Top Trends in Bathroom Renovations

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

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With the bathroom being the second most popular room in the house to remodel after the kitchen, here are the the top trends we are seeing in 2014!

Master Bath takes center stage.

  • 60% of homeowners are renovating their bathrooms while 61% are choosing to start from scratch gutting the entire bathroom.

The Older You Are the More Likely Bathtubs are Going Out the Window.

  • 59% of homeowners aged 65+ are likely to skip the soaking tub altogether.
  • 36% of 25-34 year olds plan to skip it in the master.
  • 39% of 25-34 year olds plan to skip it in another bathroom.

Bath Lover Have 3 Styles to Choose From:

One Sink or two?

  • 91% of homeowners are replacing their master bathroom sink.
  • 45% aged 25-44 are installing 2 custom vessel sinks.
  • 58% of homeowners aged45+ are installing two sinks.

 Glass Rules the Master Bath

  • 79% prefer glass shower doors over a shower curtain.

Green Flushing

  • 91% of homeowners are installing high efficiency toilets.

 White Cabinets Are The Top Choice for Renovations.

  • Top 3 wood choices:
  • Cherry
  • Maple
  • Oak


4 Water Workouts That Will Get You Bikini Ready this Summer

By Krista Payne
Posted . Filed under Blog, Health & Wellness.

goggles-1 Living in Boulder Colorado you quickly get use to seeing some amazing fit bodies running, cycling and swimming around town. Boulder is so fit that the they have won THE Fittest city in the Country since 2008! Yes Boulderites are fit! I have done my own informal poll around town asking women what exercise they do to get in such phenomenal shape. Hands down the #1 exercise these ladies tell me is swimming.

Swimming is one of the best exercises that you can do for yourself . It not only will make you look younger and be more fit, it will strengthen your heart and lungs. If you are not a fan of swimming, jump in the swim spa or the swimming pool and  try these other 4 equally effective aquatic workouts that will have you bikini ready this summer!

Resistance Training-Anything that you do with dumbbells on the gym floors can be translated into a water exercise.Water gives you natural resistance with absolutely no impact to the joints. Muscle tone can be achieved at a faster rate with resistance of water and weights.

Treading Water-Not a great swimmer? No problem. Treading water requires no special form . Land-based running can be copied in the water–but you have to point your toes and emulate running under water. Treading water for 30 minutes can burn more calories than riding a bike for 30 minutes if done the right way.

Pool Running-Or should we say cool running? The great thing about swimming in the water is that you won’t get overheated. Perfect for the injured runner or for cross training for long distance runners, pool running is very low impact on your muscles and joints.

Aqua Zumba-If you have never tried it, put this on your must try list. Zumba is filled with pumping music and fun dance moves that has you use just about every muscle in your body then add water to the mix. This now has a cult like following. Add water to the mix and you got a fun dance party all done in your polka dot bikini..

9 Reasons Why Stainless Steel Pools are Better

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

Luxury swimming pools are one of the biggest investments when it comes to your landscape budget. So why wouldn’t you buy the best swimming pool that will give you longest lifespan, curb appeal and low maintenance? Here are 9 reasons why stainless steel pools are worth the investment.

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Stainless Steel Pools are Highly Corrosion Resistant

Stainless steel is a steel alloy containing elements chromium, carbon, nickel and molybdeum resulting in a excellent material that is corrosion resistant. These elements together make stainless steel an excellent choice for aquatic products. The material is so durable that cracking and leaking is almost non-existent.


Stainless Steel is a Clean Freak

Stainless steel is a naturally hygienic material. Traditional tiled pools are very porous making them higher in risk for producing bacterial growth. Stainless steel pools surface property greatly inhibits bacterial growth and is easy to maintain but must be done on a regular basis.


Looks Good with Age

Stainless Steel has a quality about it that no matter where you place it, the sun, the snow, the sands, the winds, it will look as good now as it will in 20 years. Stainless steel is resistant to fading like traditional pool materials so the metal with keep looking like it did the first day it arrived.


Stainless Steel Pools Are One with the Earth

Diamond Spas stainless steel swimming pools are fabricated from recycled sheet metal, producing a beautiful sustainable swimming pool. The recycled content for new stainless steel sheet lies between 65% and 80%. The vessel shell is 100% recyclable. Unlike many other engineered materials, stainless steel is recycled without any degradation.


Stainless Steel Pools Leaves no Mess Behind

All stainless steel pools are pre-fabricated on the factory floors so there is less debris, noise and foot traffic on the actual job site. Projects can be installed in less time and can be ready for fill within hours of installation. If not delivered in one piece than components are delivered ready to be assembled and welded on site.


Stainless Steel Pools Keep the Water In.

Stainless Steel Pools have welded joints and all products are tested for 24-48 hours in our facilities to check for any types of leaks. Water consumption is reduced due to the absence of leaks.


