A luxurious soak in a hot tub doesn’t have to be something you just do in a spa or on holiday.
Nowadays, it’s easy to install a hot tub in your own home or garden. But the first question most people ask is – where should I put it? To help you decide on the best location for your hot tub, I’ve put together the following tips and advice.
Where to put your hot tub
Your hot tub should be placed on a solid, flat, level and continuous surface that contacts the bottom of the hot tub fully. You’ll also need to ensure there’s adequate clearance all around the tub.
You may need to allow for 1m clearance to the hot tub access panels for servicing. If it’s to be situated against a wall or in a corner and clearance is not met, this could mean draining the hot tub to move it for access.
The site you choose must be strong enough to withstand significant weight – hot tubs weigh between 1000 to 2925 kgs. when full. You need to make sure your chosen surface can hold the combined weight of the hot tub with people and water inside it.
The hot tub base surface should be anti-slip for wet feet with a durable and waterproof finish.
In an outdoor location
The garden is often the most practical location for a hot tub as it offers available space.
If you’re planning to install a hot tub in your garden, you’ll want to consider which spot is going to offer you the most privacy. Also, think about weather conditions. Is there a sunny area that’s sheltered from prevailing winds? It’s best to avoid overhanging foliage as this could cause algae on the hot tub cover.
Next, you’ll need to think about practicalities. Where’s a suitable location to run electric cabling and can you fill and drain the hot tub from this spot? It’s best not to position your hot tub in low run-off areas as rain and melting snow could cause flooding, resulting in pump and equipment damage.
A good way to visualise your hot tub in position is to outline the dimensions of the tub with string or chalk so you get a clear picture of the room it will take up. In most cases, a hot tub can be mounted on existing patios that have adequate foundations for loading. You can also opt to sink a hot tub into decking surrounds, so the top is flush with the decking or patio.
Indoors or under a purpose-built structure
If you’d prefer your hot tub to be undercover, you can house it under a purpose-built structure. This could be fully enclosed with doors and windows, or you could choose a tiled roof canopy that offers sturdy and full overhead protection from weather conditions.
Or perhaps you’d prefer a lightweight canopy to act as a shade from the sun and shelter from the rain. Timber hot tub gazebos are an extremely stylish addition to any garden and enable you to enjoy being outside while also providing a level of protection from the elements
Need help choosing the right place for your hot tub?
At HGS, we favour genuine hand-crafted American-built hot tubs, renowned for their exceptional quality and low maintenance costs. We combine this with expert installation and service to ensure you have the hot tub and spa setting that’s right for you.
Our ‘Bases and Shelters by Design Service’ lets you choose a fully customised hot tub base, spa housing and spa shelter or canopy - so you can enjoy your tub, whatever the weather.
We offer guidance on any aspect of buying or installing a hot tub – and we can design and build a shelter that’s perfect for you.
If you’d like further advice, contact Peter on 07749 863650.