Portable spas have become extremely popular, partly because they are very cost-friendly compared to in-ground custom spas or a swimming pool for that matter; and they are easy to install. Bullfrog Spas, the portable hot tubs we specialize in, also offer extremely comfortable seats; these “JetPak” seats come in a wide range of interchangeable massage jets options.
However, Best Hot Tubs doesn’t just sell superb hot tubs. We are also expert at installing a spa so it has the look of a partial in-ground installation.
The key is to set a new portable hot tub tightly against a patio or deck. This should be done so the spa remains completely exposed on the back for good water drainage and accessibility — yet the positioning still hints at a custom-installed spa.
In some cases, Best Hot Tubs’ clients choose to upgrade their patio or deck at the same time, which can provide a look that belies its budget-friendly costs. Remember, there’s no fussy hot tub installation involved, just an upgrade to the deck/patio.
In other cases, a pre-existing deck or patio can be cut to fit a spa neatly.
For raised decks, it’s not complicated to build a spa cradle that will lift up and support the spa as required.
Which ever way it’s done, when you have a spa conveniently located to the house — which is usually the case with a backyard patio or deck — it means you will take regular advantage of its hydrotherapy, enjoy relief from joint and muscle pain as needed, create family and friend memories, and just simply spend more relaxing time in your spa.
Enjoy some examples of Best Hot Tubs installations below.
These Massapequa, NY, Best Hot Tubs’ clients already had a good piece of paradise with a waterside property. Plus they had an in-ground pool with slide and a Trex Deck.
But they wanted a portable spa, convenient to their house, that they could enjoy year-round. Best Hot Tubs worked with The Deck and Patio Company (Huntington Station) to fit their new Bullfrog R6L model flush against their deck.
“The key was to get the hot tub mounted on a custom cradle,” says Bill Renter owner of Best Hot Tubs. “Deck and Patio constructed it to a height that not only maximized views of the Great South Bay, but allowed the couple to step into it with ease from their deck.”
To install the hot tub, a piece of railing was removed so the hot tub could touch the deck for easy access. They can simply hold on to the hot tub while stepping in.
For this project, our Best Hot Tubs clients wanted something very special. They were already having a water feature added and they asked us to install their hot tub in such a way as to enjoy the feature from the hot tub as well as the patio.
This design called for sinking a Bullfrog Spa halfway into the ground, surrounded by boulders and flowering plantings. We also installed their new hot tub next to their new Techo-Bloc patio that the landscaper built.
The wonderful thing about planning your deck/patio and hot tub together is you can express your taste in a harmonious way. Here a traditional round Bullfrog Spa was fitted into the curves of a newly built deck.
The handsome use of wood with the round spa also hints at traditional Japanese ofuros for a Zen-like appeal. Note how the hot tub case is made of the same decking material.
Again, a new raised patio was designed for fitting one of our Bullfrog Spas against it. This also makes it easy to access the hot tub’s plumbing. Note that the clients opted to include an outdoor kitchen as part of the design package to coordinate with the patio.
The patio also accommodated a dining/lounge area, which is ideal as an area for taking breaks from hot tubbing.
Upshot? When these clients go outside, they stay outside.