Can A No Plumbing, No Electricity Hot Tub Live Up To The Hype? Bowser’s Goodland Hot Tub Review (+ A Yard Reveal)

I’m again and excited to share this controversial area with you all!

Waaaaaaay again in August of final 12 months I shared that I used to be planning an area to place a scorching tub from Goodland. We had the teeny tiny situation that Gremmy had escaped (out of this very window!) throughout this time and was gone for six lengthy weeks. We bought the Goodland scorching tub sooner or later throughout that 6 weeks and it sat within the driveway making parking/moving into my storage virtually not possible. You see, there was a crawl area beneath the window the place we had efficiently trapped him twice earlier than so we needed to (obvi) halt every little thing and wait till we trapped him (Sept 2nd) to maneuver ahead with the development. It was an extended saga. See my saved Instagram tales “Gremmy” in case you are so inclined. As soon as we lastly trapped Gremmy we needed to lay the inspiration for the recent tub as a result of it was on a slight hill.

We made the plans, we determined to maintain it easy and low cost, a concrete base with a wooden L formed wall (like that technical drawing?) to surround it slightly bit for privateness. They framed it out after which on Sept tenth Daffy began having seizures, on the fifteenth we went to say goodbye to her, and on the nineteenth a miracle occurred and we introduced her house, rather a lot poorer however very, very glad.

The poorer half was an issue although. As a result of I’m an absolute oversharer, right here’s a breakdown of the associated fee for one thing very “easy” like this…

We had been between a rock and a tough place. The recent tub was already in our possession and I had agreed to this shoot. On the similar time, I used to be taking pictures our again unit’s yard and putting in the kitchen cupboards for my kitchen reveal. All of that prices cash. Doing these reveals is so enjoyable and we get some actual perks that I’m so grateful for, but it surely isn’t low cost and takes up a variety of time as effectively. Fortunately, Goodland has been very gracious with us as a result of this has been the longest turnaround of any shoot of mine ever. We had nowhere else to place the bathtub so we needed to wait one other month earlier than we had been in a position to save up cash, know that Daffy was okay, and never going to value us more cash earlier than beginning work once more. 

As you’ll be able to see, they lined half of the crawl area entrance, don’t fear it’s not the one solution to enter or exit that area, we’ve two different areas. We needed to maintain it as a vent although, so that they changed it with a everlasting display screen. The wooden wall is fabricated from pine (as a result of it was low cost) and clearly, it wanted to be stained to assist shield it and I needed there to be some distinction between this wooden and the wooden scorching tub. Whereas they had been doing this work I used to be engaged on a giant job so I’ve basically no photographs of the method aside from the 2 above till October twenty second, which I feel is the primary time we crammed up the recent tub…

The stain on the wooden wall turned out approach darker than I needed however, , I used to be busy and couldn’t micromanage the state of affairs. I needed it to be darker than the wooden on the recent tub however not that darkish, however right here we’re. As a repair, I made a decision I might simply want crops to develop on it so it didn’t really feel a lot like a darkish gap.

So it’s now the top of October, why couldn’t I shoot the area then? Effectively, at first it was as a result of I wanted money and time to plant issues to make the area look nicer. I discovered that the quantity of area I had between the recent tub and the home was excellent for becoming one in every of my Veradek planters. Veradek has stunning planters which you can see on this put up and you will notice in my subsequent put up about my entrance backyard. On this case although I needed it to vanish towards the facet of the home and their Blok Span Planter was excellent for the job. 

I planted this crawling vine in November after which…it rained.

And rained and rained and rained and rained. 

When you’re curious, the wire grid already existed as a result of on the opposite facet of that wall is a jasmine plant we’re encouraging to climb round this space, in addition to across the different nook onto the patio. You possibly can see a few of her tendrils coming in from the left facet of the photograph. Let’s get to some reveals so we are able to perceive slightly extra about the place this scorching tub space is.

On to the left of this photograph is my patio which nonetheless hasn’t been correctly revealed as a result of I don’t know…I’m drained? However you’ll be able to see a few of it on this Halloween put up or on this put up (from virtually three years in the past?!?) concerning the technique of my yard. We’ll get to it will definitely. There’s a door to that patio and also you stroll round the place the jasmine is to get to the recent tub. We shortly came upon that we wanted to make a correct walkway as a result of strolling by means of the backyard we had been getting dust within the scorching tub after which in the home as we walked in or out. You possibly can see one in every of our stepping stones close to the jasmine within the photograph above.

