If you are lucky enough to live in an area that enjoys good weather for much of the year, then you should consider decking out your garden with a patio and a hot tub.
Hot tubs are a wonderful excuse for getting out in the garden more often, and with care they can be designed to blend into their surroundings so they don’t stick out as an eyesore.
If you already have a patios then you will need to have a hot tub built to sit on top of it. Look for a suitable area to place it in; somewhere that is partially shaded by trees can be a good option, but be wary of overhanging trees since these can lead to unwanted accidents with birds!
If you don’t already have a patio then you have a superb opportunity to create something that is truly unique and built to complement the best that your garden has to offer. A patio that is designed to be enjoyed on more than one level allows for the construction of a hot tub that fits in perfectly with the design, and instead of climbing into it you will be able to step down into it instead.
If this is the situation you are in, think very carefully about the materials you want to use to build your house patio. If you like the idea of using decking then you can clad your hot tub in the same kind of wood, blending it in beautifully with its surroundings. Just be sure that you can access any of the hot tub workings that you may need to at any time.
If you want to build a brick patio then you can build a partial brick surround to sink the hot tub into as well. If you find you still need to get to the workings of the hot tub, you can try building a wooden panel to cover that side, and making a number of wooden planters to put nearby as well, to help blend the whole thing in together.
Knowing where to situate your hot tub in relation to the rest of your patio can be a tricky decision. You may be happy for it to be tucked away in a corner, but alternatively you might want to have it out in the open, where you could step down into it from all sides. A lot depends on how big a patio you can have, and whether there are any other structures nearby (such as drain access for example) which cannot be moved and therefore have an impact on your final decision.
One thing is clear however. A hot tub makes a wonderful addition to any garden, and it can be enjoyed at any time of the day or night. If you are brave enough you might even make use of it during the colder months of the year!
But whenever you use it, if you take your time over the design and planning stage, you will be assured of a wonderful addition to your garden that can be enjoyed for many years to come.