Custom hot tub installations do not have to be a major hassle, says Bill Renter, owner of Best Hot Tubs New York showrooms (Westbury, Farmingdale, Windham). He knows of where he speaks because Bill previously owned a design/build landscaping firm and done a wide range of customized hot tub installations.
One thing Bill learned from all his experience is that a custom installation doesn’t have to be complicated.
“All a hot tub basically needs is a firm foundation, such as on the ground, that has been prepared to allow proper drainage,” says Bill. “And if you add a little creativity and style to it, the outcome can be very attractive — yet simple to complete.”
Last week our blog provided a step-by-step DIY set-in-garden-style installation. But today, we’re showcasing a variety of attractive yet easy ideas.
If You Have an Existing Deck
If you have an existing deck, and you don’t want to just place the hot tub next to it, you can have a piece of the deck cut out and nestle the spa into it. Then, by choosing a hot tub base that matches the decking materials, a seamless feeling to it all is achieved. (Note: Our sales team is happy to help you choose a matching hot tub base.)
Also, part of the hot tub will be conveniently left exposed for access to its plumbing, etc.
“The owners of this hot tub installation (right) maintain a lovely landscaped backyard with a pool and handsome deck,” says Bill. “The new spa and installation blends perfectly with what they have.”
If You Have an Existing Patio
It can be just as easy to position a hot tub by removing a few patio pavers as it would be to cut a small section from a deck.
Again, these clients (left) chose a hot tub base that harmonized with a key element of their backyard: the patio pavers.
Of course, if it’s time to upgrade your patio, the custom look can be really enhanced by incorporating a simple cut out in the patio/deck’s original design.
Plus, you can truly choose matching colors — hot tub case to pavers.
Starting from Scratch
If you are starting from scratch and need a new deck, it can be designed to accommodate your hot tub in both color and shape.
These homeowners (right) wanted a round spa, in the traditional style of early hot tubs, and shaped their deck with curves to blend with it. They also customized the hot tub base with the same decking material.
TIP: The clients were also fortunate to have some existing old-growth wisteria available to add charm to the hot tub area. If you have abundant blossoms or greenery near your hot tub, it’s wise to keep the spa’s cover on when not in use. Falling petals and leaves will alter the pH balance of the water requiring more chemicals and cleaning than would otherwise be necessary.
Note: Today’s spa covers are so simple to use, covering the spa when not in use is easy-peasy, too.