Thirty years ago, only prestigious villas located, for example, on the French Riviera held infinity pools; in these luxury properties, the sea view was the norm, creating the legend: “an infinity pool must imperatively offer a panoramic view”. Today, there is no such requirement.
Land types suitable for building an infinity pool
Infinity pools can be built on plots with enough space. Relief and the environment will determine which overflow you will choose: vanishing edge or perimeter.
Sloping ground is ideal for infinity pools
In fact, sloped grounds are perfect for private pools that overflow from one or more sides. Since there is no coping on this part of the pool, the illusion is that the water level melds with the horizon. As the view opens up, the illusion becomes more magical. A channel is placed below the weir to collect the water that overflows from the pool. It is all about the art of the pool builder to hide the gutter from the pool terraces
Terraced land, potential for negative edge pools
The terraced land is a particularity of the Mediterranean landscape. The plot is composed of several terraces of varying widths. More and more town halls in France ask to respect this particularity when building a pool. In this case, a semi-in-ground pool made of poured or shortcrete concrete is almost always required. In particular, swimming pools that combine vanishing and deck-level overflows are well suited.
Note : Adaptation of reinforcement to soil conditions is required for all reinforced concrete pools. If necessary, a study must be requested from a specialized technician.
An overview of groundwork recommendations
Typically, excavation for an in-ground pool can begin once the administrative procedures are finished. This also includes partially buried pools, but not above-ground ones.
Inspect the stability of the ground before building the overflow pool
The soil survey is conducted to determine the soil type on a construction site for a concrete pool. The risks associated with soil include clay swelling, land movement, rocks, and underground cavities. To identify these risks, an engineer must be hired by the pool builder or the owner. A structural engineer should review the reinforcements and foundations of your future pool to ensure its strength and durability.
Concrete shells, polyester shell pools, and kit pools are not affected.
Picketing or marking
It’s just tracing the contours of a traditional pool or an overflowing one on the ground. The marking is done from the plan doing a picket lines for rectangle pools (like swim lanes) or geometric; the marking of freeform pools is usually done with paint and triangulation.
On the ground, the dimensions and size of the pool must take into account the swimming pool itself, the overflow gutter, the surge tank, the plant room, and any peripheral space required for the formwork.
Overflow pool digging
Digging or excavation is usually done by machine, but it can also be done manually in semi-underground pools or terraced land. The bottom of the pool must be dug a little deeper to keep the volume of water in the pool while considering the thickness of the raft or invert. Digging a flat bottom is easier than digging a sloped one.
The various arrangements to be made to install your overflow pool
Depending on how the pool is constructed (shotcrete or poured concrete, or building blocks), the walls and bottom are poured concurrently or in a series of steps.
The hydraulic system consists of the pipes, as well as of the built-in parts, such as the bottom drain, the fittings, and the underwater floodlights. In the plant room is the filter system, which includes the pump, filter, and level controller. Water treatment and heat pumps can also be installed as options. This closed unit allows water to circulate freely.
Just before the pool goes into water, the finishing coat is applied. It may be a mosaic, a reinforced PVC membrane or liner, polyester resin reinforced with glass fibers, or a waterproof coating.
Infinity pools and zero-edge pools: why build them
Apart from the striking visual effect of a vanishing overflow or the aesthetics of a deck-level pool with a slotted overflow, these somewhat special pools offer a number of additional benefits.
All the water from the surface of the pool flows into the gutter, carrying impurities, algae, etc., away. This results in significantly improved water quality.
The filtered water is returned to the pool, creating a flow between the bottom and top of the pool. Cleaning products are mixed into the water to ensure that it remains clean, which delights bathers and pool maintainers.
A perimeter overflow pool with water at the same level as the pool deck will enhance the environment around the pool. The creation of a submerged deck adorned with the same stones of the terraces that surround the pool creates a seaside feel.
So, what is your choice of pool overflow?
For overflow pool construction, call MORANA WATER DESIGN
We specialize in creating indoor and outdoor pools, and assist professionals and private individuals in constructing and renovating overflow pools.
MORANA WATER DESIGN offers you an efficient solution to guarantee the construction of an infinity pool or a deck level pool in complete serenity. Their drawings cover everything you need, including the volume of the balance tank, where fittings should be placed, the quantity of check valves, etc.
Swimming or bathing in your dream pool at a fraction of the cost of a pool builder is something you’d like to do.