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Custom made hot tub with stairs
Tub installed with custom made stairs and equipment enclosure
Our team has just delivered and installed 4 person hot tub with two jets, gas heater, 2 speed pump, electronic sanitazation – Ionizer and Ozonator and 1.8m long barrel sauna with window at the back wall. After installing barrel sauna and hot tub:
Barrel sauna and hot tub
Barrel sauna and hot tub installed… (Sauna door was mounted later)
We’ve been asked by customers to design and build equipment enclosure with stairs for the tub. With this particular project, we decided to make it on site as we go. Since the gas heater is positioned closer to the tub, the enclosure cannot be made square. Last week we started with outlining framework for the enclosure and stairs:
Enclosure framework
Part of the enclosure bypassing the heater….
Enclosure framework base for equipment and stairs...
Enclosure framework base for equipment and stairs…
The enclosure frame base and posts are all supplied in High grade Canadian Western Red Cedar (with inside frame boards from treated pine to reinforce the structure):
Side framework
Side framework in place with Cedar base and posts…
Enclosure framework
Another shot of the framework…
Framework is done
Framework is almost done and starting with the stairs…
Stairs are done
Stairs in place…
From this point Sydney weather was not on our side. It took us few extra days to finish the job and yesterday we finally signed it off:
Side enclosure
Side enclosure and gas heater…
Tub is filled with water
Water is in and we’re testing tub equipment with jets…
Tub with enclosure
Tub with enclosure from the top of the house…
Tub controls
Raised jet controls to allow more water in the tub…
If you are after a sauna or hot tub now is the good time to place your order and get $950 discount for delivery in the next year. Contact us for more information….

Octagonal benches
New design for hot tubs – Octagonal benches
We are in the process of manufacturing one of our big 2.1m diameter tub and as per customer request to make it even more “spacey”, we’ve come up with new octagonal bench arrangement instead of our standard hexagonal design:
Hexagonal tub benches
Hexagonal hot tub bench arrangement
As you can see, with hexagonal setup there’s less space in the middle of the tub where with octagonal setting there’s plenty of room. This is an option which is available now and cost extra $450 to cover the cost of extra supports and benches. We’ve taken few pictures from the 2.1m diameter tub test fitting in our factory which we are happy to share with you:
Cutting tub staves
Cutting staves to 1.2m length…
Tightening bottom rings
Tightening bottom ring…
Tightening middle ring
Tightening middle ring…
We don’t put top ring during the test fit since two rings are enough to make final touches to the tub (we do supply 3d ring though 🙂 ):
Rounding staves tops
Rounding and leveling staves tops…
Tub test fit finished
Tub test fit is done and benches are looking great…
In case you are wondering why there are so many holes in the tub – those are for jets, skimmer, suction and ozonator assemblies.
Octagonal benches with step down
Octagonal benches with step-down – closer shot…

Ukko tub with custom stairs and enclosure
Tub assembled and ready for its bathers…
We’ve just assembled and installed Q-series 1.6m diameter tub with electronic sanitazation, custom made stairs and enclosure in West Ryde – one of the Sydney’s suburbs. It all started by visiting site and checking available space. Below is a picture on how the place looked before the installation:
Before installation
Site before the installation…
After inspecting the site, we’ve designed a proposed plan for the tub with custom built steps and enclosure:  
Hot Tub design proposal...
Hot Tub design proposal…
Once everything has been confirmed and we’ve got a “GO” from the customer, we started production. In 4 weeks tub was test fitted at the factory and we were ready for install. While normal people were relaxing and enjoying their week-end, Ukko Saunas team was on site making it all happen for the customer :).
Frame work
Working on framework for decking boards…
Attaching frames
Attaching frame timbers to brick wall…
Finishing tub enclosure
Finishing enclosure with decking boards…
And finally tub is done.  Water is warm and bubbles are tempting us to get in:
Hot tub installed
Front view of the installed hot tub…

We’ve just came back from Canberra where we’ve installed 1.6m diameter Enviro (gas heated) tub and log sauna.
tub_enclosure_done2
Ukko Tub with custom made enclosure and stairs

Tub is sunk under the deck for about 500mm and overall tub height with joists under the floor is 1240mm. (Deck is still under construction)

On the left is a side door for plumbing and Ionizer access
On the left is a side door for plumbing and Ionizer access
All equipment with Davey gas heater, time switch with integrated AMP plug for 2 speed pump (Hi/Lo and Off/Off switch) and Ozonator was mounted outside the room… This is how it all looked in the earlier design stages that we’ve helped with:
Tub top view
Tub top view with step down slightly moved to the side
Tub front view with custom stairs going up to step down
Tub front view with custom stairs going up to step down
And below are the actual stairs built by Ukko Saunas on site:
Hot tub custom made stairs
Hot tub Cedar stairs with Aspen boards in front…
The top boards of the tub enclosure were cut out of European thermo-treated Aspen (15mm thick) which is nicely blended in to the Canadian Western Red Cedar framework. European Aspen is stronger and harder wood comparing to Cedar which makes it a perfect alternative for an enclosure.
Aspen
Thermo treated 82x15mm European Aspen Shiplap
Ukko log sauna was custom built on site in to an existing room with small space for towels and robes.
Sauna floor plan
Sauna floor plan designed by Ukko
This sauna was supplied with 6.0kW SAWO sauna heater with remote digital controls, light fittings, bench skirting, back rests, head rests, bucket ladle, thermometer and sand timer.
Inside sauna room - upper bench with Cedar bucket...
Inside sauna room – upper bench with Cedar bucket…
L-shape upper benches...
L-shape upper benches…
Innova Touchpad digital control outside sauna room...
Innova Touchpad digital control outside sauna room…
6.0kW wall mounted stainless steel sauna heater with rocks...
6.0kW wall mounted stainless steel sauna heater with rocks…
Bench skirting
Bench skirting
Bench skirting front
Bench skirting front with
sauna lights behind providing nice warm light shading in to the room