It’s not uncommon for people to expand their homes into their attic space, typically used for additional bedrooms, entertainment rooms or gyms. Still, the newly popular trend of converting the basement area allows for an even more flexible range of uses.
Your basement is the ideal location to build the ultimate home luxury, an indoor swimming pool. Maximising the space beneath your feet by building in your basement means you won’t have to lose any garden space or sacrifice any above-ground living space. They are significantly less expensive to operate and maintain than alternative options, mainly due to the reduction of heat loss to the surrounding environment. Due to advances in bio-filtration technology, you also no longer have to worry about steamy chemical-filled air, especially good news for pools in enclosed basement areas.
The design phase is the most important stage of development when creating basement pool; every inch of the design and plan needs to be analysed by multiple parties to ensure full compliance, safety and standards. There are numerous considerations to focus on, including style, shape, materials, size, efficiency, features and accessibility. We’ve put together a list of the main things to think about in the physical and visual design of your basement pool.
Near enough, every shape and size of the pool can be installed to suit the space you have, but depending on how you will use your pool depends on what option you should choose. If you are looking to install a pool for recreational use, then most shapes and sizes can be used. If you are more interested in using it for sport and fitness practice, you should opt for a long, straight section with parallel sides enabling you to swim laps effectively. It should be at least 4 to 5ft deep to ensure swimmers do not injure themselves while swimming. Make sure to let your designer know what your intentions are before building the pool.
Due to the lack of natural light in a basement, you’ll have to take steps to illuminate the pool area using artificial lighting – these include overhead pool spotlights, wall lighting and in-pool lighting. Swimming pool lighting is a key element in creating the ambience for your pool environment; it has the power to be the difference between a relaxing atmosphere and a more active, dramatic one. Adaptable LED lighting allows you to choose a wide range of colours and tones for your pool area, allowing you to alter and dim the environment at the press of a button.
Movable hydraulic pool floors offer the best of both worlds; they are a great way to keep the floor space in your basement while still having all the usable benefits of an indoor pool. The pool floor can be raised entirely to cover the pool water or lowered to create a range of pool depths. When the floor is raised, it acts as a safety pool cover for extra peace of mind, especially important for those with children. With a wide range of finishes available, from tiling to stainless steel – you can choose one that fits your design ideas perfectly.
What better way to add character and charm to your basement pool than by installing a water feature? Many types of water features fit perfectly into any environment – such as mini-waterfalls, showerheads, bubble jets, stream fountains, massage jets, or even resistant jets that provide an endless current for swimming. These can be turned on and off at any time and can extend the variety of uses of the pool – meaning you can turn a family leisure pool into a relaxing bubble spa in seconds.
Creating your dream indoor basement area doesn’t end with the pool itself; there are numerous features that can be added to your swimming pool design. The most popular choices include spas, saunas, steam rooms, gyms, and relaxation zones – but you have to work within the restrictions of your space. Creating a wellness area under your home means you can visit any time you like and relieve the stresses of day-to-day life.