Whether you live in an area with cold winters or you just want to make your swimming pool more unique and accessible, building an indoor pool in your new home is a great investment. But it comes with a few specific needs. Here's a handy guide to the top 4 things to know before you build a space for your pool.
You Need to Manage Humidity. One of the key aspects to a proper indoor pool is to control the humidity and moisture inside the room. This is largely done with a dehumidification system that circulates warm, dry air throughout the room. This dry air is generally directed in various places near the walls and windows to help keep the air at a constant temperature and humidity level. They should circulate drier air over the pool but not directly into it, to help reduce evaporation. Work with a qualified contractor who has experience designing dehumidification systems to ensure the best environment for your pool.
Walls Need Extra Protection. Along with dehumidification, moisture management is one of the most important elements to an indoor pool room. Vapor barriers—usually heavy polyethylene sheeting secured with hand-applied roofing nails or vapor-retardant paint coating—must be placed completely around the pool room to prevent condensation, wood rot, corrosion, and mold or mildew. Water resistant material such as greenboard or cedar is placed on top of this vapor barrier, as well.
It Should Have More Space. An indoor pool may feel like it needs more room than its outdoor counterpart. This is mostly because it's confined within four walls and a ceiling. An outdoor swimming pool can spread out its accessories in other locations—such as equipment storage, lounge areas, and accompanying hot tubs. It can also grow vertically—with diving boards or faux rocks, for example—without much planning. An indoor pool, though, requires all these things planned out within the same area. For this reason, plan your pool room larger than you expect to need—including adding more vertical space to avoid being cramped.
The Sky is the Limit...Or Not. You'll need to decide if you want natural lighting for the pool itself before you can begin placing it in your house layout. There is no right or wrong answer to naturally or artificially lighting the pool—although if you want walls of windows or a retractable roof, you will likely encounter additional costs. If your house design doesn't lend itself to a location for your pool room that's easily opened to the outside, you can still create a luxurious suite in a windowless area by using strategic lighting and a complementary design.
By knowing what's involved in building a home with an indoor pool, you can create a realistic budget and confidently design a space that will house the pool of your dreams.