Enjoying a hot tub or spa is one of the great pleasures in life. However, when they are not being used, hot tubs and spas can be cumbersome and intrusive if they are not properly positioned in your backyard. So how do you aesthetically incorporate a hot tub or spa into your landscape?
Here are several ideas to transform your backyard hot tub & spa area:
1. Place your hot tub in the best location
Never leave the sides of your spa exposed. Instead, use the existing walls of your house or garage to hide multiple sides, and, if possible, enclose the remaining parts of the structure.
2. Make your spa area unique
Create a grotto-like outdoor space for your hot tub area, one that’s separate from your main house. This will make everyone who enjoys your hot tub truly feel that they can ‘get away from it all.’
3. Have your spa be the focal point
If your spa is positioned carefully, people will congregate around it even when not in use. Inevitably, this will lead to a request for use, especially at parties and after intimate dates.
4. Add plants to your hot tub area
Utilize your spa area as a beautiful garden focal point. Unlike in-ground pools, hot tubs don’t need space around them, so plant appropriate foliage close by.
5. Conceal your hot tub
Some people prefer privacy above all else. So, if you don’t want to be seen or heard by nearby neighbors, a custom-built spa in the perfect location can provide the ultimate hot tub experience.
6. Stow your hot tub cover
No one enjoys looking at an old, dirty hot tub cover nearby. When not in use, make sure your spa cover is placed far enough away from the hot tub to avoid looking sloppy. A rolling spa cover is a great way to avoid this hassle.
Deck designs for hot tubs with a pergola
7. Create a hot tub deck or sundeck, or build a Pergola for your spa
One way to utilize your hot tub space is to consider building a deck platform. This allows for a rolling cover which, if built properly, can double as a sundeck. So, whenever the hot tub is not being used, the cover becomes part of the deck.
A pergola is a great addition to any backyard. Pergolas are wooden archways which are usually large, open structures built on a framework of posts, crossbeams, and an open lattice style roof. These decorative structures may be an extension of your home, freestanding, or a canopy above your spa. Pergolas not only provide shade, but also allow for limited cover without restricting airflow, and can add architectural character to your hot tub location. An additional benefit of installing a pergola instead of a gazebo is that there is no roof to clean.
Whether you are building it yourself or having it installed, be sure to remember that pergolas require a solid foundation especially if heavy construction materials are being used.
The most important tip when building a pergola is to monitor shadows and sun positions over your hot tub area for at least a year before beginning construction.
For assistance and help with ways to transform your backyard hot tub or spa , please contact Skovish Pools & Spas!
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