Automatic Hot Tub Covers vs Foam Covers

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

The traditional hot tub covers we are all accustomed to seeing are the standard foam insulated covers. Known as the water logged, faded, heavy piece of foam hot tub cover that was a total pain to get off, has come a long way with newer technologies in place. These new technologies include higher quality vinyls and insulation that withstand the elements and save energy and money, tapered edges that allow for precipitation run off,  and steel hinges replacing the old vinyl flaps allowing for heavier use and a longer shelf life. A very good option for keeping your outdoor spas hot and debris from getting in.

Newer in the marketplace is the automatic hot tub cover. A more expensive option for sure but for those who can afford it, a pure luxury! With a flip of a switch, the auto cover can extend or retract in less than 6 seconds, hold a 300+ man on in the closed position, and seal in heat better than the conventional covers and requires no installation (plug and play). Here is one of our custom stainless steel hot tubs where we have installed an automatic cover.

Rooftop Hot Tubs Are Trending

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

Rooftop hut tubs are THE hot trend at the moment. We are seeing the trend in the bigger metropolitan cities such as New York, Miami and San Francisco but also Seattle, Chicago and Aspen. Metal hot tubs are relatively light in weight compared to that of traditional hot tubs. And Oh the views! Really what is better than a hot tub and a view!

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Can Stainless Steel Crack?

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

cracked hot tub shell

One of the biggest complaints about traditional hot tubs made from fiberglass and acrylic is that they fade, peel and crack. Cracking leads to leaking and you can imagine the damage a cracked rooftop hot tub would create.

All of Diamond Spas products are made from stainless steel and copper. Steel and copper are ductile materials.  They can bend without breaking.  These metals can withstand tremendous force prior to deforming or throughout deformation to an eventual failure, or “cracking”.  These metals will crack if you can apply enough force to bend it far enough, but you aren’t going to break a stainless steel spa with a hammer, which is also made of steel.

Stainless steel hot tub

The failure of any material occurs at the weakest point of quality control in terms of design, manufacturing, and assembly or construction.  We purchase mill certified stainless steel, assemble under controlled conditions, and then test the product prior to delivery.  So we’re confident our products aren’t going to crack.

If you do so see an instance where steel has “cracked” it’s probably at a weld joint, the weakest point of quality control for that product, or it wasn’t designed properly, or an excessive force was applied to an otherwise suitable design.

5 Reasons for Purchasing Your Own Home Swim Spa

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

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The exercise pool has been around for many years, but the exercise pool of then and now has changed drastically.  A swim spa is a swimming pool with an air flow system built in to simulate river flow currents allowing the swimmer to swim in place without having to make flip turns on each end allowing them to focus on their strokes and their breathing techniques. Today you will hear them called hydrotherapy pools, resistance pools or swim spas and every year they get more sophisticated with updated features allowing for the most efficiency in swim training. Here are the top 6 reasons our clients are purchasing their very own swim spas.

#1-Set your own pace.

When it comes to a swim workout, everyone has different goals. The tri-athlete’s needs are different than an elderly swimmer who is happy to swim two times a week at at a slower pace. Built with a control on board allows the user to adjust the flows to their workout needs and abilities.

#2-Low Impact.

Swimming is one of the best low impact sports you can do that is loaded with great benefits and is easy on your your body. Compared to other sports that pound the body and can create pain and  injuries, swimming is low impact and ideal for cross training giving your body a break from high impact sports while improving your muscle strength and cardiovascular conditioning.

#3-Controlled temperatures.

Water in hydrotherapy pools can be too hot or too cold and really either of these conditions make for a tough workout. Having the ability to control your lap pool temperatures are ideal for those athletes who need a particular temperature to train in.

#4-Water Massage jet can be added for after workout cool down.

There is nothing like a massage after a hard workout. From tired muscles and joints, sitting in a water therapy massage seat gives your body an all over post work out massage with water jets strategically placed for that all over body recovery.

#5-Lap Pool Doubles as a Recreational pool

Swim spas don’t have to be just for exercising.  Our clients tell us regularly that they don’t just use the swim spa for exercising but also for family fun. Turn off the jets and use the swim spa as a play space for the kids or a place to unwind from the day.



7 Ways to Modernize Your Bathroom Space

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

Contemporary Bathroom by Bonita Springs Interior Designers & Decorators K2 Design

Whether you’re in the market for a new home or are planning to sell, take note: Modern bathrooms remain one of the best returns on investment in home renovations and remodels.

According to a survey by Geberit, the European leader in luxury bathroom systems, one third of Americans believe that having high-quality, updated bathrooms is important to home rental or purchase decisions. Audrey Gourguechon, a Chicago-area home stager, agrees: “Having an updated bathroom is one of the top ways to add value and interest to a home.”

So what makes a modern bathroom?

1) A spacious and open floor plan. According to Geberit, 37 percent of Americans cite “creating a nice place to relax” as the most important quality of a bathroom, followed by saving space.

Contemporary Bathroom by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers modern house architects

2) Space-saving fixtures such as wall-hung toilets and custom wall hung sinks create a sleek and spa-like atmosphere in bathrooms of all sizes. Wall-hung toilets also allow for complete customization.

Contemporary Bathroom by Melbourne Architects & Building Designers Chan Architecture Pty Ltd

3) Embrace eco-friendly fixtures such as dual-flush toilets that conserve water while cutting back on utility bills. The new toilets on the market can reduce water use by thousands of gallons per year.

4) Choose unique materials for your modern bathroom design that include everything from wood, stone, slate, glass and stainless steel. How they’re displayed will define just how modern your design will be. You can also combine materials effectively in a modern design, pairing natural wood with a stainless steel vessel sink in a counter top design, for example.

Contemporary Powder Room by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Michael Tauber Architecture

5) Accessory Free. Have you ever noticed that modern rooms are more clutter free than others? If it ‘s that sleek look you are going for, try to clean off the counters to simplify the space.

Modern Bathroom by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Martinkovic Milford Architects

6) Cool it down. Modern lends itself to cool tones. Greys, whites and black are typically seen in the contemporary look but every color palette has cool shades to it.

7) Go for bold. Add something to the design that is different and out of the boring box. This will set your bathroom apart from all the rest of the contemporary bathrooms out there, and give the bathroom a truly inspired look.

Contemporary Bathroom by Menlo Park Media & Bloggers Janet Paik