Building a hot tub can be a great investment for your home. Not only do they provide amazing health benefits they can also be an aesthetically pleasing addition to your property. But how do you decide where to put one? The first decision you will need to make is whether you want an outdoor or indoor hot tub. 

Where you choose to place your hot tub will come with different considerations that you will need to factor in. To help you out, we have put together this guide to show you the pros and cons of each location. 

 

The pros of installing an outdoor hot tub

 

Easier to build outdoors

It is much easier to build a hot tub outdoors since our crew will have more space to work. While we still need to ensure the hot tub has a solid foundation and the proper plumbing and electrical connections, it is easier to do that when we don’t have to work around existing setups in your home. 

In most cases, this means that an outdoor hot tub will cost less and take less time to build.

Less restricted by space

Instead of fitting your new hot tub into a pre-existing space, you will have more flexibility in terms of exactly where you place your tub if you choose to install it outside. 

Open ventilation

By having your hot tub outside, you will not need to worry about installing a ventilation system. Mother nature will provide you with all of the ventilation you require. 

Beautiful setting

If you have a spectacular view, a lovely garden or just enjoy being outdoors, an outdoor hot tub is right for you. Enjoy your landscaping, marvel up at the stars, watch the sunset, and more, all from the comfort of your hot tub! 

 

The cons of installing an outdoor hot tub

 

Less private

Depending on the design of your backyard, your hot tub may be in your neighbour’s sightlines leaving you with little privacy while you soak. You can mitigate this situation by installing privacy screens or planting additional plants around your tub.

Exposed to the elements

Having a hot tub in the great outdoors will mean that you will be subjected to the weather. Here in Vancouver, we do receive our fair share of rain during the winter months so you may want to consider building a hot tub enclosure for a more enjoyable soak. 

The wear and tear on an outdoor hot tub is also higher due to this factor, so you would need to invest in a solid hot tub cover and stay on top of your maintenance to mitigate this. 

Slightly less convenient 

Part of having an outdoor hot tub will be going outside to use it, which can be unpleasant especially once the days start getting cooler. Plus, unless you have a proper mudroom at the back of your house, you will also need to consider how you will deal with entering while being soaking wet after a soak. 

If you are set on an outdoor tub, consider placing it as close to your home as possible to limit the time it takes to reach it. 

 

The pros of installing an indoor hot tub

 

Convenient access

Having a hot tub inside your home makes using it a breeze! Installing a hot tub in your home can turn an unused space into your very own at-home spa

Protection from the elements 

With an indoor hot tub, you never have to worry about the weather. No more mad dashes in the freezing cold or soaks in the rain, you can use your hot tub 365 days of the year and always have a pleasant experience.

Very private

No peeping neighbours here! A great benefit of installing your hot tub indoors is that it shields you from prying eyes every time you soak. This can be an ideal feature for those with small backyards or ones that are overlooked by neighbours or people on the street. 

Since you are in the comfort of your own home that means you can wear whatever you want, be as loud as you want and play whatever music your heart desires. 

 

The cons of installing an indoor hot tub

 

More complicated to build

In general, indoor hot tubs are more difficult to build than their outdoor counterparts. Because this will most likely require structural changes to your existing home, you may need to also hire a structural engineer to ensure the work is done to code. 

Hot tubs are not light so you may need to add reinforcements to your foundation in order to build the hot tub in the first place. 

Plus, you probably don’t have the right plumbing already installed so that will also need to be sorted out. 

Requires additional ventilation 

Hot tub water evaporates and creates additional humidity that can become an issue for indoor spaces. In order to prevent damage to your walls, paint, plaster, or drywall, not to mention the risk for mould and mildew, you will also need to instal additional ventilation. Whether that means installing more windows or a complete ventilation system, you will need to account for this in your budget.

Limited by space

Unless you have a large, mostly underutilized room, your hot tub will be confined to a much tighter space than an outdoor hot tub would. This can result in a cramped and crowded space.