Category Archives: Case Studies / Example Projects

DIY Hot Tub / Swim Spa Case Study – Darren, AZ, USA


Darren got in touch with me April 2024 because like most of my customers, he had been quoted an astronomical amount of money to build a hot tub come swim spa. 

The conversation always goes the same way “I spoke to several pool builders and the quotes that I got were outrageous” he began. “I think I can do this myself with your help” – well Darren you have come to the right place I replied.

From there, we had a good chat about the specification and features he was looking for and then it was time for me to get started on the initial design renders.

Infinity Hot Tub with Swim Jet Takes Shape in Virginia

Have you ever dreamt of soaking in a luxurious hot tub while enjoying a mesmerizing infinity edge that blends seamlessly with the horizon? Well, Doug from Virginia is making that dream a reality by building his very own custom infinity hot tub complete with a built-in swim jet!

Doug got in touch like many of my customers because he knew what he wanted to build but just was not 100% sure on how to do it. He also didn’t want to pay the crazy costs that the pool builders charge for this kind of work.

So, Doug hired me to create a custom design for him. Once complete, I also supplied Doug all of the parts that he needs for the Hot Tub too.

This article / case study is going to follow his progress from start to finish and dives into the initial stages of Doug’s project, and documented on my Buildahottub YouTube channel too.

Buckle up as we explore the intricacies of crafting this backyard oasis.

DIY Pool and Hot Tub – Cameroon, Africa

I love the fact that I can help people literally all over the world with their hot tubs and plunge pools. It really doesn’t matter where you are located. I’ve helped customers in South Africa before, but if my memory serves me correctly, I believe this is the first one that I am helping in Central Africa – Cameroon to be exact.

DIY Dipping Pool – Case Study, Roger, Dominican Republic

DIY Dipping Pool

DIY Dipping Pool – yes please!
What I love about what I do is the variety of people, countries and projects that I get to deal with.
Some projects I have a huge amount of involvement in. Some, like this one, I have some correspondence, supply some parts and then out of the blue, I get a wonderful email from Roger with a whole bunch of pictures of his build which is now complete.
This variety makes everyday different which I love!
In this post, I am going to explain all the stages that Roger went through when he was building his DIY dipping pool in his back yard in the Dominican Republic.

Adam is Building a DIY Hot Tub with ICF Blocks: Let’s follow his journey

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ICF Hot Tub? Have you ever dreamed of having your own hot tub in your garden? If so, you’re not alone. Hot tubs are a great way to relax and unwind, and they can also add value to your home. But what if you don’t have the budget for a pool or spa builder to come and build it for you? That’s where DIY comes in!

In this blog post, we’ll be following along with Adam, a DIY enthusiast who is building his own ICF hot tub using ICF blocks. ICF blocks are insulated concrete forms, which are becoming increasingly popular for DIY projects. They’re lightweight and easy to work with, making them a great option for beginners.

DIY Infinity Hot Tub – From Concept to Reality

DIY Infinity Hot Tub

DIY Infinity Hot Tub – this was what Brian wanted when he got in touch with me back in April of 2022. Unlike most clients that make contact as they dont want to pay the exorbitant prices that the spa and pool builders choose, Brian has somewhat of another problem.

Where he wanted to build his infinity hot tub at his new home that was under construction in the Bahamas – there simply were no pool or spa builders. Therefore, Brian wanted to use his existing contractors to do the work.

The other problem, was that they have never built one before. This is exactly what I do, so was more than happy to start initial dialogue with Brian for how I could help him and the team.

Adding a Hot Tub to a Pool – Case Study – Scott, AZ, USA

Add Hot Tub To Pool

Scott from Arizona, USA first got in touch with me back in May of 2022. He was looking to add a hot tub to his pool. Having put the feelers out to see how much it would cost to get a builder to do it – Scott decided that it was something that he felt with my advice and guidance, he could do himself. It was going to be a fun project for him and his son but most importantly, he would save a whole bunch of money in the process.

Fast forward to January 2023 and Scott was almost ready to start. He hired me to design a custom layout for his hot tub so that it could make use of the pool kit from his existing swimming pool in terms of heating and filtration but also, it would have separately controlled jets.

Stock Tank Hot Tub Kit – Ben, CA, USA DIY Case Study

DIY Stock Tank Hot Tub Kit

Nestled in the heart of sunny California, Ben had a vision – to elevate his Airbnb experience and offer guests something truly extraordinary. The answer? A DIY stock tank hot tub that would not only provide relaxation but also become a star attraction in his Airbnb retreat.

Ben’s journey of turning this vision into a reality is nothing short of inspiring. What sets his story apart? The secret ingredient was a DIY Stock Tank Hot Tub Kit from, a treasure trove for DIY enthusiasts looking to create their own backyard hot tub haven.

In this post, I will dive deep into Ben’s remarkable journey, exploring how he built the most awesome DIY stock tank hot tub you’ve ever seen. Get ready for a dip into the world of creativity, craftsmanship, and a dash of California charm as I unveil Ben’s hot tub transformation masterpiece.

Infinity Hot Tub – DIY-built?

DIY Infinity Hot Tub

DIY Infinity Hot Tub? Is this possible? Well, hopefully by the time you get to the end of this case study you will see and learn that it totally is.

Chris from Utah got in touch with me as he knew exactly what he wanted to build. He has even modelled it up in 3D – he just didn’t know how to plumb it in – this is where I came in.

Not all of the consultancy work that I do is a full design, sometimes I’m drafted in to work on the plumbing, or even the structural build too. 

To learn more about my hot tub consultancy, you can read more here.

So back to Chris in Utah and his journey with his DIY Infinity Hot Tub.

Trey’s DIY Hot Tub Build – Germany

Trey's DIY Hot Tub Build

It always surprises me just how much communication back and forth I have with customers when I come to put these case studies together. Even more so when I am starting to write it up well over a year since the initial contact. I must have well over 150 emails and so many photos back and forth. Some are of parts and how to fit them so I am not going to include those in this case study. But I will include as many of the pics that Trey very kindly has sent me.

Trey, US services Veteran now living in Germany got in touch with me through the website, on the regular DIY Form that you can find at the bottom of this page.