Our Top Maintenance Tips for Beautiful Triangle Decks

triangle decksHere at Structurally Speaking, we build beautiful custom decks to perfectly suit your family’s needs. With a little deck maintenance, homeowners can make their Triangle decks last longer. Luckily, annual deck maintenance doesn’t have to be hard. Both wood decks and composite decks are fairly easy to maintain.

 

Decking Material and Maintenance Requirements

Two common decking materials are pressure-treated wood (typically pine) and composite. Some homeowners also like to consider exotic hardwoods, redwoods/cedar, and pvc vinyl. All decking materials have pros and cons when it comes to maintenance.

Pine is an extremely common option because it is less expensive. However, keep in mind that this material requires more upkeep over time, so it may not be the least expensive option in the end. Pine will fade to a gray look over time and needs to be repainted or restained every few years. This type of wood is susceptible to splitting and splintering if not maintained.

Exotic hardwoods give you beautiful, rich colors. These are extremely hard, which makes it more difficult to replace individual boards when needed. The good news, though, is that you won’t need to replace boards often. These types of woods resist rot and insect damage. You’ll still need to paint/stain occasionally if you want to maintain a certain color, but not as often as with pine. Redwood and cedar are similar, though these are softer woods that may need extra care in areas of high foot traffic.

Composite is a decking material we recommend if you want as little maintenance as possible while still maintaining the look of wood. This product is made with a combination of plastic and wood fibers. It doesn’t splinter or rot easily, and you don’t have to paint or stain it. PVC vinyl is also a low maintenance option, but unfortunately doesn’t give you the look of wood. However, many homeowners love this material for railing.

Spring Cleaning for Your Deck

No matter what type of decking material you choose, all Triangle decks need a little spring cleaning. This is a great time of year to give your deck a quick visual inspection and call us if any repairs are needed.

You’ll also want to wash off your deck to remove any dirt and grime that has built up during the winter. Pressure washing will really make your deck shine. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can also use a scrub brush and regular hose. Remove any loose debris like leaves first so you don’t scratch your deck. Remember to use cleaning products specifically made for decks, so it helps resist mold and mildew.

If you are going to use a pressure washer, make sure you are constantly moving the nozzle. Especially with pine, pressure washers can cause gouges in the wood if you stay on one spot too long.

After you clean your deck and allow it to dry, it is a great time to apply a coat of sealant. We can recommend a product that works with your specific deck material. Both wood decks and composite decks benefit from a coat of sealant.

Maintenance Throughout the Season for Triangle Decks

Over the spring, summer, and fall, a bit of quick maintenance can help your deck stay in great shape. We recommend sweeping away any debris that collects. If puddles collect in any area, you can sweep them away. Keep plants trimmed back so they are not settling against your deck, and make sure birds and other critters are not building nests, especially if your deck has a pergola.

In general, deck maintenance is pretty easy. The most difficult type of deck to maintain is a hot tub deck, because you have to ensure the hot tub water chemistry is correct, as well as drain the water and scrub the hot tub regularly. That said, many homeowners find the maintenance worth the reward of being able to soak in their own private hot tub whenever they want!

FAQs About Deck Contractors

If you don’t currently have a deck, we can help! Here at Structurally speaking we build custom decks to match your home and lifestyle. We’ll take maintenance into consideration when helping you select the design and materials for your deck. Here are some other frequently asked questions about working with deck builders:

Who are the best deck builders in my area?

We might be a bit too biased to answer this question! However, what we will say is that the best deck builders in any area will take your needs into consideration and design a deck just for you. Our owner, Jim, does a free consultation with every client to ensure that he creates the perfect deck for you. You deserve more than just a cookie-cutter wood platform. With custom Triangle decks, your backyard can truly be an oasis that you want to use every day.

What if I’m not happy with my deck?

When you work with Structurally Speaking, we’re not happy until you are. Our building team can perfectly translate the design from paper to real life. Jim oversees the process every step of the way, so there are no surprises. What you see in the design presentation is what you get, period. Of course, if you are not 100% in love with the design, we can make changes. We won’t start building until you are happy with the deck design

Do you have more questions about building a custom deck? Contact us today! We’d love to help you build the deck of your dreams.

