Pools by Design, A Featured Pool Builder in Luxe

If you are looking to find a swimming pool builder to create the pool of your dreams, there are many factors that you should consider. It is important that you not only get a beautiful design, but that you also get top-notch customer service. A pool is a big investment and it’s important to do research prior to building your custom pool or spa.

When it comes to Tucson, AZ pool builders, you will not find any pool companies that match our superior attention to detail and design skills. We incorporate luxurious water features that will improve the ambiance of your backyard. For many people, lounging poolside in their very own home is a dream. If you work with Pools by Design, it can become a reality.

Pool Builder Featured in Luxe

When you choose Pools by Design as your pool builder, you don’t have to rely on our word alone. Many satisfied customers highly recommend our pool building services. Various magazines have also featured us. For example, Luxe Interiors and Design™ featured our pools and spas:

A scan of the article where Pools by Design is a featured pool builder in Luxe

As this feature shows, we are a trusted Tucson pool builder. Our gorgeous pools and spas tell their own story and highlight our design skills and outstanding final products. Our customer reviews also speak volumes. Since 2009, we have been a trusted name in Southern Arizona pool building.

We know that when you’re making an investment, every testimonial makes a difference and can influence your decision. Our Luxe feature is yet another example of how multiple sources confirm our value as a pool builder. Besides Luxe, we have been featured in DesertLeaf, Tucson Lifestyle, and HomeMag.

How We Have Evolved

If you read our Luxe feature in 2014, you may also be wondering how Pools by Design has evolved in the past 5 years. While we are still a trusted pool builder and designer, we are even better today. As our owner Ken Larison mentioned in Luxe, Pools by Design continues to develop new construction techniques.

In this feature, we emphasize how we create custom designs that complement the overall aesthetics of each site. This continues to be true. We create traditional backyard pools as well as more avant-garde contemporary designs. Our Luxe feature included pictures of our gorgeous infinity-edge pools. This style of pool continues to be one of our most popular designs five years later.

When we appeared in Luxe, our owner Ken had been in the business of pool building and design for 35 years. Now, he has over 40 years of experience. Even after all this time, his passion for designing the pool of your dreams is just as strong. When you hire Pools by Design as your pool builder, you get the benefit of experience paired with the advantage of constant innovation.

High-Quality Tucson Pool Builders

Whether you found us in Luxe, saw us online, or heard about us from one of our satisfied customers, we are excited to work with you. Being your Tucson pool builder is a job that we take seriously and we are proud to continue to create the best pools and spas in southern Arizona.

Contact us today at 520.797.6675 and transform your backyard into your dream oasis!

Choosing the Right Type of Pool Salt

Once you’ve made the decision to build a salt water swimming pool, you need to make sure to properly maintain it. Pool maintenance ensures that your pool stays cleaner and lasts longer. For standard chlorinated pools, you need to add chlorine and other chemicals on a regular basis. For salt water pools, you need to add pool salt to keep your salt chlorine generator running properly.

You probably already know that you can’t simply add table salt into your pool. Although pool and table salt are the same chemical compound (sodium chloride or NaCl), proper pool salt has several properties that make it better suited to use in pools. However, there is more than one type of salt. It can be confusing to choose which type you need for your salt water system.

Here is a basic guide to the types of pool salt you can choose:

Solar Salt

Since each of these options is the same chemical compound, the main difference between them is how the salt is collected and refined. Companies produce solar salt by diverting sea water into holding, where the sun eventually evaporates the water. Since there are bacteria in this salt, it stays in the sun longer so that the heat and the high salt level kills this bacteria.

Even after this process, solar salt often contains organic impurities. This includes microscopic dead shrimp, dead bacteria, and more. These make your pool filter work harder to keep things running smoothly. Overall, pool experts do not recommend solar salt for use in your swimming pool.

