While a hot tub alone can add relaxation and excitement to your backyard space, serious hot tub owners are all about seamlessly integrating their hot tubs into their backyard to create a backyard oasis.
Of course, with near-infinite ways to arrange your backyard hot tub space, finding the right design for your aesthetic preferences can feel like a challenge.
Luckily, we’re here to provide a bit of inspiration.
Come dive in as we explore a few unique ideas for your backyard hot tub so you can create the perfect backyard space!
Backyard Hot Tub Ideas
Hot Tub Deck
There are so many ways to integrate hot tubs into a backyard space using deck design.
Believe it or not, there are hundreds of hot tub deck ideas out there. Wood decking is absolutely gorgeous and creates an inviting hot tub space, especially if you have a wooden hot tub to match.
While a concrete slab can do the trick, building a deck would allow you to treat the space around your hot
tub as well. For example, you can put outdoor furniture or a fire pit on your deck next to your hot tub, creating a warm, communal atmosphere for your family and friends.
No matter what you choose, it’s essential that you have a reinforced deck and understand how much weight your deck can hold. We have an article to help you determine if your deck can support your hot tub.
PRO TIP: If you like the look of wood for your outdoor hot tub decking, though the cost of lumber makes you gasp, try out composite decking materials. Composite materials are cheaper, require less maintenance year-round, and often look just as good as natural wood!
Flushed Hot Tub
Setting your hot tub flush in your patio or decking is a great way to incorporate your hot tub into your backyard. There are several reasons you might consider setting your swim spa or hot tub flush in your decking.
For starters, not all decks are made to handle the weight of hot tubs. If you installed your decking long before you ever decided to buy a hot tub, it may not have the structural integrity to support
your hot tub. On the other hand, there’s no worrying about support when you install a hot tub flush.
Secondly, hot tubs that are set flush in decks are much easier to get in and out of, perfect for those who have limited mobility.
Lastly, a hot tub set flush produces more room around the outside for sitting and relaxing. So even if you don’t have a hot tub with a huge seating area on the inside for everyone to enjoy, you can make room on the ground surrounding your hot tub for guests to chill.
PRO TIP: If you don’t have decking but still like the flush hot tub design, you can try stacking large stones 3/4 of the way around your hot tub, creating a natural illusion that it’s in the ground.
Hot Tub Enclosure
If privacy is what you’re after in your outdoor space, then we recommend going with an enclosure. Enclosures come in all shapes, sizes, and materials.
You may choose to go with a permanent hot tub gazebo enclosure that stays up year-round and protects your spa from the harsh elements. However, while these types of enclosures act as wonderful centerpieces for an outdoor hot tub space, they can be quite expensive.
Luckily, there are cheaper options for enclosing your outdoor spa, such as a canopy. Many hot tub canopies come with netting or canvas walls that you can close or retract. Having the ability to choose when you want privacy or added protection is convenient.
PRO TIP: Make sure that you have proper ventilation if you choose to build an enclosure. Without adequate ventilation, you can introduce mold and mildew to your outdoor hot tub space.
If your hot tub sits in the line of sight from your neighbors or the street, you might want to build a wall to provide you and your family with a bit more hot tub privacy when soaking.
There are so many options to choose from when it comes to building privacy walls.
For example, you could build a stone wall to conceal your spa area, creating an earthy aesthetic with durable materials that integrate into your backyard.
On the other hand, if you want something that is less permanent, you can go with a privacy screen instead. These lightweight screens are easy to maneuver and are portable enough to put away when they’re not needed.
PRO TIP: If you want additional privacy for your hot tub but don’t have existing walls, we recommend using perimeter plants with hedges to add privacy. Not only are hedges often low-maintenance, but they also add a unique, natural look to any backyard!
Swimming Pool Incorporation
Creating a backyard oasis means creating a functional space that seamlessly blends multiple features. For example, one way to create a sense of seamlessness in your backyard is by incorporating your hot tub design into your swimming pool or vice versa.
Of course, while most people do this with in-ground hot tubs, building both units with the same materials at once so that they match, you can even do so if you
already have a pool and you’re planning on buying a hot tub to put next to it. For example, let’s say your swimming pool is currently surrounded by a composite deck. You can use the same composite materials to extend the deck around your above-ground hot tub, making it look as if they were always meant to be together.
Beyond products and accessories made for hot tubs, it’s important to make sure your outdoor space is warm and inviting. After all, you want to motivate yourself to get out and soak after spending thousands of dollars on a hot tub, right?
Having a multi-functional space is just the trick! Here are a few ideas for creating the perfect spot to soak:
- Hang string light around your hot tub for the perfect nighttime ambiance.
- Create a path with concrete pavers leading to your hot tub.
- Use outdoor patio furniture to create more seating around a portable hot tub.
Final Thoughts – Creating the Ideal Backyard Hot Tub Space
The ways to integrate your hot tub with the great outdoors are countless, and we hope that you were able to gather some inspiration from these fantastic ideas. With a little creativity, you’re sure to construct the perfect spot to relax, conversate, and enjoy a healing hydrotherapy experience.
By creating an outdoor area that combines quality backyard design with functionality, you’ll want to enjoy it year-round.
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