If you thought the word “spool” only had something to do with thread, think again.
Spools are one of the hottest trends in backyard pool and spa design. What is this spool, you ask? It’s basically a combination of small pool and large spa – creating a singular water feature ideal for getting cool on hot Austin days, and enjoying warm relaxing soaks on cool evenings.
Spools come in all shapes and designs, from contemporary angular looks to tropical free-form retreats. In general, spools run around 10-15 feet long and no more than 6-8 feet wide. As such, they are ideal for smaller spaces and smaller budgets.
We have just broken ground on a lovely spool in the Hills of Lakeway. The clients, busy empty-nest professionals, wanted a backyard water oasis to complement the outdoor living area, fireplace and putting green they had added previously. While their yard is ample size to accommodate a larger pool, their vision was for a free-form spool that would be easy to maintain, affordable to heat and yet large enough for entertaining. We came up with a 20 x 10 spool design that tucks perfectly into the space adjoining their cabana. The design includes a cascading rock waterfall that will give them lots of privacy and the soothing sounds they love. As construction continues, keep checking here and our Facebook page for project update photos. We’ll take you through the process from excavation to completion.