10 Design Ideas for Your Cozy and Cool Custom Hot Tub Deck

custom hot tubImagine finishing your work day and slipping into your very own bubbling hot tub. Is there any better way to relax? Here at Structurally Speaking, we have experience building custom hot tub decks. These decks support the weight of the hot tub and give you the perfect spa-like experience in your own backyard.

 

Because we build custom decks rather than simply providing cookie cutter solutions, we can add in features to make your deck even better. Here are ten cool deck ideas you can consider for your hot tub deck.

Add a Pergola for Protection from the Sun

Depending on the location of your new hot tub, you might need some protection from the sun. To fully immerse yourself in the spa experience, you need to be completely comfortable, which is hard to do with the sun in your eyes.

A pergola is a great option to solve this problem. With a pergola, you can control how much of the sun you block. Pergolas also make great structures for climbing plants if you want more of a rain forest feel for your hot tub deck. Learn more about our pergolas here.

Exotic Hardwoods as a Decking Material

You can take your hot tub deck to the next level by using exotic hardwoods as the decking material. Exotic hardwoods are a little more expensive than woods such as pine. However, they make a huge impact. They’re perfect if you want a real wow factor. Hardwoods can also last longer than some other kinds of decking material. Plus, they stand up well to the heaviness of a hot tub deck.

Keep in mind, exotic hardwoods aren’t total budget busters. Many varieties can still be less expensive than composite. During your initial consultation, we’ll talk about budget to help you choose the best decking material for your project.

Build a Combination Deck and Sunroom/Porch

Do you want to get even more use out of your hot tub deck? Don’t just stop with building a deck! Instead, build an entire outdoor living space.

We customize every deck project to perfectly suit your needs. A combination deck/sunroom makes sense for many families. Check out this blog post about the benefits to building a sunroom. If a sunroom isn’t right for you, you can also consider a screened porch to add a covered element to your outdoor living space.

Built-in Benches and Bars

We love to help homeowners make their custom hot tub decks more functional. One of the easiest ways to do this is to have our deck builders add benches or bars around the hot tub area.

When you are in the hot tub, you’ll need a place to set your drink, right? Benches and bars also work great for towels, food, books, or anything you need to set down within reach while you enjoy the water.

Multiple Levels for a Unique Design

A hot tub deck doesn’t have to be a simple square. Although, it can be! However, we love helping homeowners add a unique multi-level design. This allows your deck to have multiple “zones” for different activities.

In other words, we can create an area for your hot tub, but also areas for relaxing in a hammock, enjoying a fire pit or outdoor fire place, grilling or doing other types of cooking outside, gardening, and more. A multi-level deck design helps to break up the space, especially when you’re entertaining or if you have a large family.

Create a Zen Space Filled with Plants

Your deck can be so much more than slabs of wood. We can help you seamlessly integrate plants into your new deck. This includes:

  • Built-in planters
  • A deck built around trees or other mature, large plants
  • Walls and other structures for climbing plants
  • Spaces set aside within the deck for gardening
  • Storage areas for your gardening tools

During your consultation, let us know if you want to focus on adding plants as part of your new deck.

Entertain with Outdoor TVs, Speakers, and More

As you’re enjoying your hot tub, you might want to also watch a movie, listen to music, binge your favorite podcast, or otherwise enjoy some entertainment. We can make this possible.

Part of your hot tub deck design might focus on outdoor speakers, televisions, and projectors. Sure, you can get cheap waterproof speakers, but we can build them into your deck for an optimal experience.

Storage for Your Hot Tub Items

A hot tub is not all fun and games, unfortunately. It does need a bit of care over time. This includes checking the water chemistry and adding chemicals as needed, removing debris that gets into the water, and occasionally draining the tub to scrub it. Read more about hot tub maintenance here.

