Unusual Solutions For an All-Year Swimming Season
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Gracious living. Good looking and built for every season, this indoor pool is warmed with a heat pump. Constructed from handpacked concrete, it features a simple, yet stunning inlay of tiles in its floor, designed to mirror the lines of the pool and surround.
Even though relatively few people opt for indoor swimming pools, this is an ideal solution for those wanting to go swimming all year round. Not only will the water be warmer, but the pool will be easier to maintain since it will be free of leaves and other wind-blown debris.
In reality, though, only the larger house can accommodate an indoor pool – and most only have space for smaller plunge pools, spas and “swim spas” that allow you to swim against a powerful water jet.
The site or location of an indoor swimming pool will depend on the function it will fulfil as well as the needs of the people who will use it. If the pool is to be used for training or perhaps physiotherapy, you are unlikely to make it a focal point. Similarly, a hot water spa installed primarily for health reasons is likely to be used more often if it accessible from the bedroom or bathroom, rather than the living room.
At the same time, both pools and spas can become an interesting focal point of a room and a popular place for family and friends to gather. Conservatories are a particularly suitable place to build spas and indoor swimming pools. While some people do site them in the living room, think carefully before making a decision. While you can certainly have lots of fun entertaining here, most people will want to avoid a constant scenario of soggy footprints on the carpet and a jumble of wet towels on the furniture or floor.
The primary issue when planning an indoor pool will often relate to the structure of the existing house. Even though it is easy enough to incorporate a pool or spa in a new home, it could become very expensive if you have to excavate through foundations to install the new feature. For this reason, a common solution is to add on an enclosed pool room … possibly a glass and timber extension or a galvanised metal structure with strong, transparent polycarbonate cladding.
A pool on an enclosed patio adjoining the house may offer the best of both worlds, and solar heating will ensure that you get maximum use from it.
Wherever you decide to site it, flooring will be a vital factor. It is wise to opt for tiles or some other practical and non-slip (but hard-wearing) surface. It is also important to allow for adequate ventilation, especially if the water is heated.
Decorating a pool room can be a challenge. Any furniture needs to be water resistant and soft furnishings should be easily washable. Plants are an ideal decorating tool here, as they will immediately integrate an interior with the outdoors. You could even fill the room with pot plants, or if there is loads of light and sufficient space, consider building an indoor garden.
One way or another, there’s no reason not to go swimming every day of the year wherever you live!