Have you ever seen an indoor pool? It can be breathtaking.
In many ways, an indoor swimming pool is one of the highest luxury items you can get and can completely transform a home.
If you’ve got some money saved and want to know if an indoor pool is within your budget then you’ve found the right place.
I’ll tell you everything you need to know about indoor pools from construction cost and time to maintenance and even silly questions like home much does it cost to heat my indoor pool.
If you’re searching for questions this article will have your answers. Let’s begin.
How Much Does An Indoor Swimming Pool Cost To Construct
You may be shocked, but if you get a standard 11×18 indoor pool it will cost you around $20,000, far less than what people will tell you online.
Now to keep costs that low you’ll have to do three things:
- Avoid luxury indoor pool building constructors
although they can make truly spectacular pools, they bump up the cost by $60,000 +.
- Get a basic pool and don’t get a custom design
It can be easy to get swayed into creating a custom pool that perfectly fits the room, however, this will cost tens of thousands more in expenses.
- Build it in an extension
If you have the room it’s better to build a pool outside and then encase it in an extension, it makes installing a dehumidifier simple and can save thousands of dollars.
So, what if you want a truly gorgeous indoor pool?
It will set you back around $112,000, this will get you custom design and a specialized team to build it.
The Extra Cost Of A Dehumidifying Systems
A dehumidifier is key if you have a house pool, it helps stop water damage and keeps control of water in the air.
Until recently a good dehumidifying system would set you back $10,000 + and then sometimes double that for install.
This is what drummed the cost of having indoor pools up to double the cost of a normal pool, but it’s all changed.
If you don’t go with a big (gives you a quote before showing the price) company you can get a one called the HI-E Dry 100 High-Efficiency Dehumidifier for around $2000 and it’s pretty simple to install, so no need to pay tens of thousands.
Works just as well, will keep your room bone dry and stop the build-up of damp and put a holt on water damage.
How Long Does It Take To Build An Indoor Pool
If you get a good team of constructors then an indoor pool it shouldn’t take longer than 6 – 10 weeks, however, depending on your design and the room you’re building it in, this can sometimes take longer.
Just be prepared to have a dusty home for a few weeks, as you will never keep on top of the dust a construction team makes while making an indoor pool.
What Are The Running Costs Of An Indoor Pool
You have the basics like running the pumps and getting pool chemicals.
The electric is around $20 -$30 per month if you use your pump 4 hours per day. The chemicals cost around $80 your first month and then go down to around $40 if you keep on top of cleaning.
You’ll then have the option of getting a pool cleaner, this costs around $40 – $100 per pool clean and they will come round once per week.
Personally, unless you’re really busy, have a big/weirdly shaped indoor pool or are not physically able, you should always clean your own pool, it doesn’t take long at all and the cost of a pool cleaner is money down the drain.
You then have the cost of a dehumidifier, now it’s hard to say exactly how much this will cost, really depends on the size of the pool and how big the room is, but it usually costs around $30 – $80 per month, sometimes more.
Finally, if you want to heat your pool you’ll be expecting to pay a few thousand for the pool heater and then around $150 – $250 in electric each month, this can go down if you install a solar pool cover (holds heat) and live in a hotter climate.
How Much Time Does It Take To Look After An Indoor Pool
In all honesty, it depends on the size of your pool, on average your first pool clean will take an hour, then you’ll be able to get it down to around 30 minutes, once per week.
You just have to shock it once or twice per month to keep water clear and add a chlorine float, with two – three chlorine tablets every week.
It’s not hard to maintain a pool and it’ll only take a few hours every month, just make sure you keep on top of it because it’s far harder to keep a pool balanced once the water has started to change color.
How Do You Clean An Indoor Pool
It’s simple and takes three things:
- A pool brush
This is used to push the dirt from the sides of the pool down so you can vacuum them up and is usually the first thing you’ll do.
- A pool net
This is used to get out bugs and debris that may land in your pool, as you’ll have your pool inside this will happen far less, so just use it as you see fit.
- Pool vacuum
This is used to suck all the dirt from the bottom of the pool up.
It’s the longest part of the pool cleaning process and once done your pool will look nice and clean.
You then run the skimmers for two hours in the morning, two hours are night and finally, you can backwash the pool to clean the cartridge filter using water from your pool that is then discharged to an area you decide while building your pool.
Here’s a YouTube guide that will teach you it all:
How Can I Heat My Indoor Pool
People tend to want their indoor pool heated so they can use it all year round without any issue.
As someone who loves heated pools I’ll show you the options you have:
- Solar Pool Cover
These solar pool covers work far better on outside pools, but are still great heat traps and help your pool maintain heat, I recommend buying one and using it whenever you’re not in the pool as it’ll help your pool maintain the heat it gets during the day.
