With the holiday season comes a rush of holiday parties, and no one would blame you for joining in on the fun and hosting a party of your own. However, if you’re like me, your party vision far outweighs your party budget. A distinct lack of funds doesn’t have to mean a lack of parties! If your friends and family have a sense of fun, consider throwing one of these alternatives to your average fancy holiday bash.
Although swimming is a fun activity that many partake in to relax and have fun, reports reveal that swimming can burn between 450 and 950 calories per hour.
Homeowners contemplating adding a pool to their home don’t have to deplete their funds for an aquatic addition as home pools come in various sizes from affordable to extravagant.
Here are five types of swimming pools you can add to your home:
Outdoor inground pool
Starting Price – $7,800
While inground pools typically offer the deepest swimming experience, the high cost of both the pool and installation are two of the reasons they are usually bought by homeowners with the deepest pockets.
If you’re thinking about adding an inground pool to your backyard, you should first check to see if the hole you must dig will interfere with the well water in your backyard.
A telling sign you have high well water levels is swampy ponds in your backyard after rainfall. In some cases, you would have to spend as much as $10,000 to remove a $40,000 pool due to polluted well water seeping into your pool causing contamination.
Endless pool (swimming machine)
Starting Price - $15,000
The best description to help you understand the concept of the endless pool is a swimming treadmill.
While the main benefit of an endless pool is the rigorous work out you can achieve within such a small space, endless pools also offer several therapeutic benefits for people with arthritis and joint discomfort.
If you’re wondering why a 7’ by 12’ (or 10’ by 16’) swimming pool starts at $15,000, the answer lies within the machine powered swimming current.
Starting price - $1,800
Whereas Jacuzzi’s are also known as whirlpools and hot tubs, they all incorporate massaging jet streams with warm water for hydrotherapy or relaxation.
Jacuzzi pools are not used for swimming as most hot tubs have a maximum height of 36 inches.
However, these small pools are just as popular as large swimming pools because their small stature translates to an easy set up whether you decide to place your hot tub indoors or outdoors.
In short, Jacuzzi’s are the perfect pool for people who prefer a relaxing intimate setting over a large exercise unit.
Outdoor above ground pool
Starting price - $570
Not only are above ground pools the most popular type of pool among homeowners, they also have the most options for pool accessories.
While the wall height for an above ground pool is typically 52 (or 54) inches, the wall is usually made from steel or aluminum paneling and comes with a 20-year, 40-year or lifetime warranty.
To give your above ground pool an inground feel, you can add a deck around your above ground pool, however, I suggest that you first check with your local government to get the specifics on the laws in your area pertaining to decks.
Starting price – $20,000
Indoor inground pools are typically synonymous with affluent homeowners.
While these pools start at around $20,000, the price can escalate as high as $100,000 for elaborate models. If you have the finances to obtain an indoor pool, the convenience you will acquire from no longer worrying about outdoor weather interrupting your swim, paired with the added privacy, will surely justify your hefty purchase.
With the heat index reaching epic levels all over the country this year, swimming is one sure way to cool your body off while burning calories at the same time.
Beat the summer heat by purchasing a swimming pool for your home today!