Hot Tub Was a Hot Mess

This simple pool-spa combo was a catastrophe waiting to happen

Lisa Marie Hart Home & Design

Imagine what this 1966 home looked like with the hot tub situated at the other end of the pool, nearly bumped up against the front door. It was tough on door-to-door salesmen.

Jackie Thomas and DeeAnn McCoy of Thomboy Properties, Inc., buy, renovate, and sell midcentury and modern homes. They also move spas, relocate sewer lines, and mask street noise when needed.

Over the last 12 months, McCoy and Thomas have renovated five properties. Only one presented a hot tub hazard. “The original spa was so close to the front door that if you had one too many cocktails and walked out to the front yard, there was a high likelihood you could fall into the spa,” says Thomas.

The pair relocated the spa to the opposite end of the pool, but discovered an active sewer line in the process. Once the line was redirected, they filled in the spa depression close to the house, and squared off that edge of the pool. On the other end, they relocated the spa and elevated the new version. Its waterfall spills into the pool, and the soothing sound muffles street noise on the large corner lot in the Indian Canyons neighborhood.

To enhance the 6-foot-deep pool they suggest resembles a modified bota bag, the flippers opted for a mix of xeriscape and synthetic grass. “We love the look of the grass; it somehow makes you feel cooler,” Thomas says. “Yet, because it is artificial, you never have to have your gardener in your private space.”

The original ill-placed spa led the women to question the architect’s judgment (and depth perception). “It’s funny now, but it wasn’t that funny then,” McCoy says. Its new locale puts safety first and looks so inviting no one would be the wiser.