We can’t promise to make this part of hot tub ownership fun, but we can make it much easier with built-in storage for your supplies. This is also a great place to store extra towels, robes, and other items you might need for your hot tub.

Location Options for Your Custom Hot Tub

As part of our design process, we’ll talk to you about your different options for your hot tub deck location. Sometimes, it makes sense to have the hot tub right outside your door. Other times, it might make sense to have a detached deck and gazebo area farther away from the house.

It really depends on several factors, including the view you want from your hot tub, privacy in relation to your neighbors, who will be using the hot tub, and more. If you aren’t sure which location is best, we’ll go over the pros and cons of each option.

Add Elements to Make It Your Own – FAQs about Other Options

The best design is a custom design. When you work with Structurally Speaking, you get a totally unique hot tub deck. Here are a few FAQs regarding other elements to your deck design:

Can you build a recessed hot tub deck?

Yes, though for safety reasons, we recommend a partially recessed hot tub. They are easy to get in and out of as compared to a fully recessed hot tub.

Does the deck have to be rectangular?

Absolutely not! Our hot tub decks can be built in any shape. We’ll help you come up with a design that fits your home, your yard, and the shape of your hot tub.

I have some really crazy deck ideas. Can you help?

We’re open to all your ideas. Our goal is to create a deck that you love. We’ll take your design dreams and turn them into reality.

Contact us today to get started with your new hot tub deck.

Our Triangle Deck Builders can Create an Outdoor Paradise

triangle deck buildersAre you itching for a vacation? When you have a beautiful backyard oasis, every day can feel like a vacation! Here at Structurally Speaking, we help our homeowners build the perfect outdoor paradise that’s always just a few steps away. Our Triangle deck builders turn your dreams into reality.

 

Complete Customization – No Boring, Cookie-Cutter Decks Here!

One of the biggest advantages of working with our team is that you’ll get a completely customized deck or other outdoor living space. We don’t build boring, rectangle decks that look exactly the same as every other deck in your neighborhood. There’s nothing wrong with a simple deck. However, these cookie cutter “solutions” don’t really give you the true functionality your family deserves.

Every new deck project we take on starts with a no-obligation consultation. We’ll listen to your ideas for your backyard space, and ask you questions about how the space will be used. Then, our owner Jim designs a deck just for you.

Your deck can be simple or complex. It can have stairs, ramps, or multiple levels. We can build a hot tub deck, add pergolas, build planters and benches, and more. In other words, we’ll build the perfect deck for you based on how you plan to use your new deck.

A Personalized Experience from Start to Finish

When you work with Structurally Speaking, we don’t just design the deck and then subcontract the work to a third party. Yes, some deck contractors do this, and it means you’ll have no idea if what you see on paper will translate into a real life deck. You might not even know when the builders are going to show up.

We oversee every project, which is built by our in-house team of experienced Triangle deck builders. We’re on hand during the entire construction process so you can ask questions. You’ll never have to wonder what is going on when you work with our team.

Our builders have experience with a wide range of materials, including both wood and composite. Composite decking gives you the look of wood, but is longer lasting. It is made from wood fiber, plastic, and a binding agent to give you a long-lasting product that works well for many homeowners. Whether you choose wood, composite, or another material, we’ll make sure it beautifully complements the look of your home.

Does Customization Come at a Cost?

You might be wondering how much your new backyard paradise will cost. Here’s the good news: we can work with most budgets!

When it comes to decks, you can find a very wide range of prices. Customization always costs a little more, but this slightly higher cost means that you can get the exact deck you really want. In turn, this means you’ll use your deck more often. We can also help you save money in other ways. For example, we use the best quality materials on the market, so your deck will last longer.

Keep in mind that adding a deck also adds value to your home. You’ll generally recoup over 70% of the costs if you add a deck to your home, according to Remodeling’s Cost vs. Value report. This makes adding a wood deck one of the best renovations you could do, financially speaking. Not only does it increase your home’s value, but it can also help you sell your home faster. So, someday if you decide to sell your home, you’ll be glad it has a beautiful outdoor living space.

