Building an in-ground spa will take your backyard to the next level. Your new hot tub will be a great place to relax with your family or to entertain guests. At Pools by Design, we help our clients create custom spas that match their individual aesthetics and use state-of-the-art technology.
If you are looking for spa ideas, we’ve put together a few examples from our portfolio to get you started. You can use elements of these designs for inspiration and if you work with us, we’ll help you turn your dream spa into reality.
Spillover spas are a popular choice because they create a clear visual connection between your pool and your spa. They also allow you to place both elements in the same area, making it easy to move between them.
For this particular spillover spa, we used a beautiful stone tile design. This natural aesthetic complements the spa’s surroundings. Earth tones look particularly gorgeous in Arizona with our desert landscape.
One benefit of a spillover spa is that as the water falls into the pool below, it provides calming background noise. Watching the water flow over the edge is incredibly soothing.
In this design, you can see that the stone tile shape changes between the back of the spa and the front. This creates a pleasing visual contrast while still maintaining a consistent style.
For this spa, we used blue tiles for the portion facing the pool and stonework for the back. The blue tiles reflect beautifully in the pool water below and help the spa stand out against the desert backdrop.
This shot shows off the stone tiles on the back of this spa design. This pool also uses travertine. In general, this is a great option to place around spas, both for safety reasons (slip resistance) and for its aesthetic appeal.
The spa spills over into the pool, but it does so in a unique way compared to post other spillover spa designs. Instead of a single stream of water, there are several tiled steps that the water flows over into the pool.
In this photo, you can see the steps clearly. Imagine the soothing sound of this spa. Along with the other water features this pool includes, this design creates a resort-like oasis.
The previous spas in this article have been spillovers, but this is by no means your only option. You could opt for a spa that is on the same level as your pool instead. In this design, the spa is directly inside the pool.
The spa border uses the same color tiles as the rest of the pool, creating a subtle barrier and keeping the pool and spa fully integrated. There is a seamless transition from the spa to the pool and from the infinity edge to the surrounding landscape.
In this shot, you can see that the spa is slightly elevated compared to the pool water. This slight variation makes it easy for swimmers to know where the spa, but is more subtle when viewed from above.
The bright pool of the tiles contrasts with the poolside fire features, making this pool and spa feel inviting and refreshing.
If the above designs have inspired you, turn your spa ideas into a reality with Pools by Design. We can create a custom pool and spa and also design outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and other backyard elements to complement your pool.