Water features make your swimming pool look more attractive and feel more relaxing. But with so many different water feature design options available, choosing the right one for your pool can be a difficult and confusing process.
Here we look in detail at the main types of water feature on the market, and describe how they work, to help you choose a water feature which will continue to boost your enjoyment of your pool for many years to come.
What are the different water feature designs available?
There are a huge number of pool water features to choose from, so the right design really depends on your personal taste. If you want your water feature to look really impressive, it also needs to coordinate well with the style of your pool and the architectural design of your home, as different water features are suited to different properties.
Here are some of the most popular types of water feature, and what they could add to your pool.
The Sunpod is designed by Compass Pools Australia, and is available exclusively with their ceramic core fibreglass pools. As a registered dealership for Compass Pools in Hamilton VIC and Mount Gambier SA, Donehues Leisure is able to provide you with a Sunpod water feature to complement your Compass pool perfectly.
The Sunpod is an unobtrusive and stylish water feature which adds subtle detailing to your pool. It has a number of water jets out of which the water bubbles in a relaxing way, making the pool environment more enjoyable and relaxing, as well as making it look more attractive.
Sunpods are extremely easy to customise to suit the design of your pool. You can include them along one or more sides of your pool, or integrate it so it wraps around a corner of the pool. It can also make a demarcation line between your pool and spa, and can be tiled so it either matches your pool or provides a contrast, depending on the visual effect you want to achieve.
A Sunpod provides a great place for the kids to play safely in the water without having to be fully immersed in the pool, and also offers the relaxing sound of bubbling water to enhance your relaxing experience in the water.
Fountains are among the most popular water features for swimming pools. These can be as minimalist or as ostentatious as you like, to suit your tastes and the design of your property. Some fountains are simple jets which are fixed in place, others are designed to float, while more opulent fountain designs incorporate statues.
There is a practically endless choice of fountain designs available, so you need to do your research before choosing the right fountain for you.
A pool waterfall feature makes your pool a truly calm and tranquil environment, as it is designed to make you feel at one with nature. As waterfalls occur naturally, pool waterfalls are designed to reflect this, usually constructed at the side of your pool from rocks or boulders, whether natural or man-made, to create a scenic and authentic setting. They are often augmented with ferns or other plants to enhance their appearance. Because they are meant to recreate natural settings, pool waterfall features tend to look best with curved or irregularly-shaped pools rather than geometric shapes such as square or rectangular pools.
The sight and sound of water cascading into your pool in a natural-looking way helps you to relax and unwind as you swim, and is ideal for reducing your stress levels and helping you sleep better at night.
4. Water wall
A water wall feature offers a stylish, contemporary take on the waterfall, ideal for pools with cleaner lines and homes featuring more modern architecture styles. It is a wall-like structure, constructed at one side of your pool, which water cascades through, creating a similar effect to a waterfall, as the water still falls back into your pool in much the same way. However, the sleek design of a wall water feature makes it a luxurious feature for a contemporary pool.
There are many water feature wall ideas and designs on offer, but they are usually constructed from timber or a combination of steel and concrete, then tiled over to make the feature coordinate with the style of your pool and home. Within the wall structure is a water blade. When water is pushed up into the wall from the pool via the integrated pipework, the water blade pushes it back out through the wall, so it cascades back into the pool, offering a relaxing experience which is also a stunning design feature.
5. Deck jets
Deck jets are hugely popular with Australian pool owners, as they provide so much extra fun! The jets are installed in the ground at various points around your pool, and the water sprays upwards and falls back into the pool in arcs from each jet. This makes your pool look far more interesting and attractive, but it also enhances the pool experience for kids and adults alike.
Deck jets are a great way to cool off in hot weather when you haven’t got time to swim, but they also provide an ideal way for the whole family to have fun together, running through the jets. This is important for small children who might not yet be able to swim, as it gets them used to the feeling of being in the water before they are introduced to the pool, and it lets them know that spending time outside in the water is a highly enjoyable experience. These memories will stay with them, and you, for the rest of your lives.
Scuppers are essentially spouts which can be integrated into a wall or pedestal at the side of your pool. Their shape determines the way the water is pushed out and the shapes the water makes as it falls back into the pool. For example, you could choose scuppers which make the water fall as a sheet, or select narrower designs if you prefer chutes of water cascading into the pool.
Scuppers come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, so they are perfect for personalising the appearance of your pool and adding to its functionality and aesthetic appeal. They are highly decorative, and as there is so much choice available, it is easy to find scuppers which suit the design of your pool.
How your water feature enhances the appearance of your pool
A water feature is a great way of making your pool look more attractive and luxurious. It adds visual interest, so your pool looks unique, and it shows that your pool and landscaping have been well thought-out and cared for.
You can create some stunning visual effects by having water cascading into your pool in different ways. This looks impressive enough by day, but can look even more spectacular at night when illuminated by your pool lights. These days, some water features come with their own LED lighting included, but if you plan your water feature at the same time as your pool, you can create a clever lighting design which highlights your water feature. With the latest LED lights, you can even program them to change colour in sequence, so your water feature is constantly shifting its appearance.
A pool with water feature appears more beautiful and cared for, so it will add more value to your home, as it will have a greater appeal for home buyers. It will also increase your enjoyment of the pool, making it a more attractive and welcoming place to spend time, allowing you to escape more easily from the stresses of everyday life in your own private backyard oasis.
Find out more about pool water features
The specialist team here at Donehues Leisure are always happy to answer all your questions about water features, and talk to you about your own specific requirements. Whether you already have a pool or it is something you are considering installing, it is possible for you to include a water feature that suits your tastes and needs perfectly.
Water features tend to need special infrastructure put in place so they can function as they should, which usually means having additional pipework installed. While this can more easily be done while the pool itself is being constructed, it is still possible to add a water feature to an existing pool. Our team has 50 years’ experience of fibreglass pool installations, and can easily take care of all aspects for you, including providing your dream water feature to transform the appearance of your pool.
Please contact us if you would like more information about water feature designs and installations. We will be happy to arrange a consultation and help you choose the water feature which is perfect for you, making your pool a more enjoyable place to swim and relax, and creating the ultimate design feature in your backyard.