Beautiful private indoor swimming pools, personal fitness suites and bespoke home gyms are all a possibility when you’re converting, extending or building your home from scratch, as long as you plan them in.
Flexible workout times, privacy, peace and quiet… Exercising in your own space can be hugely rewarding and pay dividends in terms of your long-term health. Here’s some inspiration from our Wimbledon architects’ portfolio to kick-start your home health and fitness plans for 2018.
Where planning permission for additional structures is an issue, an outdoor pool with a modest poolhouse can provide the private swimming space you crave without the need for extensive construction. This pool is sheltered from view by clever landscaping, and overlooked by a sweet brick- and-timber changing block, sympathetically designed in keeping with the period of the main Wimbledon property refurbishment.
Unlike outdoor pools, planning permission is usually required for an indoor pool. A custom-build pool annexe allows you to maximise your ground space (according to budget). Good insulation is essential, to allow plenty of natural light in without losing heat. Classical pool styles might incorporate columns or arches; modern swimming spaces favour floor-to-ceiling glazing, crisp white finishes and minimal decoration.
PERSONAL FITNESS SUITES
During the renovation and extensive refurbishments needed to return Grade II-listed Chester House to its former function as a residential family home, Holden Harper was tasked with adding a contemporary health centre, including a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and private gym.
A gallery-style gym space with views looking back down over the Jacuzzi to the indoor swimming pool and landscape beyond provides a peaceful sense of focus and aids motivation. Capturing and maximising as much of the available natural light as possible is key to creating inspiring workout spaces.
The pool is a crisp, contemporary spa-style pool in a light-flooded space, accessed by minimal modern polished-ceramic steps linking the interior with the landscape beyond.
Each swimming pool and home gym project pictured was designed and built by Holden Harper architects and engineers. For more information or to start your own project, contact us.