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    Has anyone built a seasonal temporary enclosure for a hot tub

    Living in NJ it gets a little cold outside and we are working on swim lessons with our 19 month old son in the hot tub set at 94 degrees. Last winter the wife and I enjoyed it all year round no matter what the temperature was and even when it was snowing. This year with our son I want to build a temporary enclosure for the winter that can keep up a little warmer when we are in it working with him. Has anyone built such a beast? Looking for ideas. Otherwise I will most likely use 2x4 construction and T-111 the exterior with coffin lock latches to connect the panels together and make a single direction sloped roof with corrugated clear roof panels for some daylight. Thoughts?
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    I'm no expert and don't know if this reduced temperature is safe but I was always taught kids aren't supposed to be in a hot tub because they can't regulate their body temperature.
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    2x4's, t-111 and corrugated roofing sounds awful.... permanent. Do you want that to be there all year round? I'd think you could get the desired effect with a hoop-style greenhouse frame and some greenhouse plastic. A lot of times you can find used "ShelterLogic" portable garage frames up for sale on Craigslist and then throw greenhouse plastic over it. That's what I use for wintering my chickens and rabbits. I only have a 250 watt heat lamp in mine but they stay about 10-15 degrees warmer than outside even with just that.
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    The shelter logic may be a good idea. The coffin locks would allow me to disassemble the walls for the other 3 seasons. The tub is set at 94 degrees, several swim coaches told us that would be a good temperature to have starter swim lessons for about 20-30 mins. He can stand on the seats and push off to cross to the other side of the tub. The outside ambient air temperature is the problem. Need to control that a little more.
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    I have only ever built a permanent one out of hardie plank siding.

    There are loads of them online for sale, and some that seem affordable.
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    Has anyone built a seasonal temporary enclosure for a hot tub

    I have contemplated this many times, but ultimately drain our tub just after the holidays. There is no one in this household that wants to shovel a path (40'+/-) across the decks to get to the tub, go figure. However, the 2 most feasible ways to protect our tub and it's occupants from the elements, that I have come up with, are what has been mentioned here. The panel method with the sloped roof, of similar construction as you described, and the shelter logic enclosure all seemed to be fairly cost effective too. My other problem is living on top of a pretty big hill with a fair amount of open fields around the house, is REALLY windy conditions. So much so that we all seem to survive Jan/Feb and some of March without the tub. Keep us posted on how you make out.


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    Can't help 96PSD but we sure do like our hot tub. Ours is right out in the open and we use it year round at least 6 days a week.
    I also think JohnDeereYooper is correct and it may be worth looking into.
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    If I was going to build an enclosure I would use cedar it's rot proof that's why every sauna within 200 miles of me is made from it. Or you could look on craigslist for some walk in freezer panels.
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    Right on gizmo, we do miss ours for those 2 months. In hind sight we wouldn't have put in our swimming pool, just a bigger, better hot tub. The tub sees way more use. I do remember something about real little ones and hot tub use, and please make sure your cover is locked down


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    Hot tub, cover, outside? My tub is in the bathroom with only sliding doors. If I want it hot I turn the water to hot and stand under this thing on the wall that sprays the hot water on my head. If I want to lay in hot water I fill the tub and lay down in it after I plug the drain hole to keep the water in the tub. No cover and not outside. I must be missing something. Don't have a temp. gauge either, just use my body as to what I can stand. Reason I know about my tub is because I put it there and hooked everything up. Should I have put it outside? Neighbors probably wouldn't like me standing outside in the tub nude. Besides, if I go outside in the cold to a tub my body would shrink to a giant goose pimple and I'm sure my wife wouldn't like that. As you can see I'm just no help here at all!
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