Right here’s an outdated course of photograph from summer season 2020 for extra context…

Awww…have a look at that child Jasmine. The grass will get greener like this because the climate warms up.

This reveal was lastly photographed on February seventeenth, between rain storms. Apparently, it’s rained extra in LA this 12 months than it has in Seattle. It’s been wild – and my storage agrees. I *could* have been in a position to do the shoot in January between the rain however I used to be gone in Utah for half of the month and a pair of days after we bought house (someday after I shot my kitchen) we came upon Puck had an aggressive case of most cancers. The window above the recent tub was his favourite so he frolicked and watched us for the whole lot of the shoot. I used to be in a little bit of a haze of shock on today tbh, however there’s so many candy footage of him that I’ll treasure ceaselessly and I’m glad ultimately that the timing labored out this fashion. 

wild hair and my candy boi, puck

The window above the recent tub is in our bed room. Puck’s basket that he slept in each day sits on our dresser on this window, we are able to’t deliver ourselves to maneuver it. He at all times had a fascination with water and actually cherished watching us within the scorching tub.

She’s a beaut, eh? The rain helped every little thing develop so quick and now, a month later the vine (potato vine) on the left is up on the roof. I took this dangerous iPhone pic to indicate you the way a lot it’s grown:

It could want me to go on the market and tame it slightly bit, however I’m actually having fun with the view from my mattress with all of the little flowers within the window.

Surprisingly including this little area appears like getting a variety of bang for our buck. As you could bear in mind from one of many course of posts about this, a giant cause we needed this tub is as a result of our one and solely bathtub (in our one and solely toilet) is tiny and approach too shallow to soak in and my husband is a BIG bathtub boy – a BBB if you’ll. For us, this provides a variety of worth to our lives and is one other place to hang around collectively. Nevertheless, I used to be interested by if we ever transfer out of this home and took the bathtub with us, it will be a pleasant (extra) non-public and positively extra shaded place to take a seat exterior. As a result of our yard is a walk-through for the again unit and their front room and bed room home windows look out onto our yard, you’re form of on show for them. This isn’t an issue for us now as a result of we love and are associates with our again tenants, however who is aware of what the long run brings? Additionally, the shade issue. Our terrace is in full solar many of the day. It will truly be good in that state of affairs to exchange the window right here with a door from the first bed room to make it an on-suite state of affairs. This reality makes the $$ spent appear effectively invested exterior of the recent tub of all of it.

This photograph is taken standing up so you’ll be able to think about for those who had been sitting down, particularly later within the spring/summer season, the crops and the home tuck you in a bit.

Again to the recent tub although…

The bathtub itself is completely fantastically made. The tubs are made in Canada from 100% recyclable supplies. Goodland makes use of marine grade aluminum, western purple cedar in addition to oak and uncooked brass detailing. The standard is excellent and it was very simple to assemble. Goodland as an organization is so good at getting info on the market. You possibly can ask away within the feedback however I can even direct you to their FAQs and YouTube channel. On the YouTube channel, you’ll find a arrange video. After I say it’s simple to arrange, I imply you might most likely determine it out with out instruction – it’s that intuitive, possibly takes quarter-hour, and doesn’t require an expert as no plumbing or electrical energy is required. So far as transferring it to the specified location, the cedar planks on the facet simply slide out, and for those who achieve this the bathtub itself is barely 125 lbs and all the opposite items will be moved individually.

