Indoor spas and hot tubs
Indoor spas have many advantages over an outdoor spa or hot tub; this article looks at the benefits as well as other considerations.
An indoor setting for your spa.
Everyone can agree on the relaxing and therapeutic benefits of a spa or hot tub but some enthusiasts prefer an indoor setting.
There are several reasons for this; there is the obvious advantage of having your spa or hot tub sheltered and accessible day and night and all year around.
It’s true that an outdoor spa enthusiast will often say that a spa session on a winter’s evening is the most enjoyable of all but our British weather does sometimes try that theory to its maximum.
The other great advantage is one of privacy on a property where it’s impossible to find a secluded corner in the garden
An indoor spa can also be made more secure and simply locking the doors to the spa room will ensure that children and pets can never gain access when you don’t want them to.
Choosing an indoor location.
Integrating a spa or hot tub into the internal layout of your home can take a good deal of thought and planning.
In the first instance a spa is pretty big, usually bigger than a king size, double bed.
The second consideration is that they produce a great deal of humidity. They may well be a lot smaller than a swimming pool but the aerated water and the higher water temperature mean that they generate a very moist atmosphere in the room they are situated in.
Your first consideration however should be the traffic patterns in your house.
To be an oasis of calm, the spa will have to be away from the comings and goings of your family’s daily life. You don’t want a room that people walk through or, ideally, is used for any other purpose – unless it is a home gym or pool/spa complex.
Having people moving past your indoor spa will spoil your relaxation, it will also make it harder to control the humidity from spreading into the rest of your home.
It’s a good idea to have your spa or hot tub near a dressing area and perhaps a shower and, although you have gone for an indoor option, it is very nice to be able to easily step out of the spa and onto a small deck or patio.
A spa when filled with water is exceptionally heavy and so the flooring must be able to support a considerable weight in safety and so, in most cases, this means your spa room is going to be on the ground floor.
Construction concerns for your indoor spa.
Once you have chosen your location, then it’s time to look at the special requirements of construction.
Weight and humidity are the two most complex and vital concerns.
A small spa filled with water and just two bathers can apply a ground pressure of 250lbs per square foot to the surface it is sitting on. That is about 5 times more than a standard floor is designed to support.
A wood frame floor would require significant re-engineering and reinforcing and even a standard concrete floor may well need replacing with a reinforced slab under the spa.
In regard to the humidity levels you are looking at protection and control.
For protection, walls and floors should perhaps have vapour barriers and then be surfaced with suitable coverings that will resist water.
Internal doors that connect your spa room to the rest of the house should be capable of keeping the humidity contained.
Efficient ventilation and a dehumidifier are your best means of controlling the condensation that can collect on walls, ceilings and windows or you may want to invest in a fan driven ventilation system or even a closed-lop energy recovery system.
Moisture loving plants will look good, thrive in the environment and absorb some of the humidity. Orchids, Gardenias or a Weeping Fig will all thrive and look amazing.
If there are any specific questions you would like to ask about installing a Sundance Spa indoors we’d be happy to answer them for you; just use one of the contact buttons below.