Designing the perfect swimming pool room
Who doesn’t want a swimming pool at home? Somewhere to splash about with the kids, have cool pool parties with friends and adding an extra element of enjoyment and indulgence to life – if the budget is available, then why not just go for it?
The decision to have a pool is the easy bit. Next comes all the research and planning. Indoor pools are all the rage right now, with good reason. Top of the list is year round usability – how many people dip a toe in the outdoor pool when there is snow on the ground? Not many.
How will the pool be integrated into the home? Will it be in the main body of the house, will an extension be required or new outbuildings? Depending on space, budget and other practicalities, this will be strongly dictated by individual circumstances – but it’s good to know the options.
Before diving in to a pool project it is essential to do the research. There will be planning and permission issues that need to be addressed – contact City Hall for information. Enlist the help of a reputable swimming pool construction specialist to carry out the work. A swimming pool counts as pretty major excavation work – will the upheaval and disruption be worth it?
Indoor pools can be neatly integrated into the home, often by building them to the side of the house. Think carefully about the safety issues involved. Are there young children in the house? If so, consider safety measures such as secure pool covers, lockable entryways, pool alarms, non-slip flooring and adequate lighting.
Those designing pool rooms should spend time considering changing and showering facilities. Will there be a seating area for relaxing around the pool? What about privacy? Is the area exposed and will pool room shutters be needed for added discretion? If the pool room is envisaged as an entertainment area will a bar or kitchen be required?
Budget is always an influential factor in pool room design. If the price tag is of no concern then the extravagance of Palazzo style, complete with starlit ceiling, gilded cupid fountains and columns may appeal. Or perhaps a minimalist concrete and steel hangar with space age lighting design is required? Some prefer the simplicity of the sports club look, others the blue lagoon with tiki bar and rocky waterfalls – it comes down to individual taste. In new house constructions it is possible to locate the pool at the center of the house in an enclosed courtyard. Numerous examples of such pools feature in modern architecturally designed homes – a lozenge of turquoise water at the heart of the home for exercise or relaxation makes a stunning focal point.
Pools can be sited in existing outbuildings such as orangeries, ancient barns, even garages – often the marriage of cutting edge pool technology and design with traditional building techniques gives spectacular results.
An indoor swimming pool is an exciting prospect, but it is the context that sets the perfect pool room apart from others. Let the imagination run wild, experiment with color, lighting, materials, interior landscaping, glazing options and more – and the perfect pool room can become reality.
Written By: Charlotte Stafford at firstname.lastname@example.org