Vanishing Edge Swimming Pools
Vanishing edge pools are also sometimes called Infinity Pools, Endless Pools, and Zero Edge Pools.
Vanishing Edge Pools have one or multiple sides that overflow in to a catch basin. From the catch basin the water is pumped back in to the main vessel. As it reaches capacity the pool overflows.
Typically the downhill side of the pool is arched further enhancing the effect and making the pool look infinite or endless. Since these pools are typically built on a slope they are engineered to have a stronger free-standing wall and sometimes include a key-way to prevent sliding.
The basin is built over sized to account for bather load. As people enter the pool water is displaced. The water level in a typical pool just rises to account for the additional volume. Since these pools have a lowered edge on at least one side the water flows to the basin. We suggest leaving the edge pump on while swimming so that the added water is pumped back to the main vessel.
Vanishing edge pools are the most sought after pools there are. There is some extra expense. This is expense is driven by the fact that the secondary pool or basin must be built. This includes pumps and filters as well as additional swimming pool coping and plaster.
Still there is nothing like a vanishing edge pool. They simply are the coolest looking swimming pools out there. They do not have to be overlooking the ocean either. Many times the best ones are simply elevated slightly.
One special version of a vanishing edge pool overflows all the way around. One side typically has a basin but the other three side flow in to a slot. It basically brings the water to the same level as the deck. Not all builders can build this type of swimming pool. We are experts at this design.