Mechanically Evaporated Salt

Mechanically evaporated salt is similar to solar salt in that it comes from seawater. Instead of the sun evaporating water, however, an artificial heat source purifies the salt and kills bacteria. As a result, there are often fewer organic contaminants in mechanically evaporated salt than in solar salt.

However, mechanically evaporated pool salt still has its downsides. This type of salt often has minerals in it and is not of very high purity. If you have a concrete pool, you may even see staining from the minerals in this salt. These minerals, especially calcium, can even damage your pool chlorinator.

Mined Salt

Mined salt is the final type of pool salt, and most experts recommend it over the other varieties. This salt does not come from seawater but instead comes directly from salt mines. As a result, it is purer and causes fewer problems for your pool.

This type of salt is very high quality, with between 95% and 99% sodium chlorine. However, there are still some concerns with mined salt. You need to make sure you add it to your pool properly by adding it to the deep end and making sure it does not sit on any pool surfaces. Mined salt can also cost a bit more, but it is a better option in the long run and is worth the slightly higher cost.

Build a Custom Pool

Enjoy the health benefits of pool salt compared to chlorine.

At Pools by Design, we can help you create a new salt water pool system that you will enjoy for years to come. We will help you decide what type of salt works best for you. From the very start of the design process, we make sure you understand how pool maintenance will work for your new custom pool.

Call us today and start designing your custom pool.

A Guide to Customizing Your Hot Tub

A custom hot tub is a great asset for any home. It gives you a place to relax and unwind after a long work day, and it is a truly amazing experience to lounge in your very own spa on cold desert nights. Building a spa in your backyard also raises the value of your property. Overall, it is a great investment for you to make. At Pools by Design, we specialize in custom pools and hot tubs. We love helping you design something that you can enjoy for years to come.

If you are building a custom hot tub, here is a guide to starting the process:

Big Picture Spa Design

The first step is building a custom spa is to consider the big picture. Your pool and hot tub need to fit in with the overall layout of your backyard and should match the architecture of your home. For example, if your house has a modern architectural style, a contemporary pool and spa may be a good fit. In other cases, you may want a traditional style.

You should also consider how the pool and the hot tub will interact. Some people prefer to have a standalone spa close by their pool, whereas others prefer a hot tub that is within the pool or spills over into it. At Pools by Design, we will work with you to come up with an overall design that will exceed your expectations.

Building Materials for Your Hot Tub

You should always make sure that your spa is made of the highest quality building materials. At Pools by Design, we always ensure that our materials are built to last. This way all you have to focus on is the look and feel you want for your new hot tub. You can choose the pool finish for the walls and floors, the material that will surround you jacuzzi, and much more. Our team will help guide you through the process of choosing the best materials to fit your dream spa.

Jacuzzi Water Features

Water features can help take your hot tub to the next level. Pools by Design offers a variety of options for you to include in your new custom spa. You can include massaging jets, a spillover into your main pool, or even a fountain. Water features let you tailor your new hot tub to your specific desires. If your main goal is relaxation, then jets can help you feel like you are in a resort far away from all your concerns. Or, if you want to entertain and show off a luxurious pool, you can add fountains or spillovers for visual effect. We listen to your ideas and help you turn your vision into reality.

Fine Details for Your Custom Spa

The final step in customizing your hot tub is choosing all the small details. These elements help create the overall ambiance of your new spa. One choice you can make is the lighting. You can put in one simple LED light to illuminate your spa, or you can add multi-colored, remote-controlled lights for a truly outstanding experience. At Pools by Design, we also help you refine the landscaping and patio design around your hot tub so that every detail of your experience is perfect.

Ready to customize your very own jacuzzi?

Create a custom hot tub with Pools by Design.

If you want to create a new spa that will make you the envy of your friends and family, call Pools by Design!

Our customer service is top-notch, and we go above and beyond to make a custom pool and spa that you will enjoy for years to come.

