Hot tubs have been taking the home design world by storm for the past decade, particularly in the wake of the pandemic with so many of us spending more time at home. While it presents a sizeable initial investment, a hot tub has loads of benefits.
Not only does it provide a great centrepiece for a party, but it could also be used regularly by the whole family. There are, for example, several noted health benefits to bathing in hot bubbling water. It can improve circulation and blood flow and relax your muscles and joints. So, if you do a manual job, it could be a godsend. It can also help calm you down after a long day and prepare you for bed. Not only that, but it represents a personal oasis for you to wind down and watch the sunset with a cool beer or two. And that’s truly special.
But if you’ve decided to take the plunge and invest in a hot tub for your garden, what ideas might you want to consider?
Low cost or high cost?
There are two roads to go down when discussing hot tubs – inflatable or permanent? An inflatable hot tub will do the trick and set you back significantly less but it will generally not hold as many people, won’t be quite as comfortable and will be nowhere near as durable.
Plus, regardless of what kind of hot tub you go for, you’ll still need to use swimming pool chlorine tablets to regularly clean it and the additional energy bills to keep it running will still be just as high. So, if you’re going for it, we’d always recommend going the extra initial mile and going for a permanent tub.
In the UK, our weather is anything but predictable. That’s why most UK hot tub owners choose to position their tubs under some kind of awning. This could be anything from a wooden gazebo to a fancy stone structure or something more modern like a metal-enclosed design.
Either way, it’s something you’re certainly going to want to consider. When it comes to the hot tub position, you’ll also want to ensure you’re far enough away from the neighbour’s prying eyes and ears. Also, consider how you want the hot tub area itself to look. Solar-powered lighting is always a good idea.
Modern or traditional
Modern hot tubs have everything you could hope for, such as Bluetooth connectivity, built-in speakers, full temperature control and self-cleaning functions. You can also control the level of the bubbles, which might be a dealbreaker for some.
But if you want to save electricity and do something a little more special with your garden hot tub you could opt for a wood-burning hot tub that generates heat by (you guessed it) burning wood in a stove beneath it. These traditional tubs are truly something else and while they require a little more effort, there’s something quite magical about them that we can’t quite put our fingers on. You’ll still need to clean them though, of course!
Do you have a hot tub or would you like to have one?
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