Building a Year-Round Indoor Pool with the Costs in Mind

Many homeowners dream of having a sparkling swimming pool in their property. It is the perfect spot for weekend parties and family bonding. You can even prolong the fun through the changing seasons by building an indoor pool.

There’s a sense of enclosure and privacy that you can joy year-round, regardless of the weather conditions. What’ more, a swimming pool can increase the value of your home by 7% by the time you decide to sell.

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The pool building costs, for such a project is a considerable investment whether you plan on building a rectangular or a round pool, you will need to ensure that there will be proper ventilation and water circulation.

Keep in mind that high humidity and/or any water leakage can damage the integrity of a building’s structure when using conventional building materials like wood and sheetrock (drywall). So, before you decide to start with the project, make sure that you have the right layout and budget for building an indoor pool that will last for years to come.

Indoor Pool Building Costs and Designs

When you want to build an indoor pool, the best time to plan is during the design and construction phase of a new house or when a new inground pool is planned for the backyard.That said, seeking an architect or a pool enclosure company like Covers in Play that can assistance you to integrate the structure to any new or existing home seamlessly.

Whatever your decision may be, it is crucial that you find a pool builder with comprehensive experience on this type of project. It takes someone who thoroughly knows what they are doing to complete a successfully project.

Indoor Pool Cost- Conventional Materials

From an architectural point of view, home indoor swimming pool designs can look like the rest of the property. However, from an engineering standpoint, they should be different, especially in terms of the heating and ventilation layout.

After all, most builders use a water-resistant drywall or a waterproof board, such as Wonder Board that are crucial in ensuring that the humidity levels are just right. Even with dehumidification systems these materials can rot and build up mold over time.

Remember that reducing humidity may result in higher water evaporation. That said, you can regulate the issue by controlling the temperature. Since residential indoor pools made from conventional materials have low to zero sun exposure, you will not benefit from the heat gain from the sun rays and rely moreon traditionally heating such as, natural gas or propane heaters to heat the pool and air.

The construction cost of an indoor pool with no dehumidification can be estimated roughly around $175,000 to $300,000. With the dehumidification system costing as much as 50% or more of the cost of the building it puts the total cost of an indoor pool close to $250,000 to $450,000 or roughly on average of $175 to $250 per square foot.

Once you have the budget for building the indoor pool, you might want to consider incorporating skylights, windows, and sliding glass doors. These design factors can give a bit of an outdoor ambiance to the space.

However, remember that during summer months, they can lead to excessive heat. It is essential to have high windows or skylights that you can open, allowing the hot air to escape. Moreover, you must ensure that there is enough airflow across the entire width of the windows to keep them from fogging up. So, you will need to place vents near every pane.

Indoor Pool Cost- Aluminum Pool Enclosure

Aluminum enclosures or pool enclosures have an architectural look and feel similar to a glass solarium and are customized to integrate seamlessly with the new and existing homes. These home indoor swimming pool designs with an aluminum pool enclosure provide a spacious feel with materials what won’t rot or get molding years later. A smaller dehumidification system or exhaust fan is all that is needed. For the dehumidification system is not required to remove all the moisture from the indoor pool building.

The construction cost of an indoor pool with an aluminum pool enclosure with no dehumidification can be estimated roughly around $90,000 to $200,000. With a simple dehumidification system or exhaust fan the cost can be less than 1% of the cost of the indoor pool. This cost is negligible to the overall project. With the total cost of an indoor pool roughly around $90,000 to $200,000 or roughly on average of $50 to $100 per square foot.

With an aluminum pool enclosure there is no need to incorporate skylights or large windows, the openings between the frames are glazed either with acrylic or glass that allows the full sunlight exposure, but you still need to consider windows that open and sliding glass doors. Another benefit when selecting pool enclosure is selecting a retractable pool enclosure that can be opened to prevent excessive heat to during the summer months.

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Building an Outdoor Pool Now and Enclosing it Later with a Pool Enclosure

Let’s face it. Indoor pool building costs are generally more expensive. Naturally, you might want to consider constructing an outdoor pool for now and enclosing it later on with a pool enclosure. The key to accomplishing this is to plan the project thoroughly.

You must determine the size of the entire structure early on. This way, you can lay the footings for the future structure while pouring the pool deck. Covers in Play can help in the planning so the cost of the indoor pool can be spread out over a few years.

