Pool Features

Our swimming pool designs and features have come a long way since we built our first pool in 1952! Today, California Pools offers a wide array of unique and exciting features for your pool. Here are a just a few examples of how you can enhance your pool.

Negative Edge Pools 

California Pools is proud to have pioneered one of today’s most popular and visually stunning pool features – the “negative edge”. 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. And the effect is breathtaking as your pool seems to “float” above the landscaping and view of the yard. These striking water features are also known as an "Infinity Edge" and a "Vanishing Edge".

Negative Edge Pool Photo Gallery

Waterfalls, Fountains & Other Water Features 

Our attention to detail is one of the things that sets us apart from other pool builders. We know that your swimming pool should be more than just functional – it should add interest and beauty 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 styles. It’s common to see a raised spa that pours over some type of spillway into the pool below. You might also consider a bubbling fountain rising from a step or shallow pool, water spouts arching water across the pool’s surface, or a dramatic waterfall constructed of rock and surrounded by lush landscaping elements. Any of these unique water features will help transform your swimming pool into an elegant backyard resort.

Water Features Photo Gallery

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.

Beach Entries and Baja Steps 

Historically, swimming pool entries were basically all the same: three or four small steps leading down into the “shallow end” of the pool. But 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".


Infinity Edge


Rock Features

Beach Entry

Baja Steps