Indoor pools are becoming more popular than ever. Though they come at a steeper price, you can get up to three to four times more usage out of your pool when not restricted to the short summer months of most Canadian climates. They’re a great investment in terms of both usage and increased resale value, making them an ideal addition to your home.
Ironically enough, the pool itself might be the simplest part of designing your indoor pool! There’s a multitude of items that you need to consider to ensure your pool is as hassle-free and comfortable as possible.
The first thing you’ll want to consider is the room your pool will be in. In the summer months, pool water will evaporate and can cause your pool room to be overly humid – especially if you choose to heat your pool. A room with high, glass ceilings and windows that can open will go a long ways to reducing the humidity and temperature of your pool room during the warmer seasons. A retractable pool cover can also help to reduce evaporation and humidity. Even with these precautions, you would be wise to consult an expert to ensure there is proper ventilation as excess humidity can cause mould, mildew and even lead to structural damage in your home.
Before you get to the pool itself, you need to consider the space surrounding it. While this, like all aspects of your design, may be constrained by budget, you will need an equipment room or area to store the necessary materials required to maintain the pool. Outside of that, you may also want to consider adding a sauna, change rooms, showers, and even things like a large enough deck area where you can sit and relax while others are swimming in the pool.
Finally, onto the pool itself! Along with the most commonly used building materials for outdoor pools, gunite, granite and fiberglass, glass and ceramic tiles can be used indoors because indoor pools are not subject to freezing.
Once you have the building materials settled, the next thing you may want to consider is purpose of the pool. If you’re looking for a pool for exercise or simply swimming laps, you may want to consider keeping a consistent depth across. On the other hand, if you’re expecting to use the pool for fun and games, the traditional shallow and deep end is usually a better approach. Once you have the basic outline of your pool, you can look at adding cool features like waterfalls, fountains or even a slide for the kids to play on.
Building a pool can be an intimidating prospect but with careful planning and a vision for your design, you can have an indoor oasis that lets you cool off in the summer and relax in the winter.