Cheap Way to Build Enclosure for a Hot Tub

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Cheap Way to Build Enclosure for a Hot Tub
If your hot tub needs more privacy, build a simple lattice screen. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A hot tub is a relaxing addition to almost any living environment. With some simple tools and easy-to-find lumber, you can build an attractive, cost-effective enclosure to enhance the enjoyment of your hot tub. No major construction is required. Mastery of simple, basic skills and materials and standard tools will allow you to create a useful privacy structure. Embellish it with paint, hanging baskets or flowering plants and climbing vines.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • 4 wooden stakes
  • Post hole digger or sharp spade
  • 4.54 Kilogram of pea gravel
  • 4, 5-pound bags of cement
  • 0.907 Kilogram each, 2-inch galvanised nails and screws
  • Electric drill
  • Hammer
  • 4, 10-feet-long, 4 inch by 4 inch pressure-treated posts
  • 4, 10-feet-long, 2 inch by 4 inch pressure-treated boards
  • 16 pieces of 8-feet long, 2 inch by 2 inch pressure-treated lumber
  • 24 pieces of 3-foot long, 2 inch by 2 inch pressure-treated lumber
  • 8 sections, 8 feet by 3 feet wooden lattice
  • 5, 12-feet-long, 2 inch by 4 inch pressure-treated boards

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  1. 1

    Measure a 10 feet by 10 feet square and pound the stakes into the four corners.

  2. 2

    Dig a 5-inch wide, 2-foot deep hole at each corner and pour 2 inches of pea gravel into the bottoms of the holes.

  3. 3

    Position the posts in the holes and fill with cement. Allow the cement to dry overnight.

  4. 4

    Nail or screw the boards at the top edges of the posts, on the inside of the posts.

  5. 5

    Assemble eight frames from the 2-inch by 2-inch pieces of lumber. One frame consists of two 8-foot pieces connected by the 3-foot pieces at the top, middle and bottom.

  6. 6

    Position two frames on the outside of each post and screw them to the posts to form the corners of the enclosure.

  7. 7

    Nail the lattice sections to the outside of the frames.

  8. 8

    Nail or screw the 5 12-foot boards, equally spaced and parallel to each other, to the top of the enclosure.

Tips and warnings

  • Embellish the structure by painting it with weatherproof deck paint.
  • Plant climbing flowers such as clematis, climbing roses or honeysuckle at the corners to grow up the lattice and over the top of the structure.
  • Drape weatherproof canvas over the boards on the top of the structure for more shade and dramatic effect.
  • Hang baskets of flowers from the ends of the boards on the top of the enclosure.
  • Build shelves for the inside corners of the structure to hold potted plants or flowers.
  • Check with local utilities before digging to avoid damaging buried power, gas and water lines.
  • Check with local zoning authorities before beginning construction about requirements for permits.

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