• Choosing the Best Placement for Your Hot Tub

    Choosing the Best Placement for Your Hot Tub

    As the weather worsens, keep in mind that the oasis of the Beachcomber in your backyard is just a few steps away. Or so it should be. By keeping your hot tub close to your home and easily accessible, you’ll be able to quickly step in and enjoy its incredible hydrotherapeutic benefits, even throughout the rains of fall and deep freeze of winter.

    Placing Your Hot Tub

    Beachcomber owners surveyed say that the optimal placement for your hot tub is within 10 feet from your back door. You’ll also want it conveniently located to a place inside for drying and changing and close to a water line and hose for filling.

    Also ask yourself the following questions:

    • Who will get the most use out of the hot tub? If you have small children, safety will undoubtedly be one of your top concerns, so factor in any railings, shrubs, trees or overhanging gutters as obstacles, when planning placement for space efficiency.
    • Will you be inviting friends out to enjoy it? Is seclusion your main goal? Or would you prefer a more central location? If seclusion is your preference, think about building an enclosure or putting it in a gazebo-like structure, with curtains that can be closed or open.
    • Will you have to install any privacy features? A small space can lend itself well to a cozy hot tub installation, but you may have to think about shielding accessories such as patio umbrellas or strategic shrub placement.

     

    And remember to plan your delivery route as well, for a smooth and efficient installation process. For more on installation best practices, download the Beachcomber Hot Tubs Pre-Delivery Guide.

    When deciding on placement, keep in mind that a Beachcomber hot tub can sit on any foundation that is level and can support its weight. Cement patio tiles or interlocking bricks are just some of the relatively simple solutions for you to create a solid foundation for your hot tub. Just ensure you avoid installation in a low area where water may accumulate and damage the equipment, and that your hot tub is positioned so access to the equipment compartment will not be blocked.

     

    Beachcomber Tip:

    Remember to keep your hot tub covered when not in use and placed far enough away from low hanging branches to save you time and energy in cleaning out tree needles, leaves, branches, or sap.

     

  • How to Accessorize Your Backyard

    How to Accessorize Your Backyard

    Say friends are on their way over to your place. Are they coming apprehensively, excited to see you, but knowing that they’ll have to suffer some less than stellar outdoor décor and possibly balance their glasses of sangria in their laps? It doesn’t have to be that way!

    Check out these ideas for accessorizing your backyard, before the summer is over.

    Stock up on these five items, and an invite to your backyard oasis will be what everyone *hopes for* in this heat.

     

    1. Patio umbrella

    Install some decorative shade and shelter your guests with an umbrella that provides both relief from the sun’s rays and accentuates the design aesthetic of your space. Cantilever umbrellas are a great versatile option for flexible placement.

    Kayleigh 10.5′ Cantilever Umbrella

     

    2. Patio seating

    While patio furniture options are plentiful, if you invest wisely in your seating, it can last for many summers to come. If your outdoor space is minimal, a patio bar set may be your best choice. Otherwise, check out some conversation sets, which can feel like you’ve brought your living room outside. For pops of colour, versatile ceramic stools are the perfect size to use as small end tables or pull-up seating, and enhance the playful vibe of summer.

    Diep Outdoor Complete 4 Piece Rattan Sofa Seating Group

     

    3. BBQ Set

    What’s a summer gathering of friends without food? Unless you plan to serve cheese and crackers, an outdoor grill will be critical for feeding hungry guests and fuelling kids for a day of outdoor fun.

    Performance 5-Burner Propane Gas Grill with Cabinet

     

    4. Lighting

    Whether your style is rustic, and you have a soft spot for tiki torches, or your aim is elegance and strings of white lights are more your style, outdoor lighting is a non-negotiable when it comes to foundational backyard accessories.

    25-Light Globe String Lights

     

    5. Beachcomber Hot Tub

    And finally, the grand piece de resistance! A hot tub is the best way to gather loved ones while enjoying soothing hydrotherapy and relaxation. With or without a drink in hand, there is no better place for connection and conversation than in the warmth of your hot tub. And August is the last month to grab an Anniversary Edition Beachcomber, so make the most of the rest of your summer and order yours today!

     

    If you want to extend the relaxation theme of your hot tub, but don’t have an extensive backyard garden, remember that potted plants are an easy — and often inexpensive — way to define your deck. Try a variety of plants and flowers to mimic a lush landscape and use lightweight fiberglass pots to make your garden portable.

     

    If your backyard contains all of the above, pour yourself a refreshing beverage and congratulate yourself on a job well done!

     

  • How to Cool Your Hot Tub Down for Summer

    How to Cool Your Hot Tub Down for Summer

    During the sweltering dog days of summer, your hot tub may not be your first choice when you brainstorm ways to keep cool. But think again!

