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Hot tubs are a home accessory that was previously only for the extremely wealthy. You might have been lucky enough to enjoy one in a luxury hotel room. But for the most part they just weren’t an accessory most people could previously afford. Since demand has increased, hot tubs are much more of an affordable luxury and now there are over 300,000 households with hot tubs in the UK, compared to around 100,000 in 2013.
The many benefits of a hot tub are much more recognised and people have hot tubs for socialising, for muscle therapy, for relaxation and as an addition to a swimming pool set up.
There are various different types of hot tub available, including free standing hot tubs, built in hot tubs and even extremely inexpensive blow up hot tubs you can purchase from supermarkets.
Homes are now much more likely to have a hot tub, which presents a whole new area of home decor consideration. Just as you have to plan out how a swimming pool works in relation to a house, or an outdoor seating area, you have to put equal planning into your new, hot, bubbling arrival.
Where will it go? Can it be placed on any surface? How far away from the house should it be? Will it look nice?
Take a look at these handy hot tub placement Q&A’s to help you get your hot tub installation absolutely right:
Where Should My Hot Tub Be Placed?
There is a lot to be considered when you think about the placement of your new hot tub. It isn’t something you can just pop anywhere in your garden. The placement will influence how much enjoyment you get from the accessory, how safe it is, how much it impacts on the rest of your home, and when you can enjoy it.
The hot tub should be sat on a completely level surface that is able to support how much it weighs completely full. Your installers should be able to tell you what that weight is and suggest areas you might want to place it. It may be that you have to have an area prepared with steel supports and thick concrete.
All of the components should be easily reachable so that you can do any emergency repairs or reach emergency controls if you need to. The hot tub should also sit at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
Will children be using the hot tub? You’ll want to ensure it is entirely visible from both your property and areas in the garden you may want to sit and supervise them (children should always be supervised when in water).
If you choose to have a hot tub indoors you face quite a few hurdles in order to avoid certain difficulties. Ventilation is an issue because hot tubs create tons of steam, so you’ll need to have plenty of ways for that moisture to escape. Draining a hot tub is also more difficult indoors so it makes sense to set up an adequate drainage system, which may require some adjustments to room your hot tub is in. When your hot tub is outdoors, it is somewhat easier to set up the relevant draining systems, and ventilation is not an issue. You will however, need to change the water more often.
Although 2017 had the warmest temperatures compared to previous years, there was still 1,106.8mm of rain, which is something we tend to expect in the UK. Although it can be lovely enjoying a hot tub in the snow, and even in a bit of drizzle, it may not be something you want to do when it is properly raining. You may even feel uncomfortable sitting in direct sunlight. Think about the weather and whether or not you want to perhaps place the hot tub under some sort of all weather protection.
There’s an element to any decor change at home that is vastly underestimated, and that is convenience. Often it is something you only think about after you can’t really change anything. Rather than going out to your hot tub wishing you had thought about convenience, instead think about the practical elements of its use before you place it.
- Lighting – Can you see the path to the hot tub in the dark? If you’re walking barefoot on a path, you want to be able to see where you’re going! Don’t just rely on solar lights because they may not get charged for when you need them, and the light can often be weak.
- Walkway – Grass can get muddy, so a paved path to your hot tub is a really good idea.
- Towels – Where will your flip flops and towels go? A simple stand or hook for the items you will put on after you’ve been in the tub will be really handy.
- Non-slip – Also a safety concern, the slippiness of the surfaces used to access the hot tub should be grippy so you don’t have to worry about hurting yourself when using the hot tub.
- The Nearest Door – How easy is the nearest door to open and close? When it is freezing and you’re wet, something convenient like bifolding doors would be really handy!
How Does It Look?
Although you won’t care about how the hot tub looks when you’re in it, you won’t want it to be an eyesore in your garden either. Decking with a recessed hot tub looks really nice, although recessed hot tubs tend to be more expensive. A hot tub simply placed can look a little strong, but you can easily build some gating around it to make it into an intended ‘hot tub zone’. Think about views you enjoy from the house, and think about how a hot tub might affect that. Walk around your garden and try to imagine your hot tub in different areas. Ideally you can make a feature of it, but at the very least it shouldn’t take away from your outdoor area aesthetically.
Placing Your Hot Tub For Optimum Enjoyment
However you look at it, hot tubs aren’t cheap and along with preparation they can end up costing in excess of £25,000 pounds for the most expensive types. So it makes sense to put the same care and attention into your hot tub placement that you would with any other big purchase and addition to your home. Take your time, seek expert advice, and think about the details, so when your hot tub is finally placed, you’ll have nothing to worry about apart from which champagne to sip whilst you soak away in bubbled bliss.
I hope this post has made it easier for on deciding where to place the hot tub in your garden.
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