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Adding Pool Decking

Pool decking is used to create a flat foundation for swimming pools and spas, and to provide a paved area around the pool. Pool decking is similar to the Patio object, but supports coping along its perimeter.

To add pool decking:

1.   Click the Add Pool Decking button that is found near the top of the screen under the Swimming Pool tab.

2.   Draw the outline of the pool decking by clicking the left mouse button to add points. Press the Backspace key to remove the last point added, and press the Esc key to cancel. If you would like to input the distance and angle manually, place at least one point and then press the Enter key.

3.   To finish drawing the pool decking, place the last point on top of the first point. Alternately, right-click to place the last point.

The landscape design in the picture below uses pool decking for the swimming pool and spa.

swimming pool coping design

Editing Coping

Coping is automatically added by default to the perimeter of pool decking, but can be turned off or toggled per edge if needed.

To turn the coping on or off per-edge:

1.   Click the pool decking in your landscape design to select it.

2.   Click the Edit coping button, found in the properties, to enable edit coping mode.

3.   Click the pool decking edges where you wish to toggle the coping.

4.   When finished, click the Edit Coping button again to disable edit coping mode.

Designing Multilevel Pool Decking

Multilevel pool decking can be designed using the Height and Elevation properties. To create a multilevel pool deck, first add a separate Pool Decking object for each level. Next, set the Height and Elevation properties of each Pool Decking object so that a tiered design is produced, as shown below.

In the landscape design illustrated below, three pool decking objects were used.

swimming pool design multilevel decking

Working with Uneven and Sloping Terrain

Pool decking can be placed on sloping and uneven terrain, and will always retain its flat surface. Modify the Height property of the pool decking as needed to produce the necessary foundation for your swimming pool design.


      Pool decking can be added in either the Top-Down view or the Perspective view, but is easiest to add in the Top-Down view.

See also:

Pool Decking Properties
Swimming Pool Wizard
Setting Object Properties
Selecting Objects
Selecting Points
Editing Objects
Adding a Swimming Pool
Adding Pool Stairs
Adding a Pool Seat
Adding a Pool Wall
Adding a Pool Light
Adding a Pool Accessory
Adding a Fountain
Adding a Waterfall
Realtime Walkthrough
Saving and Loading Shapes