|Forum topic by Tony1212||posted 11-06-2014 08:57 PM||863 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
11-06-2014 08:57 PM
I have a hot tub on the back patio. My wife wants it covered up so she doesn’t get wet using it in the rain. (Her words, not mine). I won’t be attaching it to the house, so I don’t have to worry about attaching the ledger board to a wall. I live near Chicago, so snow load is a concern.
I was thinking 4×6 posts with a 4×6 beam on top of them. The one closest to the house would be 10ft high by 12ft wide. The one away from the house would be 8ft high by 12ft wide. Then 2×6 joists would span the 10ft between them. There would be 2×6 stretchers between the joists, and corrugated smoked lexan for the roof.
However, I hate the look of the steel ties that everyone seems to use. I realize that they are very strong and make the project go together very quickly, but damn they are ugly. Though, I am going to use them to anchor the posts to the concrete patio, but I have a plan to cover them up with some trim.
Can I use lag screws to attach the 4×6 beams to the top of the posts? That would be screwing into end grain.
Then how would I hang the joists that would be up to code but still avoid the use of the ties? I’d rather not have to buy a bunch of extra lumber to to cover them up. Could I just notch the bottom of the joists so they fit the beams and screw them in from the top?
I haven’t gotten any permits or anything yet. I’m looking to do this in the spring, but starting my planning now.
-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs