Accenting your spa to create a true relaxation spot!
Category : Wellness
At the end of a long day, what could be better than climbing into your spa?
You can make that experience even more enjoyable by the ambiance you create surrounding your spa. Lots of homeowners are taking their backyard relaxation spot to a whole new level with creativity, class, and elegance. Whether your space is big or small, consider adding height and texture, along with practical accessories to make your spa time more enjoyable.
How to take your spa to the next level
When creating height, there are several ways to approach this. First is with the spa itself. Your spa may sit completely above ground, or you may create the appearance of being partially in-ground by using retaining walls or decking. Depending on the type of spa and layout of your property, some spas may be completely recessed in the ground. If you consider recessing your spa partially or fully, be sure to first review your warranty and properly plan for access to the service panel. You want to make it easy if a technician ever needs to service a pump or any other equipment inside the service panel. For easy reference, the service panel is always on the same side as the top side control.
Other ways to create height and dimension is to add a pergola, sun shade or umbrella. These options are cost effective ways to add beauty and shade. The creation of half walls, pillars, or even a custom outdoor kitchen is another excellent way to add dimension and create a functional and beautiful backyard where your family to unwind and enjoy time together.
When it comes to accessories, the list is endless! First, consider how you will enter your spa so you can create a safe entry system. You certainly can get basic spa steps made of plastic or wood, or you can “step up” the look with steps that are custom built. There are also several options for handrails that give you something sturdy to grab onto when getting in and out of your spa. A cover lifter makes it easier to open and close the cover. It can also extend the life of the cover – especially on larger spas since the cover is also large and can be difficult for one person to manage by themselves. The cover lifter also keeps your cover off the ground and prevents it from getting bumped around which also helps extend its life.
To create an overall relaxing atmosphere, consider what you hear when you’re in your spa. If your home is located in a peaceful area, you may just enjoy the sounds of nature. However, many hear street noise and distracting sounds from the neighborhood. If your backyard is less than peaceful, you may want to give some thought to adding a stereo system to your relaxation space. There are lots of outdoor sound options, for example, an outdoor Bluetooth speaker.
True stress relief and a better night’s sleep can be achieved when all your senses are engaged – the hydrotherapy of the jets, an enjoyable view, calming music, and of cores a relaxing scent. Spa fragrances can add that special touch to the ambiance. When it comes to spa fragrances, be sure to use products designed for spas and are compatible with the chemicals that are used to keep your spa clean.
If you are planning for a spa, or have had one for years, adding architectural elements and creating a true relaxation spot should be high on your to-do list!
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How to choose the location of your spa
In the rush of excitement after a spa purchase, it’s important to remember it’s not just what’s inside the spa that will perfect your experience — it’s also what’s above, below and beside it. Be prepared to consider everything from weather to weight during your contractor’s pre-installation visit.