What Are Spillover Spas?

Custom pools and spas can turn your backyard into an oasis that is reminiscent of a high-end resort. When you hire Pools by Design as your pool and spa builders, we work with you to make sure that every detail of your backyard oasis is exactly how you want it. One of your many choices, when you are building a hot tub, is the inclusion of water features. These are small touches that can make your jacuzzi stand out. Of our water feature options for hot tubs, a spillover of water into the pool is one of the most common options.

Spillover spas can add a sense of elegance and relaxation to your backyard.

Spillover Spa Basics

You may be wondering what exactly this water feature includes. Spillover spas are hot tubs that connect directly to your pool through a small curtain or fountain of water. This water moves directly from the jacuzzi into the swimming pool, spilling over a ledge or a series of ledges.

There are different ways to accomplish this. Some homeowners choose to include an infinity spa, which is similar to an infinity pool in that the water goes over a series of drop-offs to give the illusion that the hot tub goes on infinitely. There are also spillover spas that include one curtain of water that falls from the edge.

You can get creative with how you design spillover spas. For example, you can choose to use a stone pattern for the ledge that water flows over. This stone accent can be a focal point for your pool and hot tub. If you want something more intricate, you can also customize this water feature to include more drop-offs or even fountains that shoot water from the jacuzzi into the pool.

Benefits of This Water Feature

Why should you include a spillover spa in your custom pool design? For one thing, this design element is very relaxing. You can swim in your pool or lounge poolside while watching the water from your hot tub flowing into your pool. This is very therapeutic and helps you feel like you are in a resort while in your own backyard.

This feature also helps connect your hot tub and your pool. Designs that don’t include some sort of connection between these two elements can look awkward and unbalanced. Spillover spas are an elegant way to achieve a connection between your spa and your pool.

A spillover feature is also a relatively simple and classic design element. It will not be too overwhelming or complicated. This means that you can include a spillover spa without making it the center of your pool design. Not everyone wants an incredibly complicated pool and hot tub. This is an option that adds elegance to your pool design without being too flashy.

Pools by Design, Your Source for Custom Pools and Hot Tubs


Whether you picture your backyard with a spillover spa or with any other type of pool and hot tub design, Pools by Design can turn your vision into a reality.

We will work with you to create a pool and spa that fit your exact requirements and desires. Contact us today for a free estimate.

How an Outdoor Kitchen Makes Your Life Easier

Creating your dream backyard involves more than just a pool. You also want to make sure that every part of your yard surrounding your swimming pool is built exactly the way you want it. One element to consider including is an outdoor kitchen. You can customize your space to include whatever you want, from BBQ grills to refrigerators to space for entertaining. At Pools by Design, we create custom solutions for outdoor living, and this includes kitchen islands.

Here are just a few of the ways a new outdoor kitchen can make your life easier:

More Storage Space

With so many appliances, ingredients, and equipment, it’s easy to run out of space in your kitchen. Adding an outdoor kitchen gives you another area where you can store these items. You can opt to store items you use outside (such as grilling tools) in your new outdoor kitchen drawers so they do not take up space in your kitchen. Outdoor refrigerators also give you the option to store food outside when you run out of indoor space.

A Variety of Food Options

There are certain foods that simply taste better when you can make them outdoors. Grilling is one great example. There is nothing quite like authentic grilled steak, hot dogs, or burgers made with your outdoor kitchen’s built-in grill. Outdoor pizza ovens also help you make delicious pizza much better than you could in a conventional oven. If you install a fire pit, you can even make s’mores with your kids poolside.

The Convenience of Outdoor Cooking

In certain situations, outdoor cooking is more convenient than cooking inside. For example, if you are hosting a pool party, it can be exhausting to run side dishes out from the kitchen to the pool. With an outdoor kitchen, you can prepare and serve these items all in one place. You can even opt to include a warming drawer so you can prepare ahead of time and keep your food warm for guests.

Unique Outdoor Entertaining

Having an outdoor kitchen gives you many new options for outdoor entertaining. For example, you can take your pool parties to the next level with poolside barbeque. If you have kids, you can host sleepovers featuring homemade s’mores roasted over your fire pit. Even classic dinner parties can be made more upscale when you take them outdoors in your very own custom outdoor kitchen.

Built to Your Specifications

Outdoor Kitchen

When you work with Pools by Design to customize your outdoor kitchen, you know that you are getting the highest quality. We make sure that we build everything exactly the way you want it. If you are not a big fan of grilling, we can opt for a pizza oven or outdoor stovetop over a BBQ grill. We can customize your outdoor kitchen for large parties or for intimate gatherings with just a few friends.

Our customer service and our craftsmanship make us our top choice for outdoor living solutions.

Contact us today and let us know how we can create a kitchen to fit your backyard.

How Does a Salt Water Pool Work?

