Having previously owned a multi-award-winning design/build firm for many years, the owner of Best Hot Tubs, Bill Renter, knows quite a lot about beautiful construction projects. So when a new hot tub client wants an attractive “hot tub surround” installation, they quickly discover they have an expert they can rely on.
“First, we should explain what a hot tub surround is,” says Bill. “It’s a structure that fits around a hot tub to give it a handsome, customized built-in appearance. Best Hot Tubs works closely with design/build teams to bring about the exact look a client wants that is also in harmony with their other outdoor amenities.”
Some occasionally ask Bill why bother going through installing a portable spa this way? Why not just get a custom spa to begin with?
“Most custom spas share their functions with a swimming pool. But that’s not practical if you want to use your spa all year long. Also, many spa clients prefer the incredible hydrotherapy that comes with portable Bullfrog Spas’ interchangeable jets/seats than what they’d get from a custom in-ground spa.”
Because of the popularity of hot tub surrounds, we’re showcasing examples of what Bill and his team helped design/install. In all cases, the spas themselves are Bullfrog Spas models. Enjoy!
When they were building a new pool, the clients asked Bill Renter if their hot tub could be made to look as elegant as their new pool and patio. They also wanted their hot tub to operate separately from the pool. They decided on a portable Bullfrog Spa made to appear like a custom built-in. The spa was put halfway into the ground. A veneer of Travertine and black stone panels was added over a stone wall that covers the spa cabinet. Note: The installation also raised the hot tub to provide optimal views of the pool and channel waters.
“When you work with great design/build teams, you can create amazing portable hot tub installations,” says Bill Renter. “These clients wanted a spillover spa that they could use all year through. Working with The Deck and Patio Company, we set a portable Bullfrog Spa halfway into the ground. A moss rock waterfall coming out from the pool’s edge just beneath it spills into the pool but appears to be coming from the hot tub.” Note: Even though it’s partially in-ground, the team left sufficient access for ease in getting to the spa plumbing.
This time we installed a portable Bullfrog Spa on a base/mount halfway into a handsome Trex deck designed to fit the hot tub. Again, because the spa is raised up on a mount, when the clients are soaking in it, they get a fabulous view of their new pool and landscaping. We also helped the clients choose a spa base that matched the Trex decking. Note: The spa is exposed on two sides to ensure the views of the backyard are unobstructed.
“It’s very easy to create this kind of custom installation,” says Bill Renter. “Using a little soil for the plants and adding some natural stone boulders and moss rock steps give it a real natural “set-in-garden” look. Two stone-faced walls, with sleek caps, help suggest this spa is encased, but it’s not.” Note how the use of stone around the hot tub complements the patio design and color.