Probably the most visually impressive of all pools is the infinity pool (also called
‘infinity edge pool’, ‘eternity pool’ or ‘overflow pool’)
- a swimming or reflecting pool that produces a visual effect of water
extending into the horizon, or “vanishing” into infinity as it
flows over the rim. This term is also used to describe perimeter
overflow pools, like ones that may be on level parcels, wherein the
water flows over one or more edges, usually flush with the decking
Don’t think that this
is a modern-day invention, for infinity pools have been around for
centuries – one, called the Stag Fountain, is even included at the
Palace of Versailles, built all the way back in the early 1600s
(although, apparently, that one wasn’t used for swimming, merely
The maintenance of
an infinity pool
Infinity pools are a
stunning sight to behold, but they are not easy to build and can be
quite expensive. A few must-have factors required for an overflow
pool is elevation, distance, a view (preferably) and top-notch
A lot of thought and
planning go into the design of an infinity pool, such as the
filtration and controlling of water levels. All the water that floods
over the rim needs to be stored somewhere, so it has to be designed
with this in mind.
The building of an
eternity pool requires a lot of work due to its two different levels:
the rim-flow pool situated at the top, and the reservoir at the
bottom (into which the water is contained that flows over the top
rim). Two pumps are required: one to drive the water back up from the
reservoir, and another for the sanitisation process, with level
controls being especially crucial.
For those that live
near the ocean: seagulls are quite fond of infinity pools and like to
sit on the edge while preening and plucking their feathers, which can
get into the filtration system – another reason why constant
maintenance is important.
What are the pros
and cons of an infinity pool?
oasis-like design that can superbly improve your garden or yard, but
are you taking everything into consideration that relates to infinity
So much more than a body of water for swimming,
an overflow pool enhances an already beautiful view, especially when
looking out onto another body of water (like the ocean).
A well-placed infinity pool can also act as a
stand-alone water feature, adding great value to a house (around
In some ways, infinity pools are easier to
maintain than standard swimming pools due to their filtration systems
that help to pump water up from the bottom reservoir. This helps
reduce the need for cleaning out the pool or ensuring that the water
is not stagnate, for the constant motion of the water persistently
cleans and filters the pool.
They are more dangerous due to their exposed
In certain situations, an infinity pool is
actually a bad idea, for example, when your lawn has a sloping edge.
The “vanishing” effect won’t work if you
don’t have an adequate view. For example, if your yard looks out
onto a wall and not a larger landscape, the infinity effect will be
That stunning, serene effect doesn’t come
with a tiny budget, as these types of pools are quite costly.
The costs of an
Nothing in life is
free, and a pool (whether infinity or otherwise) is certainly no
exception. A pool pump consumes vast amounts of electricity on a
monthly basis, in addition to the required chemicals and cleaning
products needed to give your pool a decent cleansing. Underground
pipe leakage is also an all-too real issue, as well as damaged tiles
or paving around the pool area.
However, should these
very real issues not scare you off, then feel free to look up one of
the many pool-building companies in South Africa. Note that an
experienced consultant needs to come out to your home, assess your
yard and pool requirements, as well as your budget, before work can
Note that each swimming
pool is different, and the final price will depend on certain
Size of the pool
Type of finishes (glass tile, ceramic tile,
Additional equipment that is needed for proper
operation of the reservoir or catch basin, i.e. filter and pump.
Depending on the
swimming pool’s design and your property, a decent ordinary pool
can cost between R55,000 to R100,000; however, this can increase
dramatically depending on size, finishes, location and decorative
elements. An infinity pool typically costs 20% more than a regular
pool, so remember to adjust your budget if an overflow design is what
you see in your future.
Let homify help
Whether it’s an
infinity pool, a garden pool or
just a regular swimming pond you require in your yard, homify
provides an ever-expanding list of options to inspire you. Not only
that, we also present a supreme collection of professionals (such as
builders, carpenters, architects, landscape
designers, you name it) to help you achieve the design
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