Today we will take a look at a few luxury pool water features commonly used in many backyard design projects. Keep in mind that many luxury pool contractors rates will typically range between $100,000 and $500,000.
The biggest economic crisis in modern history saw many great pool contractors throughout North America moving onto other things. Sadly, this opened the door for many inexperienced builders to build so-called luxury pools.
The amount of fine attention to detail that goes into building a custom pool to a high standard may go unnoticed to the average person but are easily detected by experienced pool builders.
As always, you want to ensure that you are hiring someone that is capable of carrying out a project. Don’t just take the contractors word for it. If possible, check their references. While it isn’t a foolproof way of avoiding problems later on, it does eliminate a lot of doubts.
Popular types of luxury pool water features
Mediterranean Pool by Edmond Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers CAVINESS LANDSCAPE DESIGN, INC.
Custom Rock Waterfalls
High quality pools deserve quality water features. A common water feature for nature infused backyards is a custom rock waterfall. These are a staple in amusement parks around the world and for good reason. They look great, produce soothing sounds, and can transform a cold and boring yard into a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Rock water features are made in a variety of different ways.
1. Artificial GFRC Panels Tied To An Internal Steel Frame
One method utilizes an internal bracing system with concrete GFRC panels tied on making the inside hollow. A concrete mud is used to seal the joints. One company that comes to mind is Neptune Panels which is a distributor in the USA. While strong, the concrete/fiber panels will still split down the middle if struck hard enough with a hammer. Rock molds for this method are often flat surfaced making this the easiest method to scale for fast projects.
Modern Pool by Manchester Stone, Pavers & Concrete Neptune Panels
2. Shotcrete And Hand-Carved Artificial Rock
Another method of creating rock waterfalls for pools is through the use of concrete forming and shotcrete. This method often costs the most simply due to the amount of preparation, labourers, and materials used not to mention the ongoing maintenance to repair cracks, chips, and leaks commonly caused during the winter. This is the most common method of creating artificial rock water features simply because concrete pool contractors already deal with shotcrete. It does have the potential to look very nice in the hands of expert artisans.
One method of creating a lightweight, cost-effective, and easily customizable custom rock waterfall or fountain is by using a blend of fiberglass and natural materials. This method is the least common for creating rock water features. WaterfallNow adopted this method simply because nobody else was doing it. The thickness can be adjusted depending on the application.
While similar to the GFRC panel method, this method is different due to the rock texture which is a clone of the original rock face capturing deep grooves, and edges of real cliffsides. Attempting to recreate these patterns carved out of concrete would produce less than appealing results.
Although it requires much more cutting, bending, shaping, and many hours of practice to get right, we find that it has the most potential. The cost can be 20-50% less than the other methods.
This gives you two options. Firstly you can expect a cost of 20-50% less than what you would normally pay. Secondly, you can spend the same amount yet get much more bang for your buck. An example would be the option to choose additional lighting, spillways, or a larger sized rock.
Does your backyard look more like a jungle than a townhouse complex? If so, a custom rock waterfall just might be your next big project. The sooner you start planning, the sooner you can enjoy spending time in your private oasis.
Tropical Pool by Grapevine Landscape Contractors One Specialty Landscape Design, Pools & Hardscape
Laminar Water Jet Fountain
Laminar water jets are a commonly used water feature for modern pool designs. Some models can be programmed to change colors and turn on and off at different intervals creating a mini water show.
Contemporary Pool by Plano Pools & Spas Pool Environments, Inc.
While these images do not properly show their effects, when a laminar water jet with LED lighting penetrates the pool surface, it also lights up the pool area with the same color of LED light used. A blue LED laminar jet would light up the pool surface and cast a blue glow. These water features can be used in conjunction with custom rock waterfalls or for clean modern pool designs as shown in the previous image above.
Sheer Descent Waterfall Spillways and Weirs
There are several types of spillways that go well with luxury pools
Natural slate stone pieces combined with natural rock are sometimes used as well
The more common black plastic waterfall pond kits are not common with luxury backyard pool designs.
There are hundreds of different designs and even infinite possibilities if you contract a custom stainless steel fabricator.
One of the most important things to include is a high quality LED light strip. Ask any landscape designer what is the one easiest thing you can do to drastically improve the look and feel of a yard and they might mention lighting. At least from our own personal experience, proper lighting (underwater lights even) can make the biggest difference.
The following image is an example of what a waterfall sheer might look like. It does not appear to have any LED lighting installed near the outlet however you can see the use of an anti-splash mat where the rocks hit the base.
Contemporary Landscape by Saint Clair Shores Landscape Contractors Pondering Waters, LLC
Now that you have no excuse not to know what to look for, why not head over to Houzz, Pinterest, or your local luxury pool water features specialists website and browse further ideas?
Planning a custom-built luxury pool with water features and would like a quote? Get in touch with WaterfallNow and ask about our new offerings. We will send an inhouse designer to the site (not a salesperson) to provide you with a solid quote as early as the next day. Our prices are fair across the board and considered to be the most affordable.
Other worthy mentions: fountains, cobra stainless steel spillway, bubbler fountain, rain curtain (very ‘pretty’), rain effect water sheer, water overflow from basins.
