Must-Have Design Elements for Your Indoor Pool

Published: 15th February 2011
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You may have decided on an indoor pool for your home. It is important that you keep in mind certain design considerations of indoor pools before giving the green light to the construction.

A warm water pool set in an enclosed living space creates a distinctive ambience. However, the combination of these two elements produces large amounts of humidity as well as condensation, creating a tropical atmosphere of sorts. To counteract this tropical climate from causing its own set of problems, certain functional design elements must be incorporated into the blueprints. These will contribute to an agreeable environment and help maintain the structure’s attributes. Let us look at the indoor pool design fundamentals that you must consider:

Pay attention to ventilation

Integrate ventilation into the indoor pool design. This will help relieve an excessively moist, humid atmosphere. Doors, windows and skylights that can be slid open, as well as vents and fans can all do their bit to adequately ventilate the closed areas surrounding indoor pools. A prudent combination of a few of these options will go a long way to ensure good air circulation and maintain air quality around your new pool.

Application of durable coatings to interior surfaces

All interior surfaces of the area that encloses the pool, these being walls, ceilings, doors and windows as well as their frames, will be constantly exposed to high levels of moisture. All these surfaces have to be durable to withstand this constant onslaught by humidity. Water-resistant materials that can be incorporated into the interior design include anodized metal, glass, ceramics and acrylics. There are several treatments that can be applied to ensure certain surfaces are protected against damp. Among them are clear water-resistant sealants and special paints like high gloss and enamel paints.

Moisture retardation in furniture design

Any furniture used in areas around an indoor pool should also be constructed out of durable material that can stave off damp. Again there are application treatments that offer resistance to damp and can be applied to materials like wood and metal and also any fabric components of the furniture.

Ensure adequate lighting

It is important to incorporate light sources – both natural as well as manmade – into your indoor pool design. The intentional placements of these direct and oblique light sources can be pleasant and these lighting accents have the effect of contributing to mood. Some of the features that will ensure adequate lighting for indoor pools include skylights, windows, and lighting fixtures.

Incorporate drainage into the pool boundary surface

As an indoor pool does not benefit from open air and direct sunlight, evaporation of water deposited on the pool edges can be very slow, leading to puddles collecting in the area. This is a hazard where slips and falls are concerned, so there must be sufficient drainage alternatives incorporated into the design of areas bordering indoor pools. Your plans can include something as simple as a slip-resistant tiled floor sloping gently outward that allows water to drain into a gutter or a flower bed. If the surface is made from artificial turf, again design elements and slope will dictate drainage of water. If the pool edge or deck is constructed from wood, tiny holes can be drilled to help drain off excess water into the ground below quickly.

For more information on custom pools in Toronto or commercial swimming pools in Toronto, contact a swimming pool specialist at Bonavista Pools.

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