Pool Water and Fire Features

Pool Water Features

The very best Pools by Design are often realized by the clever use of how the water reflects light and uses refraction to introduce colour

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

Bluepools 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


Big Landscapes

If you have a backyard with a big landscape and perhaps a natural hill you might think of a large waterfall - Bluepools 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 relatively small.

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

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!!

Pool Fire Features

Swimming pool Firepits and Fireplaces

Add Sizzle to Your Backyard with Fire and Water

Fire features are the latest thing in California - yes I know that gas is very cheap in the US at the moment - but you do not have to the fires burning all the time - just for that first hour after you have got home from work!

fire bowls near pool

Bluepools can provide combined fire and water features that have transcendental appeal

We can often find extraordinary ways to combine the two in a way that takes advantage of the captivating power of these two elements.

Used alone, fire and water each have their own attractions, but bring them together and the appeal is transcendental in the way that it relaxes and refreshes your mind and body

The reflective qualities of water enhance the mystical qualities of fire that induces a mesmerizing effect that is quite primeval

fire lantern

Just Imagine

Flames dancing across the reflective stillness of a swimming pool behind a wall of water that glistens as it descends and then disappears behind a fiery line of flames.

Fire features have only recently become more available and for anyone building a pool by design that they are going to be proud of fire features are now an essential part of the backyard pool design.

Fire can transport you away from all those day to day problems of life and relax and sooth you at the same time.

fire bowl

Fire Features allow extended use of outdoor spaces

But fires also provide warmth and light and allows pool owners to get much more use out of the outdoor spaces they love by the use of the yard into the night and in the cooler seasons of the year.

Fire is a stunning decorative element on its own.

The use of large classsical shaped bowls and troughs of fire to add striking highlights throughout the yard. The effect is both elegant and primitive at the same time.

But There is a big issue with the Design of Fire Features

Are they for:-

"Intimate fireside chats and late night skinny dipping"


"Getting beers down your throat with your buddies and doing the barbie thing"

Thankfully this dilemma can now easily be resolved by designing features that can meet everyones requirements!

Fire Features come in all shapes and sizes

They can include:-

fire trough

The real beauty of fire features is that the provision of very large fire rings etc is not that costly - and you only need to turn them on when you are using the pool - or need to impress your buddies!

But Remember that Safety in the use of Fire Features is Essential

Always locate fire features away from walkways and take the normal wind conditions into account during Design.

And please remember that Fire is both beautiful and dangerous!

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