Trex Rain Escape can double your dry outdoor living space

Columbus deck open porch and hot tub 750I am a huge fan of TimberTech– their range of products, their durability, fit-and-finish and warranty make them the perfect choice for many of the Columbus deck and porch jobs that we build. My enthusiasm for their products doesn’t keep me from recognizing and making use of other winning deck systems though. I’m also look for other great products that deliver great results.

We used one of these to create a delightful new 2-story Canal Winchester deck that backs up to a golf course. The Trex Rain Escape system allowed us to give our customers a Columbus covered deck that is both a walkout from their basement and a combination open air and covered deck on their first floor. What I love about Rain Escape is that it is hidden between the flooring on the top level and the ceiling on the bottom level– you don’t see it. The troughs that catch the water sit between the joists, leaving room for electrical lines and boxes.

Trex rain escape ceiling
Trex rain escape ceiling

This project has completely transformed this home from something ordinary to a real showstopper. When you look along the line of other homes bordering the fairway, you don’t see anything that can touch this oasis on the golf course. We built a robust structure below with additional posts to support an 8-person hot tub under the roof on the upper level. This positioning not only gives the clients a gorgeous view from the bubbles of the tub, but extra privacy and security as well.

We used TimberTech Terrain Brown Oak for the decking. As I said, TimberTech is a wonderful, low-maintenance product and pairs easily with the Trex system. The ceiling on the lower level evokes a Hawaiian feeling with a palm-inspired fan and lighting inset to a rustic cedar tongue-and-groove ceiling. The posts and railings were also done in cedar with black aluminum pickets to keep the balcony view unobstructed. The stairs are positioned down the side of the house, maximizing deck space above and below.

Yes you can have a hot tub on a second level deck with a stronger or reinforced substructure
Yes you can have a hot tub on a second level deck with a stronger or reinforced substructure

The grill and dining set are currently on the upper floor, but they could easily be above or below. The dry area we’ve created on the lower level has the lighting and finish of an interior room so you could easily bring out a fire pit or television or stereo system under there and host a party on the “19th hole.”

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus
Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

If you’re thinking about adding an outdoor living space to your Columbus backyard, give us a call to see how we can make creating your dream backyard an enjoyable experience, start to finish. The consultation is completely free. Call (740) 879 – 3730, email us at or visit our website at We look forward to connecting with you.

Author: archadeckofcolumbus

I began my association with Archadeck in 2001 when I was working for a subcontractor that Archadeck of Columbus was employing for patio installations. I had been working in the Landscape/Hardscape industry for quite a few years at the time and immediately noticed a difference in how Archadeck operated in comparison with other deck companies that we worked with. Over the years of working with Archadeck on numerous projects, large and small, I came to realize the importance of what they were selling; beautiful designs, top-notch craftsmanship and a world class customer experience. This is what drove me to start working for Archadeck in January of 2011 and eventually buying the company in 2016. My wife, Amber, and my son, Logan, could not be happier to be a part of such a wonderful organization. We look forward to the future as we build the outdoor living environments our customers dream of with the “world class” service they deserve!

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