True. “Above-ground” portable spas are more cost-friendly than custom in-ground ones. Plus, there’s the portable Bullfrog Spas envied inter-changeable massage jets — JetPaks. And, of course, there’s the energy efficiencies of a Bullfrog portable hot tub.
But, oh, how we love the look of an “in-ground” custom spa!
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be an “either-or.” The Bullfrog Spas’ “Spa Vault,” for example, was created precisely for this reason. It is a kit made of galvanized steel that surrounds your portable hot tub so it won’t corrode, but will remain safe and secure when installed in the ground.
“A portable hot tub is completely self-contained, which is partly why they are economical,” says Bill Renter, owner of Long Island Hot Tub. “But to install one in the ground, partially or completely, or to surround it in some other material, you want to be sure the plumbing etc. doesn’t corrode or get damaged, and can also be easily accessed.”
For one set of Long Island Hot Tub clients, the husband and wife couldn’t decide if they wanted a pond or a custom-built spa. We were happy to show them they didn’t have to choose. They could afford both. By beginning with a portable hot tub and using a spa vault, we recessed it next to the pond and their Bullfrog Spa became part of a lovely new backyard retreat (see 4th photo below).
If you’d like to watch a Spa Vault being installed in a yard, a YouTube video follows at the end of this post.