Building an Outdoor Hot Tub for Your Personal Enjoyment

There is nothing quite like relaxing in a hot tub at home after a hard day’s work. It is as if all your stress and all your worries are washed away the moment you soak your tired body in the heated water. Sometimes, however, even the tub loses its appeal because it is the same boring bathroom with its limited space and tired design.

There is a solution to this boring conundrum: a hot tub in your backyard, surrounded by foliage for privacy, with the moon and stars for your roof. That’s an idea worth looking into.

How to approach the hot tub project

It is an exciting thought, this hot tub that lets you enjoy the outdoors on a fine night, with a goblet of your favourite wine and perhaps some soothing music in the background. That kind of excitement will keep you going even as you plan your project. With that in mind, you can consider this a labour of love, so that you do not even have to hurry in building it yourself. If you approach the project like this, you will not be bothered by expenses; build it piece by piece and little by little at a time, Contour recommends.

The materials and tools

To make your hot tub really special, build it with cedar wood or a similarly recommended type of wood. In addition to the cedar, here is a short list of things you’ll need from your local pool supplies store.

  • Tub bands
  • Chine joists
  • Screws
  • 1 ¾ hp water pump
  • 1 2 hp water pump
  • Hot tub thermowell
  • Tub filter
  • Tub jets
  • Water heater
  • Tub skimmer
  • Timer with switch
  • Sealant
  • PVC piping and sealant
  • UK pipe boxings (for hiding those ugly plumbing joints)
  • Carpenter’s toolbox

Building your outdoor hot tub

Find a safe place for your tub. An area close to your house is better to benefit from the protection against the elements. Level concrete is advisable.

Cut the cedar wood to fit the size of your tub. Use a hole saw to punch the holes in the bottom to make way for suction fittings. Punch holes for your tub jets in the staves. Then one more hole close to the suction fittings for the skimmer.

The chine joints are for securing the tub on the concrete using bolts. Do not seal too tightly; wood swells when wet, so the seals will become tighter.

Use the tub bands to tighten the staves. Use 6 to 8 nails to fasten the bands to the tub.

Use sealant to seal every seam so that it’s watertight. Connect the PVC pipes to the suction fittings and the skimmer. Connect PVC pipes to your jets. The ¾ hp pump is for the low-speed jets. Connect the pump lines and the skimmer to the pump. The high-speed jets should be attached to the 2 hp pump.

If this is too technical for you, it is advisable to ask a friend or a professional to help you with the details.