It’s easy to think that when you choose a premade fibreglass swimming pool, that you will be limited to a set range of shapes and sizes, however, this is not entirely true. While a lot of thought is always put into creating the perfect range of premade fibreglass pool shapes and sizes, we understand that sometimes you just want something that’s uniquely you. That’s where pool customisation options come into play. Create whatever your backyard dreams are by adding features such as sunpods, lighting, beaches & benches, pool & spa combos, vanishing / acrylic edges or a combination of them all! Each pool customisation feature adds a little something special in its own way, but all effectively change the look, feel and design of your pool area into your own little backyard oasis.
Water Features: A pool customisation that enhances the overall look of your pool
Water features like blades, waterfalls, jets and fountains are a fantastic way to transform your pool area without having to spend a lot of money and are a great hit with the kids as they are highly interactive. Water features look visually spectacular, however, one important thing to keep in mind is the noise pollution they create through the sound of constant splashing water. Pool areas are often hubs of social interaction, and it can be difficult to compete against noisy water features when holding a conversation, which means more often than not, you may have your water feature turned off. Another thing to know is that water features which constantly circulate water into your pool can cool the temperature down. Keep this in mind if you have a heated pool, as a water feature may mean you have to run your heater for longer, consuming more electricity bills. If you are thinking of building a water feature, contact your local pool builder for more advice.
Sunpods: Perfect for Kids in the Pool Area
Sunpods are a really popular pool customisation option that are a great way to change the look and feel of your pool without having to change the shell shape. Typically, sunpods are added to the area surrounding your pool as a shallow tiled section, and they include central bubbler jets to create a quiet water feature and wet play area. Sunpods tend to be a crowd pleaser, and a fan favourite amongst kids as they are highly interactive and fun. Unlike typical water features, these types of pool customisations are really quiet, and so you will most likely leave these on when you have social gatherings. As sunpods are tiled areas they can be personalised into whatever colour and design pattern you choose, making them a great addition to any backyard pool space.
Lighting: A subtle yet effective pool customisation
Lighting can be a great way to add a personal touch to your pool design. Great pool lighting does not require the pool shell to be altered, and thus makes it a quick and affordable design install option. Custom pool lighting can be added to both the pool and the surrounding pool area. These days there are many different lighting systems to suit most design dreams and budgets, including options that can change colour from an app on your smart phone. Multi coloured LED lights are one of the most popular pool custom options that new pool buyers go for. This simple addition means you can have a different coloured pool almost every night of the year. Great pool lighting at night can bring your pool to life and make your swimming pool the centrepiece of your backyard when entertaining family and friends.
Beaches and Benches: Customise the shape & design of your pool with beaches and benches
By adding a beach or bench to your pool, you can completely change the look, feel and function of your backyard swimming area. Both options are a crowd favourite with children and adults alike due to the shallow water space they provide for lounging, relaxing or playing. Traditionally adding beaches or benches to a moulded fibreglass pool would require developing a completely new mould or shape. However, these days, Compass fibreglass pools can be customised within our factory to place beach zones and benches in various selected areas of any of our standard pool shapes and sizes. We do this by creating a rebate in one of the walls of your pool shell and connecting it to a customised fibreglass beach or bench that is created to suit your design requirements. Essentially, we take a section out of the wall of the pool shell and connect it with a fibreglass ‘mini pool’ or beach zone that has three walls. Beach zones are highly popular as they create a shallow play area for children to enjoy and adults to relax in outside of the main swimming area. Beaches and benches are slightly more expensive than other pool customisations due to the cost of altering the pool shell during the manufacturing process. For many this extra cost is worth it to achieve such a high end and beautiful look. When choosing a beach or bench you are investing in not only your pool, but the overall enjoyment of your pool area.
Pool and Spa Combos: Create an outdoor area that’s uniquely you!
Pool and spa combos are another great way to enhance the look and function of your pool area. Adding a Compass spa alongside any Compass pool in any configuration you choose, allows you to create a backyard space that is uniquely you. Compass pools and spas can be placed separately within the pool area or connected to create a seamless ‘flow on’ look between the pool and spa. Adding a matching spa to your Compass pool opens up a world of design opportunities and allows you to get the best of both pool and spa worlds.
Infinity or Vanishing Edges: A spectacular out of ground pool customisation option
Infinity or vanishing edges are a fantastic way to showcase your out of ground pool against the backdrop of your surrounding landscape. Vanishing edges are created by removing one edge of your pool shell, allowing water to ‘overflow’ over the side and into a ‘hidden’ catchment tank below. One important thing to consider before purchasing a vanishing or infinity edged pool, is the initial and ongoing cost of running and install. One of the ongoing costs is the expense of continuously running water pumps to return the water from the catchment tank, back into your pool. Another expense is that if your infinity edged pool is heated, it will cost more to keep warm due to the constant return of cold water from the catchment tank into the main pool area. If you live in a hot or drought prone area, it is important to note that infinity edge pools are also prone to high levels of water evaporation due to the constant flow of water over the edge. This means that infinity edged pools may need to have their water topped up more frequently than traditional pools and if you live under water restrictions, you may exceed the level of water you are allowed to use for your pool. The final product of an infinity edge pool is spectacular, however the expenses of running these kinds of pools can be high. To overcome this Compass Pools has invented the acrylic edge fibreglass pool as an alternative, giving you the same high-quality look at a more affordable cost.
Acrylic Edges: Perfect for that high end look without the high-end price
Acrylic edge fibreglass pools are a fantastic option if you want to have the same high-quality look of a vanishing or infinity edged pool, but without the same ongoing hassle and running costs. An acrylic edge pool is designed to look as though one of the edges is non-existent or invisible by using an acrylic see through window along one edge of the pool. This mimics the effect of a vanishing or infinity pool as it looks as though there is no edge, creating a stunning visual flow from your pool area to your surrounding landscape. The beauty of an acrylic edge pool is that there is no catchment tank, so no ongoing costs of extra water or heat pumps, and no increased water evaporation- only the beautiful effect of a visually seamless pool. Contact your local Compass Pool Dealer to find out more today.
Mix and Match: Enhance your backyard pool area through a combination of pool customisation options
With a Compass pool, you can combine almost any of these pool customisation options together- so why not mix and match? Your local pool builder is a professional at bringing visions to life, so contact them today to start planning your dream backyard pool area!