Get Your Home In Shape For 2018

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.

Outdoor Pools by Wimbledon Architects Holden Harper

Private outdoor pool with small pool house and changing facilities in Wimbledon Village

OUTDOOR POOLS

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.

INDOOR POOLS

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.

Indoor Pool by Wimbledon Architects Holden Harper

Indoor pool conversion with arched double doors in Wimbledon

Indoor Pool by Wimbledon Architects Holden Harper, London Swimming Pools and Genty Interiors

Details make a difference: pool install by London Swimming Pools; polished plaster wall finish by Genty Interiors

Indoor Pool by Wimbledon Architects Holden Harper, London Swimming Pools and Genty Interiors

Inset mood lighting to create atmosphere; pool install by London Swimming Pools

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.

Private Health Suite by Wimbledon Architects Holden Harper and Guncast Swimming Pools

Indoor spa pool and fully glazed private gym at Chester House. Pool install by Guncast Swimming Pools

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.

Private Health Suite by Wimbledon Architects Holden Harper and Guncast Swimming Pools

Bespoke ‘starlight’ ceiling and polished ceramic surfaces. Pool install by Guncast Swimming Pools

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.

Private Pool Entrance Sequence by Wimbledon Architects Holden Harper

The construction of the external stairs reflects the internal steps leading to the pool

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.

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