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I must admit that when I first heard a friend of mine rave about her fabulous Garage Swimming Pool, I thought she was a bit eccentric. But I did decide to do some in-depth research. Turns out you can put a pool in your garage and it is not such a crazy idea after all.
Swimming pools are either for fun or fitness. Of course they can be designed for both. The most obvious place for a home pool is the backyard. But a backyard pool has its limitations, mainly dictated by the climate.
The alternative is an indoor swimming pool. Great for the super wealthy with their multi-million dollar mansions! But what about people like you and me? Basement swimming pool is an option, but a garage swimming pool is a better option.
A standard 2 car garage is 24’X24’. Most are bigger. This is enough space to park 1 car and put a pool in your garage. It is relatively easy to climate control your garage. You can then use your garage swimming pool at any time of the day or night and in any month of the year.
So if you love swimming for fun or fitness, a garage swimming pool is an idea certainly worth exploring. In this post I will share with you the various options available and how you could put a pool in your garage.
There is some important stuff that you need to know!
Is it a New or an Existing Garage?
The timing of your decision to put a pool in your garage is of paramount importance.
Should you decide to incorporate a swimming pool in your garage at the ideation or planning stage then you have a ton of options. Basically, you are no longer putting a pool in your garage. Instead you are building a garage around your dream pool.
That makes a lot of difference!
More often than not, you would want to put a pool in your existing garage and ideally with as little modification as possible. Worry not! You still have plenty of options available.
What will be the Main Use of the Garage Swimming Pool?
Home swimming pools are primarily used either for fun, socializing & relaxation or for therapy, fitness & healthy lifestyle. Of course, there is nothing to stop you from using it for all of these.
Do you intend to use the garage swimming pool, mainly for relaxation after a hard day? Then, you might want to have a living space, where you can sit, watch TV, share a bottle of wine with your partner, in between swims.
But if you are a family with young kids your garage swimming pool has to accommodate their needs. A part of the pool needs to be shallow so that the kids can splash around in their section.
You will want as long a pool as the garage will allow, if you want to do laps to work those muscles and stay fit. But even a short swimming pool can be used for a range of exercises. Check out the blog post “Try These 8 Pool Exercises for a Full-Body Workout” from HealthLine.
Will you Use the Pool only in Summer or All Year Round?
The type of pool you decide to put in your garage will depend on how often you will use the pool.
In case you just need a pool so that your kids can have some fun during the summer break then an inflatable pool may be good enough. There is no point in wasting your hard earned money on an expensive pool.
However, if you plan to use your garage swimming pool, almost every day and throughout the year then you have to make some serious investment in
- A high quality large pool. You may want the pool to be in-ground, partially in-ground or above ground
- Ensuring that the garage temperature is maintained at a comfortable level irrespective of whether it is blazing hot or freezing cold outside
- Installing a dehumidification system in the garage
What is a Good Size for a Garage Swimming Pool?
The size of your garage swimming pool is first and foremost determined by the size of your garage.
Indoor fixed pools tend to be rectangular, where the length is usually twice the width or more.
Ideally a lap pool should be 60’-75’ in length, but you can get a good workout in a pool that is at least 30’ long. So if swimming laps is your thing and your garage is still in the planning phase try to accommodate a 30’ long in-ground swimming pool in your garage.
For an existing garage, depending on whether the garage is 1 car, 2 car or 3 car, you can opt for small, medium or large above ground pools.
Small Size Rectangular Pool for a 1 Car Garage
A typical 1 car garage is at least 12 feet wide and 20 – 24 feet deep. This space is sufficient to comfortably accommodate a small rectangular pool. You won’t be able to swim but you can certainly soak, relax, wade and do aquatic workouts.
