After a long day at the office, there is nothing better than visiting a luxury spa. Oh wait, there is something better – when that spa is inside your own home. Here is how to create your perfect home oasis you’ll be able to enjoy anytime.
Build a sauna
The sauna is probably the most stereotypical spa feature. And even though installing a sauna in your home may seem like an impossible task, it is actually easier than you think.
First, choose a spot where heating, plumbing and electricity are easily accessible. Install all necessary wires, pipes or gas lines. If you want to use lava rocks, dig a space for them, and if you are using infrared heating, make sure you have enough power for it. Next, build the inner frame and lay a simple foundation. The room has to have 3 ventilation points – floor, ceiling and above the heater. Next, insulate the inner frame with vapor barrier and fiberglass, and build a simple outer wall about 30 cm outside your inner frame. Roof it with simple wood tile and install the heating system. The first layer of flooring should be ceramic tile, because it will protect the heating system and collect moisture. Unsecured wood boards are for the second layer. Finally, add the remaining fixtures as desired.
Find the perfect place for your tub
The second most important feature of every spa is definitely a tub. Without a tub, you cannot even call that space a spa. Your portable or freestanding hot tub can be placed wherever you desire – be it indoors, on your deck, or near your luxurious outdoor spa pool in your backyard. But when choosing the perfect spot for it, you need to have in mind how often you will be using it.
When it comes to the convenience factor, if you already have a pool, the smartest idea would be to install it nearby. This way, when it gets cooler outside, you can soak into the hot water after swimming. It is also much easier to install it there because of the electricity and plumbing.
Other factors to consider are the weather, the sun and shade. Ideally, in order to take advantage of the maximum amount of daylight, your hot tub should be placed facing southwest. If you are in a desert region, it should face north or east. And if you are in a northern region with cool summers, consider placing it in a spot where it receives southern exposure, in order to receive as much sun possible. This will cut your costs of heating a lot.
Wind is also something you should factor in. Too much of it will make sitting in your hot tub unbearable, and too little of it will leave you overheated. This is where a fence and covers can save the day.
Besides weather conditions, there is also a thing called privacy. You sure don’t want your neighbors to see what you are doing in your own tub. Consider putting your tub in a gazebo-like structure with curtains or do some strategic landscaping and plant a couple of vines, small trees or shrubs around it.
Of course, all these factors are unimportant if you decide for an indoor spa. In that case, there are some other considerations such as additional support due to the weight of the tub, dehumidifying, ventilation, waterproofing and other construction modifications.
Decorate the bathroom with furniture
If your bathroom is spacious, things like chaise lounges, chairs or even small stools will instantly make it more spa-like. Opt for white upholstered furniture pieces with an outdoor fabric that will resist the moisture. Now clipping your nails or waiting for your tub to be filled will be a whole new experience.
There is a reason why all modern buildings are all about the fact that the outside is equally important as the interior. Now everyone is going crazy about rooms with a view, and bathrooms are no exception. If you have sufficient privacy to do so, install portal windows beside your bathtub immediately. The same goes for any other room – you can never have too much view.
The color green promotes relaxation and balance. And plants are what connect us with nature. Your bathroom deserves to be decorated with lush greenery just like any other room. However, not every plant is capable of surviving in all that moisture and lack of natural light. So if you decide on incorporating plants into your bathroom, go with Aloe Vera, Bamboo, Begonia, Boston Fern, Cast Iron Plant, Chinese Evergreen, Dieffenbachia, Ivy, Dracaena, Orchid, Philodendron, Peace Lily, Spider Plant, Snake Plant or ZZ Plant.
How do you like these ideas? Did they inspire you to consider building your indoor spa? Let us know.