How Pool Designs Benefit From Rain Curtains

Pool designs often use water features to improve the overall look and feel of a custom pool. If you are creating an inground pool, you have a lot of decisions to make. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to consider all of your options for pool features. Luckily, when you work with Pools by Design we will help you go over all of your options in detail so you can make an informed decision. Every home is unique, and so is every pool!

One option that works with just about any type of pool is the inclusion of rain curtains. Rain curtains are sheets of water that fall into your pool or hot tub, generally from a slit in a wall. These can be broad sheets of water or can include multiple streams of water to mimic rain falling. Pools including rain curtains often look more elegant and high-end.

Here are just a few of the ways rain curtains can help improve pool designs:

Connection Between Hot Tub and Pool

If you build a custom pool and spa, you want to make sure these two elements connect. Otherwise, your backyard can look disjointed and awkward. Pool designs should take this into account and include water features or design elements to connect your hot tub and your pool.

A rain curtain can spill from your spa into your pool, similar to a spillover spa or infinity pool design. You can also have your spa elevated above your pool and include a rain curtain that falls from a wall on the edge of your spa. Either of these options helps create a connection between your jacuzzi and your pool.  

Design Accents

Rain curtains also help you accent various areas of your pool design. People’s eyes are more likely to be drawn to wherever you place this water feature. As a result, you can include rain curtains strategically to draw attention to the entrance of your pool, to your spa, or to any element of your swimming pool design.

You can also make a rain curtain a focal point by including a tiled wall for it to fall from. This wall can include mosaic tiles, natural tile design, or anything else you desire. This makes the rain curtain the center of your pool and makes it a topic of conversation when your friends and family visit.

Fun and Relaxation

Aside from their aesthetic appeal, rain curtains are fun elements to include in your pool area. Kids can swim underneath them, which can be a lot of fun when they have friends over for pool parties. Most pools do not have rain curtains, so they are a unique element of your pool design that people are sure to enjoy.

These design elements are also incredibly relaxing. Watching the water flow into your pool can be therapeutic, and not many people get to enjoy that experience in their own backyard. It can also feel very relaxing to swim or float underneath this water feature.

Pools by Design offers rain curtains and other water features.

Pool Designs

We can create pool designs of all varieties, from classic to contemporary. Call us today and let us know how you picture your dream pool.

We will work with you to include all the water features, including rain curtains, that will turn this dream into a reality.

Why Your Spa Should Include Pebble Tec

When you are designing a custom pool or spa, you have the luxury of choosing every aspect of your design. This includes the pool finish that you choose for your hot tub’s floors and walls. When you work with Pools by Design to create your custom jacuzzi, we will always help you make a decision that fits your budget, your design goals, and your plans for how you will use your pool and spa. Although a basic plaster finish is always an option, using pebble tec is a wonderful choice.

Choosing pebble tec for your spa’s walls and floor has many benefits.

What is Pebble Tec?

Pebble tec refers to using pebbles mixed with cement to cover the walls and floors of a pool or spa. It can be a generic term for this technique, or it can specifically refer to products from the company Pebble Tec ®️. Usually, the best pebble tec products come directly from this company.

Pebble tec often gives pools and spas a more natural look, as from a distance it can look like a river bed. Its textured appearance also makes it harder to see any chemical build-up, such as salt or chlorine residue. As a result, your pool will look better for any friends and family you bring to visit. You can customize the colors you choose for pebble tec and can pick anything from a mix of natural colors to bolder shades.

This finishing method is an alternative to the more classic option of plaster. A plaster-finished hot tub has a more simple look, although it is a cheaper method for a pool finish. The main issue with plaster, however, is that it can react with chlorine and other chemicals in your jacuzzi. The heat of your spa can also damage the plaster finish over time.

Choosing the Best Pool Finish

When you choose a finish for your spa, there are many factors to consider. Of course, the cost can be a big consideration. Pools and spas are big investments, and they can come with a large cost upfront. Although you may be tempted to try to lower your initial cost, you also need to consider long-term maintenance.

