How to Design a Spa or Hot Tub into your Landscape

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Designing a hot tub or spa into your landscape not only offers you a delightful way to relax, soothe sore muscles, entertain and/or be romantic, but it gives you a chance to add a wonderful decorative element into your landscape design. Here are some tips on how to design a spa or hot tub into your landscape.

  • Locate your hot tub or spa where you will have a good view so you have something beautiful to look at while you are enjoying your cozy dip.

  • Make sure you design your spa or hot tub in a location close to the house unless you want to build a cabana nearby. This is especially important in cooler climates. You will want to scramble into a warm spot when you leave the spa water and if you position your hot tub where you will have to hike back through the cold while you are wet, you won't be using it all that much!

  • Design your spa or hot tub as a water element or, if it is contained by walls, as a part of your landscape design. If you have a stepped landscape, for example, you can use levels in a stairway or patio to slot in your spa where it will look like a custom, built-in part of the structure. Or site a waterfall behind it so it looks like part of a water garden.

  • Design plants around the spa area so it has a whole ambiance. You can build a roof or shade cover over your spa area and grow up vines, or consider planting a small, decorative, evergreen tree (so it won't drop too many leaves) that will form an umbrella over your hot tub.

  • If your landscape is tropical, palms and large leafed plants can surround your spa. Or a neat hedge of well-clipped evergreens can create a living wall for privacy in a more formal design. Try building walls with cascading creepers studded with flowers to shelter your bathing area in an English or Mediterranean designed garden.

  • The style, shape and size of your spa or hot tub will impact the design of your landscape. Make sure you select a spa that fits into your overall space yet gives you the service you want. Spas are constructed in a range of materials. Consider the practical and design elements when shopping for a hot tub.

  • Buying a spa or hot tub can add a wonderful feature to your landscape that will provide years of fun, relaxation and entertainment. If you design your spa properly into your landscape it will be a joy to look at as well. For more information on how to design a spa or hot tub into your landscape, please check the Additional Resources listed below.

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