Planning to install a hot tub?
While picking one out, consider the deck design you'll want to accompany it. This is an important decision, and not as simple as it might seem at first go. Do you want it to match your tub design or your house ? How big should the deck be? What should it be made from?
Some hot tub decks are designed simply for access to the tub. They consist of a set of stairs or a ladder and a minimal platform on which to stand as you lower yourself into the water. This is fine for some folk, but this type of deck can quickly become a bit frustrating, especially if you use your hot tub a lot. Where do you keep a towel handy so it won't get wet? What if you want to get out for a few minutes but don't want to quit the deck?
A nice deck design for people who use their tubs a lot is to have it built to accommodate a table and chairs. This simple addition will make the time you spend around your hot tub much more convenient and enjoyable. You can count on getting overheated from time to time in your tub, and it's very nice to be able to get out and sit at a table for a cool beverage or just to chill out without having to climb all the way down and go inside the house. Keep a stocked cooler handy for those occasions.
If you have a large hot tub, your deck design should include enough space for the needs of all the people who may be using your tub at the same time. Some will stay in the water the whole time, while others will prefer to stand outside it or move in and out at frequent intervals. Give them lots of room, some handy deck chairs, a table or two, and a railing to lean on if they're standing.
Finally, you'll want a deck that complements your hot tub and your home. Choose the material carefully! You really can't go wrong with a rich wood such as cedar or oak, which blends in nicely and enhances virtually any décor. Cedar has the advantage of not needing staining, and it lasts a long time in great condition.
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