iron and not rod iron. I used to think it was rod iron until I looked it up.

  2. It’s going to look great! Can’t wait.

  3. Looking forward to see the transformation!

  4. Is your pool deck makeover finished? I can’t find it on your site!

    1. It is but I didn’t get a chance to post pictures of it done! In the Spring 🙂

  5. I would love to know how this turned out and what was done to spruce up the concrete without ripping it out. We have a very similar situation with our pool and want to make our renovation plans over the winter.

    1. It turned out great and we paid a person who worked with a product called Cool Deck. It was a concrete type of product that he literally threw on with a trowel and then he smoothed it out with the flat side of a trowel.

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