If you have a swimming pool, or know someone who does, you may have encountered this problem. Powered pool covers on a roller are great for keeping debris out of the water, and to keep the water warm. But they make one side of the pool just about unuseable. The side that has the roller is unsupported its entire length, so it is springy, and the pool owners usually don't want you to sit on the edge because of its weakness. Wouldn't it be nice if it could be made solid and strong enough to support people walking on the deck, sitting on the edge, and allowing that side to be used normally?
A Ketchum, Idaho (home of the Sun Valley resort) structural engineer, Mike Bouiss, had an idea on how to fix that. He built a deck that is fully supported by a cantilevered lip, and flips open for access to the pool cover, roller, motor, and other equipment. With the BB Deck, the edge of the pool is fully usable on the edge where that pool cover is stored. Graphic and diagram are from Mike's web page, BBDeck.com.