Introducing the Infinity Pool Concept
Infinity pools have gained great popularity over the past few decades. Often placed to stunning effect in holiday resorts and luxurious estates, infinity pools are designed to give the impression that it merges into the surrounding landscape. Sometimes, infinity pools are referred to as infinity edge, disappearing edge or negative edge pools. One of their characteristics is that there is at least one optically missing or invisible edge of the pool which enables the scenery to be viewed in a different perspective. The water flowing over this edge produces an effect of water with no boundary. Whether the view is of the sky, cityscape, trees, forest, lake or sea, this spectacular architectural element creates a remarkable showpiece for any home.
Infinity Pool in Your Backyard
If you like the idea of having such a gem in your backyard, you should investigate it further. We at Donehue’s Leisure are ready to help you with the infinity pool project from the beginning: We will advise you on what is possible, how to plan the pool placement, explain the process of what needs to be done and when, help you prepare the plans and budget costs. Our long experience with installing Compass fibreglass pools makes us your perfect partner for this new infinity pool projects for you. If you select Donehue’s Leisure as the builder of your fibreglass infinity pool, we will make sure your backyard is transformed into a remarkable sight that will be admired by all your visitors (and neighbors, too.)
Read on to learn more about the infinity pool construction process…
Building an Infinity Pool
Constructing an infinity pool is not an easy task. At Compass Pools, the manufacturer of the fibreglass pools we install, they have all the knowledge required to master the extensive architectonic, structural, and mechanical detailing required. Their unique technologies enable them to build pools with a disappearing edge and we at Donehue’s Leisure can construct infinity pools even in very difficult conditions.
Infinity pools are usually built on sloping sites, so looking down from the hill creates that desired infinity effect. The pools are installed partially or completely above the ground and the pool shell requires a special support that enables this. Compass Pools Australia has developed a unique Maxi Rib technology that uses a rib-like structure to provide the necessary support to enable this type of installation. At some sites, the pool can be installed above the ground on a concrete platform, or it can be set down on the natural ground level. This means that all sites, including sloping, flat, and raised ground, can be catered for. The Maxi Rib system has been specifically created by Compass Pools engineer Charles Rickard. As Rickard says, thanks to this technology “it’s now possible to install a fibreglass pool on sites which previously would have been considered either too difficult or virtually impossible to proceed”. You can learn more about how Maxi Rib enables constructing infinity pools in the Our Features section.
The Cost of Infinity Pools
You might have heard people saying that infinity pools are expensive. Thanks to innovative engineering and product development, Compass Pools can now offer you more options than ever before. In the past, fibreglass pools have been limited to inground installations on level sites. People with sloping or difficult site plans had to turn to concrete, which takes much longer to install and can cost tens of thousands of dollars more. It’s true that compared to an installation on a level site, sloping sites and free standing pools are more costly. However, our pool with Maxi Rib technology is a cost-effective solution. Maxi Rib pools have been installed on many different sites and we know exactly what to do to make your pool project simple to manage and cost effective.
The cost of the infinity edge pool is made up of three main areas:
- Manufacturing of a special edge on the swimming pool shell.
- Building the pool shell as free-standing with Maxi Rib technology or building the pool shell for normal installation with concrete beam retaining work to support the sides and top of the edge.
- The holding tank or hiding pool to hold the water.
Each installation requires an engineer to design the holding capacity, including hydraulics, support design and ground support.
You might also wonder how the size of the infinity pool affects the price. In some ways, size does not have a huge impact on cost. If you were planning on a 6m disappearing edge, it would require almost the same amount of work as a 9m edge. If the negative edge or infinity edge includes a corner of the pool there can be additional costs.
Infinity Pools Installation Ideas
Your infinity pool can include an automated self-cleaning system to save you time and money. If you would like to know more about this option, get in touch with us to discuss your ideas on your infinity pool.