Infinity Pool Design Ideas, Types, & Considerations

Written by Michael Dean
June 2, 2023

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Infinity pools are a very popular type of swimming pool that I have built hundreds of over the past few decades. They look incredibly elegant and can be a great compliment to a breathtaking view. If you are interested in building an infinity pool at your home and want some inspiration, stick around. I’ll cover the main benefits and drawbacks of infinity pools, give you some infinity pool design inspiration, and finish off with some tips on the installation process and cost. Ready? Let’s get started.

Main Benefits

Alright, first up, let’s cover why infinity edge pools are a great style option.


The aesthetic of an infinity edge pool is truly eye-catching. From the far side of the swimming pool or patio, the infinity edge brings continuity to the surrounding landscape. If your pool overlooks a beautiful sunset on the lake or a breathtaking view over the mountain range, the pool water seems to fit perfectly with the water in the lake, sky, or forestry. Plus, the edge provides a natural place for your friends and family to stand and soak in the beauty.

Natural Noise Barrier

Every infinity edge pool spills over into a lower pool of some sort, creating a waterfall. That constant rush of water over the edge can be a great noise barrier (as can many other water features) for surrounding neighbors or the street out front.

More Environmentally Friendly

Lastly, an infinity swimming pool is more friendly for the environment and your wallet. But wait…don’t they require more powerful pumps? Yes, they do (more on that later), but those pumps are typically only active when the pool is in use. The lower pool or water collection trough can also recycle water back into the main pool.

Watch Outs

The only main drawback to infinity pools is the cost of building them. Since you are required to build a lower pool or collection area as well, that adds to the material and labor costs of the pool. You also might not want an infinity edge pool if you don’t have a great landscape or view to look at. Not much to gander at if the focal point of your pool is right into your neighbor’s fence!

Infinity Pool Design Ideas

Starting simple, this is about as simple as it gets. I built this pool a few years ago, which overlooks a sprawling backyard landscape. The infinity wall on the outside has some nice natural stone to give it great “curb appeal” from the backyard.

This pool is at the Reynolds Plantation in Georgia. The pool looks over the surrounding lake and has a good size lower pool to enjoy as well (not pictured here). This is also a great example of a cool beach-style entry. Check out my article on beach entry pool ideas for more inspiration.

Here is a pool I built a few years ago in the North Carolina mountains overlooking a beautiful landscape. See how the infinity edge really adds to the view? It’s even better from a ground-level perspective vs. the bird’s eye view shown here.

This infinity edge pool I built overlooks a big lake in North Carolina. I love how this camera angle really captures the continuity of the pool water and the lake.

infinity edge pool with wood and stone decking

I built this infinity pool a few years ago that overlooks a lovely river in the Carolinas.

classic black pool design

This infinity pool I built blends almost perfectly with the lake in the evening hours.

infinity spa pool

Here is an example of an infinity spa. I built this pool for a customer who lives in the mountains with a beautiful view.

And to cap it off, this might be the most famous infinity pool of them all. This pool is at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore, overlooking the vast metropolis. Yeah. What a view.

Installing an Infinity Pool

Obviously, this is a type of pool feature that you want to talk to your pool builder about early and make sure you incorporate into the initial design mockups.

The shape and slope of your yard is also an important consideration for installation. You want to make sure you are installing the pool on a level surface, so if that is not the case, your contractor may have to do some leveling before starting to build the pool.

Finally, be aware of some additional maintenance required for infinity pools. You’ll need to clean the lower pool or basin regularly, just like the main pool, and do regular maintenance checkups on the extra pump and filter equipment that comes with the pool.

Infinity Pool Cost

Infinity edge pools cost quite a bit more than your average inground pool. The national average cost for inground pools is around $37,000, anywhere from $50-125 per square foot. Infinity pools will tack on anywhere from $10,000-$30,000 or more. So, make sure to get a cost estimate from your builder and budget appropriately!

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