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Indoor Pools A Special Collection of Spectacular Indoor Pools and Swim Spas‌Built to Inspire


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Indoor Pools A Special Collection of Indoor Pools and Swim Spas‌Built to Inspire

Warminster, Pennsylvania


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Copyright 2012 Manor House Publishing Co., Inc. Warminster, Pennsylvania All Rights Reserved First Edition 2012

Printed in the United States of America

Publisher’s Cataloging-in-Publication (Provided by Quality Books, Inc.) Indoor pools. —— 1st ed. p. cm. —— (Inspiration series) ISBN 978-0-9836634-2-3 ISBN 978-0-9858774-2-2 1. Swimming pools. 2. Swimming pools--Pictorial works. I. Series: Inspiration series (Warminster, Pa.) TH4763.I53 2012

728'.962 QBI12-600169

ISBN: 978-0-9858774-2-2


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Acknowledgements Not just for those living in extreme climates--even paradise has rainy days-indoor pools are ideal solutions for homeowners desiring a way to swim year-round. A few of the world’s elite pool designers and builders have worked with top architects to craft amazing structures that not only include pools, but other amenities like fully-equipped kitchens, lounging areas, fireplaces, and game rooms. We thank them for allowing us to share images of their superb work. We are sure you will agree: these architectural gems are a family’s most-used room in the house!

On the Cover: This exquisite room is full of elements that blend to create an amazing space for all types of activities. From the custom granite coping and amber-colored tile to the open floor plan and the multitude of windows, this indoor pool room is full of charisma. Photographed by Outvision Photography for Platinum Poolcare, Ltd., Wheeling, Ill.


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Indoor Pools

W

hile most people in the market to buy a pool have visions of creating an amazing outdoor oasis, an increasing number of luxury homeowners are

indulging in the freedom and convenience of adding an indoor swimming pool to their homes. Indoor swimming pools offer the benefit of year-round swimming for those who live in an area with a cold climate or in a region where it rains frequently. They also provide a higher level of privacy and create an optimum space for play, exercise, and entertainment. Imagine spending a rainy day splashing around in the pool with the kids or enjoying a relaxing swim on a cold winter night. From recreation to fitness to pure relaxation, owning an indoor swimming pool provides a wealth of enjoyment--without any interruptions.

Getting Started Once you’ve made the decision to invest in an indoor swimming pool, the first thing you’ll need to do is hire a professional who specializes in indoor swimming pool construction. An experienced Every day is a pool day in this room. Finished in white plaster and accented with cobalt blue tiles, the pool is surrounded by all types of windows to bring in the fabulous outdoors. Alka Pool Construction, Ltd., Burnaby, B.C., Canada

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Stately and elegant, this room is the ideal host for the classic rectangular pool. Made for swimming laps and playing games, the pool is further enhanced by a tile mosaic and the overhead custom-crafted skylight. Falcon Pools, Ltd., Addlestone, Surrey, U.K.

indoor pool builder will be familiar with the unique factors involved in building a pool indoors and will have the knowledge and skills to manage these issues before they become problems. Additionally, a pool builder will often work alongside an architect and HVAC engineer to ensure your pool is built to code and that all permits are in order. Whether you are converting an existing room, renovating a garage, or adding to your home, there is an indoor pool solution to suit any design preference and budget. Your construction team will interview you early in the planning stages to assess your needs for the space and determine the best solutions for your lifestyle. For many reasons,

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Photographed by Jeff Ciarrochi for Armond Aquatech Pools, Bridgeport, Pa.


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however, including an indoor pool as part of the overall

while also stabilizing the room’s climate. By simply keeping the

design and construction of a new home or renovation project

room temperature two degrees above the water temperature

is the best option because the area is easily accessible and the

and monitoring the amount of time water features run, you

design of the pool enclosure can be coordinated with the rest

will help control excessive evaporation and humidity. In fact,

of the home——both inside and out. But, if you want to install

experts recommend that the plumbing for water features be

a pool in an existing room, don’t hesitate to move forward.

separate from the pool because by not using the heated pool

Your architect and builder will help you determine if the room

water, the water features stay at room temperature and do not

can accommodate the size and shape of pool you desire as

contribute to evaporation.

well as the equipment and electrical controls. They will also

The use of an automatic pool cover is another key way to

know if the home’s foundation is capable of supporting the

control an indoor pool environment. While a pool cover on

weight of a filled structure and where vapor barriers need to

an indoor pool may seem redundant, covering the pool when

be installed on the interior walls.

it is not in use can reduce evaporation by 50 percent--and

Additionally, an indoor pool room must be heated and

drastically reduce dehumidification costs. You should also

cooled just like any other room in the home, but with a twist:

consider indoor plants: they thrive on moisture and can thus

You have to effectively regulate the pool’s water temperature

improve the indoor pool room’s air quality.

Seen from above, this indoor pool has an Old World charm that is amplified by the imported travertine coping and deck. Photographed by Robert Atwater for Swimming Pools by Jack Anthony, Center Moriches, N.Y.

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Choosing Your Design There are two ways to approach the design of an indoor pool: The building can blend with the existing home and become more of a living room with a pool, or it can be a completely separate structure that is customized to meet your objectives. Your designer and builder will review your goals and establish the best course of action. No matter what you want, however, you may want to consider hiring an interior decorator to design the space around the pool. An interior decorator is an expert in selecting furnishings, amenities, lighting, and artwork that will complement your home. One of the more popular indoor pool styles is based on a conservatory with glass roofing, sliding glass doors, and walls of windows. Attached to a home, this type creates the feeling of being outdoors on a warm sunny day-even when it is below freezing outside! With the addition of palm trees, waterfalls, and a waterslide, the space can be transformed into a

Displaying three different views, these images deliver a lesson in pool construction. Designed to mimic the magnificent skylight, the pool features iridescent glass tile throughout its interior and along the water feature that serves as a backdrop to the spa. Photographed by Wildman Photography for Alka Pool Construction, Ltd., Burnaby, B.C., Canada

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Photographed by Kevin Ruddy for Omega Pool Structures, Inc., Toms River, N.J.

tropical oasis, providing a year-round family vacation. Another option is a relaxing spa retreat in a pool room located inside the home. It can be outfitted with ceramic or stone tiles on the floor and walls and feature a sauna and

RIGHT: Magnificent in scope, this pool room is an architectural wonder. All types of natural materials were used, including travertine for the deck, to fashion this space. The Slate Blue Pebble Sheen速 interior gives the water its gorgeous color while the deck jets are a playful addition.

Photographed by Danny Morris for Aqua Pools & Spas, Easton, Md. Falcon Pools, Ltd., Addlestone, Surrey, U.K.

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