Living in the Pacific Northwest, I’m naturally drawn to the warmth of indoor swimming pools. Mind you, I’d prefer to be floating among the dolphins off the coast of Hawaii. We all make compromises. I was going to write about “how the other half lives,” but I’m convinced that people that own these pools comprise less than half the population, and always have.
The first creation of an indoor swimming pool is attributed to architects of the ancient Indus city of Mohenjo Daro. Built around 2500 B.C., Mohenjo Daro sat atop a hill overlooking what today is Larkana, Pakistan. The temple’s Great Bath was built inside brick walls of baked clay.
Interiors of the rich and famous (and you)
The Wall Street Journal reported this week on the 30,000-gallon indoor pool in a townhouse at New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. If you like extravagant unique interiors, you’ll simply love this living room. And the pad is currently on the market with a $10.9 million asking price. So speak up!
Pool designs for carefree spenders
Carefree Pools built this Illinois L-shaped pond with lap pool and adjoining spa. (Even if I had this kind of cash, I still wouldn’t be carefree.)
Grotto have it
When it comes to designs, I’m more a grotto man than a connoisseur of the L-shape. Imagine calling up a few dozen friends, cranking up the Weber grill, and roasting burgers and franks. Cannonballs, everyone!
Oh, there’s nothing wrong with this airy interior pool featured at Best Home Design. But there are two main considerations when putting in your pool. First, according to the Pool Swimming Blog, you’ll need to build in a vapor lock barrier and pool-room dehumidifier system to prevent mold, mildew and rot. And, second, you need to wait an hour after you’ve eaten your burgers and franks before doing cannonballs.
All is vanity
As this current photo of Mohenjo Daro shows, even the most-elegant Chelsea pool eventually returns to the earth from whence it came.