Plan ahead for your new Sundance spa. Having a spa plan can help you achieve a “built-in” look, and avoid the impression that the spa was an add-on. As you shop for a new Sundance, keep in mind the dimensions of the patio, deck or yard for your spa installation. Look through home and garden magazines for design ideas. And browse through the photos of Sundance owners’ backyards for patio, deck, and spa installation ideas.
Access to the spa from the house is usually via an existing wood, concrete, or masonry patio. You may have secondary access to or from a lawn area that provides continuity between your house, spa, and yard. The area next to the stairs leading from the spa to the lawn provides the perfect spot for a flowerbed, or a towel tree.
Transition between spa decking and the lawn area. Strengthen the continuity between your house and yard by creating a “stepping-stone” effect: Allow the ground cover (i.e. turf, low growing grasses, moss, etc.) to grow between the stepping-stones to blend the hardscape (decking) to the softscape (lawn area). Redwood rounds make nice stepping-stones. If your decking is masonry, match the brick, flagstone, or tile.
Install garden lighting along the pathway to your spa. Sundance spas feature colored LED interior lighting, including sparkling, backlit waterfalls in most models.
When it rains, which way does the water flow? Water should flow away from your house and other structures; it should not stand or puddle near your spa.
Will you need extra grading or drains to ensure water doesn't settle where your spa is going to be installed?
If you have an existing drainage system, make sure your spa's drainage is connected to your existing system.
The electrical source should be nearby to provide power for the spa's pump, motor, and filter system.
Electrical power from the main panel of your house may also provide for your irrigation controller and other electrical needs, such as lighting. An electrician can install an extra outlet or hard-wire additional controllers. Be sure your electrician consults the Sundance Spas Owner's Manual for your particular model before doing electrical work.