When designing a deck, it is critical that you keep two questions in mind: Does this design complement and augment the rest of my backyard? Does this deck fulfill the best use of what I intend for my hot tub? The answers to these questions will inform many of the decisions from building materials used to size and orientation of the deck. Before you begin, here are several features that you can consider as good pillars to design around:
Lighting is everything to a cool and functional hot tub deck and there are an unlimited number of design options out there. Some things to consider though are how removed or integrated your hot tub will be into already existing backyard structures like a porch, and what type of mood you are looking to create when the sun goes down. String lights can lend themselves to a more festive feel, while more traditional tree lighting serves to illuminate both the deck, yard, and porch areas.
Depending on where your hot tub and deck are located, shade can either be a critical consideration, or it can be a feature used more for visual design purposes. Moveable umbrellas are a simple option that get the job done but are not very interesting.
Shade sails are much more eye catching and come in a broad range of colors and shapes.
This will depend a lot on cost, availability, and ease of installation but it is always a good idea to go with a building material that already matches or compliments elements of what you have going on in the rest of the backyard. Wood is a great decking material and can lend a sense of warmth to the entire environment, but if the rest of your backyard decking is flagstone it might clash.
For some great examples and to get you started on envisioning your brand new hot tub and deck, take a look at our extensive project gallery. Or give us a call. We are always happy to help.