Tips For Choosing An Indoor Pool Design

Choosing an indoor pool design requires planning to be sure you’re satisfied with the end result.

Aqua-Tech has built more indoor pools in Manitoba than anyone so we hope we can give you some of the advice you’ve been looking for.

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Aqua-tech Gold award winner in National Competition Tips for the indoor pool design include:

Pool Size and Shape:

Consider the use of the pool….laps and exercise or family fun?

The standard size pool is 16’ x 32’ with an 8’ shallow end and 24’ of deeper water.

The deep end is often called a hopper as the shape resembles a hopper with one 8’ x 8’ area with 7’6” of water.

It is a good standard to start with as it can accommodate a diving board if that’s on the wish list.

The most common shape for an indoor pool is rectangle to accommodate the standard rectangle building.

Too often people try to put too much pool in the building.

You should allow 14’ on one end for sitting, 6’ for the diving board end and 6’ on the main traffic side of the pool.

As the picture above shows you don’t need to have walking space on every side of the pool.

Building Size and Considerations:

As well as the pool we need a mechanical room to house the pool equipment and dehumidification units.

Plus we should allow for a change room and wash room.

A great addition to an indoor pool design is to incorporate a hot tub too.

If we use the end wall for these three items we add about 10’ to the length of the building.

If we follow the rules of thumb above and have a 16×32 pool we require approximately a 25’ x 62’ building. (1550 sq.ft.)

It’s important to do these calculations so you can remain within your budget.

We would advise you to use the going rate of construction in your area.

If it’s $200 per square foot the building will be $310,400 ( 1550 sq.ft.)

Although there are no walls there will likely be more windows and the dehumidification equipment cost will bring up the per square foot costs.


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The pool in the picture shows a floor we did with architectural concrete.

There is in floor heat to keep the swimmers warm in their bare feet.

We added an indoor sealer to the surface with a grit for added safety.

There are many other details to consider which an Aqua-tech professional can guide you through the process.

A recent customer was just in the store and said it was this fall and winter where she really enjoys the indoor pool we built.

You have Manitoba’s harsh winter on one side of the window and a cozy tropical paradise where you are.



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