If you have a hot tub and are considering how to enclose it, the following article will get you started. There are many styles, sizes, materials and options for you to consider.
A hot tub enclosure can be as simple as an open air roof, a gazebo structure or even an entirely enclosed building or cabin. There are so many different styles to choose from as well as types. A hot tub enclosure can be simple, functional and inexpensive, or if you so choose they can also be elaborate, unique and quite an investment.
Before deciding on which type of structure consider the following factors. What is the main purpose for the enclosure? Is it for privacy only? Is it for protection from the elements? Do you desire a degree of security as well?
Will you be using the hot tub in different seasons? Are there any other purposes that the enclosure should serve? Storage or entertaining is a couple of possibilities to consider.
There are a large number of materials that are used for hot tub enclosures today. The most common however is still wood. Cedar is the most qualified wood for this because of its natural resistance to rot and insects.
Since the hot tub enclosure is going to be exposed to quite a bit of moisture, it is important for the wood to be water resistant. Cedar is also beautiful when left its natural color.
Treated pine is another choice. It is less expensive than cedar but not quite as durable. As long as pine is treated against insect damage and decay then kiln dried to prevent warping, it should be sufficient. One aspect of pine that can be unappealing is that its natural appearance is not very attractive. If you are going to paint the enclosure then treated pine becomes a better option.
Vinyl coated hot tub enclosures are gaining in popularity today. They are made from pine with a vinyl sleeve over them to protect the wood from the elements. They are quite expensive. They require very little maintenance and have an extremely long life.
Hot tub enclosures also come in a variety of other materials. Aluminum, steel, plastics and other materials are available. Not as attractive as wood, they do have their own benefits. They can have retractable roofs and other adjustable parts.
There is the consideration of what size you want. Hot tub enclosures can be small or large, depending on how many people will be using it. It can cover only the actual hot tub or it can be expanded to include other options as well.
There are quite a lot of other options to consider. They are limited only to your imagination. If you are building an entirely closed room consider window placement. A large window or even an entire window wall would be great if it provides a view of a beautiful garden or other scenery. Windows can be sliding, tilted, clear or tinted.
The doors on the enclosure should match the windows. You can also choose from just about any style of doors. French, sliding glass, standard or double doors are all options. Built in planters filled with beautiful flowers and foliage will enhance the atmosphere. You may also consider interesting and unique types of lighting.
The roof can be shingled, rounded, ribbed, cupolas and open air to let in direct sunlight. You can have benches and tables installed in a sitting area. A small bar with bar stools will enhance entertainment. Room for the storage of towels, chemicals and other hot tub supplies can be in the main enclosure or in a separate room.
DIY Hot Tub Enclosures
If you are on a tight budget you may want to build your own enclosure. There are plans, blueprints and instructions available on the internet. You can also purchase a kit.
There are kits available that are light weight aluminum and very easy to set up. They have screens for protection against mosquitoes, flies and other annoying insects. This is a very affordable way to enclose your hot tub.