|Project by idahotinker||posted 09-29-2015 04:11 PM||896 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
My wife and I decided to expand our patio for some reason, and in the course of the design we used an existing pergola over the outdoor kitchen as a template for a hot tub shelter. I designed the pergola and deck around the tub using Sketchup and set about the work. It was a huge project for me and took half the summer. But we love the results.
I started with the arches as I knew they would be the most challenging. We have arches around our home and patio, so I attempted to match those as the existing pergola had. I had to decrease the radius a bit in order to get the headroom we wanted (I’m 6’-5”). I devised a compass made from steel studs to create the arcs and made the arches out of laminated 2×12 and PT plywood. With lots of adhesive and screws. Each arch took 8-10 hours and they were incredibly heavy (1 full sheet of 3/4 plywood + 4-12’ 2×12’s each).
I built a frame to properly square the posts up and poured concrete around them (6×6) after treating the ends. I rented a Genie lift and had my son and a friend help set the arches. The beams came after and all were connected with 8” TimberTech screws.
The walls are built inside 4×6 frames using 2×4, 2×3 and 3/4” T&G paneling. I built them in such a way that the back wall can be removed in the event the tub needs to be removed. I designed a lap pattern and used some of the scrap T&G in sort of a Craftsman pattern for the top openings, then whitewash stained it all to match the existing pergola.
We set the tub, then went about building the decking. I used Trex Enhanced for the decking and PT 2×6 for the framing.
It was a huge project, but I think it turned out great. I’m also building a freestanding gas firepit for another part of the patio, but it won’t be made of wood ;-) so no Lumberjock post for that.
You can see many more photos here at my Google album post which has captions for most of the pictures.
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