Creating a Spa Retreat
More and more homeowners are adding a deck, patio, hot tub, pool and even an outdoor kitchen to create the ultimate backyard retreat. It's not just about installing a hot tub anymore, but creating a spa environment.
With a little vision, a lot of imagination and the "perfect" hot tub, you can easily transform your backyard into a wonderful retreat. Here are some things to consider to find the hot tub that's right for you:
- Location is the key to planning your hot tub retreat. If you live in an area where the temperatures get quite cold, you'll want to install your hot tub close to your home. The closer you are to the warm bubbly water, the more you will enjoy and use your hot tub. If cold weather is not a factor, consider placing your spa in a secluded area or making it the center of your backyard retreat alongside an inground pool.
- You need to decide if you would like your hot tub placed aboveground, partially recessed or inground. Aboveground hot tubs are typically called portable spas because you can easily move them. They are very easy to maintain. If you're looking for a more seamless look you'll want to install an inground or partially recessed hot tub.
- No matter what style of hot tub you choose, you need to make sure that it is well supported. The average 4-person hot tub weighs in at about 4,000 pounds when filled. Common support options include concrete slab, spa pads, patio or deck.
- You can add to the ambiance of your spa by choosing a color scheme. Most hot tub manufacturers offer shells that have the look of marble or granite in many different hues, like vibrant blues and greens, subtle pinks and reds, neutral tans and blacks. Most hot tub cabinetry comes in gray teak and red cedar.
Adding furniture like Adirondack chairs, loveseats and lounge chairs to match your hot tub will enhance your spa environment. For some extra pampering and to spruce up your dÃ©cor you can add towel warmers and even an entertainment center.
Your outdoor retreat is a great place for outdoor dining. Consider a matching wraparound bar or a simply have a mini refrigerator wired directly to your spa for convenience. For added privacy and protection you can build a gazebo or pergola around your hot tub. The possibilities to create your outdoor spa retreat are endless.