Once you have chosen the ideal hot tub for your home, it’s time to start thinking about where to put it.
Hot tub installation is a painless process with Sundance® Spas, but there are still a few things to keep in mind when preparing for your investment’s arrival.
First, consider these basic rules. These are the “non-negotiables” when it comes to installing your hot tub:
- Don’t place your hot tub within 10 feet of overhead power lines.
- Allow for access to your hot tub equipment panel.
- Install your hot tub on a solid foundation, strong enough to bear the weight of the tub, water and its occupants.
- Make sure your foundation area is level and straight.
- Ask your Sundance® Spas dealer about hot tub electrical installation.
Placement for Spa Installation
You’ll often choose where to place a spa even before you shop for one. If it is intended as an outdoor spa, you’ll have to decide if you want your spa to be a centerpiece in your yard, or would you prefer a more private placement. In either case, you’ll want to choose a part of your property that’s easy to access and within range of a garden hose and electrical hookup.
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Seek a dealership that offers site inspections to suggest the best place for your spa. The installation team will do the work of delivering, filling and wiring the hot tub.
If privacy is important to you, avoid placing your hot tub within view of the streets or neighboring homes. If your yard is small or doesn’t have any secluded spots, other privacy ideas include installing your hot tub within gazebos, arbors, or hot tub enclosures built on platforms. Remember that some hot tubs are too heavy to be used on elevated decks. If you are installing your spa on an elevated structure, you should consult a contractor or structural engineer to determine the specific hot tub requirements for that space.
When it comes to the kind of foundation to place your hot tub upon, you should consult a professional installer to discuss your best options. An installer can help you choose the best base solution for your needs based on the specifications of your yard.
Work with what you have—just make sure your hot tub has the proper foundation on a level surface. If your yard has an incline, create a terraced garden with the hot tub as the centerpiece.
Blur the boundaries. Remove tall fences and shrubbery, which can make your small space feel even smaller, and use trees or potted plants instead. If you want fencing, consider a lower-height fence so you can see the tops of your neighbor’s trees to create a more open feel.
Use a screen. City residents and those with small lots can create a sense of seclusion and avoid prying eyes by hanging sheer fabric, using tall, potted plants. A folding screen is another popular option.
Don’t forget the basics. Smaller spas still come in a variety of shapes; consider the angles of your yard and assess where a spa would best fit and what shape you would like. Always make sure there will be enough space for a cover lift. You’ll also want to be able to access your hot tub’s internal components easily.
Hook Ups: Plumbing and Electric
You’ll be glad to know that when installing your hot tub, no plumbing is required. With portable above-ground hot tubs, you can just use your garden hose to fill your tub. Just make sure your hot tub is placed on a strong foundation that will bear its weight.
While some Sundance® spa models can be plugged into a traditional 120V outlet, most require a hard-wired 240V electrical connection to power the hot tub. These are often buried underground for aesthetic reasons.
Before doing any electrical work, talk to your Sundance® Spas dealer about your specific requirements. Your dealer with work with you to make sure all of your electrical needs are met for the spa model you are installing.
Indoor Hot Tubs
Another popular option is putting the hot tub indoors. Again, you will have to consider your space. One important question to consider: Can a hot tub fit through your front door? Will you need to build a new room for your indoor hot tub, or can you place it in an existing area of your home?
Use the right foundation. Most importantly, make sure the floor can support the weight of your hot tub. Place your hot tub on a non-porous surface, and ensure there is a drain to catch splashes and drips. Don’t place your hot tub directly on hardwood flooring or carpet.
Ensure proper ventilation. An indoor hot tub needs a ventilator system to help circulate the hot, moist air. If you don’t have one, you’ll have to have one installed. This may be another reason to consider a custom-built room for your hot tub.
Installing Your Hot Tub in a Custom Room
If it is within your budget, building a custom room is the best way to ensure all requirements are met—and that your personal oasis is just right. You can include seating and storage, build a mechanism for easy draining, and design your ideal ambiance, using details such as large windows or music.
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Your Sundance® Spas dealer can review your plans and help you determine where to install your hot tub. Download our Buyer’s Guide, then schedule a visit with your local dealer for your personal consultation and wet test.