Ideas for placing your hot tub on a deck

Hot Tub in a custom screen room with stone skirting by Archadeck of Charlotte

Hot Tub in a custom screen room with stone skirting by Archadeck of Charlotte

Can a deck hold the weight of a hot tub? How and where should I place my hot tub in my backyard?

Here are some ideas from a pro that will help guide you through the options!

Decks can be structured to hold the weight of a hot tub by using load calculations of the hot tub completely filled with water. It requires closer joist spacing and more footings per square foot. The hot tub can sit on top of the deck, be slightly recessed, or completely recessed. The height in which you decide you want the tub recessed should be thought through as to who are the primary users of the tub and how easy is it for them to climb in versus step down?

Pressure -treated wood decks, composite decks such at Trex, or masonry raised patios can all be used as platforms to house hot tubs. It has been our experience that the closer we place the hot tub or spa to the house, the more use you will actually get out of the tub

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal relaxing backyard!

Designing privacy screening on the sides of the tub is a good idea if you prefer to keep your affairs private! In addition, designing a structure such as a screen porch around the hot tub is a choice or option for some! To get various design ideas for your outdoor spa, go to http://www.charlotte. archadeck.com

Water Features…what’s next for outdoor living?

Water features can be defined as everything from ponds to waterfalls to simple soothing streams. Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds water features outdoor living spaces to compliment an array of outdoor living spaces.

Archadeck is curious how our blog readership feels about a water feature that would be a hybrid between a hot tub and a pond? We are in the midst of designing a natural water spring that would be in ground and be built to hold perhaps up to 6 people with a smooth stone bottom that you would not be able to see down to as it will appear to be a natural hot spring. There will be therapuetic jets and heated of course.

We are trying to hit a price point just above an upscale hot tub but well below a pool. We feel this will serve an aging market between 50 – 70 years of age that wants to enjoy their friends and each other without the cost our maintenance of a full scale pool. What are your thoughts?