Some ideas for integrating hot tub designs into the backyard include making it the focal point, placing it so the sides are not exposed, planting a garden around it, adding a sundeck and connecting it to an outdoor room, notes Forbes.com These ideas can help make an outdoor hot tub look connected to the rest of the backyard, especially when it is not in use.
One way to include a hot tub as part of the backyard design is to make it the focal point, rather than hiding it from view. For example, a cedar tub can be turned into a water feature when it is not being used. Flowers and plants can be added around the tub to create a garden. For those who prefer that the hot tub is more concealed, consider an in-ground tub with a rolling cover. The cover is used as a sundeck with the tub is not in use. A hot tub that is placed properly in the backyard can used any fences and walls that exist to conceal the sides, so guests see wooden walls rather than vinyl.
Other ideas for an outdoor hot tub design include using a claw foot tub for character, adding a wall to conceal it and adding a rolling cover that becomes part of a deck, notes Forbes.com.