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Splish splash, water in the garden

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Water featureBig or small, a water feature works hard to refresh the senses. In landscape design, a water feature can include fountains, pools, hot tubs, ponds, waterfalls, and streams. Water gardens, aquatic gardens, and backyard ponds will transform your outdoor living space into a beautiful paradise to relax, unwind, and enjoy quality time with family and friends.

Spools – swim spa or compact pool?
Think your yard’s too small for a pool? Think again. Pool builders have created a new line of smaller, feature rich pools to address the trend for compactness and simplicity. A spool is much smaller than an in-ground swimming pool, but at least twice the length of the average spa. Built like a conventional pool, owners can select from a variety of finishes and accessories. A spool also comes with strong jets that create a swirling current against which to swim, ideal for exercise.
On the plus side a smaller pool means more space for other things in your backyard and is easier to integrate into an overall design. Lower construction costs leave extra money to account for premium deck and coping work, a gazebo or pergola, or even more elaborate landscaping to create your ideal outdoor space.

Is a spool right for you? The top reasons for choosing a spool include:

  1. You’re tight on space: a spool doesn’t take up loads of space. Even if you have a good-sized yard, you may not want to dedicate the space required for an in-ground swimming pool and deck
  2. Cost: you want to enjoy the benefits of a pool and a spa, but can’t afford both
  3. Versatility: a spool can be kept cool for swimming or warmed up and used with the jets for therapy
  4. A spool can be used year-round
  5. When not in use, a well-designed spool can look like an appealing water feature in a yard


Author: David Specic

Owner/operator of Great Ponds & Gardens providing a full range of garden landscape services combining beautiful design with meticulous execution and high quality construction practices. With over 18 years serving Oakville and Halton areas, GPG has transformed hundreds of yards into great gardens.

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