It is often due to a lack of knowledge about how to self-build a zero-edge pool or an infinity pool that the idea of making such an overflow pool remains in the box.

What Is The Process Of Building A Vanishing Edge Pool?

To obtain a turnkey pool, you can either hire a pool builder or purchase a kit pool or shell made from polyester, concrete, stainless steel, etc. Hiring a pool builder offers the advantage of professional expertise and customization options tailored to your specific needs. However, it can be more expensive and time-consuming. On the other hand, buying a kit pool is generally more cost-effective and quicker to install, but it may lack the level of customization and professional guidance that a pool builder can provide.

When you don’t want to deal with a pool manufacturer, you may also decide to build your own pool; this is an interesting option, and if necessary, you can consult an expert. With this approach, you can completely define the project. Here are some of the benefits:

What's the point of building your own infinity pool?

Self-building a reinforced concrete pool, whether it is in-ground or above-ground, has many advantages!

A virtually unlimited number of customization options

When you build your own pool, you can customize everything. Here are some ideas:

  • The shape can be free-form or rectangular, with or without a swim lane.
  • A negative edge overflow on sloping ground or a mirror effect with slot for a soothing atmosphere in a patio.
  • Jacuzzis (or saunas), beach entrances, copings, and kiddie pools add relaxing to a swimming pool.
  • Choosing the pool linings depends on the owner’s budget, aesthetic tastes of the bathers, and masonry (shotcrete, poured concrete, or masonry). Reinforced membranes or liners are often proposed, but they can be replaced with polyester resins, mosaics, or waterproof coatings.
  • It is possible to choose the equipment for swimming comfort or pool maintenance based on the swimming habits of everyone.

In short, you get a custom in-ground or semi-in-ground pool that combines durability, longevity, and aesthetics.

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A self-built infinity pool designed by Morana Water Design

Save money by reducing labor costs

Builders can be expensive to hire. A private spillover pool requires about half of the total budget to be spent on labor; this includes masonry, pipe and fitting installation, filtration system installation in the pump room, and finishing touches (liners and coping). Some of these tasks may be handled by a handyman, depending on his skills. You can save up to 50% on your dream pool price.

In addition, it is possible to significantly reduce the cost of equipment such as a pool cover (automatic cover for example), a filtration pump or filter, a heat pump, and a water treatment system.


Live new experiences and learn new skills

Understanding how your pool works is easier when you’re involved in the construction.

A more in-depth understanding of pool mechanics allows you to troubleshoot and solve problems, saving you money on professional repairs. By observing the surge tank, you learn why water spills, runs continuously, etc. You understand why surge tanks are equipped with sensors. This helps you to make informed decisions about maintaining and upgrading your pool. It also ensures that it remains in optimum condition for many years to come.

Acquiring new skills and achieving desired results are always rewarding experiences for individuals.


Morana's advice 👇

Consult a pool professional

You will require plans if you wish to construct a deck-level pool with a mirror effect and a waterline at the same level as the deck.

It’s all in the details

Building a swimming pool and finding that the water flow is irregular, or bathing and finding that the water quality is not always clean, can be very frustrating. The suction and return circuits should be properly dimensioned to ensure optimal water circulation. Request a pool network plan customized to your needs.

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Building Your Own Vanishing Edge Pool Has Some Disadvantages

Obviously, there are always disadvantages associated with any new venture. However, they are more because of apprehension or a lack of information. However, there are also experts in the field of overflow pools, who offer their skills to both private and professional customers.

When constructing a concrete swimming pool or renovating one, one should remain humble. It is wise not to overestimate your skills, but equally important, you should not underestimate them.
The logistics of getting deliveries to the site or anticipating purchases are examples of how good logistics save time.

In-ground or semi-inground pools cannot be built in 3 days. A polyester shell pool or concrete shell is a better option if you need one rushing.

To avoid becoming discouraged before the final phase of filling the pool with water, it is helpful to understand the different phases of construction for a spillover pool. By building the main pool in the fall and installing the bottom drain, inlets, waterproofing/lining, and equipment in the spring, you avoid overworking.

Every time a person undertakes something, they run the risk of making mistakes. A professional pool builder also runs the risk of making mistakes, but he knows how to fix them. Almost everything can be corrected. Incorrectly calculated wall levels, too high stair treads, etc., are, for instance, easy to correct. For the rest, there are procedures to limit missteps.

As beginners, we often pay closer attention to details.

Is It Possible To Build Your Own Vanishing Edge Pool?

Building your own in-ground pool is definitely possible. More and more people are trying this adventure with success and constructing their own regular, deck level or infinity pool.

The skills you need

The earthwork can be done without all the skills, but those who know how to operate an excavator will be able to do it.

Reinforcement and pouring the slab requires masonry skills, as does raising the walls and building the gutter to catch overflowing water.

Installing the pipes for recirculation of water between the overflow pool and the filtration system is relatively easy for those who know how to glue PVC pipes.

With plumbing knowledge, anyone can install a filtration pump, a salt chlorinator for water treatment, or a solenoid valve for compensating low water levels in the balancing tank.

A few tips

Self-constructing semi-in-ground or in-ground pools isn’t within everyone’s reach, but here are some tips to make it easier:

  • Earthwork is easier for flat-bottomed pools
  • Use blocks instead of metal or wood panels for wall formwork
  • When pouring the bottom of the basin, use poured concrete delivered by truck.
  • Finishing coats, waterproofing, and tiling can be accomplished by a good handyman, whereas reinforced PVC membranes cannot.
  • Use a prefabricated balance tank instead of one made of concrete if the pool has a small water volume.


Your new infinity pool will enhance the beauty of your exterior and make it more welcoming. This stunning custom-built pool will be a great place to relax and invite friends.

Experts in overflow pools assist private individuals and professionals in the design of their pools.