Another Deck Project

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 302023

When we left our home in Show Low, Arizona to become fulltime RVers back in 1999, there were many changes in our lives, and while we had to give up some things to live our dream, the tradeoff was well worth it.

If there was one thing we both missed most of all it would be the hot tub we had on our deck. Terry and I both have bad backs, and there was nothing more relaxing than soaking in the tub and letting the jets massage our aches and pains away. Over the years we occasionally found a hot tub in an RV park or a hotel where we were staying that we could take advantage of, and every time we did, we lamented the fact that we couldn’t fit one into our motorhome. We always said if we ever got off the road we would have another one. Then when we bought our place in Florida, the lot was too small to put one in.

Now we have lots of room here at our new place in Alabama, and it’s time to get another hot tub. But before we could do that, we wanted a flat low profile deck built outside of our bedroom that we could access by way of our sliding door to put it on.

I called Alan Banks from Banks Construction, who built our big deck this past summer, and told him what we needed done. Yesterday morning Alan and his dad Scott showed up and went to work. When finished, the new deck will be 12×16 feet with a pergola on the end where the hot tub will be installed. The first step was framing in the deck.

Then they built the pergola, leaving plenty of room for the hot tub to slide into place.

Blocks will be placed under the deck to support the weight of the hot tub. Here’s what it looks like now from our bedroom door. They will be back today to finish the construction. Then we need to let it sit for a while before we stain the deck. We’re looking forward to getting it all done and breaking in the new year soaking under the stars.

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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

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  2 Responses to “Another Deck Project”

  1. Did you consider dropping the height of getting into your hot tub by digging out a space below the deck and doing your support foundation and water lines below the current ground level. If not, I hope you install safety handrails on your steps for climbing in. Also, add a bathroom-style towel or robe heater to grab something cozy when you get out 🥰

  2. No restroom at Preservation Hall in New Orleans. Go before you get in line. And get in line early because the hall is small. And there is no seating with backs. But we stayed through two performances, anyway. It was worth it!

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