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Old 06-22-2010, 05:20 PM   #1
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Patio Shade and Privacy ideas for the hot tub


We were thinking of doing a awning for shade to the left of the picture just above the patio door, and building an L-shaped fence around the hot tub for privacy from prying eyes from the one side of the house and the back

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A 14 x 12 feet awning was priced at $2700 installed for a manual one. The wife has said perhaps we are just better of getting a gazebo to keep the cost down

What do you guys think? Ideas welcome

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Why not build a pergola?
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:58 PM   #3
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A pergola is an excellent idea
I'm planning one out over my picnic table
They can be very simple or really fancy
I have seen shade cloth installed under the pergola that can be drawn across for shade
Others I have seen lattice installed in the "ceiling"

Found this one on the net

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I have seen that one on the web too ans I had something similar in our previous house. My wife is looking to keep the cost down because we might be selling in a few years
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I'm thinking the fence would be your most cost effective option.
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I have seen that one on the web too ans I had something similar in our previous house. My wife is looking to keep the cost down because we might be selling in a few years
My last house I bought 4x8 lattice, 4x4 posts & made my own privacy fence around my hot tub

Ah, I saw the $2700 awning & thought a pergola would be less $$
--or could look much better
But they make pretty good "moveable" gazebo's
If you do buy one make sure it does not have thin Alum poles as support structure - they do not last

They start at $200-400 & go up from there

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I'd install a handrail/guard-rail at the steps so you don't slip and fall when using the tub.

Also a fence/rail at the window:

Pools, Hot Tubs, and Spas:
It's no secret that water makes floors and decks slippery, and that the floor around pools and hot tubs is usually wet. Any glazing within 5 feet, measured horizontally, of the water's edge and less than 5 feet above an adjacent walking surface is required to be safety glazed — there are no exceptions to this requirement (see illustration).


The 2006 IRC calls for safety glazing when glazing is "in walls and fences enclosing indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs and spas where the bottom edge of the glazing is less than 60 inches above a walking surface and within 60 inches horizontally of the water's edge. This shall apply to single glazing and all panes in multiple glazing."

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Thanks guys, the L shape fence option seems to be the cheapest so far. All I need is 3 posts in the grounds, a couple of 2x4s and fenceboards

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