Hot tub planNING
avoid the add-on look
Plan ahead for your new hot tub. Having a hot tub plan can help you achieve a “built-in” look, and avoid the impression that the spa was an add-on. As you shop for a new hot tub at our dealership in Edmonton, keep in mind the dimensions of the patio, deck or yard for your spa installation. Look through home and garden magazines for design ideas. And browse through the photos of hot tub owners’ backyards for patio, deck, and spa installation ideas.
- Access to the spa from the house is usually via an existing wood, concrete, or masonry patio. You may have secondary access to or from a lawn area that provides continuity between your house, spa, and yard. The area next to the stairs leading from the spa to the lawn provides the perfect spot for a flowerbed, or a towel tree.
- Transition between spa decking and the lawn area. Strengthen the continuity between your house and yard by creating a “stepping-stone” effect:
- Allow the ground cover (i.e. turf, grasses, moss, etc.) to grow between the stepping-stones to blend the hardscape (decking) to the softscape (lawn area).
- Redwood rounds make nice stepping-stones. If your decking is masonry, match the brick, flagstone, or tile.
- Install garden lighting along the pathway to your spa. Hot tubs feature LED interior lighting, including sparkling, backlit waterfalls in most models.
5 key points in planning for your hot tub installation
- Consider your family's needs and desires. Do you entertain? Love family barbeques? Enjoy reading or quiet meditation? The answers to these questions will help you determine the type of setting you want for your hot tub, and which hot tub model is best for you.
- Is your spa easy to get to from the house? The closer it is, the more you'll enjoy it. Consider a patio or deck just outside the home for spa installation.
- Think about privacy when deciding where to place your hot tub. Check the views into your yard. Tall shrubs or plants can form an enclosure for your hot tub installation.
- Identify sun and shade spots as well as wind directions. Place your hot tub where you can use it comfortably throughout the year.
- How's the view from your hot tub? Is there attractive landscaping or a sunset view? Need to keep an eye on the children as you soak? Consider the line of sight from your spa.
When it rains, which way does the water flow? Water should flow away from your house and other structures; it should not stand or puddle near your spa. Will you need extra grading or drains to ensure water doesn't settle where your spa is going to be installed?
Hot tub electrical installation
Electrical power from the main panel of your house may also provide for your irrigation controller and other electrical needs, such as lighting. An electrician can install an extra outlet or hardwire additional controllers. Be sure your electrician consults the Pre-delivery Guide for your model before doing electrical work.
Improve your property
Create an outdoor Oasis as part of your hot tub plan
A hot tub is a valuable addition to any home. Young or old, everybody loves hydrotherapy – for stress relief, soothing muscle soreness, or sharing a rejuvenating soak. Start with a beautifully designed, high-performance hot tub. Then plan an outdoor oasis that provides hot tub privacy as well as a place for socializing. Free from the restrictions of the walls, doors and windows inside the house, you can make an outdoor oasis as sophisticated or as rustic as you like.
- Plan a four-seasons outdoor room around your hot tub – more versatile than a summers-only pool.
- Keep it simple: think about the indoor/outdoor fabrics and furnishings; an attractive, easy-to-install gazebo; natural stone and wood; and plantings.
- Create a leafy, natural retreat around your hot tub, for privacy and beauty.
You don’t necessarily need professional landscapers to create the perfect place to enjoy your hot tub. We can help you design a hot tub plan with a luxurious, built-in look. You might be surprised at how easy and affordable it is to install a hot tub half-in, half-out of the ground, using stone, brick or wood decking and attractive foliage to create your outdoor oasis.
With a hot tub, plan to spend more time outdoors year ’round.
One of today’s hottest design trends is creating a relaxed environment for private enjoyment or casual entertaining. As a private and a social extension of the home, a hot tub-centered “living room” brings the indoors outside. Who doesn’t dream of a backyard where they can relax, enjoy family time, or invite guests for a barbecue and hot tub party? You can have just that, with a little planning.
Apply the five basics of interior design to your outdoor oasis:
- Floor coverings (what goes under the hot tub and around it: decks, hardscape, lawns and gardens)
- Wall décor (screens, trellises, hanging plants, a gazebo)
- Lighting (soft lighting from your hot tub is one source)
- Furnishings (patio table and chairs, planters)
- Accessories (spa steps, bar and stools, stereo, barbecue)
You have a wide choice of styles, options, and accessories. Have fun putting together the perfect hot tub plan for your backyard!
3 Steps to a Hot Tub
Identify the area for your outdoor oasis. Your hot tub plan should include a solid foundation for the spa and an electrical source.
Measure the area, including space for decking, plants, trees, paths, etc. You can find the sizes and specifications for all of our hot tubs online.
Enjoy. This outdoor room, sheltered from the wind and surrounded by natural beauty, includes a dining area as well as a hot tub.
A backyard design doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel. Just a few tweaks to a current landscape may be all that’s needed to create a personalized hot tub environment. See installations for inspiration.