In the fall of 2002, we purchased a swim spa from Royal Spa, and hired Champion Windows to build a room around it. The entire project took about three months from the day our old deck was torn down to the day our tile floor was installed.
The Spa Arrives
Our swim spa arrived the day before Halloween 2002. It took one truck
to deliver it, and another truck to carry the crane which would lift
the spa over the house. Here's the spa being lifted over the roof...
... and guided into position on our new cement slab where our deck
used to be.
Here's the view from our kitchen after the spa was in place and before
the room was built around it.
The Room Is Complete
When the four-season sun room was complete, we added a tiled floor,
chairs, bathrobes, towels and pool toys to create the final product.
The exterior of our stone fireplace blends in well with the new room
built around it.
This is Tito and Spike's favorite room in the house now.
Guests Come To Visit
We've hosted some special guests in our spa, starting with our adorable
nephew, Stewart ...
... a tubful of Debbie's family during Christmas 2002 ...
... a tubful of friends on New Year's Eve 2002 ...
... and another adorable nephew, Jack, in February 2003.
Here is Jack again, in August 2003 (left) and December 2003 (right).
Jill's parties tend to include a dip in the spa. Here's Jill with two
friends in February 2004.
Our little friend Katherine came to visit in October 2004.
Jill and her cousins Zackary, Jack, and Kassidy had a dip on Easter 2005.
Jill and friends in February 2006.
Jack, Kassidy, and Zackary were back for more in March 2007.
Refilling The Spa
By now, you may be wondering, "How do they keep the water clean
in that thing?" Well, we spend a few minutes each week on normal
pool maintenance, and we have the water changed occasionally. On the
left is the spa as the old water is being pumped out, and on the right,
Tito inspects the empty spa for any remaining water.
The next day, the pool water company arrives with a truck full of hot
water. The hose reaches around the back of the house...
... into the spa, and off we go! Starting time: 11:00 AM.
At 11:04 AM, the spa is nearly half full again. It took eight hours
to drain, but is refilled in 8 minutes.
Copyright © Deborah Schilling/Thomas Bundy