The ability to relax in your own garden by sinking into a tub is a luxury amenity that almost any homeowner can obtain. If you need convincing, just imagine yourself, the stars (or the sun) and hot water. Ahhhh.

And yet, adding an outdoor tub to your home isn’t as easy as filling a container with water and grabbing a glass of pinot noir. Truth: Some backyards lend themselves better to outdoor soaking than others. And there are mechanical issues that can occur with this aquatic wonder.

So, before you jump in, we’ve gathered some information from the experts. Here are the pros and cons of owning an outdoor bathtub.

Advantage: a feast for the eyes

You’ll be the envy of the neighborhood with an outdoor tub.

“Owning one is a unique feature that could attract more buyers if you sell your home, or at least make the listing stand out,” adds Robert Oleysyckowner of All In Creative Agency.

For: absolute happiness

Oleysyck likens an open-air bath to the Japanese tradition of forest bathing.

Taking a bath outside “is eco-therapy,” he says. You can watch the sunset and relax from the stress of the day. And if you have kids, the more the better in the water.

“They’ll love taking a bubble bath outside,” he adds.

Disadvantages: you are quite exposed

Placement is everything, folks!

“If you have a heavily wooded setting in your yard, an outdoor bath can be peaceful and enjoyable, but without a privacy fence, you’ll be bathing in exposure,” points out Adam Grahamindustry analyst at Fixr.

And if you surround your tub too completely, you’ll kill your sight.

The bottom line: Homeowners need to find a way to conceal the soaking to provide enough privacy without compromising the view and spoiling the overall effect, says Oleysyck.

Disadvantages: Waste and water quality

“With so many areas experiencing drought conditions, are the keepers concerned about the environment? asks Oleysyck.

These tubs tend to be large in size, Graham adds, which means you’ll need “a small, dedicated water heater and plumbing to get to them, or you’ll have to upgrade your water heater. home”.

To install a tub, you’ll need a plumber to run hot and cold water lines to the tub, probably underground, and it’s not cheap. (You could just make do with the garden hose, but that means an ice cold bath outside.)

Finally, consider how you will drain the tub.

“If a seep is too close to the foundation, a lot of water could damage it,” says Graham.

So, when you install a bathtub, you must install a drain that carries the water to another part of your garden.

Cons: The Elements

Hello, leaves, twigs and soil!

“No matter how much you cover your outdoor tub, dust and bugs will find their way there,” says Oleysyck.

And don’t forget the sun and rain, which can do a number on your serene soak.

“Wooden tubs can require some maintenance over time to keep them looking great on the outside,” says Graham. “But this material doesn’t retain heat well, so your soak might not reach the desired temperature.”

Metal is a possibility though, as it retains heat better.

“But if your tub is too heavy, it will sink into the ground or compromise the stability of your deck or patio pavers,” adds Graham.

Pros: It’s cheaper than a swimming pool

Weighing whether to add a pool is a common dilemma for homeowners. Deciding if you have the space, the time to devote to maintenance, and an appropriate climate that allows maximum use of the pool are just a few of the considerations.

But above all, it’s the cost factor that really matters. Installing an in-ground pool doesn’t come cheap – numbers usually start around $35,000 and go up to $65,000 and up. But an outdoor soak costs much less.

According to Graham, the cost of the soak itself starts at $300 for a basic acrylic number and can go up to $3,000 for large cast iron or wooden tubs.

“And the cost of installing a dedicated heater would be between $900 and $3,000,” he adds.

And don’t forget about the need for drainage, so plan on adding an extra $500 to $750 to pipe tub water away from the house.

The bottom line

All in all, you’re looking at several thousand dollars to make an outdoor soak comfortable and clean. But if you can place your bathtub in a place that is not visible to neighbors and you know how to fill and drain it, you may be well on your way to total relaxation. A tub under the sky can be nice, especially if you live in an area where you can use it year-round.

“For most other homeowners, however, an outdoor tub can be a very expensive birdbath,” says Graham.