What is a rain curtain or a rain wall in a swimming pool design? A rain curtain is a type of water feature added to a swimming pool to create a certain visual effect – in this case, the sound & the illusion of a wall of rain. A rain curtain produces a wall of rain drops versus the solid sheet of water produced in a sheer descent waterfall. Rain curtains are gaining popularity in both outdoor and indoor swimming pool designs.
A sheer descent is a type of water feature added to a swimming pool to create a certain visual effect. Sheer descent is actually a brand name of a waterfall manufactured by the Jandy/Zodiac Corporation. This water feature has become so popular that the term “sheer descent” is now used in reference to any straight, linear waterfall, regardless of the manufacturer.
When swimming pool design includes an infinity or vanishing edge, the term weir wall will also be used in the discussion. A weir is a barrier across a body of water, designed to alter its flow characteristics. Weirs are commonly used to alter the flow of rivers in order to prevent flooding and to help make rivers easier to navigate.
A Perimeter-overflow swimming pool design (also referred to as a knife edge swimming pool or a wet edge swimming pool) incorporates the infinity-edge look but differs in that the design allows water to spill over all four sides. Like the infinity design, the water that flows over the sides of a perimeter-overflow pool is collected in a hidden catch basin and recirculated. Some perimeter-overflow designs include elevated edges that spill into a catch basin below while other perimeter overflow designs sit the pool flush within the deck with the overflow spilling into a narrow hidden catch basin underneath.
Also known as vanishing edge, disappearing edge or negative edge swimming pools. Infinity edge pool designs make the pool appear to extend to the horizon. The pool becomes essentially, part of the view. The illusion of a vanishing edge is achieved by lowering the pool’s back wall to create a water’s edge that is the same level as the water in the pool. The overflow is caught in a catch basin below the main pool and the water is re-circulated.
Swimming pools and umbrellas go hand in hand. A poolside umbrella can provide shade precisely where and when you want it, while adding a touch of color and a certain flair to your poolscape. Most outdoor umbrellas measure anywhere from 5 to 11 feet in diameter. Umbrellas are often found attached to dining tables, anchored by a weighted umbrella base or, in our case, sitting pretty mounted in the swimming pool’s thermal ledge. Wherever your umbrella sits, here are a few tips for making sure you stay covered in style.
Is your swimming pool beginning to look old or outdated? Or perhaps you just want to kick things up a notch this season! Here at the Master Pools Guild we’d like to offer you the following considerations for remodeling or updating your favorite space!
It is the time of year where many of us are focusing on improved fitness & wellness programs for ourselves & for our families. While some may say our vision is a bit narrowly focused, here at Living Poolside, we do truly believe that swimming is the best fitness activity for all ages.