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Some spas laugh at the weather.

Some spas laugh at the weather

Wind, rain, snow, sun, or leaves don't have to deter serious "spa-ing.' These shelters --ranging from the simple pitched roof of acrylic panels at right to the elaborate cabana on page 97--help make those long, hot soaks more comfortable while offering protection from the elements. Their owners enjoy being outside in all kinds of weather, but when they're done soaking, they want towels or robes waiting and dry.

On these two pages, we show four structures with open sides. Whatever the outdoor temperature, the spa users will feel it--but for some people, that's the point. Says Darlene Zirngibl of Modesto, California, whose husband, Phil, designed and built the shingled structure at left, "We use the spa more in winter than in summer; we like to hear and smell the rain.' On pages 96 and 97, the four shelters are more enclosed. Not surprisingly, three of them are in the Northwest, where cold air can stop all but the hardiest soakers. But an enclosed spa has other virtues: it slows heat loss from the water, and it creates a warm, humid environment that encourages and protects frost-tender plants.

What's overhead makes the difference

Although shingles provide protection from sun and rain, a clear or translucent roof keeps the area below bright and emphasizes that the spa is outdoors. The roof of clear, 5/8-inch acrylic over Louise and Katsu Hirasawa's self-contained spa (on page 95) makes it a nighttime delight. "On clear nights, we can watch the stars or moon,' says Mr. Hirasawa. The roof is made of three 4- by 8-foot panels: on one side, two panels butt together; on the other side, one panel runs lengthwise. Tucked beneath cedar trees, the roof also keeps leaves out of the water.

Photo: Four-posted shelter covers spa built into deck at an angle to the house. Fence blocks view of utility yard and neighbors

Photo: Oval roof appears to float above hot tub; early-morning mist dampens clear acrylic. Eight curved panels provide protection from wind

Photo: Radiating spokes define octagonal structure's 20-foot-diameter roof. Landscape architect: Walt Young for Carol and Jack Hakim of Tarzana, California

Photo: Simple cedar frame shows through acrylic panels on roof. Deck wraps around self-contained spa unit. Bamboo poles make privacy screen

Photo: At end of arbor, greenhouse for potted plants has translucent plastic roof. Brick decking around spa (right) continues under arbor

Photo: More for plants than people, this 18-foot-square structure near Seattle is kept a humid 65| in winter. Tall Tupidanthus has its own built-in planter The poolside cabana (top, opposite page) has one side left open to a swimming pool, but since it's in Southern California, the stresses of cold weather aren't a major concern. Designed by Michael H. Levey of Encino, the tile-lined building includes a spa, shower, sauna, sink, and toilet. It also does something that the shingleroofed structures do: offer sun protection. Sometimes a hot sun can be just as annoying as a cold drizzle--and who wants to be baked while simmering in comfort?

Photo: Wide opening in skylighted poolside cabana reveals tiled interior, corner sauna behind sink area, wing walls enclosing shower The oval roof above Joanne and Rory Hanson's spa in Eureka, California, is built like a wooden wheel, with spokes radiating to an outer rim (page 94). Designed and built by Peter Portugal, the roof and curving back wall are 1/8-inch acrylic. Although it appears that slender 2-by-3 posts support the roof, the eight acrylic panels actually carry the load-- and provide protection from the wind. The posts anchor the roof to the deck. Lag screws tie the tapered spokes to a 14- by 16-foot oval rim made with nine layers of benderboard.

Photo: Added to rear of house, this 10-foot-wide spa room has cedar interior, double-glazed skylight with narrow vents in shaft. Side window slides on barn-door hardware. Stuart Jones of Portland designed and built it for Carolyn and William Prendergast Seattle landscape architect Robert Chittock designed the two greenhouse shelters shown on the opposite page. The lower building has a frame of square metal tubing (to provide shear strength), doubleglazed glass walls, and a roof of lightweight, double-wall acrylic panels. The panels diffuse direct sunlight and add a degree of insulation. His other design fits in the corner of an Lshaped trellis. The wood-framed, 10-foot-square structure has three walls and a roof of the double-wall acrylic panels; the only glass is in the French doors and flanking windows. A small vent at the peak keeps the room from overheating.
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