Frequently Asked Questions about Hiring Triangle Deck Builders

If you have any questions about building a new deck or renovating an old deck, we are happy to help. Here are a few frequently asked questions we get from homeowners here in North Carolina:

  • Do I need a permit to build a new deck?

It depends on your county/city building codes and the scope of the project. We’re extremely familiar with filing the right paperwork before we build your deck. You can leave this part to us! We’ll let you know exactly what permits you need and apply for them on your behalf.

  • Will I need permission from my homeowner’s associate?

Again, it depends. Every homeowner’s association is different. Generally speaking, decks are fine because they are in your backyard and add value to your home. However, we can help you navigate this situation if you have a homeowner’s association.

  • How long will it take for my new deck project to be finished?

We’ll talk about your timeline during your initial consultation. Typically, we can complete deck projects fairly quickly. Smaller decks take just a few days, while larger decks and more complex decks can take a week or more. Rain can also hinder the project. We’ll discuss this with you so you know exactly what to expect with your deck.

  • Which decking material is best?

This answer will vary depending on your needs. Wood is typically cheaper upfront but does have more upkeep costs, since you’ll have to paint or stain it regularly. Composite materials are more expensive upfront but have lower upkeep costs over time. Within these categories, there are also a range of prices and features. We’ll help you chose what makes the most sense for your deck based on your needs and budget.

If you have more questions about Triangle deck builders or your deck project, contact us today. We can answer your questions as well as set up a free initial consultation to discuss your deck needs.

Benefits of Adding a Screened Deck to Your Home

screened deckIs a screened deck right for your home? If you’re looking for a new indoor/outdoor living space, a screened porch or deck is just one of your options. Here at Structurally Speaking, we can create a custom design just for you. Our goal is to construct the perfect additional living space, based on your family’s specific needs and your home’s design.

Screened Deck Advantages

Adding a screened in porch or deck gives you an additional living space for entertaining and relaxing. You get some additional benefits as well:

  • A screened living space allows you to bring the outdoors in, so you can enjoy your backyard with some protection from the elements.
  • Unlike open decks, a screened in deck is a safer option for young children and pets, since you can keep the door locked.
  • You don’t need to build a new room onto your home. We can add screens to your current deck or porch.
  • With the screens, you are protected from bugs, which is especially helpful on summer evenings when mosquitos can make enjoying your yard unbearable.

Additionally, adding an outdoor space can be a great home improvement investment. According to Remodeling Magazine, you can recoup over 70% of your costs if you add a deck, for example. In other words, the value of your home will increase, so that someday when you sell, you’ll be able to ask a higher price. You will also typically be able to sell your home faster, since buyers often look for an indoor/outdoor space when searching for a home.

Beyond Decks: Other Indoor/Outdoor Space Options

Instead of a screened deck, you may wish to consider a different type of living space that brings the outdoors inside. Each has its own advantages.

First, many homeowners love the versatility of adding a sunroom. A sunroom typically has large windows, but also has heating, cooling, and electricity. You can use this space all year long, even during the coldest parts of winter and hottest parts of summer.

You can also consider a three-season room. Unlike screened porches and decks, these rooms are completely enclosed with glass windows for added protection from the elements. However, these typically don’t have heating and cooling like a true sunroom.

Some homeowners may also want to consider a traditional porch, patio, or deck instead of a screened-in option. You can add on to an existing porch or deck, or we can build one from scratch. These spaces are less versatile than a room with windows or screens, but they are a budget-friendly option.

The Budget for Your New Deck

Speaking of your budget, you might be wondering how much to set aside for your new indoor/outdoor living space. The short answer is: it depends.

At Structurally Speaking, we create a custom design for every homeowner. You’ll start the process with a no-obligation meeting where we discuss your design preferences, along with budget. We think it’s extremely important to start on the same page. We’ll never design a space you can’t afford.

To keep the price in your budget, we can look at the size and complexity of design for your new deck, as well as the materials. We don’t sacrifice quality, but some materials are just naturally less expensive than others. For example, composite decking typically costs more than wood. We’ll also ensure the screen material, roof material, and other materials fit into your budget.

