Ready to own a hot tub? Before you purchase your favorite model and arrange for delivery, there are a few things to consider when it comes to picking the right site and situating your hot tub. Not to worry though, we’re here to help you with any questions along the way! To get started, here are seven of the most important things to consider when situating your hot tub.
1. Indoors or Outside
You probably already have a good idea of where you want your new hot tub to sit. While most people choose a backyard installation, an indoor hot tub can also be a great option. There’s pro’s to both. Your backyard hot tub will place you in the serene comfort of nature. You can enjoy sunrises, sunsets, and stargazing at it’s finest. But maybe your yard isn’t quite situated for hot tub installation. If not, indoor installation is also an excellent option. First, your daily soak will be completely unaffected by the weather. You won’t be sidelined by thunderstorms, put off by the thought of trekking through the snow, or bothered by hot summer days. Second, it’s the epitome of privacy! If privacy is an issue in your backyard, consider if an inside hot tub will work.
2. Structural Support
A large hot tub filled with 450 gallons of water and seating seven people can weigh over 5,000 pounds (that’s 2.5 tons!), meaning situating it requires some thought and preparation. Outside, we recommend a 4” thick concrete slab. If you opt for installation on a deck, in a gazebo, inside, or another option, you need to consult with a contractor to see if your space needs to be modified to hold the weight of your spa.
Not only do you need to allow room for service technicians to access the back panel of your hot tub and have room to maneuver, you also need room for easy access, including any accessories like stairs or a side table.
While the delivery process for your new hot tub is pretty straightforward, the main requirement is that the access point to your site is at least as wide as the hot tub is tall. If that’s not possible, a crane can lift the hot tub over your house to set it in place. But, if it’s possible to pick a spot with better accessibility, you may very well want to go with that option and save the expense of a crane delivery.
A few times a year, you’ll need to drain your spa to clean and switch out the water. Plus, overflow and splashes will happen. That means your hot tub needs to be situated near a drain. The site (if your hot tub is sitting on a deck or other type of water-susceptible structure) will need water-proofing. Therefore, pick a spot near a drain or have one installed in your prime location.
You’ll quickly find your hot tub is a private oasis, perfect for unwinding after a hard day and spending quality time with your loved ones. The last thing you want is neighbors entertaining in their backyard and overlooking your quality time. It’s important to plan for privacy. You may have a few good options in your backyard as a possible site for your hot tub. If so, make sure to pick one that affords you plenty of privacy. Otherwise, you can add privacy with landscaping or design. Go for potted plants, bushes, a trellis, a pergola, or privacy shades. There are lots of options!
Finally, you’ll want to think about how comfortable it will be to use your hot tub. A gazebo in the far corner of your backyard might be your favorite part of your backyard oasis. But if you install your hot tub there, will you want to walk through the snow and cold to get there all winter long? The therapeutic benefits are probably one of the main reasons you want to buy a hot tub. The last thing you want to do is miss soaking in it for months because getting to it isn’t comfortable.
If you keep these seven tips in mind, picking a good spot to situate your hot tub is easy. Do you have more questions or need some help picking the best site? That’s what we’re here for! Contact us.
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