Building an indoor swimming pool in Malta
Malta has no shortage of stunning swimming spots to enjoy in the summer. But what if you want to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of swimming year-round? An indoor swimming pool is the perfect solution for your luxury property in Malta – and these are our top tips for integrating one into your home.
The right pool for your property
When deciding on whether to build an indoor pool, it’s important to take your property’s characteristics into consideration. A villa, for instance, might allow for a more spacious indoor pool than a townhouse. An indoor pool in a penthouse property will need extra planning to ensure load-bearing requirements are met. Unfortunately, some properties simply cannot accommodate an indoor pool at all. Consulting with your engineer, architect and even your luxury real estate agent will help you decide if it is the right choice for you.
Pool construction and upkeep
Having an indoor pool built can take several months, as there is a lot that needs to be done to create not just the pool but its ancillary systems as well. The pool shell itself first needs to be dug or constructed, followed by trenches for the pipework, tiling the pool and installation of filtration and pump systems. The construction of any decking or cosmetic improvements must also be factored into the timeline.
People tend to forget that an indoor pool is not just the bit you swim in. Just like outdoor pools, indoor pools require machinery to keep them clean, and there needs to be space for that machinery within easy reach of the pool.
Air temperature and quality is also a concern. To prevent excessive evaporation of pool water, the air temperature needs to be kept within a few degrees of the water’s temperature. You will also want to keep the humidity down, as excessive moisture in the air leaves everything in the room damp, making it uncomfortable to be in and risking damage to certain materials.
Pros and cons of an indoor pool
There are two sides to everything and having an indoor pool is no different. On the plus side, being able to go for a private swim at any hour of the day or night is a wonderful luxury. It is an opportunity to keep up healthy habits throughout the year and offers a safe, convenient space for children to enjoy themselves.
The main disadvantage of having an indoor pool are the year-round maintenance costs. In smaller properties, dedicating an entire room or space to an indoor pool and the associated machinery can mean reducing overall living space. Families with young children must ensure that kids on have access to the pool while supervised, to reduce the risk of accidental drowning.
To sum up…
An indoor pool adds value to your property and has a positive impact on quality of life… plus it’s a wonderful luxury! By understanding what having an indoor pool entails, you will be able to make the best of you property for many years to come.