News / Updates / Store Specials

Hot Tub Season Starting - Create Your Perfect Spa Environment w/ These Tips!

Posted by Nancy Nelson on Sep 8, 2016 10:09:45 AM
Find me on:



Bring a sense of beauty to your backyard and a sense of serenity to your life with a new relaxing spa environment from Nelsons HTR. Owning a personal spa allows you the convenience of using it around your busy schedule, never leaving the comfort of your home. 

Learn more about our available Spa Collections:

gardien-leisure-spa-collection.jpg           MAAX-Collection-Logo-small-20151.png


The Perfect Spa Environment

Original Posted 26 April 2012 | BackyardArticle BY ASIA CHAPDELAINE

Congratulations, you have finally decided to add a hot tub to your home! Installing your new hot tub will be the start of what will be years of blissful time spent relaxing with your nearest and dearest. Your next step to enjoy your new hot tub is locating it in your backyard. It is easy enough to select the location, pour the concrete and enjoy, but why limit yourself to a site just because it’s convenient, easy to access or functional? The transition from a plain installation to your ultimate vision for the perfect backyard can be a reality; all you have to do is explore all the potential of your original landscape and how you can integrate your new hot tub. There are many great options you can consider, and with a little inspiration and creativity your new hot tub can become your personal home spa retreat. So design your space and make a plan, these will be the starting points for creating your perfect spa environment.


frdihn2.pngInspiration By Design

Your inspiration may come from exclusive resorts you’ve visited or have seen in travel magazines, photographs or exotic set designs from foreign films, outdoor lounges that you wind down in or maybe unique floral arrangements in charming oversized vessels. Maybe you’ll want to cozy up by a fire feature or add a screen or divider that provides the right amount of privacy. All of this can be incorporated when planning your spa environment. Your design will welcome you to the spa and stimulate the senses.


Prepare To Be...Spa-tacular

Remove all debris or clutter from the area and start with a clean space. Once you determine the exact location for the spas foundation, confirm it fits and meets easement rules of your property boundaries. Walk the perimeter of the property to get the full perspective of space. You’ll be surprised what just walking the area will reveal. Once a design or shape is determined for your foundation, mark the elevated or sunken areas staking the area with string or food coloring if on grass. If on concrete you can use chalk. Use a mock object, to locate where your vessels, features, accessories or large boulders are to be placed. The outcome of prepping the area will be to check how each item fits and matches the surroundings. Try to keep the items accurately spaced in relation to one another and to the scale of the spa area and home.


The Six Walls

There are six perspectives or walls of interest for your spa environment. A great design addresses each possible angle when your in the spa zone. The first wall is your floor and defines the length, depth and width of your area. Once you have established the shape, a filler adds contrast. Fillers soften the hard Lines of the site or define a simplified pathway for your exterior floor space. Sand, polished glass gravel, or tiny polished stones feels great for the toes.

The second wall, your ceiling, refers to the height, depth and volume of your space. Enclosing the space above the spa restricts your sight lines. Avoid solid objects above your spa so you can marvel at the stars by dusk. If shade is required, a fixed structure such as a pergola with angular well spaced rafters is a great choice to maintain the view. Draped or taut fabrics that are u v resistant provide a softer spa like atmosphere and may also be used as your third wall.

walls.pngYour third wall is the most influential to your concept. The backdrop sits above the height of the spa and behind it. Like the background scene in a theatrical play it highlights and sets the spa environment. Incorporate fixed materials for your structure such as wood, stone, metal, concrete, resin, fabric or glass. A structure anchors the location site and sets the stage for a wide range of themes. A tree line or long grasses set in odd numbers of three, five or seven is always the preferred natural alternative and a solution to manmade backdrops to promotes a more natural flowing movement; the breeze to please your senses.

There are many modular manufacturers that provide instant panel systems for living walls that in turn become a year round focal point. Water features, foliage and flowers highlight the left and right side of your spa and theses sides are recognized as your fourth and fifth walls, let them sweet talk your senses. Layered above or below the spa height are odd grouped oversized vessels, with statues or flowing aromatic vines, lavender shrubs or blossom trees that perfume the air on breezy days and nights. The forth and fifth Walls promote a natural connection with nature when there is a non symmetrical design. Draping shear flowing fabric panels that move and sway gently, accent shade or privacy.

The entrance to the spa is your sixth wall. This space can be a series items and materials for visual layers and spa highlights. Positioned below or at par with the spa height it features interesting items with varying finishes at the entry such as an offset sun deck in glass, a staircase equal to the spa width, in limestone, teak or resin. Display an oversized moss or quarry rock with a bubbling functional water Pump, for your foot bath.


A towel station in wood or Iron serves you best on brisk days and nights. Low to ground vessels filled with sand, pea gravel or polished glass or glimmering mirrored crystals, (opposite to what you use as your ground filler) staked with ethanol torches or flameless candles, promotes intriguing textural effects and mood lighting. Medium sized vessels with medium height grasses along the pathways and beside the steps add movement and intrigue to your evening visits to the spa.

Lounge seating or large fire features can be the sequel to your production. If placed just far enough from the spa, it provides the perfect enhancement to your 360 degree view. Each item defines your great spa escape and should allow your dreams and senses to come alive. When we reunite with nature we leave behind the structure and confinement of the indoors. Your home spa environment is your realm, nourish all your senses.

Exhale, find newness, drift off in your spa , escape, as you are reborn in your secret place.


Topics: Spa

Business Hours

Spring/Summer Hours (May 1 - Aug 30)

Mon – Fri: 9am - 7pm
Sat:   9am - 5pm
Sun: 10am - 4pm

Fall/Winter Hours (Sept 1 - Apr 30)

Mon – Fri: 10am - 6pm
Sat:   9am - 5pm
Sun: Closed

Get In Touch

Contact Us

Nelson's Hometowne Recreation (HRT)
1700 US-14
Janesville, WI  53545

Get Driving Directions


virtual tour button