Spas are hot trend
WHAT was once considered a hotel luxury can now be a domestic indulgence thanks to the rise in portable outdoor spas available.
Splashes Spa World owner Steve Dempsey says the technology for above ground hot tubs has come a long way.
“Spas are more popular because they are getting easier to use,” he says.
“If you get a good one they maintain themselves and they keep to the temperature that you want them at.
“There is a lot less hassle with councils because they are under 2000 litres.”
These days there are hundreds of models out there, many with added features like massage functions and hydrotherapy seats.
Mr Dempsey says buying from a reputable dealer with spas that meet Australian standards is essential.
“Go in and sit in the spas and make sure that they are comfortable,” he says.
“The spas need servicing from time to time so make sure they have a good back up service.”
While a solid, flat foundation of at least 4sq m is just about all you need to get a tub into your backyard, a spa specialist will be able to do a consultation to help you find the best fit.
An electrician needs to be arranged to install a power supply for your spa’s separate circuit before the tub arrives on site.
A crane is the safest way to place the spa in hard-to -reach locations.
Decking the spa for a streamlined sunken look can be done after the tub has been placed.
Mr Dempsey says swim spas are also a popular choice. These spas allow people to swim continuously against a water current in a 6m to 8m length tub.
“They are popular because you can use the pool in summer and the spa in winter but they need to go through council,” he says. Find more information at splashes.com.au