Pool Design

Swimming pool design and construction comes with a lot of questions. What material should I choose? What type of pool do I want? What edge would best fit my garden? What customizations are available? 

Silver Fox assists you throughout your pool construction project, from the design to the maintenance of your pool. Below, we would like to give you a first overview of the possibilities that will make your dream pool a reality.

Pool Types

There is a wide variety of swimming pool types from which to choose from depending on their purpose. This guide will help you decide on what kind of swimming pool type and is right for you.

Lap Pool

This traditional type is a rectangular, long, and narrow pool with lanes for swimmers. They usually have a shallow end which slopes into a deep end for safe diving. Many schools, fitness centers, and hotels have this variety.

Recreation Pool

This pool is most often found in private homes and resorts. It usually offers a constant depth for and a moderate amount of water that is suitable for swimming and other leisure activities.

Reflecting Pool

As the name suggests, this type of swimming pool shows off a picturesque reflection usually of the surrounding landscaping and skyline. Private homes, hotels, resorts, and rooftop establishments such as apartments usually opt for this style.

Splash Pool

A shallow water play area aka a kiddy pool that is perfect for children and toddlers to safely enjoy with family and friends. Whether it’s in a private home, hotel, resort, school, or recreation center, a splash pool may be connected to the larger adult swimming pool or built in a separate area.

Pool Systems

The swimming pool system refers to how the water will be filtered and sanitized to ensure that the pool is safe to swim in. 

There are four main types namely skimmer, overflow, wet-coping, and infinity.

When it comes to selecting the type for your pool design, you may choose to have only one type of system or a combination that you can 

discuss with our team.

Skimmer Pool

The Skimmer Pool is the most common system built for private residential properties, and hence the kind you are most likely to see in your neighbor or your friend’s house. It keeps itself clean thanks to the skimmers that clear debris such as leaves and twigs before they reach the bottom of the pool.

Key Features

Letterbox openings (skimmers) built into the side of the pool walls.

Filtration system pulling water through the skimmers to keep the surface clean.

Water level 6” (150mm) lower than the surrounding deck.

Overflow Pool

The Overflow Pool is a pool with a channel built along the perimeter into which water overflows. This creates a striking visual effect, making it seem as though there is a sheet of glass over the water.

Key Features

  1. Constant and complete surface draw in a short period of time.
  2. A perimeter channel and underground balance tank have to be constructed for water to overflow into.

Filtration of dirt and leaves through the channel along the perimeter or the edge.

An efficient method of water circulation.

Wet-Coping Pool

The Wet-Coping Pool works very much like an overflow pool, however, instead of having a traditional 20cm wide channel with plastic grating or pebbles, a 3cm opening is created to capture the overflowing water.

Key Features

Water overflows into a discreet ‘slit’ requiring no additional materials such as gratings or pebbles.

Overflow opening small enough to offer the most contemporary and minimalistic effect.

An underground balance tank has to be constructed for water to overflow into.

Infinity Edge Pool

The Infinity Pool is a striking luxury design that originated in France. Its design is an optical illusion, leading the viewer to think that the water is merging into the surrounding scenery, giving the impression of a never-ending ‘infinity’ pool.

Key Features

Water vanishing onto the horizon eliminates the visual barrier between the pool and skyline

The water cascades down on one side of the pool and is collected in either a hidden or visible a channel at a lower level.

An underground balance tank has to be constructed for water to overflow into.

The Benefits of Owning a Pool


Pools can provide hours of fun for weekend picnics, relaxing summer afternoons, and romantic nights.


Adding a pool to your house automatically adds value to your property. Thanks to the continuous improvements in design and construction, pools are now within the reach of almost any family’s budget.


A fun way to get exercise, meet fitness goals, and keep your body healthy.


Instead of packing up toys, coolers, and umbrellas to go to a community pool or the beach, head to your backyard for family fun!


Our shotcrete pools last much longer than other temporary options such as fiberglass and vinyl liner.


Our pools seamlessly blend into your backyard and can be combined with a wide range of brick, tile, natural rock, and landscaping to create a truly elegant setting.


Our pools offer a variety of options for shape, size, depth, accessories
and accents.



Give your swimming pool a new lease on life with our comprehensive refurbishment options.

Acid Wash & Regrout

Replace Tiles

Fix Leaks

Update Pool Lights

Add Water Features

Total Restoration


Discover our practical and creative solutions for tired, dated and unusable swimming pools. 

Pool construction: why concrete?

Concrete pools can be constructed in any shape and size, depending on the amount of space available in your yard and the functionality you desire.

At Silver Fox, our preference goes to ‘shotcrete’ pools. Shotcrete, short for shot-concrete, is a pool construction technology that has been adopted as an industry-standard in recent years. Concrete pools are far superior to any other kind of pool in terms of both design versatility and quality. Shotcrete is a watertight, dense, and extremely durable construction material that can bond with many materials.

You can choose the desired shape from our vast collection of designs, or customize your own pool design with us. Unlike prefabricated fiberglass pools, you can let your imagination run wild when designing a concrete pool.



Maintaining Your Investment

Once your pool is built and handed over to you, our dedicated service department – MAK Pools, comes in to maintain it on a complimentary basis of one month, after which you can decide if you wish to sign on officially with our professional services. If you would prefer to maintain your pool yourself, we sell all the necessary chemicals and supplies at our MAK Pools showroom and would be happy to offer you some basic training to get you started. 


All swimming pools require maintenance and it is important that you entrust your investment in the hands of professionals who understand exactly what you need.
We have multiple, dedicated teams of service professionals who are ready to take on any backyard
service task, either as a one-time visit or via a service contract.
Pool technicians will clean, scrub, and add chemicals - keeping the pool ready for your enjoyment.
We can convert your traditional chlorine pool to
better sanitization options such as salt-chlorination or ionization.
Technical troubleshooters are readily available,
on-call, in case any urgent issues arise.
An in-house chemist will test your pool
water to make sure everything is in order.