As the title suggests, these are all decks which are built around hot tubs or swimming pools (as opposed to purely decorative water features).
Decks around hot tubs can be need to provide a means of quick and easy access for maintenance. The examples below will give you some idea of how I have dealt with this in the past.
Decks around hot tubs are fine providing there is some way to get at the drain and pumps or filters which may need servicing. It is generally not necessary to provide easy access to the side panels. However, it should be born in mind that it may be necessary to replace a damaged panel, so access to screws should be possible without destroying the deck. Generally, if everything is screwed and not nailed, with exterior grade screws which won’t rust, then that is sufficient (in my opinion). Access to the drain and serviceable items is required more frequently so, this needs to made easy.
In the above examples, the deck around the hot tub for Dave and Kay did not extend to the front so I didn’t need to do anything here. The deck around Yvonne and Trevor’s tub was low down so it is reasonably easy to access the few screws at the base of the side panel by unscrewing one deck plank. Access to the front is gained simply by lifting the steps out of the way. For “Frank”, it was more of a challenge but still possible as you can see.
One other consideration for both decks around hot tubs and decks around pools, is that the decking planking needs to accurately cut around curves. Hopefully, the above examples will illustrate my ability to deal with that aspect.