Deck and hot tub with weather control, privacy, and a view when it's wanted.
Uphill neighbors, cold, and rain seemed to rule out the idea of year-round soaking in a hot tub. But Portland homeowner Janice Butler was not to be denied, so with the help of designer Stuart Jones, she created a place that has privacy, city views, and protection from the elements.
They decided to house a redwood tub in a small structure near the master bedroom and to connect the two buildings with a small courtyard. Enclosing a 12- by 15-foot space, the courtyard's high walls create an extremely private deck for sunbathing and dining.
The 11- by 15-foot hot tub structure has a band of horizontal windows--ready-made glass shower door panels--running around it. Their textured surface ensures privacy while admitting diffused light. Direct light comes from an overhead skylight centered in the peak of the roof.
To admit fresh air, one wood-framed window and the building's main door slide open on barn-door hardware. The low window opening reveals a view of downtown Portland.
The hot tub building has two interior levels: an entry and changing area and, 28 inches higher, a main floor that lies flush with the top of the tub. The tub and its pump and heater sit on a concrete pad beneath the building. (Access to the equipment is through a small door on the downhill side.)
As the hot, moist air from the hot tub rises, it vents through long horizontal openings cut into the 2-by-12 skylight curb. Even with the windows and door closed, enough fresh air flows through small spaces between the 2-by-6 redwood decking to keep moisture from building up and causing mildew.
Photo: High wooden walls surround small deck for privacy. Sliding barn door opens to hot tub
Photo: Daylight floods interior through overhead skylight and band of floor-level windows. Simple framing was left exposed; cedar siding covers outside
Photo: For a view, window slides open on barn-door track. Hill slopes sharply downward on this side, so bathers can see out, but no one can see in
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|Date:||Oct 1, 1984|
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