Inviting friends over to sit in your new hot tub is a fun way to entertain or maybe you prefer unwinding all by yourself after a long day at the office. Where you put your hot tub is as important as choosing the right tub for your lifestyle. You need a sturdy platform that will withstand the weight of your tub when full of water and occupants.
Things You'll Need
- Redwood lumber (or chemically-treated lumber)
- Rust-proof screws and nails
- Chop saw
- Lattice or solid wood panels
- Hand tools
Start with a sturdy foundation for your hot tub. Use concrete to stabilize your platform posts in the ground. Consider pouring an entire concrete slab under your hot tub for easy access to the underside of the tub for maintenance.
Beef up your platform by determining the total weight of your spa and occupants and designing the structure to hold the maximum amount of weight. Ask your hot tub retailer for design specifications or contact a local contractor for advice.
Consider setting your new hot tub below the surface of the platform for easy entrance. Instead of providing steps up to the edge of the hot tub, lowering it into the platform makes it accessible from all sides. However, this also makes it easy for a small child to fall into the tub.
Surround the outside of your platform with lattice panels to allow air to circulate easily to the hot tub's pump. Alternately, install solid panels and place the pump on the outside of the panels for easy access.
Choose treated or water-resistant lumber for your platform. As wet bodies sit and walk on your platform, the water will damage the wood if it hasn't been treated and sealed. Redwood is expensive but provides a soft porous surface, very suitable for building hot tub decks.
Provide safety measures on your hot tub platform to prevent small children and animals from entering the water. A locking hard top or a fenced enclosure is a must when there is even the slightest chance that a child may wander near the hot tub.
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