The Many Relaxing Moods of Spas by Cameo Pools

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Nowadays, few swimming pools are just plain blue rectangles with a couple of steps and a deck; indeed, most now are “dressed up” with waterspouts, cascades, or spas like these in this gallery from Phoenix, Arizona’s Cameo Pools. Who doesn’t relish the relaxation that a spa can provide? Even if you’re not in the mood for quick laps back and forth — or maybe especially if you’re not — a spa such as one of these can be just what the doctor ordered. And their arrangements can be as imaginative as the pools themselves: have a square spa turned to a diamond at one corner of your deck; border it with native stone or a wide seating “bench”; or have the optical sleight-of-hand “invisible edge” on your spa that makes it seem like one with the bigger swimming area.

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A combination of waterspouts, stone decking, and an elevated spa with pool “steps” is fun — or just have the waterfall flow from the spa itself, no spouts necessary. Separate the spa entirely from the pool and edge it with boulders for a “pond” feel, or give it its own set of multiple water cascades into the cooler water. Accompanied by a larger water feature such as multiple cascades, lavish landscaping, or hardscaping such as stone caves, pool houses, or bridges, the spa becomes a key element in a total “water park” feel for your yard; light that spa from below at night and it becomes a magical place. So when you’re planning a pool installation, consider a spa as well; the added options it provides for solitary relaxation — and fun entertainment space — are worth the investment.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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