Designs and Ideas for Hot Tubs

Danielle Bonk

If you’re looking for a design idea for your future hot tub or just an upgrade for your current hot tub, today’s selection offers an overwhelming amount of features to choose from. Hot tubs, also known as spas or Jacuzzis, are usually located outdoors at a variety of hotels, ski resorts, and residential homes. They can be wooden, plastic, above ground, in-ground, portable, one-piece, wood-fired, electric, natural gas heated, solar-heated, and all different shapes, sizes, and styles. You can get them custom made to fit your home by local contractors. There are ones that come with built-in sound systems, color-changing lights, televisions, DVD players, waterfalls, fountains, and even connected fireplaces or barbeque grills. There is a hot tub style for everyone out there.

Above Ground Hot Tub

The first decision that should be made when considering hot tubs is whether you want an above or an in-ground Jacuzzi. An above ground hot tub is also known as a portable hot tub or portable spa. They can weigh anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds and be priced in roughly the same vicinity. Some of the larger above ground Jacuzzis even need special installation methods and electrical wiring. Others can conveniently plug right into a household outlet.

Above ground hot tubs are made of wood, plastic, acrylic, or fiberglass. The most popular type tends to be the acrylic, and the average price is roughly $3,000. All above ground hot tubs usually have steps and lights for safety, and they can seat anywhere from two to ten people. The Jacuzzi jets are built right into the seats, and the number and size of them can range.

An above ground hot tub generally takes up less space than its in-ground counterpart, and is, of course, free-standing. The spa parts—the heater, filter, pumps, and blower—are hidden underneath the above ground hot tub, which helps it stay compact and portable. The components are usually smaller and less powerful than the in-ground version since the water and air only have to travel a short distance. The biggest complaints about the above ground hot tub are the price, the increased electric bills, and the difficult self-installation.

In Ground Hot Tub

An in ground hot tub is characteristically sunken into the ground and are usually connected to a swimming pool. Once installed, these Jacuzzis cannot be moved. In ground hot tubs can be made of a variety of materials such as concrete, fiberglass, or other stone. Fiberglass is the least common material for in ground hot tubs, however. These types of spas can have between four and sixteen jets, and can seat several people. They are usually electric or gas-heated, and the operational parts—pumps, filter, heater—are as large as regular pool parts. However, these parts can be hidden far away so as not to be heard. The downfall is that the farther these Jacuzzi parts are, the larger and more powerful they must be to compensate for the distance. This can increase electric bills significantly.

A great benefit of an in ground hot tub is their versatility. They can be easily integrated into your style. They can be part of the patio rocks, hidden in greenery, or made part of an elaborate waterfall scene. You can really get creative in the way you display your hot tub. Creating the perfect relaxation environment is the fun part of any in ground hot tub. They also add value to your home.

A hot tub can be a solid investment, not to mention an innovative way to spruce up your home. Whether you choose a traditional round hot tub or an elaborate grotto-themed spa experience, a Jacuzzi is sure to be a big hit with both your family and friends.

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