Creating a Recreation Area at Home

Working out regularly has numerous health benefits including controlling weight, decreasing the risk for stroke and type 2 diabetes, improving your mood, and promoting better sleep. Swimming is an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise that can be completed daily to achieve these benefits. Enclosing your pool will allow you to reap the benefits of swimming year-round, instead of only during favorable weather. An enclosed pool is also an excellent space to create a recreational area to add variety to your workouts.

Planning will play a major part in the creation of a recreational area. One of the first things to consider is the type of activities you would like to enjoy. Are you going to share the pool enclosure with a more traditional idea of a home gym complete with weight benches and free weights, or are you going to create a more family friendly space, for playing games such as basketball and volleyball.

If you plan to incorporate activities utilizing various types of balls, polycarbonate may be the preferred glazing option in that portion of the pool enclosure. Polycarbonate is an impact resistant material that allows natural light to enter the space. This will ensure that any object that may strike the walls and/or ceiling will not require one to have replacement glass on standby.

Adding a folding glass wall or glass curtain wall will allow you to separate the two areas. This division will help prevent unwanted objects from ending up in the pool during an intense game, and will also help prevent the resulting humidity from encroaching into the workout space. Incorporating ridge and eave vents into the structure will provide ventilation; helping to control the temperature and humidity. Adding windows and ceiling fans will provide more air flow to the space helping to maintain the proper temperature and humidity. The separation of the two areas will also keep the moisture rich air around the pool from entering the workout area and creating rust on any metal weights that may be there.

Creating a recreation area for your home will allow you to use your pool year-round and enjoy other healthy activities, such as basketball or weight lifting. An interior dividing wall not only provides separation of the areas, but also a clear view from one end of the structure to the other; allowing you to watch your children play in the pool as you workout.

For more information on how to create a recreational space in your pool enclosure, please contact a pool enclosure specialist.