Take it easy, backyard hot tub style.
Backyard For Beginners.
The rule of thumb is to plan for or around the hardscape. This is masonry work, woodwork, patios, decks, wooden arbors – anything permanent or built-in. (Plants, shrubs, lawn are considered softscape). A hot tub should be thought of as hardscaping, especially if you’re planning to surround it with decking. Look through some examples of hot tub installations for inspiration.
Get the big picture.
Nurseries full of colourful and exotic plants are tempting, especially in the Spring, but they don’t always fit in when we get them home. Most backyards are organized by a few strong elements, like a green grassy lawn, rows of hedges, a patio for entertaining. Start with these dominant features, and also decide how you will get to and from different areas. Then fill in the blanks with seasonal plants, furniture, etc.
Copy what you like.
When you see something you like, consider adapting the idea for your yard. Plants growing in your neighborhood are a safe bet (the climate supports them). Admire your neighbor’s new brick walkway? Ask for the name of the bricklayer, or maybe the homeowner has some tips for you! You can research how-to details online for almost any landscaping or outdoor remodeling project.
Looking for an idea for how to create your own hot tub installation? Here are several real-life examples of how hot tub owners have turned their backyards, decks and patios into beautifully enticing retreats. Every spa installation is unique.