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First pubish date: December 17, 2015
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What is an infinity pool and are they worth it?

Aside from the cost for the labor and materials, expect to pay a premium for the expertise needed from the right builder. Hiring a less experienced builder to save cost is truly not worth the risk for a project such as this. It should be done right, or not done at all.

The latest trend in swimming pool design is definitely on the luxury side of things, and it absolutely goes beyond having a common swimming pool. Infinity edge pools, also known as negative edge pools, provide homeowners with the feeling that they are on vacation in their own backyard. These types of pools typically have a short partition or wall on one side, which permits water to spill over into a weir, or catch basin, below. This set up creates an optical illusion by making it appear as if the water blends directly into the distant horizon.

Though the addition of any type of pool will enhance the visual appeal of a home and increase property value, an infinity pool is a practical home addition while offering an aesthetic improvement. Not every home has a pool of this nature, and the unique aspects that it brings to a property may be the difference between selling a home, and a home remaining on the market.

Rising Glen Drive, Sunset Strip

Address: 1895 Rising Glen Road, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Rising Glen Drive, Sunset Strip - 28 pictures and address

Description: "A city view masterpiece perched atop the Sunset Strip at the end of a cul-de-sac is this magnificent, gated estate that is situated at the end of a long private driveway. The beautifully marbled entry is the perfect first…

Price: $18,400,000 View all 28 photos

Ultimately, there are major health benefits to an infinity pool, including the fact that your family will never swim in stagnant water and the desire to exercise may be greater. These pools can be customized to a homeowner’s particular needs, including adding wading sections for small children, making it beneficial for the entire family. Now factor in the positive mental aspects of having instant relaxation in your own yard, being able to attain that vacation feeling any time you want.

There are a few negatives that come along with having an infinity pool, such as not having the amazing scenery in your backyard for the pool to blend into as the design is intended. The major setback, however, is the cost associated with the pool, from building it, to maintaining it. Construction of the pool tends to be more on the expensive side, as well, as not every pool builder has installed or created an infinity pool.

Seaside Casita - Cabo Rental

Address: Villas Del Mar, San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico

Seaside Casita - Cabo Rental - 14 pictures and address

Description: "Carved into the dramatic Palmilla coast, in the gated resort community of Villas Del Mar, the five-bedroom Seaside luxury villa rental is suspended above the Sea of Cortez—and is so immersed in a remarkable sea view that, while standing…

Aside from the cost for the labor and materials, expect to pay a premium for the expertise needed from the right builder. Hiring a less experienced builder to save cost is truly not worth the risk for a project such as this. It should be done right, or not done at all. The right builder will know how to avoid any type of environmental or hazardous situations, like landslides or other safety issues like any mandated fencing. This type of expert will also know how to guide the proper construction based on capturing overflow and surge capacity, which is determined by how the homeowner will use the pool.

In addition, construction of the weir wall, the shorter wall used for the spillover of water, is an added expense on its own. This particular wall needs to be treated regularly, on both sides, to ensure that it holds up with the consistent contact with water. Then there needs to be a different system installed that pumps the water from the weir back into the pool level above. When that is all said and done, now you must consider the cost for a custom pool cover to prevent greater evaporation that occurs and cut down on the energy bill each month for running the pumps.

9200 Swallow

Address: 9200 Swallow Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90069

9200 Swallow - 25 pictures and address

Description: "Remarkable, newly constructed Doheny Estates Contemporary. This 8,332 SQFT, & 7 bedroom, 8 bathroom masterpiece radiates with exceptional design, quality materials & remarkable features. Soaring ceilings & walls of glass open up to jetliner views of the ocean, canyons,…

Price: $18,995,000 View all 25 photos

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