I guess it really just depends on what you would use more. I will tell you that we use our seating area by the spa more than I thought especially in the winter. We put a fire pit there and some chairs so it gives you a place to sit and talk to the people in the spa. This past weekend we had people over for the superbowl, so we heated the spa for the little kids and the adults sat in the seating area. Hope that helps.Thoughts on keeping that seating area up near the spa? We are back and forth on that. We can allocate that deck space on the side of the house to put deck boxes etc if we wanted. That way it leaves more green space for kids if we wanted now that it's thinner. On the flip side it adds a little depth and seating near spa if people are hanging out. I could always make it a bit thinner. At the moment it's essentially 7' x 13'