How to Build a Hot Tub House


If you own a hot tub, you know its bubbling hot water can be the ultimate in relaxation and stress relief after a difficult day that fried your nerves and withered your patience. Hot tubs are therapeutic and recreational -- havens of pleasure that owners work hard to maintain. But one of the most common complaints their owners make is this: When the units are installed outside, there's never as much privacy as you would want. That's why hot-tub owners across the nation are opting to erect enclosures around their spas. In addition to affording more privacy, these structures add beauty to the property and provide places for towel and clothing storage. If you've priced these hot-tub havens, you know that the cost of adding a gazebo, enclosure or cabin can be daunting. That's when it's time to consider making your own.

Things You'll Need

  • Saw
  • Drill and bits
  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers
  • Nails and screws
  • 2-by-4 boards
  • Pre-hung door
  • Hinges
  • Latch and lock
  • Large hooks
  • Weatherproof sheeting (optional)
  • Decorative latticework (optional)
  • Palm fronds or fishnet (optional)
  • Measure the circumference of the concrete slab or deck on which your hot tub rests. Allow extra room if you plan to add benches or other space-hogging structures to the area surrounding the hot-tub base.

  • Draw up a simple blueprint to work out the enclosure's specifications if you are an experienced carpenter, or find do-it-yourself instructions for basic units in home-improvement books or on the Internet.

  • Use string to stake out the parameters of your hot-tub house. Making a simple, four-wall structure will keep labor and time at a minimum. If you're working with a round tub base, you will need extra time, lumber and carpentry experience.

  • On the ground, frame up the four walls to your height and width specifications. Attach brackets to the corners of each wall to stabilize and reinforce them. Use two-by-four lumber to create an opening for a door on the fourth wall.

  • Get help lifting the four wall frames into place. Nail the units together to establish the skeletal shape of the tub surround.

  • Begin constructing walls by attaching vertical or horizontal rows of 2-by-4 boards to the frames. Continue to fasten boards to the frames until you reach the the top of each wall frame. Alternately, if you have no need for completely solid walls, you may wish to build half-walls from the ground up, add horizontal braces, then enclose the upper half of the building with premade lattice.

  • Nail 2-by-4 boards into L-shaped rafters to form the roof of the hot-tub house. Fasten the rafters to the walls. Measure and tack sheets of plywood over the top of the unit if you plan to close in the roof. Otherwise, leave the rafters exposed to the sky.

  • Install hinges and hang a ready-made door--or use a pre-made gate if you have no security concerns. If you worry that someone may get into the tub without your permission, use a combination lock on the door to avoid lawsuits and headaches.

  • Sand and prime the finished hot-tub enclosure. If you have left the rafters exposed, add aesthetic touches by draping fish\netting or palm fronds over the rafters to create a tropical hideaway.

  • Optional: If you are concerned about the amount of moisture buildup that inevitably comes with the addition of a hot-tub house, you may wish to tack weatherproof sheeting to interior surfaces--especially if you do not plan to finish off the wood walls. Either install a prefabricated wood bar fitted with hooks (available at hardware stores) to the interior wall, or mount large, individual hooks for clothing and towels.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your skills are exceptional and your dream hot-tub house is a bit more lavish and extravagant than our cozy, bare-bones model, go for the gold! Follow the links in Resources to find blueprints for hot-tub enclosures that will take your breath away. (Oh, and plan to spend a couple of extra bucks to make these dream enclosures a reality.)

Related Searches

Promoted By Zergnet



You May Also Like

  • How to Design a Hot Tub Room

    It’s more convenient to have a hot tub in an interior room of the house than outside. Or, you can build a...

  • How to Make a Hot House

    A hot house is a heated greenhouse which is primarily used to grow tender plants such as orchids. With a hot house...

  • How to Put a Hot Tub in Your House

    A hot tub can be a relaxing addition to your home's amenities, but if you do not plan well, you could find...

  • How to Remove the Impeller on a Hot Tub Pump

    Hot tub motors power the circulation of the tub's small body of water. The water circulation stems from an impeller inside the...

  • Free Homemade Hot Tub Plans

    Hot tubs are a relaxing way to relieve stress. Soaking in a hot tub can relieve sore muscles and joints, especially after...

  • Hot Tub Ideas

    Hot tubs are an attractive home feature ideal for relaxation and relieving stress. If you've recently purchased a hot tub or are...

  • Do it Yourself Plans for Gazebo Spa Enclosures

    Gazebo spa enclosures can provide privacy as well as serve as an aesthetically appealing addition to your yard. Many companies offer easy...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!