Relaxing in a hot tub after long working hours is the best way to end your day. A hot tub is such a great thing to have, especially if you have enough space on your deck or have a big backyard. Have you ever considered owning a hot tub?

While the installation costs can be steep, you don’t have to buy a premium hot tub or wood fired hot tub to relax? In fact, you can make your spa, invite friends for a nice soak, and enjoy beautiful afternoons and nights. If this sounds like something you need in your life, we will show you how you can start a DIY project and make your hot tub.

Find the right location

Location is one of the most important considerations to address when planning a DIY hot tub project. You might think that you can place your hot tub almost anywhere; however, there are a couple of crucial factors to think about when choosing the right location.

hot tub location

Is your backyard large enough? How are you going to fill up hot tup? Do you have a water source nearby? While you can run the hose, a direct water source is a much better option. How are you going to empty the tub? You will have to repeat this process continuously if you want fresh, clean, and nice water. Therefore, emptying the tub once or twice a week can pose a problem, especially if you don’t know where to drain off the water.

Above ground or in-ground

This is also another thing that will affect the design of your hot tub. If you want to go for a minimalistic appearance, then in the ground, a hot tub might be the best solution. However, this will involve working with bricks and concrete. For people who aren’t skilled enough, this might pose a problem.

On the other hand, the above-ground hot tub is much easier to set up. You can find many online solutions that are affordable and don’t require particular knowledge in construction. In this case, you just choose the base for your hot tub, type of heater, and install a filtration system.


For many homeowners, this is the biggest consideration. Even if you have enough space, building a large hot tub takes a long time to heat and wastes more water. You can determine the dimensions by counting the number of people you want to place inside.

If you aren’t careful enough, you might end up with a small swimming pool. 


wooden hot tubs

What materials you are going to use to make your hot tub? We are sure you’ve probably seen many solutions online. There are many interesting YouTube videos where people make hot tubs out of wooden barrels or other recycled materials.

On the other hand, some people use blocks, concrete, and mortar to build their hot tubs. Even if you are a beginner, this shouldn’t be too challenging. However, you’ll want to make a structure that will withstand the pressure of water.


At this stage, you should consider where your jets and plumbing are going to go. You can also consider underwater lighting for better bathing effects. Some people even install audiovisual components. But, if you are constructing a budget-friendly tub, then you probably don’t need these. Now, once you are done with the design, plumbing is the most important part of your hot tub. Water is flowing through the skimmer that is placed at the top and through the drains. It goes then into the filter and from there to the heater, from the heater into the pump, and from the pump into jets.