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Add a Water Feature to Your Pool Design

Posted by Daltile Team on Jul 11, 2015 7:30:00 AM

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A pool takes up a lot of real estate in your backyard. Given that fact, it shouldn’t be an eyesore. Let your pool be the visual center of your landscaping by adding a water feature. It will add the flair you’re looking for and complete your outdoor getaway.

There are four different types of water features to choose from. Start with one of these four and add your own creativity for a unique water feature that defines your backyard.

Sheer Drop

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A sheer drop water feature is a fountain of water that drops directly into your pool or fountain without interruption. It lends a clean, modern feel and is just what your backyard needs to brighten it up. They also increase water circulation, which is healthy for your pool or water feature.

The most popular sheer drop fountain is the flat, sheet style that creates a clear wall of water. Spout styles are also popular. These exit from round pipes and make a cascading stream of water that arcs out over the pool. Several spouts can be placed to create a watery work of art that makes your water feature more interesting.



The sky is the limit with water features. You are only limited by your imagination. Create a custom designed waterfall or change up the shape of your pool. Design your pool and water features around your outdoor kitchen and entertaining plans.

Creative water features take into account what’s unique about your space. If you have a sloping yard, you may be able to make multiple levels for your water feature or pool. Build in a water slide or splash pad or go with a shape that matches the lay of the land. Use urns, sculpture, or steps to set your water feature apart. Use colorful mosaic tile to make your creative water feature the center of attention.

Deck Jets

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Deck jets are spouts of water that emerge from the pool deck or the surface surrounding your water. The water lands in your pool or water feature. They make for a dramatic show and take your backyard water feature to the next level.

You can easily incorporate splash pad elements into a deck jet design. They are naturally playful but also lend a sense of sophistication to your pool design. Get creative with your jets and add several for an artistic display. Or use sculpture to spruce up your design—a frog spouting water or a fire hydrant spraying out over the water make your deck jets unique.


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Go for a multi-purpose functionality with a combination water feature that doubles as a planter. You can add some landscaping to your water feature then neither looks out of place.

There are several types of design you can use for your planter/water feature. Create a pedestal where you can place pots or urns of greenery. Or build an actual planter right into the structure for an all-in-one style. You can also go for a large planter that can contain small trees and shrubs and even house (and hide) pool plumbing.

The most popular type of water feature with a planter design is the flat spout or cascading water fall type flow. It’s a great way to dress up your water feature and your overall outdoor space.

Get creative with your pool and water feature design. It will make your outdoor space ever more enjoyable and give it a finished look. Check out pool tile and decking tile that you can use for your water feature at

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