With the option for installing a pool enclosure you can enjoy your pool throughout the year with comfortable temperatures inside your pool area. During the winter season, you keep it closed. In between the seasons, with a retractable pool enclosure you can partially retract it open to allow fresh air in to control ideal amount heat from the sun exposure. In the summer you open it fully and enjoy swimming and sitting beside the pool enjoying the fresh air.

Construction of Indoor Out Door Pools

In general, builders construct indoor and outdoor pools in the same way. However, there is one significant difference. They build the outdoor deck sloping away from the pool, preventing runoff and debris from entering the pool. On the other hand, indoor decks slope toward the pool, keeping water away from the walls.

With Aluminum enclosures the deck sloping in one particular direction is not an issue, there is no need to worry about the direction of the water. Covers in Play aluminum pool enclosures are made from aluminum and stainless steel materials that won’t be damaged when in contact in water. In fact the indoor pool design can be made to suit the home owner and not be restricted by the thought of the material being damaged by water over time.

Indoor Pool easier to Maintain

An indoor pool is easier to maintain because it does not accumulate broken branches, fallen leaves, and dirt from the outdoor environment. It is the epitome of luxurious living, and because of its unique advantages, it is quickly becoming popular for homes and residential complexes. Homeowners are starting to enjoy hotel-like pool luxury in their property, 365 days a year.

Accessories for Home Indoor Pools

It is crucial to control moisture when owning a pool. So, it is worth investing in an automatic pool cover to get rid of evaporation. This way, you can avoid replacing the water too frequently, save on chemicals and heating cost.

For ease of operation, we recommend installing an automatic pool reel. With a push of a button, you can conveniently deploy the cover over the water in two minutes or less. You won’t even break a sweat while doing it.

Home indoor pools can be a significant investment for your home. So, before you decide to build one, give Covers in Play a call and let us enlighten with our years experience designing and building indoor pools.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is a retractable pool enclosure?

    Just envision a sunroom or solarium on wheels, Just like a solarium or a sunroom, retractable pool enclosures provides a real indoor setting that feels as if you are outdoors. However, unlike solariums, indoor pools or swim spas, retractable pool enclosures will open up your backyard. You get the best of both worlds!

  • What are retractable pool enclosures used for?

    Typically, retractable swimming pool enclosures are used for swimming pools, spa pools and hot tubs. However, retractable enclosures can be used for more functions such as roofs (roof enclosure), indoor pool for hotels, restaurants (restaurant enclosures), covering patios or decks just like a sunroom or solarium. By connecting the pool enclosure to your home, you create easy direct access to your pool for the colder winter months.

  • What are the advantages of having a pool enclosure?

    Retractable pool and patio enclosures provide the benefit of extending the life and service life of your pool and accessories while reducing maintenance time and costs. A retractable enclosure will also do the following: Extend your exercise and entertainment area for all four seasons.
    Provide exposure to the warmth of the sun without the harmful effects of UV rays
    Provide protection from irritating bugs and insects or even animals similar to a screen pool enclosure but even better And there are even more benefits !

  • How do retractable pool enclosures work?

    Retractable enclosures also know as telescopic pool enclosures are composed of individual bays, which are telescopic so they retract, one inside the other. Each bay has it's own wheels which are mounted on a track system, guiding each section as it opens and closes. The enclosure can be opened fully or partially. An automated drive system handles the physical movement of the enclosure.

  • Can pool enclosures be used all year round?

    Yes! Even on cloudy days, the enclosure will trap solar energy. Just like sunrooms the enclosure can increase air temperature by 10-20°C/18-36°F when fully closed. If you have a heated pool or swim spa the heated water will also provide an additional source of heat. In most cases, the heat from the sun and the water will keep the enclosure at a comfortable temperature. In northern areas with more severe winters we can provide additional heat sources using our hydronic floor design and air handlers.

  • How do I open the retractable pool enclosure?

    Our enclosures are built with an automated drive system. Simply push a button and the enclosure will open easily! A large enclosure will fully open within minutes.

  • Can retractable pool enclosures go over an existing swimming pool or patio?

    Yes, you can almost always put an enclosure over an existing inground swimming pool or patio creating outdoor pool enclosures when open and indoor pool enclosures when closed. Please contact us to discuss the details for your site.

  • How long does it take to order and install an enclosure?

    This will depend primarily on the size of the enclosure. As a general guideline, it will take approximately 8-12 weeks once the permit is approved until your enclosure is installed and operational. The installation itself represents approximately 10 to 15 days of this time period depending on the model.

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