For those who have had the privilege of traveling to magical far-off places, you may have enjoyed sitting in a plunge pool at the edge of a waterfall and watching the swirling water disappearing over the edge into the precipice below. Yes, natures infinity pools are nothing short of breath-taking.
Bringing the magic of an infinity pool into our own garden requires some careful planning, and a decent budget.
Planning an Infinity Pool
While an infinity pool, also known as a rim-flow pool, can be built anywhere, there are some important factors to consider before taking the plunge.
Firstly, you will need elevation. To get that seamless vanishing edge, there is a requirement for two separate levels: the pool above and the reservoir below. Therefore, if your property has a natural slope then you’ve got the perfect jump-off point.
In addition, properties on a slope or atop a hill will enjoy an incredible, uninterrupted view from their pool, especially when you have an ocean or lake view to appreciate.
Secondly, thought needs to be given to the space needed for the reservoir below the swimming pool. Rain, wind, and swimmers will all contribute to an overflow of water which needs to be stored before being pumped back up into the pool. The size of the reservoir will therefore depend on the size and shape of your pool.
It’s pretty clear already that an infinity pool is never going to be the cheapest option on the market. But it’s so well worth it.
In terms of cost, besides the engineering and design, you will also need to consider the mechanics running your rim-flow pool. Two pumps are generally required; one to keep the pool clean and the other to recirculate the overflow water.
Because infinity pools often double as water features, we also need to be aware of the cleaning requirements, so it’s a good idea to chat with the professionals from the start.
If you’re in the market for a new rim-flow pool, then we’d love to assist. We have over four decades of experience in this industry and we know how to get it right, the first time.