How We Create the Perfect Deck Design

The budget isn’t the only thing we discuss during your initial consultation. This is a meeting you’ll have with Jim, the owner of Structurally Speaking. Jim oversees every deck, porch, and sunroom project from start to finish.

If you have clear deck or porch ideas, Jim can bring life to the picture in your head. However, if you aren’t sure what you want, he can help. He’ll look at your existing deck or porch if you have one, as well as the overall space and design of your home. He will also go over features you can add, such as a hot tub deck, pergola, fire pit, built-in planters, and more. By the end of this meeting, Jim will have a good idea of what will work best for your home and family.

Next, we’ll schedule a design presentation. During this second meeting, Jim will show you drawings of his designs for your space. You can make changes to the deck or porch design at this point, so the final result is exactly what you want.

Once you are completely happy with the design, we’ll start the building process. Jim oversees the team to ensure that his drawings are translated from paper to real life. You don’t have to worry about the deck or porch cost inflating at this point; the price we quoted at the design presentation is the price you get. We don’t give you a surprise bill at the end of the project.

FAQs about Screened Decks

Every screened-in porch or deck is different, but here are a few frequently asked questions about this kind of outdoor living space:

  • Is a screened-in deck heated or cooled?

Typically, no, though it is common to have a ceiling fan. If you want a climate-controlled space, we recommend a sunroom.

  • Can screened decks have a fire pit?

We don’t recommend most fire pits under a roof. However, you can still have a fire feature! There are fire features that are safe under a roof, such as outdoor fireplaces.

  • Does a screened porch or deck add to the square footage of your home?

This area is usually not calculated as square footage if you sell the home, but it is a bonus space that buyers love to see.

Do you have more questions about screened decks or other outdoor living areas? Contact us today! Give us a call at 919-786-4825. We’re happy to answer any of your questions and set up an initial meeting so you can speak to Jim about your deck project.

Hot Tub Deck – Make it a Reality with Structurally Speaking!

Hot Tub DeckA hot tub deck is a growing outdoor living space trend among homeowners. This luxurious home improvement provides many benefits to homeowners. The benefits go far beyond the fact that hot tubs are relaxing and increase your home’s value.

You might be wondering if you can add a hot tub to an existing deck. Or, you might be considering adding one on your new deck plan. There are certainly many factors to consider when creating your very own hot tub deck.

The design ideas are virtually endless. There are so many fun ways to create a unique and custom space for hot tub decks.

At Structurally Speaking, our experienced team can skillfully guide you through the entire process of hot tub deck building… from design to completion. We break down the top four categories of hot tub benefits, dive into all the various variables to consider when building a hot tub deck, and provide some creative and fun ideas to inspire your future design in our blog below.

Ready to start today? Give us a call at 919-786-4825 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Structurally Speaking owner, Jim Brennan.

Benefits of a Hot Tub Deck

Hot tub decks are a hot topic of discussion in the home improvement and outdoor living industries. Both Travel + Leisure and HGTV recently covered them and provide numerous creative design ideas. If you are considering adding one to your house, then it is important to consider all the advantages they provide homeowners.

There are four categories of benefits that a hot tub deck offers homeowners. Those are:

  1. Homeownership benefits
  2. Physical health benefits
  3. Mental health benefits
  4. Social benefits
Homeownership Benefits

One of the biggest advantages to homeowners who choose to build a hot tub deck is that it increases their house’s value. How much value it adds depends on various factors, including the condition of the spa and deck. In some instances it can add to your home’s value up to 50% of the cost.

Another great benefit to homeowners is they create their own private luxurious backyard retreat right at home. They do not feel the need to go out and pamper themselves, because their home feels like a vacation destination.

Physical Health Benefits

There are many physical health benefits to soaking in a spa or hot tub. A few of the top ones include:

  • Creates muscle relaxation
  • Relieves joint pain, like arthritis
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Burns calories
  • Improves insulin sensitivity
  • Restores flexibility
  • Alleviates fibromyalgia symptoms
  • Lessens lower back pain
  • Reduce headaches

Now that you know the numerous physical health benefits, it is important to know regular hot tub soaking also provides several mental health benefits.

