Hot Tips for Landscaping Around Hot Tubs

(ARA) – For many families, adding a hot tub in the back yard makes the American dream complete. But what really elevates the hot tub from home improvement to home oasis status is the decking and landscaping created around it.

Adding some landscaping around your hot tub

Adding some landscaping around your hot tub

Thanks to advances in hot tub technology, basic installation is easy. Most require no more than a level location (preferably a concrete slab or reinforced deck), an adequate electrical connection and a garden hose to fill them. “Determine the best location for your hot tub by taking a lawn chair and placing it in several locations around your back yard,” suggests Erica Moir, vice president of product development, design and marketing at Jacuzzi.  “Pay attention to the views in all directions and determine what accessories, decoration and vegetation you need to optimize the experience for yourself and your guests. Vision, planning and creativity are critical starting blocks in any backyard design project.”

Recently, the two largest manufacturers of acrylic hot tubs sponsored backyard design contests for designers and hot tub installers around the world. You can learn from the experts. Here are some hot tips for landscaping around your hot tub, drawn from the award-winning entries received by Jacuzzi Hot Tubs and Sundance Spas:

1. Material Magic: Use various types of architectural and landscape materials in interesting ways. Natural stone, brick, block, synthetic or wood decking, waterfalls, fencing, grass and flowering foliage all come together to create a varied and visually stimulating area.

2. Privacy from Peeping Neighbors: screened gazebos, pergolas, screens, shrubs and strategically-placed walls afford modesty and essential privacy for the back yard and hot tub serenity zone. If you are planting trees or shrubs, consider the plant’s eventual maximum size and place accordingly. Surrounding the space with dense plant life creates a cocoon of intimacy.

3. Varied Views: When there is a gorgeous view, take advantage of it. But even if there is not a sweeping vista of majestic valleys or panoramic mountains as a backdrop, create your own interesting visuals to enhance the experience of using the back yard. Simple artwork, pendant style candle holders, murals and decoration can spice up an otherwise boring wall.

4. Water Features do Wonders: Select a hot tub with a built-in waterfall or water feature to bring the feeling of peace and serenity. Look for models that will run the water feature even when the main hot tub pumps are not on so that you can enjoy the sounds of nature any time.

5. Night Lighting is Necessary: Today’s hot tubs have amazing, energy-efficient, multi-color LED lighting effects both under water and around the exterior. But don’t stop there. Consider the pathway from the house to the hot tub and ensure that you provide adequate lighting for those late night soaks!

Ready to get started? “After you have your plan, it’s very important to take a tape measure then mark out the space using masking tape or chalk,” adds Anthony Pasquarelli of Sundance Spas. “That’s the only way you’ll be able to see how much room you have for all the elements you want to include.”

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