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Is Your Portable Spa Hot Tub Sticking Out Like a Sore Thumb?

3 Things to Keep in Mind when Designing Backyard Landscapes with Hot Tubs

So you're attending the weekend backyard BBQ bash at a friend's house. You cruise through the inside, taking care to say hi to all the people you know. You finally make it to backyard. You recall that your friend recently remodeled the entire backyard and garden area. You scope out the new setup. Overall, it is impressive. It looks like a decent amount of money was spent for impressive pieces of home and garden outdoor furniture. Some examples include, but are not limited to, gazebos, rain-proof rugs and sofas, outdoor kitchens with a built in gas grill, fountains / birdbaths, koi ponds with waterfall, and portable spa hot tubs. However, you can gather that maybe not enough time was spent towards considering any fundamentals of design or the planning for the placement of these large pieces. Where's the flow? Where's the zen? The only thoughts coming from your mind boil down to the conclusion that you could have done a better job of designing the backyard. Then suddenly your friend startles you. Having discovered you taking notice of the new backyard digs, your friend proudly asks, "So what do you think of the backyard? Looks good, huh?" Alas, being the truly good friend that you are, you flash an expression somewhat reminiscent of a smile, toast beer bottles with your friend, and give patronizing words of acknowledgment along the lines of, "Oh yeah, looks great...Awesome..." It's okay. Just take a sip and smile. It makes digesting the situation a little easier.

This may or may not have happened to you in the past, but this is a very common scene in many people's lives. Or maybe the roles might have been reversed and your home's backyard portable spa hot tubs and garden might have been the subject of criticism in conversations that have taken place while you were busy playing the good host from inside the house. We show off our homes only because we love them and sincerely wish others could share in the same joy that you take in from it. Home improvements involve the adding or taking away from the environment. The process is a natural extension of our imaginations, creativity, and personalities. However, what we intended may not have been translated in the best possible manner. To help facilitate an easier planning process, here are a three things you should always consider before starting a backyard home & garden design project of your own:

Size does matter

Nothing is worse than having a patio that is too small or seeing a portable spa hot tubs that dominate the scene as a main focal point. It's important to access your wants and compare them with your needs. This is why planning is so important. A great way to go about this project is to do a little research. The Internet is full of resources. Bookstores, as well as your local library, have magazines and books dedicated to the subject of backyard landscape design or portable spa hot tubs home & garden landscape design in general. Then, instead of copying a designer's ideas, modify and combine your favorites into several possible drawn out colored blueprints of your backyard portable spa and hot tubs from an aerial view. This will give you an idea of the proportioning ratios of foliage to outdoor furniture as well as the layout of boundaries to create "rooms" in your backyard hot tubs portable spa living space. You wouldn't stick a huge formal dining table for 8 in a 10' x 10' room or put a 22" TV an entertainment center built for a 64" TV. Your backyard should be treated as an extension of your house, so approach the situation like a home remodeling project.

It's necessary to ask relevant questions. For example, California Waterscapes recommends asking the following when considering the addition of a backyard garden waterfall:

  1. Is my outdoor waterfall going to be in a small enclosed space or do I want it to be part of a grand entrance?
  2. Do I want to hear the sound of the water from a particular part of my house?
  3. Do I want a standard, full-sized pond with koi fish to accompany my garden waterfall? Or would I prefer a pondless waterfall near my portable spa?
Things brings us to another consideration...

Ambiance and privacy for your Portable Spa Hot Tub

Are you looking to highlight the wonderful organic garden you have tended to with care all year long or hide it from the rest of the world to preserve it as your own little private escape from the stresses of everyday life? Is the portable spa hot tub gazebo going to be out in the open, or is it going to be intertwined by the hanging vines? Is the swimming pool going to be in the middle or off to the side?

Unless they are still bachelors or bachelorettes, most people probably will not get away with plopping their brand new portable spas or hot tubs right in the middle of their grass lawn. Many landscape architects and designers consider the overall flow and cohesiveness of a backyard home & garden layout for hot tubs. Having drawn your initial blueprints, you can test out the feel by placing easily visible items like lawn chairs at strategic locations in your backyard to represent different aspects like trees, garden areas, patio decks, outdoor kitchen bbq islands, verandas, children's playground sets, etc. You want to imagine how these items will work in with the current vegetation in place and what other elements you may need to add to create area boundaries or blend certain outdoor furniture pieces into the background. With the beautiful wood-like paneling available for the sides of modern -like hot tubs and portable spas, a bachelor-pad vibe can be turned into a sophisticated relaxation and meditation corner by following a few suggestions like that of home trends website Momoy.com:

"[Portable spa hot tub] gazebos, pergolas, screens, shrubs and strategically-placed walls afford modesty and essential privacy for the back yard and hot tub serenity zone. If you are planting trees or shrubs, consider the plant's eventual maximum size and place accordingly. Surrounding the space with dense plant life creates a cocoon of intimacy."

A portable spa hot tub price you can afford

Going wild and running with your creativity - and credit card - can create a bit of a financial mess and headache. Luckily, you should have already be taking notes in your mind about great deals you've found naturally while researching home & garden designs for your backyard hot tub portable spa areas. The Internet has opened the doors for convenience, wider selections, ease of buying, and cheaper pricing. Internet retailers like Choose Hot Tubs Direct, an online store of hot tubs and portable spas for sale at factory-direct wholesale prices, are able to offer quality goods at lower prices because they don't have to worry about paying for expensive showrooms or hiring a fleet of salesmen to haggle with you in hopes that the number of sales outweigh the number of those who ran off feeling too intimidated or scared to purchase a hot tub portable spa. The experience of online shopping has become more pleasant as online stores are able to higher fewer, and more capable customer service representatives who can take the time to make sure you have all the knowledge you need to get the hot tub portable spa that is right for you. Also, localized resources like Craigslist.org help you find great deals on used goods like plants, outdoor tables and hanging pendant lights.

Every backyard should be unique and characteristic of the owner. Hopefully, no one is as tacky or unorganized as some backyards may lead us to believe. With a little bit of preparation and consideration for the size, layout, and ambiance of everything, improving your backyard home & garden landscape design will be a great experience producing sophisticated and tasteful results. The outcome will be all past and new needs will be met - outdoor kitchen with BBQ grill island, place to garden, area for kids, quiet place to meditate while soaking in portable hot tub spa, birdbath for the robins, and a zen-like feeling running through and through... all without breaking the bank.