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Spa Design Options for Your Backyard

As you continue your quest of turning your backyard into at home oasis, it is time to turn to the issue of adding a spa. You may wonder, for a moment, if one is necessary, as you debate whether adding a new source of heat to the desert is a wise option, but then you remember that winter nights in the valley can be cold ones, and the simple luxury of sitting in a bubbling tub under the stars is one that you deserve! At first glance, the options may be overwhelming, but with New Image Landscape and Pools at your side, you know that we help make the process easy and before long you will be soaking away your aches, pains, and troubles in the spa of your dreams! This guide to spa design options is where we shall start along with your first lesson of the day. For those who have wondered what the difference is between a hot tub and spa, the answer is a simple one. Spas are built into the ground and can be a part of the pool, and hot tubs are above ground and portable. Now that you have learned a little something, let’s take a look at your options for an Arizona spa!

Hot Tubs

The great thing about hot tubs is their price and versatility, making them the perfect option for homeowners on a limited budget and for ones whose backyards are too small for larger built-in spas. Ranging in price from $2500 up to $16000, it’s the size and the bells and whistles that will determine just how much you spend. You may have seen smaller versions for unbelievably low prices at certain discount stores, but remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for!” There is a difference between inexpensive and cheap, and that is all we will say about the lower priced units!

In any case, when you begin making the decisions on your hot tub, once you have determined budget and space, the real fun begins! The smaller and less expensive models will generally seat two people and have a limited number of jets and bubbles. They get the job done, and if you are a single person or a couple, this choice will do what you want and more than likely will not require any extra installation costs; these are usually designed to use a 110V connection. Made from molded plastic, these are also the lightest and most portable of your options. The median range will bring you more room for more people to join in the fun, extra jets, lighting options, and fancier exteriors. Be prepared for these models to be less than energy efficient and to increase your energy bills, but if you primarily use them in the winter months, that may not be a big deal. Finally, we come to the high-end models, ones that will do everything but make you toast in the morning! These offer a more sophisticated and reliable jet system, lighting options, and even sound system options, allowing you to relax accompanied by your favorite music. These hot tubs may cost more, but they are designed to last and are energy efficient, which can counterbalance some of the extra costs.

The Arizona Spa

The built-in spa is one of our favorite choices for the backyard oasis, adding an architectural quality to your yard while offering peace, tranquility, and a place to heal. Coming in a variety of shapes, sizes, and design styles, they can be simple—round or square in shape, dug into the ground, with just cool deck surrounding—or elaborate—built up a little above the pool, with the exposed sections covered in architectural bricks and additional lighting options. If you choose to heat by propane, it won’t add to your energy costs, but you will have the cost of propane and the necessity to keep the propane filled. Electric versions will add to your energy bills but can be a much more reliable choice. If adding on to an existing pool, don’t expect there to be much difference in the cost of the spa in comparison to the pool, as it requires much the same construction effort, just in a smaller space. If you live high on a mountain, consider placing it where the scenery is the most breathtaking and making one edge an infinity edge. These spas are going to play an important part in your well being during your well-lived life, and although you may have to replace the motors and resurface after about 20 years, this model will be with you for as long as you own the house!

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Whether you want to go big or small, we’re here to help. Give us a call today and let us make the choices easier!