We sometimes play with words to create new ones. Imagine my surprise yesterday when I was visiting a Toll Brother development (The Overlook at Fire Rock) in Fountain Hills, Arizona and the Realtor® told me there was a spool in the model next door. I asked him to explain more. He said a spool combines the words spa and swimming pool. My curiosity sent me in search of more information about spools. Here's what I learned.
- Combines a swimming pool and spa into a single feature. Often required when space is tight, it's also a cost effective solution as the spool is cheaper than the cost of a swimming pool and spa.
- Require more space than most spas but less than a swimming pool. They're typically 10 to 16 ft long and 6 to 8 ft wide.
- Come equipped with jets like those in a spa. These cause a current which you can swim against for more exercise.
- Adjustable so you can lower the water temperature when exercising, and raise the temperature for relaxation like a spa.
- In milder climates, can be used for more months by adjusting water temperature to offset air temperature.
- Easier to maintain with it's smaller size.
- Serves as a water feature in your yard, especially when integrated with your home's architecture and landscaping.