Once upon a time, installing a swimming pool in your own home was reserved for the rich and famous.
Nowadays, plenty of ordinary homeowners are investing in outdoor swimming pools to cool off in the warmer summer months. And with temperatures set to rise even further as a result of climate change – you may find yourself giving your new pool plenty of use!
What’s more, swimming is excellent for your mental and physical health. By having a swimming pool in your own home, you’ll be able to improve your cardiovascular fitness all from the comfort of your own home.
Convinced yet? If so, read on to find out what you should consider before taking the plunge and our top tips for building an at-home leisure centre.
Things to consider:
1. The cost
Primarily, you need to consider how much a pool costs to install and run. Not only do swimming pools take up a considerable amount of room, but they also cost a significant amount to build and heat.
When considering if a swimming pool right for you, think about how much use you would get out of your pool, why you’d like to install one, and whether you would use it all year round – or just for a few summer months.
2. Indoor vs outdoor
If you would like to take the plunge and get a pool installed, you’ll need to decide whether to go for an outdoor or indoor pool.
If your house is large enough, an indoor pool is an excellent asset to the home and is almost certain to add value to your home. Outdoor pools, whilst lovely in summer months, can be seen as a nuisance to potential buyers in a less than ideal British climate.
3. How will you use the pool?
When determining the size and shape of the pool, you should consider what it’s primary use will be. Will you use it for exotic summer parties? Somewhere the kids can have fun and play? Or are you purely getting one to keep fit?
What you decide will determine the size, shape and depth of your new pool.
4. Heated or not?
The next thing to consider is whether you want a heated or unheated pool. A heated pool costs considerably more to run, but it does mean that you can get the most out of your purchase. Think warm soaks on cold winters mornings!
Yet, if you are thinking of using your pool during summer months, you may wish to forego the heating and opt for a refreshing dip instead.
5. Pool maintenance
Finally, you’ll need to consider how you can keep your pool safe. From checking the chlorine levels are safe with a PH meter to regular cleaning – pools do require considerable maintenance.
If this seems like too much of a burden, it’d be a better option to nip to the local swimming pool instead!
Although having a pool seems like a brilliant idea when it’s warm outside and the sun in shining, they aren’t without their drawbacks. From regular maintenance to the cost of installation, you’ll need to weigh up the pros and cons before you take the plunge.