In recent years, salt water pool systems have risen in popularity compared to traditional chlorine pools. There are many reasons for this shift. For one, salt water systems are often less harsh on your eyes and skin. Many owners note that the water feels softer and smoother in a salt water pool compared to a pool with chlorine. One of the biggest benefits of these swimming pools is the reduced cost of pool supplies since they do not require you to purchase chlorine. However, even as these pools become more popular, there are still many misconceptions about how they function.

Here are the basics of how these pool systems work:

Salt Water Pools are Not Chlorine-Free

The biggest misconception about salt water systems is that it means the pool does not have any chlorine in it. The fact is that chlorine is the best chemical compound for keeping pool water clean and clear. The big difference between salt water pool systems and traditional chlorine pools is not the presence of chlorine, but how it is added to the pool.

Salt Chlorine Generator

In a traditional pool, you add chlorine manually in order to keep the chlorine level in your pool up to par for sanitation. However, this requires added concentrated chemicals directly into your pool water. It also means that there may be more chlorine than you need in your swimming pool.

When you choose a salt water system, you add a salt chlorine generator. This takes the pool salt that you add to the water and runs it through salt cells. The salt goes through electrolysis and reacts with water. This forms the hypochlorous acid that keeps your pool clean. This system costs more to install at first, but it saves you money in supply costs and can last for up to seven years without replacement.

Why Salt Water Systems Feel Different

You may be wondering why swimming in a salt water pool feels so different than swimming in a traditional chlorine pool if they both rely on the same chemical for cleaning. Most people who own a salt water pool say that the water is smoother, less harsh on the body, and even smells better than a chlorine pool. How is this the case if both pools have chlorine?

The main difference in the chlorine level. When you add concentrated chlorine to your pool, there is more of the chemical in the water. It’s also hard to control the amount in the water at any time. A salt chlorine generator gradually turns salt into chlorine, and so the salt level is usually higher than the chlorine level at any given time. This is why salt water pools feel so different; they may have chlorine, but there is much less of it present.

Building Your Perfect Backyard Pool

Salt Water Pool

If you want to create a custom pool using a salt water system, call Pools by Design today! We work with you to create a unique and gorgeous design for your pool, whether you want something more contemporary or more traditional.

Designing pools is our passion, and we are excited to see what we can create with you.

Choosing the Right Pool Lights For Your Jacuzzi

There are many steps in designing your custom pool and spa. Pools by Design is here to help you every step of the way, from the big picture all the way to the tiniest details. Choosing pool lights may not seem like an important step, but this small detail can change the overall ambiance of your pool and spa. When you choose to install a jacuzzi in your backyard, you probably look forward to spending nights in your hot tub relaxing and enjoying yourself. Choosing the correct lights can improve this experience.

Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing jacuzzi pool lights:

The Importance of Pool Lights

Why do you need underwater light at all in your hot tub? You may be focusing on the overall design of your pool and spa, but it’s important not to forget about the details. When you lounge in your spa at night, you need to be able to see what you are doing. Pool lights in your hot tub make this possible.

However, choosing the right light fixtures is about more than practicality. Your lights can add elegance to your spa design. Imagine coming outside to your backyard and seeing your pool and spa brightly lit and sparkling. This is the feeling Pools by Design wants you to achieve. When you pick your pool lights, everything from color to the type of light bulbs influences the overall feel of your backyard oasis.

Why Should You Use LED Light Fixtures

When it comes to pool lights, LED bulbs are a clear choice. For one thing, they are less expensive than traditional incandescent lights. They are also more energy-efficient. This saves you money in the long run on your electricity bills. Since owning a pool comes with higher maintenance costs, any money you can save makes a huge difference.

Putting LED pool lights in your spa and pool walls also makes your water look more vibrant. Even one simple white light bulb makes your backyard feel more luxurious. LED lights also let you get more out of your spa. You are not limited to enjoying your new pool and spa only during the day. You can spend cool desert nights relaxing in your well-lit hot tub.

Customizing Your Pool Lights

You can customize the pool lights in your jacuzzi any way you would like. At Pools by Design, we pride ourselves on working with your vision to create a spa that is unique to you. If you want accent lighting to highlight certain design elements of your spa, we can include this. If you want LED lights in various colors for a more modern spa design, we can accommodate this as well.

You can make your hot tub’s pool lights as simple or as intricate as you would like. If you want something truly spectacular, you can even include remote control of your light fixtures. This lets you change the color and brightness to create your very own light shows in your spa. This feature can take your parties to the next level.

Design Your Dream Hot Tub with Us

Make every detail down to the pool lights perfect.

Whatever you are looking for in your custom spa, Pools by Design is here to work with you. From shape to water features to pool lights, we make sure our final product is dazzling and fits your exact needs and desires.

Call us today for help building your dream pool or spa.