Cool off this summer
There's perhaps no greater relief on a blistering summer day than jumping into some cool water for a swim. While many people are forced to go to the beach to enjoy some time in the water, many others decide to invest in swimming pools so they can just walk outside and go for a dip. Another great way to enjoy the water is an outdoor spa, where you can sit and take in the outdoors while enjoying a massage from water jets. Both swimming pools and spas can be costly, and there are a lot of choices to make, so it's important to know exactly what you need before you make a purchase.
Stand-Alone Swimming Pool
While many people think of swimming pools as being directly attached to a home via a deck, another popular option is a stand-alone swimming pool that can be placed in a garden or lawn. Generally designed with portability in mind, these above-ground swimming pools can be set up for the hot summer months and then easily taken down before it gets too cold. Depending on the model of the garden swimming pool you purchase, you may be able to set it up or break it down in about an hour.
You might think that a portable swimming pool would be devoid of features, but that's not true at all. Portable above ground swimming pools come with all of the standard features of outdoor pools, such as the ladder, filter pump and pool cover. You might also worry that portable pools might not be big enough for a family to enjoy swimming together, but there are many sizes available, so it should be easy to find a pool to suit your needs.
Spas and Hydrotherapy
While the water can be a great place to get some exercise, it's also good for relaxing. After a stressful day, there's nothing quite like sinking into the warm water of a spa and letting its jets massage you. Known as hydrotherapy, this combination of heat, massage and buoyancy is a proven to relieve stress and pain.
Spas can add an extra touch of luxury to your outdoor flower garden. You plant and care for a garden so you can enjoy its beauty, so why not take advantage of that while you relax in the evening? You can enjoy the outdoors and your beautiful garden while unwinding after a tough day. It's also a great place to socialize – the perfect way to show off both your garden and your spa when friends show up to visit.
Swimming Pool Costs
Swimming pools and spas can both be expensive additions to your home or garden area. Expect to pay a couple thousand dollars at bare minimum, with prices going higher and lower depending on your options. There are some truly luxurious options that will accent and emphasize the beauty of any garden, such as gazebos with built-in hot tubs. Be sure to do your research and consider your budget before making a purchase.