Live in Luxury with an Indoor Pool
Last Updated Oct 2, 2013 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
Imagine getting up in the morning and going straight to do your daily laps, your kids shrieking and having a splashing good time, or having a lazy swim at the end of a long day. Now imagine that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to do any of that. It’s possible by adding the ultimate in luxury to your home – an indoor pool! If you’ve got the space and the money, it’s a luxury that’s just waiting for you. Here’s what you need to know. For more advice, just have a chat with your local pool builder.
Where Can I Install an Indoor Pool?
If you’re thinking about installing an indoor pool, you might be wondering where the best place is to locate it. The truth is that you have a few options! On the ground floor is usually the best choice as you’ll need to do excavation and it can be absolutely cost prohibitive to reinforce the floor for a pool on a second storey or above. Where on the ground floor is your choice! You might like to build an extension to house your pool, or place it on the edge of your home so that you can throw open some bi fold doors to create an indoor/outdoor area. Alternatively, you can build it in all or part of your garage. If you like the idea, you can even build a specialist pool house, that is partially or completely enclosed in glass! You can even put the pool in the very middle of your home if you like.
Indoor Pool Designs
When you think of an indoor pool, luxury comes straight to mind. You think of sophisticated, geometric pool patterns such as rectangular or formal pools, in deep aquas and blues, surrounded by sandstone, granite or marble paving. The walls can be painted or clad in a PVC or stone product depending on your desires, and you can add things such as loungers, indoor plants, change areas, and fully adjustable lighting to get the look that you want. Indoor pools tend to be more minimalistic than outdoor pools but they make up for it by being more sophisticated and of a warmer feel.
Things to be Aware of with Indoor Pools
While indoor pools are the ultimate in luxury and convenience, there are some things that you need to be aware of. The first is the amount of humidity that they produce. To counteract the effects of this, you’ll need to heat the pool area to the same temperature as the pool water in order to minimise condensation. As you’ll expect, this raises your electricity bill, often substantially. You may also need to install specialist extraction fans to remove the odours and moisture laden air. If you don’t control the amount of moisture in the air, you run the risk of mould, mildew and bacteria flourishing, as well as the risk of the moisture damaging the structure of your building.
Indoor pools, just like standard outdoor pools, are also subject to strict safety requirements so you’ll need to make sure that your pool has a fully compliant barrier to prevent children from accessing the pool.