What is an infinity pool?
you’ve spent any time lingering over luxury hotel brochures or
dreamily flicking through Instagram, you’ll probably be familiar
with the concept of an infinity pool. These magical pools are
designed to appear as though they stretch to the horizon with no
discernible edge, instead gently overflowing to the invisible depths
below. In order to achieve this effect, these pools are usually built
on sun-soaked hillsides or perched atop opulent apartment blocks.
Although not a hugely common feature of British architecture, they
remain an unrealistic aspiration for pretty much most of us. Aside
from their lofty locations, infinity pools are often designed to show
an integrated edge with a larger body of water, such as the sea or
sky. They are most commonly found in tropical resorts, or as a
feature in luxury homes.
are the benefits of an infinity pool?
and foremost, these swimming pools are a place of health and recreation, either at home or on holiday.
If you’re lucky enough to have the savings to invest in one, your
primary motivation will usually be happy and relaxing moments with
family and friends. You’ll also create a unique aesthetic in your
garden and be the envy of neighbours near and far. Another plus point
is the value added to your property: when you invest upwards of
£25,000 on one of these pools, your home should increase by up to
20% on average. Finally, an infinity pool will have naturally cleaner
water than the traditional swimming pool. As the water flows
continuously, all surface waste (leaves, insects and other rogue
detritus) will be transferred to the reservoir's excess water below.
There is no time for these impurities to marr the quality of the
water and descend to the bottom of the pool, and any debris will be
cleared quickly. If the excess water exceeds the maximum level, the
pool becomes like a mirror and cleans the surface of the water. In
keeping with their luxurious image, there’s no need for a cleaning
net with these brilliant pools.
are the disadvantages of an infinity pool?
the most obvious drawback to an infinity pool is the complexity of
the design, relative to more traditional models. Its buffer tank,
hydraulic system, sensors, valves and pump are all inherently
different from old-fashioned garden pools.
In addition, it’s difficult to find a suitable cover system
(tarpaulin) without compromising the luxury aesthetic in general.
Another disadvantage is that the water balance is more volatile, and
that continued water overflow has an impact on water quality: first
and foremost, it becomes difficult to maintain a constant
temperature. It’s generally recommended to install a solar, gas or
electric heating system to combat this issue. The pool should also be
equipped with an automatic acidity controller. This is not mandatory,
but will be much easier than regulating pH manually (1-2 times per
week). Finally, the fundamental structure of the pool will require
flawless work to successfully pull off the infinity effect, with 3m3
of water consumed by each linear meter of edging. Ultimately, these
points explain why prices are at least 30% higher than traditional
pools. It’s also worth mentioning that in order to construct an
infinity pool, you’ll need two reservoirs: the main bathing pool
and the secondary buffer tank used to collect the overflow.
do I need to know before building an infinity pool?
you’ve decided an infinity pool is for you, it’s essential you do
your research and enlist the help of an experienced landscape architect and/or pool designer before you embark on the construction. As it’s a sizeable
undertaking, you’ll need to plan every stage carefully in order to
ensure things run smoothly and you get the result you want. A
preliminary survey of the land is vital, so that you understand the
properties of the ground you’re building on and how it will respond
when dug up. In order to achieve the glorious waterfall effect,
you’ll need a slope of exactly the right gradient, so that it
remains invisible from the other side of the pool and gives the
impression of infinity. It’s also advisable to invest in two pumps
and two level sensors to ensure comfort: one for filtration, one for
water flooding. Once you’ve factored in all these considerations
and carefully planned the project, you’ll be all set for a truly
magical addition to your garden!