- Solar Water Heater
Again these are meant for outside pools, but with a little tweaking, you could install one inside. This system basically filters water from your pool pump, through little metal tubes that are directly in sunlight, by the time the water gets back to the pool it’s travelled through loads of heated pipes and is now hot.
These solar heaters cost a fraction of the price of a normal heater and work unbelievably well in hot countries.
If you live in a hot country this is the option I’d recommend and you could use it with the solar cover to keep all the heat generated.
- Heating Systems
The easiest, but most expensive way to heat a pool is with a heating system.
They cost around $2000 to buy and running costs will set you back anywhere from $80 – $300 per month depending on the size of your pool.
This can be lowered dramatically by insulating the water heater tank and the hot water pipes.
You can also lower the price by not having your pool on the hottest temperature and using a solar cover to keep all the heat inside the pool while you’re not in it.
Some people use pool heaters just to keep there pool usable for the whole year, other people use them to make their pool water hot all year.
If you’re the first option then the price will be far cheaper as you’ll only be keeping your pool around 60 – 70 degrees, as the second option your pool heater will be working round the clock.
Is the price worth it?
If you use your pool daily for things like exercise and relaxing and want to use it all year round then it’s totally worth it.
If you just want to have a hot pool because it’s a cool thing to show your friends, it’s probably best to save the money and spend it on something more practical.
How Much Is A Normal Underground Pool?
They cost around $22,000 starting price and can go cheaper if you get a fibreglass pool (around $18,000), but you don’t have costs like a dehumidifier and the price of getting an indoor build is higher as there’s more that can go wrong. (I actually did a full article on how much a pool costs)
Once you get them up and running the indoor is cheaper to heat, will get far less dirty making it easier to clean and is usable for around 8 more months, as most pools only have a 4 month season.
So, you can get your value with an indoor pool, it’s just the starter cost is usually a great deal higher.
Are There Any Cheaper Options?
You may be amazed at the fact there are cheaper options.
- Retractable pools
These still come with a heavy price, but a retractable pool is a great option for people with a small house and big garden.
You can basically enclose a pool you already have and the prices are far cheaper than building an extension.
Now if you’re really clever you will not buy a retractable pool enclosure, you will get the same setup and just not make it retractable, this takes thousands off the price and you still have a beautiful enclosed with glass pool.
This can save a lot of money because you can get a normal outdoor pool built and then just add the glass over it and enclose it.
- Fiberglass pool
Install a fiberglass pool instead of a concrete pool in your house, these last longer, are far cheaper in the long run, don’t have tiles so there’s no need to retile every 10 years and the overall cost is usually between $10,000 – $20,000 and takes around 5 – 8 weeks installation time.
- Above ground pool
If you’re looking for a really cost-effective indoor pool you can get an above ground for around a thousand dollars, then get it installed halfway into the ground and deck the rest.
I’ve seen these look incredible and be done on a budget of around 5 thousand dollars, but they can be done on half of that if you just don’t deck the sides of the pool.
The upside is you can just replace the pool once every ten years and it’ll cost you $1000, which is far cheaper than resurfacing a pool (5k every 12 years).
The downside is it doesn’t look as nice and still costs a lot of money, plus it doesn’t add real value to your overall house price like an indoor pool will.
You can see this selection of the top above ground pools money can buy here, that will help you see if this is a possibility.
- Join A Private Gym
A good private gym will cost around $200 per month, you’ll gain access to a spa and an indoor swimming pool that’s heated.
This can be a better investment for people who are looking to own a pool just so they can swim and not use it as a way to increase property value and add a new feature to their house.
Benefits Of An Inside Pool
So what are the real benefits to owning a pool inside your house?
All Year Round Swimming
Most pools can only be used for 3 – 4 months of the year and even in these times the pool can be mighty cold.
If you have an enclosed pool you will be able to swim all year round which is definitely better value.
Great For Exercise
Swimming and other water exercises are great for the body and health.
Even the cold water can work wonders on keeping your body fit and healthy.
If you’re keen on this idea then an indoor pool allows you to go nuts and use your pool 24/7 for your fitness needs.
Easier To Heat
Indoor swimming pools are far easier to heat and can be made cheaper with insulation and a solar pool cover.
Easier To Clean
You won’t have the wind blowing dirt into your pool which makes cleaning it a lot quicker and chemicals even cheaper.
Adds Value To Your House
Indoor pools can add 10% if not more to your overall house value, this can sometimes pay for the pool in itself.
As long as you keep the pool in good condition you will usually make a profit on it overall.
If you want to know more getting your property valued and ask them what they would value it at if it had this pool in this room, just show a picture or two of the type of indoor pool you want and they will give you a rough estimate of the value increase, you can then work out if it’s worth the cost of the pool.