The Best Ways to Improve Your Outdoor Spa Installation in Minnesota



Your outdoor spa installation should be a place where the whole family can come together and make wonderful, happy memories. This will mean creating a space that is attractive yet practical and fits exactly with the needs of your home and family.

The area should serve you as much as possible so that you can simply sit back and enjoy the beautiful space you’ve worked hard to create in your backyard.

If you currently have a hot tub or a swim spa but feel like the space around it could do with some TLC, here are some suggestions as to how you can upgrade or improve your current spa installation.

1. Revamping Your Existing Deck and Patio Area

Replacing or revamping your existing decking or patio area can make a huge difference when it comes to improving the look of your outdoor spa installation. No doubt you enjoy spending most of your time outside, especially if you live somewhere with beautiful weather. As such this outdoor living space should be both comfortable and stylish.

Giving your deck or patio area a freshen-up can help give the whole area a new feel. Luckily, there are so many options available to help you achieve your desired look.

Some options to think about for your decking space are:

  • Incorporating some accent bench seating for entertaining
  • Blend together a mix of wood and brick for a modern look
  • Update your deck railing to stainless-steel or black metal for a more modern aesthetic

If you have a patio space rather than a deck, you could consider adding some stone steps around the hot tub for a modern feel. This also helps to carry your patio design throughout the whole backyard.

A mixture of brick, stone, and wood can also create a multi-textured and interesting look that separates the space into distinctive areas.

2. Add a Fire Pit

What could be better than the ambient glow of a fire while you’re relaxing in the hot tub?

A fire pit can be a great addition to your backyard, especially when you’re hosting guests. It lets you enjoy the outside space throughout the whole year and avoids making the freezing run from the hot tub into the house in the colder weather. 

Instead, you can simply dry off and warm up by the fire with a drink in hand. Since not everyone will want to get wet in the hot tub or spa, a fire pit is the perfect solution as it means those guests can enjoy the warmth of the fire pit, while others enjoy the hot tub.

Did we mention it also looks beautiful when the sun goes down? Where you choose to put your fire pit is up to you and will depend on where it fits in your space. You can either choose to have it right next to the hot tub or create a separate space for it elsewhere, perhaps in the separate seating area.  

No matter where it goes, it can really help to tie the socializing spaces together.

Don’t forget to buy the marshmallows for roasting!

3. A Gazebo or Pergola

Putting up a gazebo or pergola over your hot tub not only adds to the aesthetic of your backyard, but it also offers you protection from sun, rain, and wind.

If you’re slightly overlooked by a neighbor, a gazebo will also give you some added privacy. You can enjoy your hot tub time with family or friends without having to worry about anyone seeing into your space.

Take a look at the Sienna. With an integrated bar area, you and your guests can eat and drink under the cover of a beautiful structure. Not only is it functional, but it also makes a stunning addition to your space.

With many different styles and options available, you’re sure to find the right fit for you and your needs.

4. A Covana Automated Cover

Whether you have a swim spa or a hot tub, a Covana Automated Cover is the ultimate in luxury.

The insulated cover can be removed in just a few seconds with only the turn of a key. This means you don’t have to worry about struggling to manually open the cover and means it’s easier for you to spend more time in your hot tub.

You no longer need to feel put off from spending some time in the hot tub simply because of not wanting to deal with a cumbersome cover. The Covana automated cover also acts as a gazebo as it automatically extends upwards to provide you with a cover when you remove it.

Not only is it a hot tub or swim spa cover, but it is also a real statement piece that will wow your guests.

5. Patio Furniture

If you’re going to be spending more time in your backyard, you’ll want to invest in some comfortable patio furniture.

There are so many different patio furniture options available and what you choose will depend on the aesthetic you’re going for and space you have. You can add a couch, a hammock, or an ottoman to make sure you have plenty of seating for guests. It is also worth investing in a table for outside eating and drinks.

To make it feel like a true living space, consider adding a gorgeous outdoor rug to help tie everything together. If you’re buying chairs or a couch space, they usually come with weather-proof upholstery so no need to worry about anything getting wet.

Buying some beautiful patio furniture really helps to bring the inside, outside and improve your outdoor spa area.

Not to mention you can live out your house magazine dreams.

6. Add a Stereo System

Whether you are a lover of hosting parties or simply want to enjoy some “me time,” time in your hot tub or swim spa is yours to enjoy.

