Outdoor living is one of the hottest trends in home renovation. When done right, it extends your living space into your backyard, increasing both the value and functionality of your property. A great addition to any backyard renovation project is an outdoor hot tub.
Not only does it add a sense of luxury and relaxation to your space, but it is also an amenity that can be enjoyed year-round.
Knowing where to start is the hardest part of any project. Read on for the hottest trends in 2023 for integrating your hot tub seamlessly into your outdoor living space.
Locating a spa on a patio is a great idea. Intricate stonework not only looks great, but also gives your hot tub a level surface for installation. You can choose interlocking brick or pavers with interesting textures, like slate or rustic stone. Consider incorporating hot tub steps that match your stonework — not only is it an attractive addition to the side of your spa, but it also makes for easy entries and exits.
Putting in a lush, green shrub garden or a colourful flowerbed along your patio adds life and lushness to your outdoor oasis. If you don’t have a green thumb, consider ornamental stone pots or urns and fill them with easy-to-care-for plants such as ferns and hostas.
A multi-level deck is a great way to add interest to the back of your home. Usually done with two platforms, a multi-level deck enables you to separate your outdoor eating area from the area designated for relaxation.
Keeping the outdoor dining area on the upper level is often the most convenient option. This gives easy access through the home’s patio doors and keeps you from negotiating deck stairs while carrying a plate of steaks to your barbecue.
A quality patio table set with comfortable chairs and an umbrella or canopy to keep you out of the sun is essential as is a barbecue large enough to meet your needs. The use of hanging plants or urns of greenery will add some visual interest.
The lower level is the perfect place for your spa. Choosing wood that matches your deck to both frame your spa and construct its stairs lends cohesion and harmony to the space. Depending on the size of the lower platform, you can add a seating area or some planters.
Whether your hot tub is on a patio or a deck, a gazebo adds instant elegance and visual interest to your space. Gazebos come in many shapes and configurations, so deciding what style works best depends on two things: personal taste and privacy needs.
If your backyard is not as private as you might like, you can choose a gazebo with lattice or fully built-in sides. There is also an option for an open gazebo with drapes, which can be open or closed depending on your preference.
One of the most popular styles is fully built-in walls on three sides and completely open on the side nearest the hot tub steps.
Gazebos can be fashioned from wood, a mixture of wood and glass or metal, depending on your personal style and budget. Wood gazebos do cost more, but allow for creativity of design and custom stain choices, while metal gazebos with curtains are great for keeping costs down.
Bonus tip: Don’t forget to coordinate your hot tub accessories, such as your spa cover, with your design.
If you are ready to transform your backyard into your own personal spa retreat, contact Poolside Spa Sales & Service. With showrooms in Whistler and Squamish, B.C., our experts are always on hand to help you choose the hot tub that is right for you.