Sitting in the bubbling waters of a hot tub is a perfect way to unwind al fresco, but attempting to relax in an exposed hot tub can prove to be a tricky task. From nosy neighbors to busy footpaths, residential homes can be more open to prying eyes than you'd prefer. However, it can be easy to make your home hot tub more secluded. Here are four different methods that can let you to transform your hot tub into a private spa-like sanctuary.
For a more temporary solution, try a privacy screen. Available in a range of styles, sizes and materials, these handy pre-built screens can be carted in to create a private escape area for hot tub time. Creative types can transform an indoor screen into an all-weather one by applying special outdoor paint and varnish to protect the screen surface. Screens can be stored inside of a garage or shed during the winter months.
Go for a Gazebo
For those with deep pockets and a desire for complete seclusion, a gazebo is the way to go. Gazebos can be custom made to fit the exact size of a hot tub, to complement the exterior of a property and to match existing garden furniture. There is a range of gazebos to choose from, including fully enclosed shed-like structures with blackout windows, open air gazebos and chalet-style gazebos. You can even bring a tropical vibe to your backyard with a tiki-inspired gazebo, complete with thatched roof and bar area. Enclosed gazebos are likely to be constructed on-site by builders, while smaller, open-air gazebos are often designed for DIY home installation.
A cost-effective way to solve your hot tub privacy issues is to erect a garden trellis and grow some climbing plants up it. Try growing plants like honeysuckle or jasmine, as they will not only grow to cover the trellis but will also give off a lovely, sweet fragrance. Vine plants are also recommended, as they are evergreen and provide decent coverage. A disadvantage of trellises is that it can take some time before the plants are fully established and create a decently sized barrier. On the plus side, a garden trellis does offer a natural and beautiful way to section off your hot tub from prying eyes.
Shrubs and Trees
For an instant privacy fix, head to your local garden center and pick up small trees or shrubs to create a hedge around your hot tub area. Avoid deciduous shrubs and instead choose evergreen plants that are going to provide thick coverage and year-round seclusion. Not only will the hedge blend in with the natural surroundings, but it will also act as a sound barrier and a living windbreak, which can make your hot tub experience more pleasurable. Some popular types of evergreen trees that can create tall hedges include the American Arborvitae and the Green Giant Arborvitae. Common evergreen shrubs used to create hedgerows include the Nigra Arborvitae and the Emerald Arborvitae.
The privacy method you select should depend on your budget and tastes. If you are worried about a gazebo being an eyesore in the garden, then you can incorporate some trellises and potted plants around the structure to create a more natural space for your hot tub. If you'd prefer a more solid structure that can be designed as you like, go for a gazebo. Whatever you choose, these four methods are sure to tackle your hot tub privacy problem.