“Backyard hardscaping” includes nearly everything solid and relatively permanent that isn’t lawn or greenery (landscaping). Decks, built-in benches, pavers, paths, brick, concrete, fences, walls, arbors and gazebos fall into the category of backyard hardscaping. Boulders, rock, stone and waterfalls also can be worked into your backyard hardscaping, enhancing the peaceful escape epitomized by your spa.
Your first backyard hardscaping consideration for installing your spa is its foundation. A hot tub requires a flat, even surface that can support its weight. If you don’t already have a patio or a deck for your spa, you can consider a Jacuzzi® spa pad accessory, or have a foundation put in place for your spa.
Hardscaping choices may be as varied as your landscaping, perhaps more so since landscaping is influenced by climate and rainfall. Backyard hardscaping can serve as an alternative to landscaping, too, reducing maintenance, irrigation, debris, weeds, leaves and the varmints that enjoy a good garden. But most owners of spas wind up combining their backyard hardscaping with greenery that provides movement in the wind and changing colors and textures with the seasons.
The Customer Showcase at the Jacuzzi website offers lots of backyard hardscaping ideas. Some are open, using the natural landscaped surroundings as a backdrop. Others use backyard hardscaping to create privacy, a popular technique in confined or urban settings.
A landscape architect is an expert at backyard hardscaping and landscaping, so it’s a good idea to consult one. If your budget doesn’t leave room for a landscape architect, your Jacuzzi dealer can share some great concepts.