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Pool Water Features

Water Features for Pools By Design

The very best Pools by Design

are often realized by the clever use of how the water reflects light and uses refraction to introduce color.

laminar jets

And a vertical moving water feature can bring the whole pool to life in a way that is a form of art in itself.

But this needs care and real expertise

Derek Miller - our Design Guru can create customized features that move water in such astonishing ways that it will blow your mind!

There are many, many types of different water features.

internal waterfall

And they can be used to create so many very attractive and beautiful effects using all the different combinations of jet width and size, flow rate, sound and pool lighting.


What to think about?

monster waterfall

or a wonderful classical design like this

classical waterfall

sheer descent

laminar jets like this

laminar jets from flower border

sconce

Big Landscapes

If you have a backyard with a big landscape and perhaps a natural hill you might think of a large waterfall - Derek can do lots of clever things with multi-level sites.

rocky waterfall

These sorts of features need a lot of fine tuning to get the required sound and appearance right. This is a lovely feature

waterfalls in a rocky corner

Sound and Other Considerations

Waterfalls can produce a load gushing noise that can hide traffic noise - or the kids in the street - but you need to be able to turn it off when you want to talk!

Sheer Descents are quiet and ideal for poolside conversation.

So most w ater features should have several different settings to suit the occasion and be on separate circuits so that they are independent.

Infinity Pools and perimeter overflows can look like this:-

infinity edge pool in garden

or if you have a spectacular waterside setting - like this:-

infinity pool in waterside setting

and can be used to get a l mirror-like surface where the water is undisturbed

In these circumstances any

spa overflows need to discharge below the surface level of the pool to preserve the stillness of the water.


Installation and Operating Costs

Pool water features tend to add about 10% to the total cost of pool construction.

Waterfalls can add a lot more depending on their size.

Smaller features - especially related to water discharge from the spa to the pool can be as little as a few hundred dollars.

Running costs are generally not prohibitive and of course depend on how long they are running for - most major features will involve the installation of at least one extra pump

Pool Lights and Lighting

Can and will turn water features into something special - we deal with them on a separate webpage.


Retrofitting a Water Feature

Water features are best installed into the original design.

But water feature can be put on the edge of the pool.

Laminar jets, sheer descents, sconces, and scuppers can be added quite easilly

With an existing pool it is better to use glass fiber reinforced concrete false rock which is very light and does not impose high loading onto the original pool shell.

Water features can be spectacular show-stoppers

But you have got to get the design 100% right!!


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