The soothing sound of falling water adds another dimension to a pool—a sensory experience that is relaxing and can make your outdoor living space feel like a spa resort. So why not add a fountain or water feature to your luxury swimming pool? There are a number of different “water works” you can include in a pool design, depending on whether you are looking for a visual show or peaceful flow.
Here are some in-demand pool water features to consider—and the good news is, you don’t have to choose just one.
Waterfalls that spill out of a grotto appear as if they are right out of nature, blending with the outdoors. On the other hand, waterfalls dripping from an infinity edge offer a modern appeal. Either way, a waterfall water feature will make a pool paradise by creating a soothing sound and adding another layer of visual interest to your outdoor living space.
Customizable Laminar Jets
Imagine streams of water arching over and into your pool. This is the effect you get from laminar jets, which can be customized with colored light filters and controlled with an app. Turn them on for a pool party, amp up the lights after dusk, and enjoy them every day while poolside. Laminar jets deliver the double benefit of catching the eye and soothing the mind with the sound of falling water.
You can combine customizable laminar jets with other pool water features such as bubblers or rain curtains. They also work well with waterfalls. And because you can turn on and off the jets as you please, this water feature can be a cool extra with a wow factor.
Bubbler jets (also called gushers) are installed in the bottom of a pool’s shallow end or shelf and shoot up cascading columns of water. Bubblers can be equipped with LED pool lighting to add drama after dark. Unlike the streams of water generated by laminar jets, bubblers project a softer flow of water.
Sheer Descent Water Feature
With a sheer descent, a thin sheet of water drops from an arc away from the pool wall. Water generally shoots up 45 degrees from the pool edge then falls into the pool, which creates a seamless curve. The width of a sheer descent cascade can range from several feet, with multiple cascades arranged along a surface, or it can span the length of a pool wall. This water feature adds luxury resort appeal to an outdoor living space, and it can be added as a pool renovation to update and enhance the appearance of an existing swimming pool.
Decorative Water Sconce
This water feature attaches to pool walls and comes in a range of designs and finishes. Some look sculptural, others sleek—you might have a lion dispersing water out of its mouth. With sconces, water funnels into a stream and pours into the pool. A series of sconces may be placed on a pool wall, or a single architectural sconce can serve as a focal point.
Beyond the actual pool, another water feature you might consider for your outdoor living environment is a mister. Misters can keep you cool on hot, humid days so you can enjoy spending time outside. Professional-grade misting systems are more robust and designed to last vs. some of the portable misting fans you might find in box stores. So, if you’re considering this feature, be sure to talk to a pool designer about an option that will complement your pool space and can be set in an appropriate location.
Design a Luxury Pool with Neave
There are basic swimming pools—and there are pools you can truly experience because of the special features that personalize your outdoor living environment and make it a place where you can look forward to relaxing and entertaining. We want to hear your ideas, and help you get the pool you want and deserve. Swimming pool permits are being approved amid COVID-19.
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