In their recently published 2019 Awards of Excellence Issue, Aqua Magazine awarded Best Hot Tubs two international “silver” awards in their category: Hot Tubs, Spas and Water Features (left). Needless to say we are thrilled and honored.
So to celebrate, we’re highlighting the first of these two awards today (left/top) where Best Hot Tubs helped clients fit one of our Bullfrog Spas in a vault with a granite stone facade.
The couple lives along the eastern bank of the Hudson River, in a delightful village, Hastings-On-Hudson. They had been wanting a hot tub for some time. They couldn’t make up their minds, however, where to put it on their property. Then, you might say, one day an answer just dropped on them.
“In our backyard patio area we had an English-style garden, stone walls with plantings, a garage, and a big — almost 150-year-old, oak tree,” says the husband. “We never considered putting a hot tub there for lack of available space. But in March of 2018, during a heavy storm, the tree fell. We were lucky it didn’t fall toward the house, but it did destroy our two-car-garage, about a third of our patio, and half of a wall.”
Instead of rebuilding the garage etc. right away, and after clearing away all the debris, the homeowners thought: Hey, let’s make lemonade out of this lemon: Let’s get that hot tub now.
Method to their Gladness
The couple had decided on a portable spa, says the husband, because permanent hot tubs/spas are taxed in their area like swimming pools. By choosing a “vault system” for a portable spa, which the hot tub sits in, it would look custom but wouldn’t be considered a permanent installation.
Plans were then developed, with help from an architectural designer, to rebuild the garage in a way that left room for the hot tub and a new outdoor kitchen.
Choosing the Right Hot Tub
The wife then contacted our own Bill Renter of Best Hot Tubs whom she had met at a prior Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City.
“She loved that the Bullfrog Spas Bill had showed her had fewer parts and were energy efficient,” says her husband. “After speaking with Bill by phone, she thought it was worth visiting their Westbury, Long Island showroom and look at the Bullfrog Spas again.”
What the wife and husband really loved about a Bullfrog Spa was the opportunity to choose from 16 different JetPaks.
“You can choose the JetPaks you want and then move them around the tub once you have them. We also loved the copper finish option Bullfrog offered which matched not only our house color but some of the stones in our wall, etc. The deciding factor, though, was Bill and his sales staff were great with follow-up questions. The other company we contacted was really slow to respond. So we chose the Bullfrog’s A7L model and are really happy with it.”
This Bullfrog model offers comprehensive therapy in a mid-size hot tub. With 5 JetPaks, each in a unique seat, there’s an opportunity to enjoy a full range of hydro-massage. Also includes a premium bent-knee lounger with hip, calf, and foot jets.
Hot Tub Custom Installation
The hot tub installation design closed in the spa only on 3 sides, leaving one side open for repair work. It’s also where the hot tub cover fits onto the spa.
“We recently did a service call for them,” says Bill Renter. “The unenclosed area made it easy to open the control panel and check on the problem they were having. It turned out, in this case, not to be an issue with the hot tub at all. But I was able to diagnose the problem. They had an electricity issue and I recommended a particular switch the electrician could put in. I’m glad I was able to solve the issue for their electrician.”
“The tree stood where the grill is now,” the husband adds. Stone for the walls, outdoor kitchen and hot tub facades were chosen by his wife who also asked that niches be left in the wall behind the hot tub to hold mood-setting candles.