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    Jul 2014
    New England - MA

    cold region pool/spa combo

    Hello all, we have been contemplating an in-ground pool for quite some time and are almost ready to commit. Our desire was to have a 20x40 gunite pool with elevated spa. It would be nice to use the spa in the winter months as there are way too many freezing cold months in New England. Typically in these parts pool owners winterize and cover up both pools and spas. I feel replacing the elevated spa with a hot tub will reduce the appearance of the design, a hot tub is a bit of an eye soar. I'm curious what pool owners in cold climates have done. Is it feasible to run the elevated spa year round? I imagine that would be more costly than a stand alone hot tub. I scoured the internet all day and found very few images incorporating the two in an aesthetically pleasing manner:

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    Re: cold region pool/spa combo

    I live in the Chicago area and close the pool end of September. We keep our hot tub open until early December. The problem is you have to run all your pumps and blower when the temp falls below freezing to keep the pipes from freezing. I would be a little nervous when the temps around here get sub zero. If somehow you can locate all your above ground plumbing and pumps in a heated enclosure it may be managable.
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    Burlington, Ontario

    Re: cold region pool/spa combo

    If you are installing a hot tub, I think the key to maintaining a nice appearance is to sink it down nearly flush with a deck. The only trick is ensuring that the side with pumps and control pack are accessible when something breaks. Access to the internals will eventually be necessary.
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    Re: cold region pool/spa combo

    Go with a separate hot tub. You can find some nice designs for making it blend in with your pool. You will have nothing but issues leaving water in a gunite spa for the winter in your climate.
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    Re: cold region pool/spa combo

    ^i'd second that. I'd be lost without my (separate) hot tub here in Michigan its what make winters bearable
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