    Don’t let your hot tub languish until the fall when you can follow these easy tips to make it a cooling oasis over the summer as well.

    If you want a relaxing experience in your Beachcomber during the day, try turning the temperature down to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35°C) or lower. Anything lower than your average body temperature (98°F, 37°C), will feel relaxing, even during the hottest of days. You should play around with your water temperature to find the perfect daytime heat according to your personal preference and the temperature outside. Give even 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29°C) or below a try!

    Remember that unlike a pool, hot tubs are insulated, so once you’ve initially cooled off your tub, the insulation will take care of the rest. Of course, in the summer, the combination of structural insulation and your hot tub cover can keep heat sealed in. So try leaving the cover off for a few hours before you turn in at night, or early in the morning. Another tip to making your hot tu95b cooling process more affordable is to keep it on with the cover open and air jets on. You can also vent your tub overnight by placing tennis balls or foam noodles under the cover on all 4 corners. And a quick fix could involve throwing in some ice or using milk jugs of frozen water (to act as giant ice cubes) that will instantly cool your soak.

    Shade will also be a critical factor in making your summer soaking enjoyable, so think about adding a patio umbrella to your backyard setup if you don’t already have one. A strategically placed umbrella will improve ambience and allow for a break from the sun. Check out our article on ideas for How to Shade Your Hot Tub.

    And remember to keep your skin protected!

    Regardless of the water temperature you choose, bear in mind that water attracts the sun! Even if you’re under refuge of shade and you don’t feel the direct heat of the rays, it’s very important to keep your skin protected; so wear the same amounts of sunscreen you would use in a pool as you prep for a session of hot tubbing.

     

  • WHERE TO PUT A HOT TUB

    WHERE TO PUT A HOT TUB

    Choosing where to put your hot tub is a big decision that requires critical thinking.

    Here’s everything you need to take into consideration for optimal hot tub placement:

    Delivery & Installation

    No matter where you choose, you need to make sure it’s accessible by the delivery team. While cranes and other equipment can be used to lower your hot tub into less accessible areas, it’s not necessarily something most owners are interested in investing into. To make delivery and initial installation simple, and easy, think about the pathway from your driveway to the destination when deciding on the location. Look for common obstacles like fences and roofing overhangs, and ensure you have enough clearance beforehand to save money and time on the day of. Also, be sure to let the delivery team know of any stairs or disruptions in the pathway that might require added equipment and manpower.

    Structural Support

    When filled and ready for use, a hot tub is an extremely heavy object. Given the weight, you will need a strong, level surface to place it on. Simple paving stones can do the trick, but if you are looking to install your hot tub on your deck, be sure to check with a qualified contractor or structural engineer to ensure the total weight (with occupants) doesn’t exceed the structure’s weighted capacity.

    Drainage & Maintenance

    Easy access to your hot tub’s equipment is important for on-going maintenance throughout the lifetime of the tub. Therefore, wherever you choose, make sure that you can fully open the panel and you don’t need to move the hot tub or heavy obstacles to check on the mechanics and make simple repairs. You must also think about drainage and the damage this could cause to the surroundings. You will need to drain and re-fill your hot tub 3-4 time a year, and you’ll want a drainage channel that directs water away from the hot tub’s equipment, while also avoiding water damage to the rest of your backyard and home.

    Comfort & Privacy

    No matter what, your hot tub needs to be placed somewhere you love and feel comfortable in. That means you’ll want some privacy from the neighbours next door. Find a spot that keeps you shielded from prying eyes and offers you the perfect sanctuary and daily staycation right at home. If you place your hot tub under a large tree or overhanging plants, be warned that it will add maintenance due to falling leaves.

    Ease of Use

    Finally, one of the most important things we tell buyers is to place their hot tub no more than 10 – 15 feet away from an access point to their home. Why? On a cold winter night, or rainy fall day, are you really going to want to trek to other side of your backyard? Make your hot tub is as accessible as possible in any type of weather so it gets the most possible use. If you are worried about noise from the pumps, look for a hot tub model with a 24/7 filtration cycle, like the Beachcomber Hush Pump. These produce nearly no noise, as water is in a constant state of filtration, without adding to your energy or water care costs.

    If you have any questions about installing a hot tub, always feel free to reach-out. A member of our team would be happy to talk you through the steps and answer any questions.   

  • BACKYARD OUTDOOR LIGHTING TIPS

    BACKYARD OUTDOOR LIGHTING TIPS

    Backyard lighting tips for summer from Beachcomber Hot Tubs: 

    Summer is almost finally here, so you know what that means: time to start living outdoors again with backyard barbeques and plenty of fun with friends and family in the sun. But when the sun goes down, that doesn’t mean the good times have to end!