Sometimes it’s just the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy a moment’s peace in an otherwise busy life. Listening to a bit of soothing spa music can help you escape to another world for a while.

With a built-in sound system, you can stream music from your smartphone and listen to it while you’re in the hot tub. So, whether you’re looking for some party music, or simply something to relax to, you can bring the music to you without having to get out of the water. 

7. Planting Flowers & Greenery

Luscious green grass and beautiful bright flowers are a must-have for improving your outdoor spa installation space. Mowing and treating your lawn regularly will help to keep it looking healthy and inviting; the perfect sight to look at from the spa.

Surrounding your hot tub with pots of flowers, shrubs, and grasses helps to bring a sense of peace and tranquillity to the area while you relax and let the troubles of the day slip away. It can really help you feel like you are immersed in nature.

If you’re looking for some inspiration as to how you can landscape the area around your hot tub or swim spa, have a look at our gallery for some inspiration.

8. Adding Outdoor Lighting

Investing in some outdoor lighting is not only functional. It can create a romantic atmosphere in your backyard space and also means that there’s no need to go inside once the sun sets. There are many different places you can use lighting to accent the features of your space that you love.

Recessed lights in the decking can look amazing and help with safely using the stairs after dark. You can also think about having lights fixed onto your gazebo or pergola, hanging in the trees, or LED lights as part of your water feature.

A mixture of different lighting styles can help to make a feature of specific areas of your backyard and can be switched on or off depending on where you and your guests are situated.

9. Adding An Outdoor Kitchen

Make an upgrade on the BBQ and invest in an outdoor kitchen to enhance your outdoor entertaining options. If you love to cook, this is the one for you.

There are so many incredible features that you can include in your cooking area with elite cooking options, to wood fire pizza ovens, and a full outdoor bar. If you’re hosting a party there’s no longer a need for someone to be chained to the kitchen inside and missing out on all the fun.

An outdoor kitchen helps to tie everything together and make the cooking a focal point of the party.

As a family, an outdoor kitchen can help to make the most of your outdoor spa installation and backyard space. Coupled with some comfy patio furniture, you have an incredible space for everyone to eat together.

10. Recessed Hot Tub

Sinking your hot tub into the deck makes it feel luxurious and like it was custom built for you and your space. It gives a cohesive and clean look to the decking while also making for easier access. If you have a backyard space with fantastic views, this is the perfect way to make sure you can enjoy them without sacrifice.

When you’re thinking about recessing your hot tub, it’s a good idea to talk it through with your supplier so they can recommend how best to go about doing it.

11. Add a Water Feature

Why not extend your love of the water by incorporating a water feature into your outdoor spa installation?

The peaceful sound of a waterfall fountain can’t be beaten and helps surround your hot tub with a landscaped design that matches the overall aesthetic of your garden space. Adding in some LED lights into the water feature gives it a totally different look and feel at night time, too. 

Whatever space you have, there’s a water feature that will be right for the look you’re trying to achieve.

12. Invest In Some Steps

If you’ve been climbing into your hot tub or swim spa, you risk slipping over and injuring yourself in the process. A set of steps can be an excellent addition to your space without having to spend too much in the process.

You can even get a set of steps with incorporated lighting to ensure a safe entry and exit after dark.

13. Incorporate a Bench Border

If your hot tub or swim spa is sat on top of decking, creating a built-in bench space can give you both an additional seating area while also giving the deck a fresh new look.

When you’re hosting a party with friends, everyone can sit together in the same space. As well as a seating space, you can incorporate storage within the seat as somewhere you can store all those unsightly chemicals and water supplies.

A bench border is also a great alternative to having a recessed hot tub if the cost of doing this is simply too restrictive. 

Ready To Upgrade Your Outdoor Spa Installation?

Did you find some inspiration in this article to upgrade your current outdoor spa area?

There are so many ways you can upgrade the space you have. From simple changes like adding some lights and greenery to carrying out a full area renovation, whatever your vision is there is a solution for you.

If you’re looking for some advice on how to use your backyard space or are even considering an upgrade on your current hot tub or swim spa, our experts can help. We have many years of experience in helping customers build their outdoor spa area to make the most of the space they have.

Want to talk your ideas through? Get in touch and we will be more than happy to help you find the best solution for you and your family.


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