Check out, Bestway Above Ground Pool Set
- Size: 9 ft. 3 in. x 6 ft. 5 in. x 33 in. (2.82 m x 1.96 m x 84 cm)
- Water Capacity (90%): 967 gal. (3,662 L)
- Tritech enhanced 3-layer liner: 15% more tear resistant, 33% more stretch resistant and 83% more puncture resistant
- Corrosion resistant steel frame held together by Seal & Lock System
Medium Size Rectangular Pool for a 2 Car Garage
Most families have a 2 car garage and the typical size would be between 20’X20′ to 24’X24′. This is perfect for accommodating a medium size garage swimming pool.
- Size: 18ft X 9ft X 52in
- Water capacity: (90%) 4,545 gallons
- KRYSTAL CLEAR SAND FILTRATION
- Uniquely designed frame combines high quality galvanized steel with precision engineered locking system
- SUPER-TOUGH – Made with puncture-resistant 3-Ply PVC material
Large Size Rectangular Pool for a 3 Car Garage
A 24’X12’ is a fairly decent size and would fit nicely in a standard 3 car garage or a big 2 car garage. In my opinion this is a good size both for fun & fitness.
- Size: 24ft X 12ft X 52in
- Water capacity: (90%) 8,403 gallons.
- Configuration: Sand Filter Pump
- Engineered for strength, the Ultra Frame Pool is supported by strong, durable steel frames
- SUPER-TOUGH laminated PVC sidewalls.
Smaller Wellness Pools
Beyond swimming laps you can get a variety of aquatic workouts in even a pool as small as 6’X6’. Exercises involving water aerobics, walking on an underwater treadmill or working out on an aqua bike do not require much space.
Such low impact exercises are great if you are recovering from an injury or have chronic joint pains. Many seniors and pregnant women also find this to be a safer way to workout.
DISCLAIMER: I am not an employee or affiliate of ENDLESS POOLS. I do not get any financial or other benefits by recommending their products. I do so only to help you make the right decision.
WaterWell® pools from ENDLESSPOOLS give you the versatility and strength of multiple aquatic atmospheres. Experience a plunge pool, a workout pool, a therapy pool, and a family pool all in one installation.
It can fit any garage as the width is just 6’ and the length can be between 6’ – 16’, depending on space available and your need. Exercise equipment such as underwater treadmill, hydrotherapy jets, and aqua bike are optional.
Does a Garage Swimming Pool Require a lot of Maintenance?
Compared to an outdoor pool, maintaining an indoor pool is easier. Maintaining a garage swimming pool is even easier.
An important reason for lower maintenance costs is the smaller size. You have to use less of the chemicals such as chlorine tablets, pH balancers etc. The pool is also being used by a smaller number of people, so that helps in keeping the water clean for longer periods.
The filters and pumps are smaller and simpler in design, which reduces maintenance requirements.
You will not have to skim out leaves and other debris from the surface of the pool in the garage. The garage enclosure also protects the pool from dust, rainwater and snow.
The pool chemicals last longer because they do not get depleted by the UV radiation from the sun.
Of course you still have to do the basic pool maintenance activities such as checking the water cleanliness levels and replenishing pool chemicals, vacuuming the bottom and the side and cleaning out the filter.
Are Garage Swimming Pools Expensive?
It is often said that an indoor pool is a lot more expensive than an outdoor pool. But if you dive deeper you will find that the high cost of an indoor pool comes mainly from the enclosure. There is also an additional cost of the dehumidification system.
The cost of the pool, comparing apples to apples, costs more or less the same. Prices start from as low as $29,999.00 for the Original Series at Endless Pools.
This is what they have to say on their blog:
With Endless Pools, the cost indoors is the same as outside; you can install in an existing room, basement, or garage, with any of our Original models.ENDLESS POOLS
When you put a pool in your garage you do not have to consider the cost of building the enclosure. It is already there for your cars. In case your garage does not have the appropriate insulation, ventilation, heating, cooling, dehumidification etc., then you have to invest in some of those.
Improving the climate and livability of your garage can not be a bad thing. Right? Check out my earlier blog post How To Make Sure Of Best Climate Control For Your Garage.
Thank you very much for reading the post. I do hope you found it informative and useful.