Creating a Backyard Oasis
Most days are full of work, errands, chores, and more. If your to-do list seems like it only gets longer, you would probably love a way to relax and unwind after a long day. Everyone could use more relaxation and stress-relief - a little oasis escape from their day-to-day.
You can create an oasis all your own, right in your backyard. Investing in a hot tub is a great way to give you the relaxation you're looking for. The health benefits of hot tubs are endless - from sore muscle relief to increased circulation. Plus, you'll be able to use your backyard all year round! Keep reading to learn how to find the right hot tub for your backyard!
Size & Placement
Before you start browsing the web for hot tubs, you need to get real about the space you have. Hot tubs range in size from small two person tubs to massive models that can hold eight people! The last thing you want to do is have no place to put your tub once it's delivered. The best policy here is to measure and even rope-off the best area for your tub. Choose an area, and then see what size would fit in to the constraints.
Once you have an idea of size, you can browse what's going to fit. This helps avoid getting attached to a model that won't work for your backyard. Also, you need to make sure the place you choose for your tub can support a lot of weight. Decks should be able to hold at least 150 pounds per square foot - if not, placing your tub on a sturdy patio is safer.
Style & Function
As you can imagine, there are thousands of styles of hot tubs. And even more add-ons! Most hot tubs are square in shape, made from acrylic, and can hold two to four people. You’re not limited here, though. You can find hot tubs in round, rectangular, or even irregular shapes. There's also limitless finishes, faux-stone or wood coverings, mood lighting, and seat options. Instead of going overboard with pricey add-ons, choose a tub by function first for you and your family.
Also, keep in mind your reasoning for wanting to add a hot tub to your backyard. If you really want your tub for stress-relief and muscle relaxation, you don't need a large tub fit for entertaining. You can choose a smaller model with lounges. But, if you want the whole family to be able to use the tub, a larger model with lots of seats is probably best.
Privacy & Upkeep
Next, you'll want to consider if the spot you're planning for your hot tub has enough privacy. You don't want anything to interrupt your relaxation - having to worry about nosey neighbors won't help you unwind. A hot tub gazebo is the perfect option to add a secluded space for your new tub. Not only does a hot tub gazebo provide lots of privacy, it can protect your tub from the elements, critters, and anything else you don't want getting in.
Finally, you need to make sure you can commit to the upkeep your hot tub needs. Maintenance for your hot tub is relatively simple, but not totally hands off. You need to test and add chemicals on a regular basis to keep the water clean and germ-free. There are plenty of testing kits and strips you can use to ensure your levels are right. You also need to keep filters and covers clean to avoid mildew and mold.