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Adding a Spa to your pool

I was sitting outside one evening not long ago and had thought it would be nice to warm up the pool — and then it hit me — why didn’t the original owners add a hot tub to this pool when it was built!? I mean who doesn’t have a spa connected to the pool, most of my family & friends all have an attached hot tub to their pools. So I did a bit of investigation and thought I would share the results with you guys; some of my findings actually do make sense.

To Hut-Tub or No Spa?

Come to find out there are several reasons for going either way, having a spa attached to the pool or not. From what I can tell here are the main considerations for this decision:

Budget: Swimming pool buyers are considering their overall budget investment compared to the return on the decision. Adding a hot tub to your pool can start around $9,500.00 in most areas and ranges depending on customization of design. Many pool buyers can justify this cost, however others put all their budget into swimming pool only.

Cost of Ownership: Some pool owners have discovered that over time the spa ends up needing repairs — such as the heater, as the added equipment is used infrequently and much less often than the pool itself.

Therapeutic Benefits: The foremost consideration of a buyer who values a hot tub is having those relaxing nights surrounded by warm bubbling water in their own private spa, and this alone is enough to justify the cost or added maintenance.

Resale Value: A house without a pool may not sell very fast, which could be the same about selling a home with a pool but without a hot-tub. If the pools around the block have attached spas to their pools you may want to consider keeping up with the local market if you intend to sell the home.

Add onto Existing: In most cases it’s possible to be hot-tub ready by building a new spa right into the already existing pool and adding the required plumbing / equipment. This can be a little more costly than when building it new but it happens all the time!

Just adding the hot tub (or not) is a big enough decision, then there are things like design, shape, height, spillway, benches and more. So just like designing a custom pool, you can start out with a cookie-cutter spa and go from there.

So take a few design tips from us if you are struggling with this decision to add a hot-tub to pool:

  • If you can afford the spa, get the spa!
  • For those who enjoy the health benefits of a hot-tub but short on cash, talk to local pool builders to see what your options might be to curb cost and still get one.
  • Sometimes we must decide between a water feature vs a spa but if you design it correctly the spa can become the water-feature!
  • Existing pools may experience some challenges but is certainly possible to add a spa to most inground gunite pools.
  • In all cases there are priceless returns on investment, think of the memorable times in a custom designed spa!

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