By Shane Davies*
Owning a hot tub means you can relax and unwind in your own personal spa whenever the mood takes you. Whether you want to enjoy some ‘me time’ after a hard day at work, quality time with your partner or host the ultimate garden party, a hot tub is the ideal investment. However, choosing the right hot tub can be tough, particularly with so many different models available.
One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a hot tub is how much space you have available. This will determine which size of hot tub is right for your needs. The area in your yard should be bigger than the hot tub, since you’ll need easy access to the service panel as well as clearance for a cover lift if you’re using one. There should also be sufficient room for the stairs.
The average tub size is between seven and eight square feet; however, some are as large as nine square feet. Smaller, space-saving spas are available that seat between two to three people. Many contractors suggest adding at least one foot to the hot tub dimensions when pouring the concrete pad for it to sit on.
Once you know how big you want your hot tub to be, it’s time to think about seating. Will you be using the spa alone or will you be sharing it with your partner, family or friends? If there will only be one or two of you,