Did we miss something? Feel free to make a recommendation.
Luxury Pool Water Features: Icing On The Cake September 24th, 2014WaterfallNow
Creating custom artificial rock waterfalls is the bread and butter of what we do at WaterfallNow. Sometime around 2005 we began experimenting with different ways to create water features for our landscaping clients. We found that most of our clients wanted to have a water feature in their yard but didn’t like the idea of having raccoons coming around. The cost of having to pay a landscaper for maintenance to keep it running was also a barrier.
So we found ourselves experimenting with different ways of creating water features. After more than 30 years of combined landscaping experience we decided to do the unthinkable and go full-time into the water features industry. We created koi ponds, made waterfalls, and many other things. While we loved what we did we had even more enjoyment creating the water features. We no longer make ponds because of the maintenance and focus entirely on hand-building artificial rock panels and assembling them to create artificial rock waterfalls.
WaterfallNow has worked on many landscaping projects over the years so we are pretty familiar with the game. We have however entered into a new arena where we still consider ourselves to be learning. Taking into account the experience creating waterfalls while still landscaping to present day where we specialize primarily on creating artificial rock waterfalls.
We hope to one day build the largest indoor artificial rock waterfall in BC using our hand-made artificial rock panels. We believe that our lightweight rock panels would make it possible where other materials are simply too heavy. Our special blend of unique ingredients makes the inner membrane strong like steel.
WaterfallNow has gained some experience building artificial rock waterfalls for residential waterfall projects having build over 100 water features using our unique method. We always have a huge demand for backyard waterfalls and we enjoyed making them for a time but we also got burnt out (hence the long extended vacation).
We want more exposure for what we do because we want more people to start seeing different possibilities for what they can do with their home & garden renovations. Advertising on TV, golf magazines, newspapers, and so forth was nice and we got a lot of requests but they were mostly residential. We really want to get into commercial projects so if anyone has some suggestions we would appreciate any tips you may have.
Chances are high that we will be at the BC Home + Garden Show, BUILDEX, and whatever other events come to mind with the hopes that we will meet an architect who also wants to create the largest indoor artificial rock waterfall in BC. I won’t say world because we’ve seen the artificial rock waterfalls in China, Korea, and India and they are absolutely massive!
WaterfallNow is actually a new company that was formed just this year. After our long break we decided to come back and really take this to the next level. The hope is to contribute in some way to some of the most spectacular designs across BC and get the media’s attention. We are not even 2 months old so we want to make sure that we are fully prepared before that moment. In the meantime we continue to offer outrageously low prices on all of our custom artificial rock waterfalls. When you compare the prices of our waterfalls to some of the tiny water features online that sometimes cost more than our waterfalls (insane) it becomes obvious that we need more exposure.
Back when we were landscaping our clients would always say they “wished they could afford one.” With that in mind we actually went out, figured out a way to make them more affordable while at the same time profitable as a business model, put our heads down, and went to work. The results were outstanding in our first year. So outstanding that we took a long vacation . Not the smartest idea but what did we know?
There is no company at least in BC that builds artificial rock waterfalls both indoors and outdoors at the prices we offer ours at. Our price point makes getting a luxury product possible for many home owners.
How would you feel if you had an artificial rock waterfall sitting at the entrance to your home? We want to give all of our clients the same opportunity. We don’t like to hear people say they “wish” they could afford a waterfall. WaterfallNow makes the dream of owning your own custom artificial rock waterfall a reality.
Are you looking for ideas for your garden waterfall project? WaterfallNow provides artificial rock garden waterfalls and water features for ponds and virtually anywhere you can imagine.
Does your project currently look something like this?
Here are some ideas to help visualize the potential of what it couldbe. You too can enjoy a staycation in the comfort of your own backyard with one of our garden waterfalls.
You don’t need to own a multi-million dollar property to be accepted as our client. We can create beautiful artificial garden waterfalls that will get people wondering what it is that you do for a living. Some people can’t even tell they aren’t made from real rock nor figure out how you managed to get something so big into such a small area.
Call WaterfallNow for consultation on the construction of your new pond. We specialize in the creation of custom water features for all clients. Whether you have a small project in your backyard, inside your home, or on the rooftop of your multi-million dollar penthouse suite look no further than WaterfallNow. Our goal is to cater to a wider range of clients with the benefits of our services.
We have spent thousands of hours and have failed numerous times when we were developing the system that we currently employ. Had we given up or stopped many years ago there would be virtually no company in the Lower Mainland that could cater to those looking for 100% unique customization and availability to a wider-range of clients. What we do is simple, cost-effective, and ultimately benefits you as the consumers who can enjoy the customization and low-maintenance setups that we provide. Our creativity and vision has enabled us to turn our passion into more than just another darned project. We look forward to what 2014 has in store not just for our own sake but also for the mutual partnerships that we have created thus far.
Do you simply need some consultation and guidance for your renovation project? Feel free to give us a call. We know the stress that sometimes accompanies renovation projects. We don’t want you to be blindsided by forgetting one or two critical components to your next project. Garden waterfalls are in high demand because they are beautiful. But what if you could have one designed by professionals? That is what we do at WaterfallNow.