A very popular configuration for hot tubs involves raising or elevating the tub above grade. Having an exposed surface on the outer walls can be a great canvass for natural materials or tile. The elevated tub will not require any steps to enter in most cases, providing the most usable area within the hot tub. It also provides a seating area for people to congregate. Additionally, raised spas may incorporate a waterfall or sheer descent feature from the elevated area, providing some visual and auditory interest in the backyard.