Creating Metta Mountain Spa

A Labor of Passion

In February 2014  I decided I wanted to build a spa where I can do massage. My thought was to excavate below our home. I got a bid from a local contractor for $50K! “UM . . . no!”. And I was very sad. But then i remembered one of the benefits of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder . . . the ability to compulsively obsess on a project. This only happens when I feel passionate about something. I truly needed this dream to materialize! I started construction in June of 2014 and finished November 2014!

 

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Levi suggested that I use the garage instead. My initial thought was “EW!”. The idea began to grow in my mind. Then I started obsessing. Then I realized it was my only option so I went for it!!

 

I started my demolishing 65 years of muck.
I started my demolishing 65 years of muck.
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I used my massage table to see if there was enough room for everything and to visualize the space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I used masking tape for visualize the wall placement.
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I wanted the illusion of a lot of space so i decided raise the rafters from the top of the block wall to where you see them. I bolted then in with carriage bolts to support the snow in winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I removed all the old windows, doors and makeshift electrical that was a real fire hazard!

 

 

 

 

 

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This is our home’s main stack which was our guest bedroom. It was pretty tricky finding the exact placement on the outside wall where the drain pipe would enter and connect to the stack.
I found where the Drain Stack was and dug a hole to create a tie-in in from the spa.
I found where the Drain Stack was and dug a hole to create a tie-in in from the spa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The hole I drilled with a 4″ boring tool i rented.
 Then I had to dig a trench below the freeze line from our house to the spa for water, gas and electricity.

Then I had to dig a trench below the freeze line from our house to the spa for water, gas and electricity.

 

Plumbing video

 

 

 

Ta Da!
Ta Da!
I have to do a long Y shaped tench for the pluming for the tub, toilet shower and sinks. This is the photo after I laid the concrete
I have to dig a long Y shaped tench for the pluming for the tub, toilet shower and sinks. This is the photo after I laid the concrete.

At this point in the project I took a trip to Palm Desert California to get schooled on Watsu (more on this later) and to drive to Woodinville, Washington to pick up my cedar sauna from Cedarbrook Saunas.

 

I loaded the sauna onto my tiny truck and headed home.
I loaded the sauna onto my tiny truck and headed home.

 

Now for more Demo!! Love Demo!!

I punched a hole in the south wall for a double door.
I punched a hole in the south wall for a double door.

This garage was constructed in 1945 with cinder blocks which are sturdy but not a good insulating product. So, I  installed 1″ furrow stripes throughout the interior of the spa and use a sheets dense foam insulation.

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Framing for the sauna.
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Where the Ofuro will be.

 

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Framing of the water closet. (as you can see, I used a chair to work out my dimensions.)
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A concrete footer to support the new wall where the garage door was.

 

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I used recycled 2×6 lumber from the rafters for the wall.

 

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The double door Installed.

 

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Dry wall – ew!
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Backer-board for the shower and tun areas.

 

 

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New windows installed!!

Construction Update Video 2

One of the major features at Metta Mountain Spa is a hand crafted Ofuro. Ofuro is a deep Japanese style soaking tub. Traditionally the tub is made from a Japanese pine called Hinoki.  These tube were totally out of my budget! So, I have to DIY  it! I came across  a couple that had created an Ofuro using concrete! I can do that!

 

Construction Update Video 2

 

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I built the outer form, then the inner form with 4 x 8 melamine board and supported it within with 2×4’s. I insert a rebar frame into the open wall for extra support. I alsoI had to raise the inner form with cinder bricks so i could poor the floor and the walls all at the same time.
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This is me mixing concrete in a heavy down poor. I thought it was nice that mother nature wanted to add some of her water to the tub! And yes . . . that is a crinkle sack on my head!
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Pour – pour – pour – pour – pour – pour – pour – pour – pour

 

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2,560 pounds of concrete later – an Ofuro (almost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a look at the finished Ofuro!

 

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For some reason I stopped taking photos of construction at this point.  There are a lot on the Metta Mountain Spa Facebook.