When it comes to these continuing costs, pebble tec is your best option. A plaster finish may need to be replaced sooner than pebble tec. Even if you save money upfront by going with plaster for your jacuzzi, you will spend more money tearing up your hot tub to replace the floor and wall finish every 5-10 years.

You also want to consider the overall experience you will have in your jacuzzi. Pebble tec’s natural texture is slip-resistant. This makes it safer to step into your new hot tub. The pebble tec’s texture also feels great against your feet. It becomes just one more feature in your luxurious spa experience.

Building a pool or spa with pebble finish?

Pebble Tec

No matter what sort of pool finish you want, Pools by Design can build the spa of your dreams. You deserve the luxury of having your very own hot tub, and we can make this happen for you.

Contact us today for a free cost estimate. We look forward to creating your pool or spa with pebble tec or any other desired finish. 

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

Spas

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.

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.

Three Tips for Jacuzzi and Spa Owners

For jacuzzi and spa owners maintenance is essential. We know you didn’t buy your spa to spend time taking care of it. You bought it to be able to relax. That is why we have put together some tips to help make your life as a spa owner much simpler. This way you can get the most out of your jacuzzi. Tucson weather has perfect jacuzzi weather all year round. Keeping your jacuzzi or spa running smoothly will allow you to enjoy it whenever you want. Taking care of your jacuzzi and preparing systems will also ensure that it stays at tip-top shape for years to come. Take care of your jacuzzi or spa, they are long term investments which will add to your property value.

Here are three tips for jacuzzi and Spa owners:

1. Stick to a regular cleaning routine

It is important to regularly sanitize your hot tub and its filters. Dirty filters are one of the top reasons for jacuzzi owner complaints. When filters are left uncleaned jacuzzis and spas will not properly heat. Use a filter cleaner and spray or soak your filters to improve filter life and efficiency. If your filters are two or three years old it is time to replace them, we recommend always having a spare clean filter on hand. Along with the filters, you’ll want to drain your hot tub every 3-4 months for a thorough cleaning. Once you drain the water, it is important to clean and disinfect it properly. When this is done refill your jacuzzi and it will be good as new. It is also important to keep the water chemistry in balance making proper use of pool chemicals.

2. Invest in a high-quality hot tub cover

It is important to keep your jacuzzi covered when it is not in use. A cover will keep your hot tub clean and free from bugs and other unwanted guests from the natural world. A high-quality hot tub cover has many other benefits as well. A cover that is well- insulated keeps the water warm which will help save you a significant amount in energy costs. If you choose a solar hot tub cover, not only will it help you save, but it will keep your jacuzzi clean and protected from inclimate weather and other unpleasant things from the outdoors, such as sand and debris.

3. Maintain a constant temperature and water level

If you have a well insulated hot tub cover then you have a much easier time with temperature maintenance. When it comes to water levels, water evaporates faster during the cold, dry weather. It is important that the water level stays above the skimmer line to continue to have effective filtration and ensuring your jets operate properly. During the winter months keep a garden hose away from exterior elements (a warm garage is recommended) so when your jacuzzi needs to be refilled, it can be done with an optimal tool.

Conclusions for Spa Owners

Jacuzzi and Spa Maintenance

Owning a jacuzzi is very exciting and worthwhile, but can also feel a little overwhelming. Taking care of your hot tub doesn’t have to be time-consuming and stressful. Following these tips will keep your jacuzzi in the best shape of its life, allowing you to get the most out of it. This brings us to our last tip, enjoy your jacuzzi! There are many health benefits and fun that comes along with a hot tub, relax and enjoy your beautiful and well-maintained jacuzzi. If you do not take care of your jacuzzi or spa the repair costs can triple what you spent on the jacuzzi or spa in the first place.

Contact Pools by Design for a free in-home estimate and see how a jacuzzi or spa can transform your lifestyle.