Buying a Hot Tub? Thinking of installing a hot tub spa in your garden? Well, that’s a great idea overall, but..... you need to carefully consider where your new hot tub would be best located. In this blog post, we're going to cover some of the main things to consider when choosing where to have your hot tub installed in your home.
Indoor or Outdoor Hot Tub?
(Now you weren't expecting that one!)
We all know that traditionally, hot tub spas for recreational use are installed outdoors where we can enjoy the sun or even enjoy the rain in our luxury hot tub spa. It could make much better sense to locate your hot tub indoors, so that it can be used all year round "if" you have the space. Alternatively, a nice compromise is to have the hot tub installed within a purpose-built structure in your garden. Now that's a great idea.
There are so many options to create an indoor/outdoor structure in your garden these days that more and more home owners are building this kind of structure. You can build your very own garden sanctuary to home your Hot Tub, some of our customers have even had their own bar built around the hot tub with flat screen TVs, making it their perfect relaxtion and entertainment space 365 days a year.
We need to Consider Drainage and Water Supply
Although you won’t be draining and refilling your hot tub very often (Every 3 months on average), you will need a water source. You will also need to consider where you will drain the water to, which is harder to consider. You can change your water yourself or you can sign up to a maintenance plan and let our professionals do the work for you.
Is a Hot Tub Easy to Maintain?
A hot tub doesn’t need an awful lot of maintenance at all, but it is not maintenance free. You need to ensure that there is enough space around the hot tub to clean it properly, and also to provide easy access to the hardware that pumps and heats the water for an engineer, if needed.
Is it Structurally Safe?
A full hot tub is heavy, really heavy. A full hot tub with one or two occupants, could easily weigh three tonnes plus. A swim spa weighs even more! So, wherever you choose to place your hot tub, it needs to be able to take this kind of weight. Otherwise, you will need to add some form to support or reinforcement before installing your hot tub for obvious reasons.
Can I have my Hot Tub on the decking?
This isn't a straight forwarwd yes or no answer I'm affraid. You can certainly place the hot tub on your decking, but you would need to consider the weight that the hot tub will be once it is full of water (and people). In many cases a decking will need to be reinforced to take this extra weight.
Where is the best place to put my Hot Tub?
The most popular choices we find are usually a solid concrete slab or a well re-inforced decking area. Never the less, you can really place your hot tub anywhere that has a solid, flat surface, you just need to be aware of the additional weight. Speak to one of our advisors when placing your order with your ideas.
Do You Need Privacy?
Not everyone is an exhibitionist (some are or don't mind) If you are concerned that neighbours or members of the public might be able to see you while in your hot tub, you will need to choose a location that at least partially conceals it or create a barrier using planting or screens. You could also construct a wall or fence to place your hot tub behind.
Will You Use Your Hot Tub often?
This consideration is the most important of all, and this is why it was left until last. All of the other considerations depend upon this one particularly. So if you intend to use your hot tub almost daily, any time of the day or night, installing it at the end of your garden might not be the best idea. You will have to weigh up each consideration, and make a decision based on ease of use, so that you have easy access to your hot tub whenever you want to use it.
Hot Tub Installation
This all sounds like a lot to consider and some big decisions need to be made before your order. The staff at Online Spas are always on hand to offer help and advise to ensure you always find the perfect hot tub for your home with the ideal position to ensure you can enjoy it as often or as little as you like.