Weight Management

Stainless steel is ideal for any projects such as rooftop or Yacht installation where every pound counts. Stainless steel is light compared to conventional pool structures. Due to it’s low weight the construction of a stainless steel pool has no repercussions on the foundation.


Like the Postman, Stainless Steel Delivers

Unlike some pools, stainless steel can withstand extreme temperatures. It is possible to leave your stainless steel pool filled through the winter without any special treatments necessary. Due to stainless steel’s thermal conductivity, any ice that might form melts on contact the metal and does not permit the creation of excess pressure.


Stainless Steel Has Hips and Curves

Stainless steel is the best choice when it comes to custom designs. The material can be curved and countercurved to whatever design suits your fancy. Smooth to the touch and sophisticated to the eye, stainless steel is simply classy.


Adding Light to your Luxury Spa Experience

By Krista Payne
Posted . Filed under Blog, Health & Wellness.


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Color bath therapy is also known as chromotherapy or light therapy. Many believe that color is energy and by bathing in a simple soaking tub or relaxing in an outdoor spa,  when infused with any of these rainbow of colors, the energy is dispersed through the water and will improve your physical and emotional state. The color you choose depends on what energy you body is lacking. Feeling tired? Choose red, as it evokes vitality and alertness, but if you are feeling stressed out and on the edge, blue has a calming and relaxing energy. Here are the colors of healing used in everything from chromotherapy to the paint on your walls.








Yellow=Conveys Lightness/Freedom







warm neutral

Warm Neutrals=Comfortable/Offers Stability

cool neutrals

Cool Neutrals=Soothing/Subdues Emotion





Killing Crypto with UV instead of Chlorine

By Krista Payne
Posted . Filed under Blog, Health & Wellness.


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Crypto. also known as Cryptosporidium. The CDC defines it as”one of the leading causes of waterborne disease, or disease caused by contaminated drinking water or recreational water. Recreational water is water from swimming pools, luxury hot tubs, fountains, lakes, rivers, springs, ponds, or streams that can be contaminated with sewage or feces from humans or animals”. Crypto causes diarrhea. This germ is found in the fecal matter of a person who has been infected by Crypto. It has a tough outer shell that allows it to survive for a long time in the environment. It can survive for days even in properly chlorinated pools.

Pool & Spa News wrote a great article on UV vs Ozone. Read it in its entirety here.

Technically speaking, a chlorine range of 2- to 5 parts per million should be able to handle common recreational water illnesses, such as pseudomonas aeruginosa, e. coli, staphylococcus aureus, and giardia. However, cryptosporidium parvum is highly chlorine-resistant. According to the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s Pool & Spa Operator Handbook, it takes 20 ppm of chlorine at 12.75 hours to inactivate crypto. Studies have determined that two secondary disinfection systems, ozone and ultraviolet, are capable of inactivating crypto at a 99.9 percent kill rate.

Yet, there remains some confusion and misunderstanding about ozone and UV systems. Understanding these secondary disinfection systems is critical because people continue to contract bacterial infections from swimming pools and spas. Recreational water illnesses remain the No. 1 health risk plaguing the aquatic industry.

RWIs are disease-causing germs which are introduced into the water by users due to lack of bather cleanliness. Crypto, a parasite, spreads through diarrhea from infected humans (or other mammals) and is highly resistant to chlorine disinfectants commonly used in swimming pools and spas. In addition to RWIs, the industry is studying the serious effects of disinfection by-products, which are formed when chlorine reacts with organic material in pool waters, creating chloramines. Chloramines cause foul odors, irritation of the skin, eyes and ears, asthma, and can damage indoor-air handling systems.


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There are two methods of ozone production: corona discharge and ultraviolet. Either method must be introduced into the circulation system downstream from all operating equipment and before the injection point of the residual disinfectant. Corona discharge generators produce a much higher concentration and quantity of ozone as compared to the ultraviolet ozone generators. The corona discharge method utilizes electrical voltage. As the air is exposed to the current, a ring of energy is created which looks like a crown (corona). As the air flows through the corona, the oxygen molecules are split apart and then combine back to form O3. These systems are designed so that when the pump is turned off, the ozonation process ceases.

Want to know more about Ozone, find it here.

UV systems

UV sanitation systems eliminate chlorine-resistant microorganisms at a kill rate of 99.9 percent, similar to ozone systems. The technology of UV systems is based on the production of UV radiation inside a light chamber by way of a powerful lamp, comparable to a standard fluorescent lamp. This lamp radiates a germicidal UV light that is used to disinfect pool and spa water. The UV system causes permanent damage to a number of microorganisms as the water circulates through the light chamber. The process attacks the microorganism’s DNA — protozoans, viruses and bacteria are unable to reproduce and remain inactive.

The benefits of UV systems include improved air and water quality, reduction in asthma and other respiratory illnesses found in swimmers, lifeguards and other frequent pool users. UV systems also are approved as a secondary disinfection by various state and local codes when installed on interactive water features, swim spas and in other low pool volume/high bather load environments.

Want to know more about UV systems, find it here.