The average pool has come a long way since it’s invention all the way back in 2600 B.C.E. and even further since they became popular with homeowners in the mid-19th century. From its basic rectangular shape to the equipment and add-ons which increase the fun levels, today’s pools are a one stop shop for entertainment, and adding fountains and waterfalls to the pool will heighten its star power! We at New Image Landscape and Pools love the summer, no matter how hot it gets, because we love our pools and we love creating a watery oasis for our clients. This guide to fountains and waterfalls for your pool will help you add a little extra sparkle to the most important element in your backyard!
Fountains of Fun
The huge variety of fountains available for your pool may make the decision of which one to choose a little difficult, but we urge you to stick with your decision; a fountain is definitely worth it in the long run! Offering both form and function, these stylish additions to your pool can be as large or as small and as intricate or simple as you desire. Choose a simple stream of water splashing into the side of your pool or a bubbling fountain in the center and remember, keeping the water moving in your pool also works to keep the waters cooler in the hottest days of summer! For more dramatic changes, pool fountains can take the shape of lions “spitting” streams of water into the pool or for a more breathtaking look, mix fire and water in a huge copper bowl and be prepared to stun the neighbors with the dramatic beauty of your pool at night! Your pool parties will be the talk of the town as fire and water (and multicolored LED lights, if you want to go all out!) light up your backyard, creating a magical ambience that will be the envy of all. Build a seating area surrounding a fiery fountain and enjoy summer beverages and simple conversations with friends and family, doing your best to keep cool as the mercury rises to scorching levels. Some of these ideas may be best for new pools, but the simpler options can be added at any time and if small enough, your existing pool pump could be all that is needed to operate them. In the cases of more elaborate fountains, separate equipment should be used, including the pump, valving, and plumbing for full effect.
Waterfalls of Wonder
If you have ever witnessed the majestic beauty of a natural waterfall in real life, you already know the sense of peace and tranquility it can give a person and while a waterfall for a pool won’t be equally impressive, it still imparts the same emotions as it also helps keep the waters cooler. And as technology grows smarter, the size and intricacy of available waterfalls grows as well; as with a fountain, narrowing down your choices can be the most difficult part of your decision to add a waterfall. Simple scuppers allow water to cascade into the pools and can be all you want, especially if your pool is of more diminutive proportions, costing less than a full blown waterfall built to resemble one you will find in nature. Sitting on the patio at night, listening to the water as it streams out of the scupper can be the most relaxing part of your day.
For those with larger pools, however, a waterfall built of stones (fake or real) can add a dramatic charm that will impress visitors and increase your peaceful tranquility. Swim behind the waterfall on the hottest day of the year and feel the immediate change in temperature; some waterfalls are built with large shelves behind them, allowing swimmers to sit and enjoy the loveliness of a perfect summer day in the valley. Some waterfalls offer built-in slides, others include grottos that can provide cover for a swim up bar and still others can tower high, providing additional shade for cooling purposes.
Be Creative with Fountains and Waterfalls
It turns out that after centuries of following the same simple pool design, the pool industry is actually quite creative and the only limit to what you can do with your pool is your own imagination (and your budget, of course!). You work hard and deserve to play equally hard, so what are you waiting for? New Image Landscape and Pools wants to help you create an oasis of calm, peace, and beauty in your backyard! And although summer has already started our Arizona summers last twice as long as everywhere else, so if you start soon it’s possible you can be enjoying the fruits of our labors before summer ends! Give us a call today!