Outdoor Spa Landscaping Ideas

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Install an outdoor spa and create a tranquil and relaxing retreat. Spas may be installed as stand-alone units or as part of a pool and spa combination. Be certain to fence in any water feature for safety, following all local regulations. Incorporate shade, seating and dining areas into your spa landscape to maximize your space and create a comfortable oasis.

Inground Spa

  • An inground spa makes an attractive option when landscaped cohesively with the rest of the yard. Inground spas are typically constructed in concrete, which makes them a versatile option. Concrete can be poured in nearly any shape and size to accommodate your desired design aesthetic. After installation, lay flat flagstone or poured concrete around the spa to camouflage the edges and create an organic look. Create a refuge in your yard by installing a pool and spa simultaneously. Incorporate a fountain in the spa design for added drama. Inground spas tend to be a more expensive option than a portable spa, but will blend more seamlessly into the landscape. Inground spas also tend to be more durable than their portable wood counterparts.

Add a Deck

  • Create a complete entertainment space by incorporating a deck and spa into your landscape. Whether you choose a winding two-tiered deck design or a straightforward one-level option, you can create a multipurpose outdoor entertaining space. Create distinct areas on your deck including the spa, dining space and a casual seating spot. Encourage guests to linger and enjoy the space by incorporating comfortable cushions and pillows in weatherproof fabrics. Portable wood spas work well in deck designs as they can be stained to match the deck finish. Be sure to provide storage near the spa for extra towels and supplies. Consider building a shelving unit into the deck design in close proximity to the spa for a seamless look.

Incorporate a Pergola

  • Add a dramatic and functional touch to your landscape and spa area by installing a pergola. Regardless of where your spa is located, on a deck, a patio or freestanding in the yard, a pergola will add focus and definition to the landscape. Pergolas are open air and roof structures which allow for light penetration as well as air flow. Pergola structures will add shade for spa-goers when planted with climbing vines. For a colorful touch, plant vibrant colorful climbing plants such as morning glories and clematis. To achieve a more subdued and serene impact, incorporate muted plantings and ivy in shades of green.

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