Deck with recessed hot tub

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Project by wintremute posted 06-19-2009 08:47 PM 11471 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

16×24 deck built of Yellawood.

Back in October I built a 7×7 hot tub platform with utility pole posts, 2×8 joists and 2×6 decking. It is about 11” high on the short side and 19” on the high side. We set the hot tub up and allowed it to settle over the winter (all that water really helps it settle!). Once spring arrived, The deck was built around it.

The deck was framed up in two sections. First section was 16×16 butted up against one side of the hot tub, then extended 8’ past and around it. The inner post of the stairs is the extension point.

4×4 posts at 8’. 2×8 joists at 16”. 2×8 beams. 5/4×6 decking and top rail.

I decided to make the rails “backwards” from what you would normally see simply because I like the idea of having some “knee area” when you’re leaning on the rail, and I think the balusters look a little slicker this way. Just personal preference.

The wife loves it and is very glad that she doesn’t have the rickety old steps that were there before, or have to climb up and down out of the hot tub any more!

Things I learned while building this project:

My level isn’t perfectly level
My square isn’t perfectly square
Just because this board was straight yesterday doesn’t mean it is today
18 year old helpers are great until you have to keep up with them.

-- Bandsaws love thumb meat...

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#1 posted 06-20-2009 11:47 AM

Great job on the deck. You will enjoy that for a long time. That’s my next project after building my shop.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#2 posted 06-20-2009 06:51 PM

Looks like a great deck I build about 30 decks a year. In my area balusters for hand rails has to be less than 4” apart for child saftey issues. I was wondering if you have additional supports for you hot tub, because water really makes hot tubs so heavy about 8.34 pounds per gallon. Making a 200 gallon hot tub about 1700 pounds
not including the hot tubs weight.


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#3 posted 06-23-2009 06:00 PM


The hot tub is on its own platform under the deck. You could park a truck on that thing! As for the balusters, I’m way out in the country. No local codes, and no kids!

-- Bandsaws love thumb meat...

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#4 posted 06-23-2009 06:05 PM

Hey wintermute

I’ll bring my truck right over LOL I didnt mean to insult your building skills . It’s a great looking deck


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