Since we discovered just how affordable putting in a spa could be, we decided to share this tutorial on How To Add Walls To An Existing Paver Patio with you. Once you have chosen the patio or deck you would like walls around; you can start the project.
How to Add Walls To An Existing Paver Patio:
About two months ago, we ended up with an inflatable spa, by accident. We were trying to decide which above ground pool to purchase when we stumbled upon an inflatable spa that was the same price as pools at the time. We liked the idea of a whirlpool much better since we can use it most of the year and it is not quite as noticeable in the yard. We decided to purchase the inflatable spa, and I am happy to say that we use it almost every night. We have agreed that the spa was one of the best decisions we have ever made. Since we are enjoying unwinding each night in the spa, We wanted to add some walls to the new paver patio we put in for the spa.
How To Add Walls To An Existing Paver Patio Supplies:
SAE Tape Measure
Standard Speed Square
Compound Miter Saw
48-inch Standard Level
4X4 Severe Weather Pressure Treated Lumber
2X4 Severe Weather Pressure Treated Lumber
1X4 Pressure Treated Pine Board
2x2 Pressure Treated Lumber
1X6 Severe Weather Pressure Treated Pine Deck Board
3-inch Countersinking-Head Polymer-Coated Deck Screws
1.625-inch Countersinking-Head Polymer-Coated Deck Screws
How To Add Walls To An Existing Paver Patio:
Step 1: Cut Enough pieces of 4X4 Severe Weather Pressure Treated Lumber to 28-1/2 inches in length to frame out your spa area. We used 11 for the frame including the doorway. Space them evenly around the outer perimeter of your spa area.
If you are working close to a wall or structure, make sure your post will stand level once you screw it down. If necessary, cut out small notches for electrical conduit so that your posts will stand level. A Reciprocating Saw gives quick solutions to these types of problems.
Step 2: Attach your posts to your frame with 3-inch Countersinking-Head Polymer-Coated Deck Screws.
Step 3: When measuring for your top and bottom framework, measure across the lower part of the frame so that your head will stay square. Measure and cut 2X4 Severe Weather Pressure Treated Lumber to the correct lengths to go between your 4X4 posts and attach with 3-inch Countersinking-Head Polymer-Coated Deck Screws at the top of the posts. With your 4-fot level, make sure your cross boards are level, and use your speed square to make sure your inside corners stay square as you go around the frame.
Step 4: Measure and cut 2X4 Severe Weather Pressure Treated Lumber to the correct lengths to go between your 4X4 posts and attach with 3-inch Countersinking-Head Polymer-Coated Deck Screws around the bottom of your frame.
Step 5: Measure and cut 1X6 Severe Weather Pressure Treated Pine Deck Board to go around the outside and inside of your frame. It may be easier to start by framing the doorway or entrance first and working from there. When attaching the 1X6 Deck Board, center the board on the 4X4 post so that you have the same amount of overhang on each side of the 4X4.
Then attach the inside and outside 1X6 Severe Weather Pressure Treated Pine Deck Board side by side on the inside and the outside of your frame to make the walls.
Measure your 1X6 Severe Weather Pressure Treated Pine Deck Board to go across the top of your patio wall, cutting 45-degree angles in the corners, to make the top of your wall. Line up the boards you cut with the outside and inside edges of the vertical wall boards. Attach to the wall with 1.625-inch Countersinking-Head Polymer-Coated Deck Screws.
Now you have your walls up, what do you think about adding some lighting to further spice up this area? Using the spa at night will be very pleasant with some nice lighting, don't you agree?
So, are you ready to go out and purchase your inflatable spa yet?
Tip: When working in a wet location you should have a Self-Test GFCI Outlet with a weatherproof cover installed. This type of outlet automatically runs self-tests to monitor for faults. The weatherproof cover keeps both the receptacle and any plugs dry and installation must be in accordance with national and local codes.