Safety is a primary consideration in pool and pool deck design and requires understanding and complying with local building requirements for gates, fences, alarms and related safety measures. Other key considerations in pool design include ensuring access to the pool's mechanical parts, such as the pump, filters and skimmer, and compliance with the manufacturer's guidelines and restrictions. Failure to properly follow the manufacturer's instructions can void the warranty.
The location of the pool deck and the amount of maintenance required of different decking materials are considerations in deck design. Some materials get moldy in shaded areas, others become overly hot in direct sun. It is also important when installing lighting for night swims or audio speakers in or near a pool to consider the type of wiring and manner of installation. Manufacturer's guidelines related to voltage and other issues are sometimes even stricter than local building codes. Planning for the storage of pool maintenance equipment and chemicals and swim toys is also a part of pool and pool deck design.
Aesthetic considerations, such as how the pool and deck fit in with other recreational and entertaining aspects of a home's outdoor space, are also key design considerations. Fluid design and natural curves and the use of materials and colors that blend in with the natural landscape are recommended for stand-alone pools that are somewhat removed from the house. On the other hand, if the pool is placed close to the home, the design, including its shape, colors and materials, is more effective when it ties in with the home's architecture and design.