Looking to install a hot tub in your home or backyard? Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as a couple of simple purchases. Before you make the commitment, look through the following list and decide whether or not you’re prepared for such a major home addition.
Depending on where you live, you might need a specific permit to add a room or deck to your house. If you build without a necessary permit, you risk rendering your house unsellable in the future. Check with your local building department for more information.
Hot tubs are heavy, and you need a solid foundation to support it. If your tub will be outside, make sure you build a sturdy deck or ground. Install deeper footings if the ground might freeze in the wintertime. If your hot tub room will be indoors, consult a structural engineer about what you can do to reinforce the floor.
At some point you’ll have to replace the water completely in the tub, so you’ll need to be prepared. Make sure there’s a path for a water line in place, and the floor will need to be treated with potential leaks in mind. Any sort of drainage system you can implement into the room will be necessary.
This is particularly important for an indoor tub. Paint interior walls with a moisture-resistant paint, and make sure there’s a good air flow in the room. If you’re not planning on keeping the windows open constantly, opt for a good ventilation system (look for local services; Vancouver Heating is a great bet for those in the area) to keep water from collecting where it will do damage.
While not fundamentally important, it’s a good idea to have the look and style of your space in mind when purchasing your hot tub. You’ll want to match the design of the tub, and reflect it in the color of the walls, the size of the windows, and whatever visible foundation you build around it. Keep in mind the mood you’d like to surround the area with, whether it be a “party area” or one of relaxation. In either case, you’ll want enough room to navigate around the tub easily.
If you’d like your spot to be an all-purpose entertainment space, there are many appliances you might want to consider investing in. If you install a TV in the area, make sure it and all cables are safe from water interference. A nearby stereo is another possibility, as well as a BBQ or grill. You’ll want to include extra seating for those who are not in the pool, and a spa caddy to hold drinks is always a good idea.
With these considerations in mind, you can start taking the steps to create your own personal spa spot. If you don’t have extensive construction skills, make sure to get some professional help in these areas. It will be worth the money to produce a high-quality, functional area to add some serious value to your home, as well as to your lifestyle.
David is a freelance journalist and blogger living in New York City. Michael loves writing about DIY projects, home improvement, and garden-related topics.