So you either have a Hot Tub and you are thinking how you can enclose it or you are thinking about buying or building one and how you should enclose it. Either way, you are thinking about a Hot Tub Enclosure.
As I am sure you know from reading this blog, my Hot Tub doesn’t actually have an enclosure. I wanted it to be outside and be able to look up to the sky, rather than a roof.
That said, there are many Hot Tub Enclosures out there so in this blog post, we are going to look at some of the ideas. I’m going to start with the cheapest options and then move through some of the more expensive considerations
This is probably the simplest option out there. As you can see from the image above, this is just a large umbrella that keeps the sun off if you are lucky enough to live in a nice warm sunny country. Or, in the case of us here in the UK, it keeps the rain off.
The downside to this is that if there is any wind, you could be in for a bit of trouble. Most of these umbrellas are quick and easy to put up and down so it makes it convenient to use it or not – best of both worlds.
Hot Tub Enclosure Idea 2 – Off The Shelf Canvas Gazebo
Honestly, I would steer clear of these. If you have spent your well earned money on a Hot Tub, and you want to enclose it, you should save up a little bit longer and go for a wooden option. It looks so much better. These, in my humble opinion, just look a bit “cheap”. They never stay in place looking like this, they need to have guide ropes to tether them down as they are flimsy. Add some wind and you’ll be knocking on your next door neighbour asking for your Gazebo back that is now in several pieces in their garden having jumped the fence! Stay clear of these.
Hot Tub Enclosure Idea 3 – Wooden Gazebo / Pergola
Now we are getting into the slightly more expensive range of Enclosures. You are going to be looking at $500/£500 and upwards here. There are a few things that you should consider. Do you actually want a solid roof as in the picture above where there is a perspex clear acrylic roof to keep the rain off, or do you want a more open style of Gazebo. This comes down very much to personal preference, design and location of your garden and of course, budget.
My ten cents worth. If you are going to go to the trouble of putting an enclosure over the top of your Hot Tub, then you should put in a solid roof. That way, it has a practical use rather than just visual.
Hot Tub Enclosure Idea 4 – Mechanical Lid Lifter
I love technology and these things are really cool. If you have an Acrylic Hot Tub, you can get a mechanical lifting cover that turns into a Gazebo. How cool is that? Not only do you get the benefit of being enclosed, but also you don’t have to manually lid the hot tub cover. These things dont come cheap and can run into the same kind of price bracket that you will pay for a 4 person Hot Tub – more in some cases. But still, very cool technology.
Hot Tub Enclosure Idea 5 – Purpose Built Garden Room
And finally, we get to the “Rolls Royce” of Hot Tub Enclosures (I do love a car analogy) the purpose built Garden Room. “Budget-Breaking” in all senses of the word, these things can run into tens of thousands of pounds and dollars. There are some quite beautiful examples if you have a look around on Pinterest and the like. What I can say, is none of these come cheap.
That said, if you are actually considering something like this, you have the space to do so, then you probably have the budget too. Some things that you should think about.
Insulation. If you insulate the building, this reduces the air flow and can trap moisture in. This causes damp and mould over time. If you do insulate the building then you will have to consider some form of drying and dehumidifying system to remove the damp moist air and keep your building mould free. It might look the part, but it also has to be fit for purpose. Think about it.