Mental Health Benefits

People often focus on their physical health but tend to overlook their mental well-being. However, Psychology Today experts share this way of thought is not good for your overall health, as your mental health is equally, if not more, important. Luckily, regular soaking in a hot tub provides vital mental health benefits. A few of the top mental health benefits include:

  • Decreases anxiety
  • Reduces stress
  • Enhances sleep
  • Improves self-esteem and confidence
  • Encourages socialization

That last bullet point hints to our final category of benefits, which are social benefits.

Social Benefits

Socialization is imperative not just to our society, but to every individual human. It is how we grow, learn, and connect. Therefore, it is crucial to know that a hot tub or spa deck provides multiple social benefits to homeowners.

First, it is a great space for bonding among couples. Quality time together drives a healthy relationship. Luckily, a hot tub deck provides a place where couples can relax and talk together in nature – without the distractions of electronics or the need to leave home.

Next, it is also the perfect outdoor living space for spending quality family time. Do not forget children love hot tubs just as much as adults! This pediatric site provides some great safety tips and guidelines for hot tubs and children.

Finally, it is the ultimate entertaining space. Your friends will be thrilled to come over to enjoy sipping wine, talking the night away, and relaxing in the hot tub together.

Now that you know the abundant benefits of a hot tub or spa deck, it is time to consider what types of decks are compatible for holding hot tubs.

Compatible Types of Decks for a Hot Tub

There are two aspects to consider when installing a hot tub on a deck.

  1. Do you already have a deck and want to modify it to include a hot tub?
  2. Are you designing a new deck that will include a hot tub?

Both have the potential to include a hot tub, but several factors will impact your finished deck. Those include:

  • Deck design
  • Size of deck
  • Hot tub or spa design
  • Weight of hot tub or spa
  • Deck materials
  • Location of hot tub or spa on deck
  • View from deck
Deck Design

If you already have a deck, then the design will need to be modified to accommodate the hot tub. However, if you are building a new deck you can simply design the deck with the hot tub in mind.

The first question to consider is will the deck be fully recessed, partially recessed, or completely above ground? It might seem easier to step into a fully recessed hot tub or spa, but it can make it trickier to get in and out. A full recessed hot tub often leads to people falling in or slipping. Additionally, hot tubs require a lot of maintenance, so it is beneficial to homeowners to have a partially recessed or completely above ground hot tub or spa. Most professionals recommend that it be at least 17 to 24 inches above the decking.

Below are a few questions that we often ask in our free, no-obligation consultation regarding deck design.

  1. Is your deck, or your future deck, a short deck, raised deck, or multi-leveled deck? These design aspects play a vital role in if, and where, it is possible to place a hot tub on the deck.
  2. Do you have a pool already and are you adding on this hot tub deck as an additional outdoor space?
  3. Would you like the deck or patio door near the hot tub? This is a great idea if you plan to use the hot tub in the cooler months. It means there is less time between being out of the water and back into the heated indoors.

These are only some of the questions to consider when adding a hot tub to your existing or new backyard deck.

Size of Deck

The square foot size of a deck directly impacts if and where you can place a hot tub or spa on your deck. Hot tubs range in size. They can be smaller for two people only or larger to accommodate more than seven people. Everything in between is available so there are numerous options to choose from for homeowners. When discussing building a hot tub deck, the size of the deck is among one of the first things we will need to know.

Hot Tub or Spa Design

Like size, the design and shape of the hot tub or spa plays an instrumental role on where it can be placed on your existing or new deck. There might be limitations on exiting decks to what options of hot tubs will work on that deck. However, on a new deck you can design the deck to accommodate any desired hot tub design.

Weight of Hot Tub or Spa

There are three weight factors to consider when building a hot tub deck.

  1. Actual weight of hot tub or spa.
  2. Weight of water required to fill the hot tub or spa.
  3. Approximate weight of maximum people hot tub or spa fits.

