A backyard hot tub is an appealing feature to many people, providing a place to unwind after a long day of work. However, a hot tub requires a fair amount of maintenance. Enclosing your hot tub within a gazebo can cut down on the care required by protecting it from the elements. An enclosure also allows continuous use if you live in a rainy or snowy climate. If you plan to add a gazebo to your hot tub, examine a number of ideas before installing it.
Hot tubs have pumps, fuses, controls and plumbing connections. When designing your gazebo, keep access to these important parts in mind. Other things to consider are whether or not you want extra space in the gazebo for things like a seating area for those not in the hot tub, an area for hanging towels and features like cupboards or a small bar.
A gazebo can be constructed from materials including metal, plastic and wood. Wood is by far the most common and easiest to customise. Good wood choices include cedar, oak, pine and mahogany. Cedar contains qualities that naturally repel insects and gives a fresh smell to the area that may help to mask the chemical smell of the hot tub. Use treated wood for your hot tub gazebo to protect it from moisture.
Regardless of the material your hot tub gazebo is made of, you may want to add some colour to your backyard by painting the gazebo. Colours like forest green or brown help the hot tub area to blend in with the natural elements of your yard. If you want to add a splash of colour to your yard, paint the gazebo a brighter colour, like yellow or sky blue. Let your personality shine through.
When picturing a gazebo, many people imagine a small, fancy elevated wooden structure, which is not the only type. A gazebo for your hot tub can take on a wide variety of styles. Maybe you're seeking a tropical feel in your backyard. Design your hot tub enclosure with a thatched roof and bamboo sides to resemble a tiki hut. A Japanese pagoda style gazebo adds a relaxing Zen element. If you prefer modern design, stick to clean lines and angles.