There is a pool feature that appeals to both young and old alike. I refer to it as a “sundeck,” and no doubt it has other common names. I’m referring to a raised portion of the pool, most often by the main stairway in the shallow end, that offers a deck platform where the water is a consistent depth of anywhere from 10 to 18″. Actually, because of the custom nature of today’s better pools, you could make the depth anything you want. The size and shape of the raised sundeck is another aspect under your control. The idea behind the sundeck is to give a generous area of consistent shallow water for little people to play in and also a place to set beach chairs where the water will partially cover you. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it?
The picture above shows the future shallow end of the pool. Can you see how the gravel has been sloped up at that end? Notice too how the reinforcement steel framing is following this slope. To create the stairway and raised sundeck (picture to left) the concrete gunite is applied to the gravel incline and reinforcement rod, and gradually built-up and shaped. In this earlier post I show the gunite process in action. What an incredible medium to work with. Look for a future post with a picture of the finished pool and sundeck.