Pool, Spa, or Both? How to Decide What Option Is Best for Your Yard

Pool, Spa, or Both? How to Decide What Option Is Best for Your Yard

When it comes to transforming your backyard into an oasis of relaxation and enjoyment, few additions rival the allure of a pool or a spa. However, deciding between the two—or even considering both—can be a daunting task. Fortunately, Main Street Pools is here to guide you through the decision-making process. We’ll cover all the bases to ensure you’re making the right choice for your home and space. With our years of experience and expertise in designing and installing custom features, we understand that every yard is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. 

Whether you're envisioning a tranquil retreat with a spa for unwinding after a long day or a vibrant entertainment hub centered around a pool for hosting family and friends, we'll work closely with you to bring your vision to life. So relax and let Main Street Pools handle the hard work while you sit back and enjoy!

Pros & Cons

The first step in determining whether a pool, a spa, or both is right for your yard is to assess your needs and desires. Are you looking for a place to cool off during hot summer days, or do you prioritize relaxation and hydrotherapy? Understanding your primary motivations will help narrow down your options. There are always pros and cons to either option.

Pools grant you more space to swim – a place to have fun and enjoy activities with the family, however, pools are typically seasonal, requiring opening and closing in the spring & fall. They also take up considerable space. The benefits of spas are that they can be used year round, offering therapeutic treatment and relaxation, they also have a relatively small footprint and won’t eat up space in your backyard. However, they’re not ideal for a young family whose desire is to have fun and they require more chemicals to maintain. 

Think about how you envision using your outdoor space. If you have a large family or love to entertain guests, a pool may be the ideal choice for creating a gathering spot for fun and relaxation. On the other hand, if you prioritize quiet evenings under the stars or soothing hydrotherapy sessions, a spa may better suit your lifestyle.

Consider Space and Budget

Next, take a close look at the available space in your yard and your budget constraints. While a pool may be the ultimate backyard luxury, it requires more space and financial investment than a spa. Also consider the amount of landscaping required and reserve some room in your budget. However, if space and budget allow, combining both can create a truly luxurious outdoor retreat.

To get a better idea of the scope of the project, take a look at our Our New Pool Construction Services & Landscaping Services (offered exclusively through our premier landscaping partner, The Hawkstone Group.)

Factor in Maintenance & Design Options

Always consider the maintenance requirements of each option. While both pools and spas require regular upkeep to ensure water quality and equipment functionality, the extent of maintenance varies. Pools typically require more maintenance due to their larger size and greater water volume, while spas may require less frequent upkeep.

Also think about the aesthetic appeal and design possibilities of each option. Pools come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles, allowing you to customize the look of your backyard oasis to suit your taste – the design options are almost endless. The material of choice also must be considered. We covered this in another post all about choosing the right pool material: Concrete vs Fiberglass vs Vinyl – read the full article here. Similarly, spas offer flexibility in design too, with options ranging from standalone units to integrated features. Read more about our Sundance spas here. There are also pool & spa combinations that might suit your needs. 

Guidance from the Pros

Finally, don't hesitate to seek professional guidance from the experts at Main Street Pools. Our team can assess your yard, discuss your needs and preferences, and help you explore the various options available. With our expertise, you can feel confident that you're making the best choice for your outdoor space. Our experienced team is committed to delivering exceptional craftsmanship and customer satisfaction from consultation through to completion. 

Whether you're dreaming of a pool, a spa, or both, Main Street Pools is here to help you turn your vision into reality. By considering factors such as space, budget, usage patterns, maintenance requirements, and design options, you can make an informed decision that will enhance your yard and elevate your outdoor living experience. 

Get in touch with us today to begin your journey toward the backyard oasis of your dreams.


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