A pond on the farm can provide an attractive visual element to the property. Ponds may be found away from the main house or in the back yard. Regardless of where your farm pond is, take advantage of this aquatic element by building a deck where you can enjoy the view. You'll be able to host parties, dine alfresco or simply relax in silence.
For those who want a deck experience in which deck users can be one with the water, build a floating deck. Avoid this option if the pond is artificial and contains a plastic or clay liner, because the supports for the deck can puncture these elements. Walking out onto a floating deck makes you feel as though you are walking out onto the water and provides a serene place to unwind. Add a ladder to the side if the pond is used for swimming. The deck can serve as an entry and exit point to the pond.
If your pond is right in your backyard, build a multi-level deck onto the back of your house to take advantage of the close proximity. Multi-level decks are segmented into different distinctive areas. This type of deck allows people on one end to play a game, while someone on another level might read a book. The groups can both enjoy the space while maintaining their separation.
If your farm pond is not near any buildings, build a freestanding elevated deck. Add a cover so you can enjoy listening to the rain fall onto the pond and still be sheltered. A freestanding deck can take many shapes, from a traditional square to an octagonal gazebo. You could even add a covered hot tub to the space if you have nearby water and electrical hookups.
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