When you build a deck onto your home, you create a whole new extension of your living space to enjoy, especially in the warmer months of the year. Although a deck takes considerable planning, such as deciding the size, location, accessories and other structural considerations, it is well worth the effort. One such add-on that needs a reinforced structure is a hot tub. Installing a hot tub on your deck is the perfect way to extend your deck season and provides a new activity for you and your family to do together. In this article, we’ll discuss the consideration factors for building a deck with a hot tub.
Why Build a Deck?
The first thing to consider when building a new deck with a hot tub is what you want its overall purpose to be. Is it to enjoy quiet evenings with just your family or a place that will be used to host plenty of social gatherings, events and celebrations? Depending on what the purpose of your deck is will help determine the size that you will need as well as what size hot tub to install. There is no point in getting a 2-seater hot tub if you plan on having a number of people using it on a regular basis.
Choosing a Location
In most circumstances, the size of your property and available space will determine where your deck will be built and the size. If you are fortunate enough to have several locations to choose from, here are a few factors that you should consider:
- Sun and shade
- Snow and Rain
- Proximity to the house
- Lot size
One major bonus for building a deck is if you can place it in an area that has a stunning view. Especially if you are adding a hot tub to your deck, being able to gaze at the outdoor scenery while taking a soak will make your entire outdoor hot tub experience even better.
Once you have a location in mind, make sure that you contact a professional contractor regarding your plans for the hot tub installation. Hot tubs are heavy to begin with and once filled with water and bathers can reach over 5,000 pounds – which you want to make sure is properly supported to ensure safety and no damage to your deck.
Finally, you will want to consider what features and accessories will make the perfect finishing touch. Outdoor patio furniture, a grill or kitchen prep area, showers, a change room area and even lighting are just a few considerations. Think about how you plan on enjoying your time on your new deck and what you do not want to have to be running back and forth into your house for will help you plan accordingly to create the best design to suit your lifestyle.
To learn more about the many styles of outdoor hot tubs available, download a hot tub buyer’s guide, or visit us at our hot tub store.