As the weather continues to cool down, incentives for getting outside and enjoying fresh air can be few and far between.
How about installing an outdoor spa to relax in during winter months? Your family and friends will love it, and can be a great talking point for your home.
Increase the value of your property and enjoy your garden this season with our step-by-step guide to building your own outdoor spa.
First things first, check to see if you need a building permit. It's always better to be safe than sorry before you get digging, so clear this up first. Once you have obtained one, or if you find out you don't need to, then you are ready to select the spa of your choice.
For spas being dug into the ground, you will need a digger. Measure the area that you plan to place the spa and dig out a space large enough to fit it comfortably. A hugely important aspect of this is creating a strong, reliable foundation. Spa baths are very heavy, and we recommend creating a flat and stable surface to place it onto. Pre-fabricated spa pads are also a great option, especially if you choose a free-standing spa as they make relocation a lot easier.
Consider how you will attach the spa to electricity. You will need to provide a route for any cables to run through and, again, consult your local building department for advice as to how to do this. You may also find it useful to have a professional give you a hand with this, as it is important to get it right! Expert help will also help with the issue of warranties that may arise in the future - some companies will only follow through with their guarantee if the wiring was completed by an electrician.
4. Cleaning and maintenance
Once all electricity is safely hidden away from water, it's time to fill the tub. Prior to this, ensure your new spa gets a good clean in order to keep the entire piece as hygienic as possible - the last thing you want are bits of dirt and concrete floating to the surface! Once filled, you won't need to change the water any more than three, four or six months, depending on how often you use it.