    The key to a never-ending summer outside is the right amount of lighting to your outdoor space. That means not only adding lights, but creating the perfect atmosphere through a lighting design that brightens up and balances your backyard space.

    5 Backyard Lighting Tips to Follow to Complement Your Hot Tub:

    Determine how much lighting you need with a simple formula:

    When planning, make sure to incorporate three basic types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. Ambient lighting is used to build the right atmosphere, and can be achieved through soft hanging, wall, and post lights. Task lighting includes pathways, deck, and security lights, and accent lighting includes small spotlights to add emphasis to certain areas and centrepieces of your backyard.

    Line your pathways:

    The fun can’t start if people can’t see where they’re walking. We recommend using solar lights in the ground or hanging light fixtures to illuminate your walking paths.

    Layer different backyard zones:

    Not every area of your backyard needs to be same brightness. When you’re lighting different areas, think about what gatherings will be held there. If you tend to have dinner parties and social gatherings in one area, choose a softer light to guests can relax. For areas you cook, or need to access electrical equipment or backyard supplies, add brighter lights for functionality.

    Add Decorative Touches:

    While there are plenty of practical uses for landscape lighting, it’s also a good idea to add a bit more seasonal design flair through electric candles and lanterns you can layer in for social gatherings, or relaxing evenings.

    Utilize Your Hot Tub:

    A Beachcomber Hot Tub is not only built for year-round relaxation, it’s built to be enjoyed at all hours of the day and night! Added exterior LED lighting includes our Star Trail and Guiding Light features that can be enjoyed even when the hot tub is covered and not in use, and add beautiful ambience to your backyard lighting design. Accent interior lighting includes our Crescent Moon and Eclipse lighting, that help illuminate the handgrips and adds not only a soothing atmosphere, but safety for nighttime hot tub soaks. These lighting features are among those found in our 40th Anniversary Edition Models that are currently available with over $5,000 in savings!

  • WHY INVEST IN A HOT TUB NOW

    WHY INVEST IN A HOT TUB NOW

    With backyard season almost in full-swing, it’s time to start thinking about how to invest into your own outdoor living space. A hot tub is big investment, absolutely. It’s something you’ve probably thought about, but talked yourself out of it because of the price and assumed maintenance requirements.

    Why should you be looking at the decision to own a hot tub differently this year?

    Owning A Beachcomber Hot Tub

    First off, owning a hot tub has never been so simple. With just a few minutes a week of water maintenance, and an easy to follow drain-and-fill program every few months, you’ll be able to enjoy the therapeutic and social benefits of hot tubbing every single night.

    Don’t pay for 6 months

    Secondly, for this week only, you can get into a Beachcomber today, without paying a thing for the first 6 months, with zero added interest! This way you can spend more time saving up for the investment, while also enjoying the benefits of your new hot tub.

    Flexible payments with hot tub financing

    Once the 6 month period is over, we also offer the opportunity for new owners to set-up a financing structure, with bi-weekly payments as low as $29.00. You can increase the payments at any time if you want to pay off your purchase faster, with zero penalty.

    Make the right lifetime decision

    Remember, a hot tub is not only a big upfront investment, it’s also a lifetime investment. You are not just looking for a hot tub that is going to give your homelife a short-term boost, but one that is going to make a lasting impact for years to come. That means looking at the quality of the product more than the sticker price. Just think about it this way: if a hot tub potentially costs $4,000 and only lasts four years, that would be like spending $1,000 on that hot tub per year. If you purchase a hot tub that costs $7,500 and lasts twenty years, your usage cost would really be only $375. Even without factoring in the added operational costs of a cheaper construction, you’re still getting far less bang for your buck when you choose a budget-model and bargain retailer. This return on investment, and more importantly, years of added enjoyment for you and your family, is one of the many reasons why we believe that purchasing high-quality hot tubs, like a Beachcomber Hot Tub, will help you save money in the long run and give you a product that lasts. Many of our owners have had their Beachcombers for over 25 years, and continue enjoying regular usage from their hot tubs!

  • Finding the Right Hot Tub When Space is Tight

    Finding the Right Hot Tub When Space is Tight

    If you don’t have one already, a hot tub is likely high on your wish list, but may also seem impossible if your backyard space is limited.

    Before you write off your dream backyard oasis, consider the versatility of a smaller footprint tub. Finding a hot tub that fits into a tighter space requires some foresight and planning but it certainly doesn’t mean that you’ll have to sacrifice on massage capacity or comfort. By measuring your space carefully and factoring in the tips found in the Pre-Delivery Guide and checklist, you can find the Beachcomber that’s perfect for your space. The new Limited Edition models are ideal for tight spaces – both the 540 and 710 are small footprint tubs, fully loaded with premium features and maximum jets. To help you choose your preferred model, consider also the location that you plan to place it in. The surface ground for installation can vary from wood decking to a cement pad or interlocking patio bricks. Paired with creative landscaping, thoughtful placement can make even a small outdoor nook feel like your private backyard oasis.

