The soothing, hot bubbling water and hydro-therapy action of a spa provides another dimension for your enjoyment, either as a focal point or to compliment the total swimming pool experience. Before you know it, your stress will float away with the bubbles and steam of your own backyard sanctuary. Whether it’s a stand-alone spa, independent spa or a spillover spa, each spa will have its own unique set of pros. Which one is best suited to your requirements?
There are two main types of spa "set-ups":
Like other innovative home technology, pools and spas continue to benefit from improvements in the industry. This especially applies to maintenance as pools and spas require minimal care. Total automation systems can be integrated to control digital heaters, cleaners, sanitizers, lighting and covers from a hand held remote, satellite computer or even telephone.
A spa that is situated in its own private environment away from the pool can still seem connected to it, at least aesthetically. In naturalistic designs, for example, the spa often takes the form of a small pond or hot spring sequestered from the main pool. While a spa can be designed as a miniature version of the pool and placed within its perimeter, it can also assume a completely different shape and reside away from the pool.
It is best if an integrated spa is constructed of the same materials as the pool so that it doesn't appear to be an after-thought. If located off to one side, the spa should complement the pool's geometry.
Space is also one of the major considerations when planning for a new hot tub or spa. Ask this questions:
- How many people will be using the spa?
- Is it just for family, or do you plan to entertain guests?