Spas are hot trend

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES & SERVICES - Laura Tri­este

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

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