With spring just around the corner, it’s likely (we hope!) that a lot of folks are looking out at their backyards and starting to plan to pull it out of hibernation for the coming season. Some folks will also (we know!) finally live the dream of owning their own hot tub.
Quite a few of those lucky hot-tub-owners-to-be will also be thinking about a deck for the tub. We’d like to offer up some tips for planning your hot tub deck oasis.
- Pick the right spot. You’re fulfilling the dream of a hot tub that you’ve had for years. Make sure you put it in a place in your back yard that will optimize your use of it. The best place for a tub is near an exit from the house. The further away from the house it is, the less likely you will find yourself to head out and take a soak.
- What about privacy? Sometimes the best spot isn’t exactly the one that affords you the most privacy from nearby neighbors. Think about the placement and whether additional privacy needs to be designed into your deck plan. The type of cover lifter you select may play into this consideration as well. While a cover lifter is pretty much a must-have, some of them (like a Covana) will provide extra privacy when they’re in the up position while you soak. The lifter you choose may solve some of your privacy needs.
- How much ongoing care do you want? A deck is terrific…but of course it will need some attention over time. You can pick a traditional wood like cedar or redwood—those will require cleaning, staining and ongoing attention to keep them in great shape. If you are willing to invest some extra money in a more exotic wood that will require less maintenance over time, consider ipe. Composite options (like Trex or Timbertech) available today are certainly far improved over options in years past and will also be a lower maintenance answer.
- Recessing the tub? It’s critical to realize that any tub recessed into a deck will require access to the ENTIRE equipment bay in order to be able to service it as time goes by. Most folks aren’t aware that electrical codes often make it necessary to create enough clearance that goes back three feet from the front of the equipment bay. It’s actually easier to enter and exit a tub that is not recessed—it’s also easier on your back & neck and there are fewer chances to take a tumble into a tub that is above deck. Think on these things when setting out on your deck planning.
- Pick your tub FIRST. We still occasionally run into someone that gets the deck built and THEN selects their tub. Sometimes that leads to a deck not built to hold the appropriate amount of weight, didn’t take electrical conduit and location into place, and access issues that weren’t considered when the deck was built. Get the tub figured out before the deck is started! It could save you a lot of headaches and money in the long run.
We’re here to help answer any questions and give the best guidance we can to make sure your new tub will be perfect on your new deck (that is also perfect!). Visit us today so we can provide the counsel and advice to put you on the path to a magical addition to your back yard—and your life! You’ll really love owning the hot tub that’s been on your wish list for so long.