Custom Spas

Mountain Life
Mountain Property: Design File a 0501

Take a look at your yard. What do you see? If your answer is "dirt" or "weeds," then hopefully you're renting. Whatever the state of your property, there's always room for improvement. It doesn't always come cheap, but you'll appreciate the change every day when you look outside.

In the mountains, where the seasons pose a challenge to lush landscape, rock and water offer a logical solution. So why not install a hot tub to create the perfect vantage point from which to appreciate your property? Not just any old hot tub, mind you, but one that becomes part of the scape. Enter Land Designs' boulder spas. These custom-designed spas blend into the rugged beauty of the mountains by using carefully chosen smoothed rocks that blend with the surroundings.

Glen Ellison, owner of the Vail-based company, says, "The potential for extreme topography, the profound seasonal changes and the native plant material are all seen as an opportunity for a site-specific design that meets the aesthetic and functional criteria of the client and celebrates the mountain environment."

When Ellison graduated from Ohio State University with a Landscape Design and Horticulture degree in 1980, he had a vision-simply to move to the Vail Valley to work for a landscape architect. That he did, but the longer his creativity was stifled, the more his frustration grew. Twenty-one years later, Ellison still lives in the Vail Valley and has designed and installed these spas for many a relaxed skier. Prices range from $60,000 to $120,000. For more information, call 970-949-1700.