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LitlFish 05-17-2013 04:34 PM

Best Option for Hottub Support- advice please

Boyfriend and I are still in the planning stage for what is a rather ambitious project. We would like to have a hot tub in our backyard. There is currently nowhere to put a hottub on the property as far as a foundation goes, one needs to be built.

We rent our property. We don't want to over-build. (Landlord is ok with a free standing support structure in the yard, provided it is not a safety hazard. He rather seems to enjoy us systematically improving his property for him...) We DO want the structure to be safe and correct, whatever it is. We have been learning about/exploring patio making, deck building, concrete pouring, etc., since christmas and trying to decide which kind of structure would be best.

We would like to minimize expense, but not at the cost of doing it "wrong." We also want to minimize complexity (use of methods that require expensive or specialized tooling or things that are easy to do wrong the first time). A simple, mostly ground level, barebones foundation that will hold a hottub spacious enough for 2-4 people is the goal.

We live in southern virginia, in the piedmont, and in a rural enough area that I cannot find any information about deck building or deck building permits at the county or city building inspection site.

As far as materials availability goes, we have a home depot nearby, a mom n' pop hardware store, and some lumber businesses that seem to cater to larger scale construction businesses.

Considering materials availability, simplicity of project, cost of project, etc., what is your opinion about the best option for providing a hottub support? Thank you for your input :)


joecaption 05-17-2013 06:39 PM

I'm blow away that any landlord would go for this one.
Going to need a concrete slab or a deck built with 2 X 12 joist to support that much weight and some expencive and involved rewiring.

jagans 05-17-2013 07:57 PM

I second Joe.

Just remember that water is heavy as Hell, at 65 lbs per cubic foot.

As far as power goes, the HT will have to be bonded electrically, not just grounded. You WILL need a licensed electrician for the install. You will need some serious power for the heater and pump.

A concrete pad might be the best for support, but not sure about insulation underneath, re heat loss. Better discuss with the HT guys.

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