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Our swimming pool designs and features have come a long way since we built our first pool in 1979! Today, Stevenson Pools offers a wide array of unique and exciting features for your pool. Here are just a few examples of how you can enhance your pool and backyard.

Negative Edge
These striking water features are also known as an “Infinity Edge” or “Vanishing Edge”. One of todays most popular and visually stunning pool features. On negative edge pools, one side of the pool has an “open edge”, meaning that it is even with the water level in the pool. Water spills over this edge into a catch basin below, where it is then pumped back into the pool. The effect is breathtaking as your pool seems to “float” above the landscaping and view of the yard.

Waterfalls, Fountains and Other Water Features Negative Edge
Our attention to detail is one of the things that sets us apart from other pool builders. Your new swimming pool should be more than just functional – it should add beauty and interest to your backyard. Incorporating a water feature, such as a waterfall or fountain, into your pool’s design can help accomplish this.

Water features come in many different shapes, sizes and styles. It’s very common to see a raised spa that flows over some type of spillway into the pool below. You might also consider a bubbling fountain rising from a step or shallow tanning area, water spouts arching across the pool’s surface, or a dramatic waterfall constructed of rock and surrounded by lush landscaping elements. Any or all of these unique water features can help transform your swimming pool into an elegant backyard resort.

Beach Entries, Tanning Ledges and Baja Stepselegant backyard resort Historically, swimming pool entries were basically all the same: three or four basic steps leading to the “shallow end” of the pool and that was it. Today, many homeowners are enjoying a more “natural” design, such as a “beach entry.” Much like a beach that gradually descends into the ocean waves, a beach entry pool features a deck that gently slopes beneath the surface of the water and becomes increasingly deep as you move forward. Some pool owners are also incorporating a “baja step” into their pool. This is simply a large rounded step, generally only a few inches to a foot or so deep, that allows swimmers and loungers alike to dabble in the water without becoming entirely immersed. Baja Steps can also be referred to as a “Tanning Ledge”, a “Sun Shelf”, or a “Shallow Reef”.

Rock Features
The use of natural and/or manmade rock can have a dramatic effect on your swimming pool design. From simple pebble work in a wall or deck to dramatic boulders flanking a pool or defining a waterfall, the use of rocks helps to create the kind of serene and breathtaking atmosphere you’d find in nature. Possibilities for incorporating rock into your swimming pool design are endless.