A short guide to turning your yard into an Outdoor Spa
For a few years now, we have been witnessing the spa trend taking over bathrooms. But what to do if your bathroom is just too small for a proper spa transformation? Why not pull out all the stops and finally use your yard to its full potential? Here are a few reliable tips on how to turn your yard into an outdoor spa.
Before you buy and start installing your spa, you have to set a healthy foundation for it. After all, it’s quite an investment, and you don’t want to go through all of that effort and spend your cash just to have your spa sinking under its own weight. Have an expert calculate the physical weight of everything you are planning to include (don’t forget to count in the weight of the water and people). Your deck has to be able to support that load. If that’s currently not the case, you need to reinforce it first.
Make it beautiful
Now that you have decided to set up an outdoor spa, why not turn it into the focal point of your yard? Think about whether you want it to be the star, or if you’d rather tuck it away in a more secluded part of the yard. Whichever spot you choose, think of ways you could make it special and visually separate it from the rest of the space. Perhaps a pergola over the spa, with a vine winding over it? Sometimes, the spa looks much better when it’s enclosed from at least one or two sides by a wall of greenery. Some owners prefer to place it on a raised platform that also contains some seating space, or a sundeck. It’s up to you to find what works best for your taste.
Choose your spa
Integrating an outdoor spa, while not overly complicated, is also not a task that you’re going to be doing often. So, when it comes to selecting the right tub for you, take your time to choose. There are several factors to take into account: the quality, the price, the size of your space, as well as your needs. You might feel tempted to overdo it and go for the biggest spa you can fit, but that’s usually not necessary. Most homeowners find that a 2 person outdoor spa satisfies their needs. Instead of aiming for size, look more into quality. After all, a spa is supposed to serve you for years and years, and you want it to be as durable as possible.
Use the space around it
The space directly surrounding your spa should serve both a practical and an aesthetic purpose. If you are generally short on seating, perhaps your best bet is to create a stylish wooden bench going all around the spa. If you are doing an elevated design, perhaps consider creating gorgeous stone steps leading up to it. Not only do they look great, they also make it easier to get in and out, without slipping or tripping. If you plan to use the spa mostly during the day, and you live in a sunny climate, a small wooden sun deck might be the best way to use your space. Just remember to reapply your sunscreen every time you get out of the water.
Adding an outdoor spa to your home is an amazing way to raise the price of your property. But even if you are not looking to sell, it will provide you with your own personal sanctuary, where you can relax and pamper yourself after a tough day.