Where Should You Build Your Hot Tub Paradise?

Many things differentiate hot tubs on the market. Although features and design individualize some models, there are broader differences to consider. For instance, the intended environment for the spa.

Some hot tubs are portable, suitable for families who move around or feel tight on space. Others are permanent fixtures in homes and backyards. For many shoppers, the decision where to put a hot tub boils down to an indoor versus outdoor installation.

Indoor vs Outdoor Spas

The Pros of an Indoor Hot Tub: The Cons of an Indoor Hot Tub:
  • Ultimate privacy
  • Easy accessibility
  • Less maintenance
  • Potential risk to woodwork, structure, walls (paint and insulation), and floors
  • High ventilation demands

Tips on Preparing for an Indoor Spa

For indoor spas, the ground floor promises the greatest structural support. After all, some hot tubs exceed 5,000 pounds once filled. Pushing a hot tub through doorways and up stairs also poses a challenge. You may find the ground floor most convenient.

Regardless where in the house, consider drainage and power. Spas often demand more electricity than is available through conventional outlets. Moreover, the environment must be protected against spillage, leakage, and moisture. How much water escapes the bath tub is small in comparison. Not to mention, the steam generated is more extensive than a long shower.

Good ventilation will help reduce the threat to your home’s interior. However, it will not keep the spa room safe from water damage. For this reason, tile the floors, ceilings, and walls. The humidity is greater than in a typical bathroom, so you may need to remodel aspects of the room accordingly.

The Pros of an Outdoor Hot Tub: The Cons of an Outdoor Hot Tub:
  • Asset for property value
  • Beautiful deck and landscape opportunities
  • More space
  • Substantial installation if without a proper foundation
  • By-laws and other municipal regulations
  • Greater maintenance and risk of damage by the elements

Tips on Preparing for an Outdoor Spa

Like in the house, an outdoor spa requires extensive structural support. Not all landscapes are level, so flattening an area is a necessary first step. But keeping the foundation strong with concrete and other durable materials can add to the cost of a spa. All things considered, don’t mistake this as an argument that indoor spas are cheaper.

Position your outdoor hot tub away from other water sources like eavesdrops and irrigation systems. Although a water unit, excessive moisture can lead to mildew, rust, and other problems. If possible, keep the spa shaded by aligning it close to the home or under a gazebo. Light can fade the exterior and burn the surface leather much like our own skin.

A good distance from the home is about ten feet. From this distance, the spa can connect with power panels without extension cords. Anything closer may intrude the flow of traffic in and out of the home. It may also make things harder to clean!

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