Couple of honorable mentions earlier than we get into how the recent tub works… 

The bathtub is sweet and deep, which is precisely what we wanted, however we had been having a tough time discovering a facet desk to set issues on that may 1) match on this small space and a pair of) was tall sufficient to be simple to achieve. Our trusty Article Hendry accent desk is nice however typically we want extra actual property. For instance, after I’ve handed Andrew his lunch by means of this very window so he may take pleasure in it WHILE BATHING (I imply, if that’s not luxurious, what’s?), it’s useful to have a floor that’s large and accessible. My conclusion was that what we wanted was a shower tray. After looking out far and large on the web and both not discovering one lengthy sufficient or not desirous to spend HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS, I tasked my husband to make one for us. It’s a easy development as you’ll be able to see, I purchased a 1”x6”x8’ piece of walnut and a smaller piece that I imagine was 1”x2”x24”(not on-line that I can discover). Andrew lower the smaller piece in half to make use of for the ends (so it doesn’t slide round or unintentionally fall into the water) and the 8’ piece he lower into 2 items, sufficient to be wider than the recent tub which is 29” large + 2” for the top items +1” wiggle room (so two 34” lengthy items). He screwed the top items in from the underside on either side, completed with a matte poly we had within the storage, and voila! A good looking (and really safe!) bathtub tray. It was slightly extra expensive as a result of I selected walnut however nowhere close to what I used to be discovering on-line and an enormous plus that we made it to suit precisely. FYI, we don’t hold it exterior, we simply seize it from our storage bench on the facet of the home once we want it. 

It additionally doubled as a cat bridge when Puck would get curious sufficient to leap out. *single tear*

French Press | Espresso Mug

Goodland additionally makes a really stunning firewood holder however we merely didn’t have the area. I purchased this low cost one on Amazon that works simply positive for us and has even performed happy with all of the rain, most likely as a result of we cowl it with this firewood rack cowl. It’s leaked some rusty- residue however one of many advantages of getting a concrete slab is I don’t actually care about that sort of factor.

Firewood Holder | Web | Warmth-Resistant Gloves | Teak Bathtub Mat | Inexperienced Accent Desk | Lantern (related)

We hold the online, heat-resistant gloves, axe, and lighter on the hooks across the firewood holder. The ultimate point out is the additional lengthy teak bathtub mat that additionally keeps our toes from getting too soiled on the best way in or out of the bathtub. Teak is dear however I splurged on it so I wouldn’t have to fret about leaving it exterior. Lanterns are classic Goal, I’ve talked about them earlier than and have had them for years. Yearly I spray them with a excessive warmth spray paint to maintain them wanting new. I hung one on the sting of the wooden wall with this hook. All of the pots are collected over time from native nurseries. I hold a few smaller pots of small-diameter kindling able to go. Which brings us to how this attractive Goodland scorching tub works…

Lantern Hook | Lantern (related)

Craig from Goodland does an excellent video on methods to begin your hearth right here. He recommends beginning with some balled-up paper however I’m going to allow you to in on slightly secret…rest room paper rolls stuffed with lint are the perfect hearth starters on the market. I hold a roll on my dryer always, when it’s crammed up I throw it in a bag by my again door to make use of after I want it.

Now we have just a few bushes so it’s simple for us to seize a handful of small limbs together with the small-diameter kindling. Now we have a stump within the backyard for slicing the wooden up into the kindling and smaller items of wooden (seen beneath with the online we forgot to maneuver earlier than taking the pic 🙂 ).

Organize paper (or rest room paper rolls of lint), smaller sticks when you’ve got them, and small-diameter kindling within the backside and as soon as the fireplace will get going, you’ll be able to add barely bigger items of wooden (as much as 4” diameter).

As Craig explains within the video, there needs to be little or no smoke popping out of the chimney, and if there may be it means the fireplace wants extra air. The lid can slide round to permit kind of air in.

Hearth Tongs | Towel

After the fireplace goes, we cowl the bathtub so the warmth doesn’t escape. We’ve discovered that the bathtub takes about 90 minutes to warmth up. Each 20 minutes or so we’ll examine on the fireplace and add wooden if crucial, pull the duvet again and stir with the Goodland paddle that comes with the bathtub. I’ve the paddle and the fireside tongs mounted shut by for simple entry.

The seats inside are cedar and have I discussed that it nonetheless smells like cedar each time we warmth it up? I hope that lasts ceaselessly. Talking of smells, I’ve strategically (and unintentionally) planted herbs and flowers round and close to the recent tub in order that I can simply throw collectively a bundle for the bathtub. There’s lavender and rosemary within the planter with the potato vine. I used them, together with a slicing from the potted eucalyptus tree subsequent to the bathtub, some aromatic Mexican marigolds, and another variants of rosemary which are planted within the backyard close by. If it’s the primary time we’re utilizing the bathtub after cleansing and filling it, I put a half a (virtually 20 lb) bag of Epsom salt in it as effectively. 