    Thoughtful placement of your hot tub for space efficiency

    While deciding on the location of your hot tub, remember that you’ll get more enjoyment from it when it’s about 10 feet from your back door, for quick and easy access. Also ask yourself the following questions:

    • Who will get the most use out of the hot tub? If you have small children, safety will undoubtedly be one of your top concerns, so factor in any railings, shrubs, trees or overhanging gutters as obstacles, when planning placement for space efficiency.
    • Will you be inviting friends out to enjoy it? Is seclusion your main goal? Or would you prefer a more central location?
    • Will you have to install any privacy features? A small space can lend itself well to a cozy hot tub installation, but you may have to think about shielding accessories such as patio umbrellas or strategic shrub placement.

     

    Remember to plan your delivery route as well, for a smooth and efficient installation process. And once you’ve checked everything off your planning checklist, put aside concerns about space and remember that beautiful summer nights and long winters provide the perfect setting for relaxation under the stars in a space efficient Limited Edition Beachcomber!

  • Backyard Landscaping: Is Brick The Right Fit?

    Backyard Landscaping: Is Brick The Right Fit?

    A Beachcomber Hot Tub, in any backyard, makes a bold statement. As new owners look to transform their backyard space into the perfect oasis for enjoying time in and around their hot tub, we are often asked about what building materials to look to as an easy, durable landscaping solution.

     

    Landscaping solutions to consider for your hot tub

    While concrete slabs work great as a solid support that can carry the weight of your spa, also look to classic brick for constructing a modern, low maintenance deck design.

    Brick has the advantage of not losing colour over time and does not require much in terms of maintenance. Bricks are so durable in fact, they do not even require a sealer and can last for decades with minimal need for maintenance.

    While the initial cost is higher for brick than concrete, its durability, and strength, along with its ability to blend with your backyard landscaping and add more visual interest, make it a great option for adding character to your yard.

    Brick, like all durable modular paving, can be reset if the pavers become unevenly settled, and the best way to ensure your brick stays level for many years to is to create a great foundation and set the paving.

    When you look to incorporate brick into your backyard landscaping, we recommend blending it with wood elements. This mix of the more industrial, stone look, with the natural warmth of wood, offers the perfect way to create a stunning, long-lasting outdoor space. Combine colourful plants and outdoor furniture, to help it pop with personality.

    Some of the most popular bricking patterns we can recommend include:

    • Running bond:The simplest pattern and the easiest to lay in place; typical running lines with offset joints are great for making clean pattern lines in rectangular spaces.
    • Basketweave:This pattern has pairs of bricks set at 90 degrees to each other; it’s a great pattern for patios and a nice way to mix up the simple running bond.
    • Herringbone, 45 degrees or 90 degrees:Great for driveways because of its stability under heavy loads.

    For more design inspiration, check out this article on “How To Landscape Around Your Hot Tub”.

  • Where To Install Your Hot Tub

    Where To Install Your Hot Tub

    A high-quality hot tub is like having a world-class resort right in the comfort of your own backyard. That’s why we always tell owners the same thing when they ask where is a good place to install my new Beachcomber: make it as accessible as possible!

    If you are thinking a hot tub might look great in the tranquil corner at the very back of your yard, think again. On a cold, rainy night, are you really going to want to venture much further than your back door?

    By keeping a hot tub close to your home and easily accessible, even in the deep winter-freeze, you’ll be able to quickly step in, and enjoy the incredible hydrotherapeutic benefits.

    Best practices for hot tub installation

    How close is close?

    Based on feedback we have from owners, within 10 feet from your backdoor is a distance you should aim for.

    You’ll also want it conveniently located to a place inside for drying and changing and close to a water line and hose for filling.

    If privacy is important, think about building an enclosure or putting it in a gazebo-like structure, with curtains that can be closed or open.

    Remember, a Beachcomber Hot Tub can sit on any foundation as long as it’s level and can support the weight of the hot tub.  Cement patio tiles or interlocking bricks are just some of the relatively simple solutions for you to create a solid foundation for your hot tub. Just ensure you avoid installation in a low area where water may accumulate and damage the equipment, and that your hot tub is positioned so access to the equipment compartment will not be blocked.

    Beachcomber Tip:

    Tree needles, leaves, branches, or sap. These backyard hazards can quickly dirty the water in your hot tub. That’s why we recommend that you keep your hot tub protected or enough distance away from low hanging branches to save you time and energy in cleaning.

    For more on installation best practices, download the Beachcomber Hot Tubs Pre-Delivery Guide.

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