We modified the original deck on this pool side deck to include a roofed pergola. Then we created a welcoming space with steps where people could sit. We also used a low-maintenance composite decking so that swimmers would never have to deal with splinters again. The light colored composite decking helps with our warm GA sun. Cooler colors are cooler on the feet. Notice the built-in benches providing lots of space for people to watch swimmers and sit down when the party extends from the deck to the patio. Also notice the pergola cover. This open allows the owners to enjoy the beauty of a pergola but with more rain protection. What a great feeling to site outside and enjoy the sound and smell of a sun shower without getting wet if you’re sitting toward the back of your porch.