Brass Hand Bathe

Goodland has a variety of bathtub accouterments, together with this brass hand bathe. You possibly can inform simply by taking a look at that photograph how enjoyable and stress-free it’s to be beneath it. Now we have left it exterior to patina naturally and I feel it’s extra stunning than it was the day we bought it. It’s additionally an excellent over-the-top present for a cherished one who likes bathing.

We hold our water for 10-14 days if we’re utilizing it usually. There’s a hose connected beneath on the left facet. There’s simply sufficient room between the home and the planter to shove it again there after it’s drained the bathtub. We use the hose, together with giant watering cans to make use of the water to hydrate the backyard and all of our pots and planters particularly people who don’t have irrigation. With the ability to recycle the water this fashion, together with not having drying and worsening chemical compounds on our pores and skin, is the primary cause we needed this tub. Goodland does be aware that “Our scorching tub’s water returns to ambient temperature when not in use, which doesn’t permit dangerous micro organism to thrive as they do in always-warm scorching tubs. Using safer options like bromine or hydrogen peroxide can extend the lifetime of your tub water to 3 weeks of every day use.” Now we have not had the necessity so personally, I haven’t tried utilizing bromine or hydrogen peroxide. A fast Google exhibits that neither are harmful for crops although, so I assume you’ll be able to nonetheless use the water to your backyard for those who selected to go that route. 

After emptying, I throw some vinegar in and provides it a great scrub with my energy scrubber brush (makes it approach simpler), rinse with the hose and I’m performed. Protip: the underside of the bathtub could be very sq. and subsequently slightly laborious to empty all the best way. You *can* tip the entire thing over when cleansing, however that may be laborious with one particular person and given the area I’ve. Final time our tub was empty we put a few shims on the best facet so it tilts barely in direction of the drain to assist empty fully. Earlier than we did that I must sop up the remaining water with a outdated towel, which wasn’t the top of the world. Earlier than we construct our subsequent hearth for the bathtub, we use the Goodland Ash Scooper to scrub out the outdated ash, which is nice to do for hearth security.

In case you’re inquisitive about the place the hose is to fill it again up it’s subsequent to the Jasmine bush across the nook:)

Ash Scooper

Some remaining ideas:

There have been a LOT of opinions on the method put up about this scorching tub. Principally individuals caring concerning the proximity to the home (it’s a smidge nearer than Goodland recommends) and to different homes in an space that’s susceptible to fireside. I do know now, after having and utilizing it for a variety of months that sure, in fact, you need to apply hearth security. We by no means depart whereas the fireplace is burning and we observe the rules of the town. If there’s a hearth ban, as an illustration, we might not use the recent tub. We are able to use it as a chilly plunge although and I’m excited to attempt that! There needs to be little to no smoke or burning ash. The fireplace that you simply make for the bathtub feels approach safer to me than a hearth pit as an illustration or perhaps a charcoal grill. It’s extra contained and the chimney helps in holding particles from flying round. I must be much more cautious within the dry season but when LA retains up this bizarre climate, it looks as if for half the 12 months I don’t have to be very involved in any respect. It was great utilizing the bathtub within the rain as a result of I didn’t have to fret about something and it was such a sensory expertise!

Now we have loved having this stress-free area, particularly on this very busy, traumatic, and grief-filled season. Now we have had rather a lot happening, much more than I share right here in fact, after which there’s the wildness that it’s to be a human in 2023… It’s all rather a lot and I hope everyone seems to be okay. I really feel like everybody I do know is simply going by means of it and I’ve a sense it could be larger than my group of family and friends. It’s necessary that we discover methods to decelerate and join with one another. This tub has been part of that apply for me and I need to thank Craig and Goodland, EHD, and naturally all of you for participating. If in case you have any questions, pop them beneath, possibly I may even get Craig over right here to speak to you all 🙂 Or truthfully, when you’ve got any methods you might be holding sane in 2023 or simply need to complain/join as people, try this beneath as effectively. See you quickly to speak about one other approach I’m staying sane – my All the way down to Farm city backyard!

*Design and Styled by Emily Bowser
**Images by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

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