Installing a spa at home is a project that requires you to take into account the following elements. You will have to choose between different types of spas, find the ideal location and plan the installation work if you want a buried spa. This post is a guide for you to learn everything you need to know about having a spa installed at home.
First choice: an indoor or outdoor spa?
Do you absolutely want to install your spa indoors or outdoors? Take your time to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Indeed, if you choose an indoor spa, it will be easily accessible all year round in all circumstances. Moreover, you will be protected from the eyes of your neighbors or passers-by. On the other hand, note that an indoor spa causes an increase in humidity, which means that you will need a room with an efficient ventilation system. You will also need a suitable layout (non-slip tiles, moisture-resistant wall coverings, proper furniture, etc.).
If you choose an outdoor spa, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the charm of your garden. You will also be able to enjoy the outdoor air during your relaxing moments. On the other hand, note that you will be exposed to the neighbors’ eyes. Therefore, you will probably have to install a spa shelter, to be able to use your spa in all weathers and all year round, which represents an additional cost.
What type of spa to choose?
Now that you have chosen between indoor and outdoor spa, you will have to select the type of spa that suits you. Indeed, there are spas to be placed, kit spas and inflatable spas, each with different characteristics, advantages and disadvantages:
A ready-made spa can be installed both indoors and outdoors and is often made of wood or synthetic materials. It can be transported quite easily, and you can change defective parts if necessary. Besides, the height it offers provides additional safety for children. Finally, note that this type of spa does not require any major work;
The kit spa is a prefabricated spa that you must assemble yourself or you will have to pay a professional to do the job. This spa can be moved even if it is not intended to be dismantled frequently, so you will have a relatively strong spa that you can move if necessary. On the other hand, note that the connections may require the intervention of a professional and that the shape, size, and style of your spa will necessarily be standardized;
The inflatable spa is the cheapest and easiest to install. It can be moved as you wish and does not require the intervention of a professional: it is, therefore, a spa accessible to everyone. On the other hand, its lifespan is shorter than that of a kit spa or buried spa.
How to determine the location of the spa?
Now you must be able to find the ideal location for your spa, whether it is an indoor or outdoor spa.
If you have chosen an indoor spa, choose a room large enough to accommodate the spa you want, especially if it is a large spa. Having a large space around the spa is a good idea to facilitate movement and access to all corners in case of a problem. This room must also have an opening to the outside and a ventilation system to prevent humidity from settling in. Thus, the bathroom or a veranda or a dedicated room will be ideal.
If you choose an outdoor spa, be careful with the view and anticipate any looks from neighbors or passers-by that may prevent you from enjoying your spa to the full. So, plan an isolated area of your garden, or the possibility of installing a garden shed.
Installation of a spa kit
The kit spa is a DIY, as long as you are a little handyman and accompanied by at least one other person who can help you during assembly and installation.
However, before starting the installation, consider hiring a professional to check the stability of your floor, as even a kit spa can weigh several tons when filled. Your spa could threaten the foundations of your home or terrace if it needs to be reinforced. Similarly, it is strongly recommended to call a professional for the electrical connections, since these are delicate operations and the installation must meet specific safety standards.
Work to be planned for an underground spa
For the installation of an underground spa, the intervention of a professional is essential. Indeed, the latter will first check the stability of the ground to ensure that it can support the weight of the spa once filled. He/she will then dig the foundations, place the pipe, install the technical block, make the connections and backfill around the spa before making the various finishes you want.
If you have chosen a prefabricated underground spa, it will be essential to pour a concrete slab to secure the spa shell. This operation can be done by yourself if you feel capable, but do not hesitate to involve a professional, especially since the latter will have to take care of the connections.
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