Depending on the size and design of the hot tub or spa, its weight will vary from approximately 600 to 800 pounds. That is the average empty weight. It is important to factor in how much overall weight support is needed; therefore, the weight of the water and occupants must be factored into the equation.

One gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds. Depending on the size, the range of how many gallons of water a hot tub holds varies. On average, a hot tub or spa holds anywhere from 300 to 675 gallons of water. This means the weight of water needed to fill a hot tub ranges from 2,502 to 5,629.5 pounds.

Do not forget about factoring in the weight of the people planning to use the hot tub. The average person weighs 181 pounds. Therefore, if you have a two-person hot tub then you need to factor in around 362 pounds. Whereas, if you have a seven-person hot tub then you need to factor in around 1,267 pounds.

When you consider all three of these variables the average loaded weight of a hot tub or spa usually ranges from approximately 3,000 pounds to 8,000 pounds. That is a lot of weight! This means it is imperative to have a deck made of materials that can support that weight.

Deck Materials

If you’re designing a new deck, then it is easier to initially select materials that you know will support the full hot tub or spa weight.

The most common deck materials are:

  • Composite decking
  • Pressure treated lumber
  • Exotic hardwood

Each has pros and cons, especially when considering its use for a hot tub deck. A composite deck tends to be one of the most common choices for its easy maintenance, lower cost, and durability.

During our free, no-obligation consultation we will discuss what decking materials you want to consider and their effectiveness for hot tub decks.

Another material to consider is reinforcement materials. Deck contractors use these materials both for modifying a current deck or building a new deck to support the hot tub weight.

The top four ideas to reinforce your deck are:

  1. Fasteners – adding to the ledger board
  2. Extra joist hangers – installing those and securing with stainless steel deck screws
  3. Beams – adding extras beams at every corner
  4. Concrete slab – adding a reinforcement concrete slab
Location of Hot Tub or Spa on Deck

A deck design also plays a key role in the hot tub placement. First, it should be somewhere that has the structural support for the hot tub or spa. Additionally, it should not be somewhere that people would easily run into the hot tub or fall into the hot tub.

View from Deck

The placement of the hot tub or spa often depends upon the view from the deck. One question to ask yourself is, do you want it against the house for more shade and privacy? Or would you rather place it further out on the deck to capitalize on your view. If you have a secluded backyard that provides a beautiful nature scene among the trees, then you might want to place it where the view is unobstructed.

Hot Tub Deck Design Ideas

One of the best parts about designing a hot tub deck is the many additional add-ons or features available for consideration. Below are some of the most popular design ideas to ponder:

  • Hooks/rack for towels or robes
  • Pergola
  • Privacy fence
  • Lattice fencing with fabric or curtains
  • Bench around hot tub
  • Steps
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Gazebo
  • Bar and seating around hot tub
  • Plants to create backyard oasis
  • Trellis
  • Fire pit
  • Screened-in area to keep bugs away
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Lighting to create ambiance
  • Handrail
  • Outdoor home theater

We are happy to discuss these and any other hot tub deck design ideas you have in a free, no-obligation consultation.

Why Choose Structurally Speaking to Design and Build your Hot Tub Deck?

At Structurally Speaking, we are 100% focused on providing the best possible experience to our clients. From consultation to providing a stunning structure, we will be with you every single step of the way. We provide the following superior services to our clients:

  • Streamlined project management process
  • Excellent customer service
  • Attention to detail in designing and building every project
  • Professional and responsive communication

If you are interested in more than just building a hot tub deck, we also offer the following services listed below.

Build Your Dream Hot Tub Deck Today!

Do not wait any longer to make your dream a reality. Call us today at 919-786-4825 or complete our simple contact form to request a free, no-obligation consultation. We will discuss all aspects of your hot tub deck project during that call or meeting, provide expert advice on the project, and talk about pricing and budget factors. A hot tub deck does not have to be a mere fantasy, at Structurally Speaking we will make it a reality for you!