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If you're in the market for a swimming pool or hot tub, there's plenty to consider before taking the literal plunge.

Yet upping your backyard game with a pool or spa doesn't have to be hard.

Based on your goals, consider whether you'll need to hire a pool contractor, landscape architect or luxury pool builder. These professionals are equipped with the knowledge to bring your backyard vacation vibes to life—including how suitable your yard is for construction, zoning and building laws, and more—so trust them! Look to friends for local referrals.

How you and your friends and family will use a pool could influence its style and features. With shallow beach-style entries, underwater benches, a swim-up bar, areas to play water volleyball and other sports, and more, the options are vast. Consider adding handrails for anyone who may need extra stability when entering and exiting.

According to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, there are 5.8 million hot tubs used in the United States today; it's no surprise more and more people are adding these relaxing oases to their space.

When shopping for a spa, be sure your potential purchase speaks to your budget and needs. A good deal does no good if it doesn't accomplish what you originally sought!

How many people might use the hot tub at once? How many jets are there? (More is not always better.) Is the tub for pain relief or simply relaxation? These are all considerations.

If you're short on space, Katey Romence, Romence Gardens & Greenhouses co-owner, suggests incorporating a small water feature or container water garden.

"Adding these on a table or stand this can give a smaller space a truly Zen feel and is an easy project to do."

Written by Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for West Michigan Woman. 


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