Hot tubs and gardening – creating an oasis

What’s the best place to put a hot tub? How far away from your house should you place your hot tub? Is adding a hot tub to your backyard worth it? When you’ve just purchased your dream hot tub, these questions may come to mind. We’ll give you hot tub placement ideas and tell you how to create the stunning backyard you envision. 

Finding the best place to put your hot tub isn’t always easy. There are a few things you’ll want to consider when planning where to put your hot tub, like safety and access for maintenance. Once you’ve found the perfect spot for your hot tub, you’ll have to prepare for the installation of the hot tub. The real fun starts after you’ve found the ideal place for your hot tub when you can start creating the oasis you’ve always dreamed of in your backyard. From the beautiful landscaping to adding a pergola, the possibilities for your backyard are endless, and we’ve got all the ideas to share. Are you looking for the perfect hot tub to get started on your oasis? Choose a Modtub for a modern hot tub you’ll love. 

The Best Place to Put a Hot Tub in Your Backyard

Choosing the perfect spot in your backyard for your new hot tub is essential. Of course, you want the placement of your hot tub to be aesthetically pleasing, but safety is also important and should be accounted for. You should always place your hot tub at least 5 feet away from any structure of your home and at least 16 feet away from hanging powerlines. Hot tubs are a long-term investment, so you should put them in an area you will enjoy for a while. You need to consider a few things when selecting where your hot tub will go. 

Delivery access

Finding a place in your backyard that is accessible for installment is important to consider. You’ll want to provide a clear route and enough space for the delivery crew to transport your hot tub easily. It’s best to plan ahead and map out the best way to get to your desired location. Be sure to measure the path to ensure clearance. If needed, you can remove and replace sections of fences, gates, and railings. When you purchase your hot tub from Modtub, standard delivery and installation are included with your purchase. Check out how it works here

Maintenance access 

Not only do you want to leave space to get in and out of your hot tub comfortably, but you should also always leave enough room on every side of your hot tub for maintenance. Be sure to measure the area where you are planning to place your hot tub and account for 30 inches on each side to allow for proper care if needed.

Drainage system

No matter where you place your hot tub, you will be required to drain it periodically. As overflow from your hot tub can be common, avoid damage to your hot tub’s core components by ensuring the drainage channel flows away from the system. To prevent flooding, it’s important to place your hot tub near a drain. If there isn’t an existing drain, consider installing one. 

Once you’ve chosen your ideal hot tub placement, you’ll want to create a foundation strong enough to withstand your hot tub. A good foundation is durable and leveled. Consider pouring a concrete slab or compacted crushed stone. Be sure to elevate your surface, so water runs away from the hot tub. Never place your hot tub on bare ground. 

Adding a Hot Tub to Your Backyard

What if you’ve already created your backyard oasis and want to add a hot tub? You can still incorporate a hot tub for those nights you want a relaxing soak or those chilly days you need to loosen up your muscles. Adding a hot tub to your backyard is simple, even if you have an existing pool or deck. 

If you already have a deck that is the perfect place for your hot tub, that’s not a problem. If your deck is two feet or less off the ground, it is likely built with enough strength to withstand a hot tub, and you won’t have to add additional support. If your deck is above two feet off the ground, you must add additional wooden support posts. No matter how high your deck is, you should always double-check with a professional to ensure the surface is strong enough to withstand your hot tub. Be sure to also check with your local ordinances and HOA to avoid any fees or violations. 

You can easily add a hot tub to your backyard when you have an existing pool. You can choose a stand-alone hot tub or attach one to your pool. If you prefer the stand-alone option, keeping the hot tub close to the pool is best so you can easily switch between the two. An attached hot tub means that your pool and hot tub share the same water and are connected. You may pick this option if you plan to switch between the two frequently. 

Backyard Hot Tub Ideas

It can be challenging to come up with ways to create a stunning backyard that will leave your guests in awe. The truth is, the options are endless. There are so many ways, both big and small, to use your hot tub and design a beautiful oasis. Here are a few ideas to spice up your backyard hot tub: 

  • Add a pergola over the hot tub (perfect for blocking harsh sunlight and rain/snow, depending on the coverage type)
  • Place tile around the hot tub (if in-ground) 
  • Build a deck around the hot tub
  • Add a hot tub height bar
  • Build a bench around the hot tub
  • Add wooden sides 
  • Hang lighting to ensure a relaxing and cozy environment
  • Install a fire pit next to the hot tub
  • Place privacy walls
  • Install stairs for classy looks and safety
  • Place lounge chairs around the hot tub
  • Use pavers or stepping stones around your hot tub

Hot Tub Landscape Ideas

Now that you have options of different elements you can add around your hot tub, let’s talk about landscape ideas for your hot tub. Designing your landscape is the perfect way to add your touch and bring your backyard oasis vision to life. Even a small amount of landscaping can make a big difference and make the area look more inviting. 

Be sure to prep your space before you plant. Remove dead grass, weeds, or anything else in your way to start with a clean area. Then plan what you want to plant and where. Some plants grow in different directions, and some are flowering, which can lead to a lot of debris in or around your hot tub. You can choose from various plants and flowers. Even the right hedge can transform your space. If you’re unsure of which plants will best suit your garden, you can go to your local nursery and ask a botanical expert. 

Use Hot Tub Water for Your Plants

Can you use hot tub water to water your plants? Yes! You can recycle the water in your hot tub and reuse it to water nearby plants. Wait until the water cools down, as a safe temperature for plants is around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not use your hot tub water to water your plants if your use a salt water system in your spa. Your spa requires multiple chemicals to be added to the water to keep your hot tub sanitary for use. The chemicals will need to be at certain levels to reuse the water safely on your plants. Before watering your plants with your hot tub water, you’ll want to make sure it’s in a safe condition for the plants by retesting the water. Here are common chemicals found in your spa water: 

  • Chlorine – This is a common chemical used in hot tubs and is also found in tap water, although the amount used in your spa is too high for direct contact with plants. Luckily, chlorine dissipates quickly, and you can drop these levels by evaporating the chlorine. One trick is to run the jets with the cover removed from your hot tub. A chlorine level lower than 1.5 ppm is considered safe for plants. 
  • Bromine – This is another chemical used in your hot tub for sanitation. It is less concerning than chlorine, but acceptable levels are 2-4 ppm. 
  • pH – Your pH should be neutral and in the range of 7.2-7.4. You can adjust levels if necessary with a pH decrease or alkalinity increase. 

Choose Modtub for Your Backyard Hot Tub

Take it from the best hot tub experts in DFW – it’s worth it! If all you need is a hot tub to complete your backyard oasis, call Modtub today. Here at Modtub, we offer a simple and stress-free way to find the hot tub you’ve been dreaming of. You’ll get pricing that includes premium features and everything you need to start relaxing, no matter which Modtub you choose. Call or text us today at 713-804-6015 or email us at dfw@modtub.co

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