Built-In vs. Freestanding Bathtubs

By Krista Payne
Posted . Filed under Blog, Design Inspirations.

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Benefits of a Built-In Tub

  • Maximizes space in a compact bathroom and gives you some space on the tub decking for bath products or ornamental accessories.
  • Can be combined easily with a wall-mounted shower.
  • More economical than a freestanding bathtub because sides can be left unfinished without skirting.
  • Design of custom enclosure is unlimited, offering a great way to integrate with other cabinetry or tiling.
  • Often has lower sides than a freestanding tub, so it can be easier to get in and out.

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Benefits of a Freestanding Tub

  • A statement piece that will be the focal point of your modern bathroom.
  • Available in many materials and styles.
  • Flexible in terms of where you can place the soaking tub because it’s fully finished on all sides.
  • Accessible on all sides, making it easy to clean in and around.
  • Offers more of a contemporary design compared to a built in tub..


Diamond Spas Needs You

By Krista Payne
Posted . Filed under Blog, Hot Off The Press.

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Are you a sales person that has worked in the spa and pool business? Do you know the difference between a hot and cool lead? Are you an assertive sales person that can ask for the sale? Are you a problem solver who is quick on their feet and can communicate well in any situation? Diamond Spas is hiring pool and spa sales team members. We are a fast growing manufacturer of custom pools and spas based in Colorado and are looking for an experienced in house pool and spa sales person in the Denver area.  Looking for a candidate with preferably at least 5 years of pool and spa design or sales. Landscape architects welcome to apply. Salary, commission and benefits.

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Insane in the Membrane

By Krista Payne
Posted . Filed under Blog, Hot Off The Press.

Oh. Dear.

Well if you haven’t already heard the tallest waterslide in the world, yes, that’s right, the world, has now officially opened in Kansas City called the “Verruckt” which means “insane” in German. They had me at tallest waterslide, but insane? Now I am downright scared!

Schliterbahn Waterparks have been testing the thrill ride for months leading up to its official opening, even pushing back the grand opening to make sure of its 100% safety.  In early tests, rafts carrying people sized sandbags flew off the slide, prompting engineers to tear down half of the ride and reconfigure some of its angles at a cost of $1 million. After lots of testing and configuring, the custom slide has been unveiled. With a 264 step climb and sweet little signs that remind you when you have now passed the height of The Statue of liberty and Niagara Falls, the wait is over. You finally get to the top overlooking the plains of Kansas City and wishing you were on solid ground.

Early reviews are coming in to the tune of: “you go airborne”, “feels like you are falling off a cliff” to “*#@&”! The 70 mph isn’t for the faint of heart, but for those who are looking to have their heart stop for a second or two–Good times!

Rooftop Swimming Pools Are Coming Out on Top

By Krista Payne
Posted . Filed under Blog, Our Projects.

Rooftop gardens are literally coming out of the bricks and ashes. Once forgotten abandoned spaces are now becoming the hottest place to add extra living space with everything from custom water features to drown out the city noise, outdoor dining areas and kitchens to entertain guests or  rooftop spas to unwind from a busy day.  These green spaces are the growing trends especially in the larger metropolitan areas where city dwellers are looking for a slice of green space to take the edge off.

Diamond Spas is building rooftop pools and spas on a regular basis in great cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Toronto and Seattle to name just a few. See how our custom stainless steel pools are getting craned to the highest of highs.



A Passion for Pools?

By Krista Payne
Posted . Filed under Blog, Design Inspirations.

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One needn’t be a total kook to commission the world’s most amazingly customized, Liberace-fabulous residential lagoon—though, if precedence is any indication, a passion for residential pools that is ardent enough to garner a long side-eye stare from strangers at parties certainly does help. Taking cues from the country’s most ludicrous pools, its clear that what will become the next ultimate residential pool will have amenities and art installations so extravagant, it’ll take millions of dollars to craft. Swim-up bars? Modern Lap Pools. What is this, amateur hour? Please. We’re talking $1.5M Chihuly sculpture installations, ziplines, filtration systems, and more. Below, the definitive guide to building one’s own megalo-water-park, with tips from rapper Drake and radio star Kasey Kasem.


1. First things first: get your hands on a 22-feet-by-12-feet Dale Chihuly Pool Sculpture Installation at the bottom of the pool. Neiman Marcus, which put this very item on its 2010 Christmas wish list, may still have some in the stockroom, and it will only set you back $1.5M.

2.This lap pool on the third floor of the Manhattan’s Thompson hotel boasts three photos of Andy Warhol’s face on its basin bottom, though, really, any face will do: Steve Buscemi, Mariah Carey, Woody Harrelson, Drake (the patron saint of pools), Andre the Giant…

3. A within-pool firepit is a must. Say goodbye to standing shivering on the pool’s edge, say hello to post-natatorium s’mores.

4. Cantilevering. All the terrifying sky pools have them.

5. The coolest pool in New York may soon be this cross-shaped lagoon set to float in the middle of the East River. One’s personal reproduction should, too, be set in a noxious flow of NYC river water—just don’t forget to include the heavy-duty filtration system.

6. Another must-have: flatscreen televisions, as seen in this bonkers Airbnb listing. Here, for $75 a night, you can enjoy earthly delights that rival no others: a zipline, a 14-foot HD theater screen, a second large rock waterfall, a beach entry with a beach fire pit, a water basketball court, and so, so much more.

7. Now go get yourself at least 750,001 gallons of water. You want yours to be the absolute largest, don’t you?

8. Sharks!

9. Install an overhead swing. Bonus if it’s inside a 19th-century townhouse whose entire first floor is a medieval-style pool, like this Manhattan house.

10. Of course, you are a human of quality, a human of taste, a human of culture. This next step is key; nothing says “taste” and “culture” quite like commissioning the creation of a 1,300-square-foot custom pool in the shape of a giant violin. Taking cues from Liberace, the grand homme of gaudiness who had a piano-shaped pool on the grounds of his Malibu estate, finance executive Jay Dweck commissioned the formation of a pool that looks just like his own super rare, 18th-century Stradivarius violin. His includes half a million glass tiles and fiber optic violin strings that light up to music.

11. An elaborate pool is not an elaborate pool without the purple lights, grottos, and cocktails of the Playboy pool. Just ask Drake.

12. Bring in the secret ingredient, the big guns, the pièce de résistance, the chef-d’oeuvre, the cherry on top: you could say “love,” but let’s just call it like it is, a fantastically, overwhelmingly cheesy heart-shaped waterbody, à la radio star Casey Kasem’s $42M estate.