Three years ago my wife and I started a small swim school in Oklahoma city (born2swimokc, i hope it's ok to post this shameless advertisement ; if not, mods please let me know and I'll remove it).
Anyway, thanks to this site and all the great info here, we dove in head first and bought the biggest above ground pool we could find and started teaching in our back yard.
The summer months are great but 3-4 months is not enough to sustain a business year long, we have the demand for winter classes, so we need a year round facility (read: heated and indoor) and are exploring what are the most viable option to get there.
I know all about the challenges of having a heated indoor pool, like keeping the moisture level low, chemical balance, getting fresh air to remove chemical smell, etc and I'm ok with that.
(I've done some math to get an idea on cost to get the place heated, need to do the same to get the moisture level in check using fans, dehumidifiers, etc.)
At this point, I am gathering info on what would be the most feasible and seek advice from the people from this site.
So far, I believe it would be less expensive to find a house with an in-ground pool, get it covered and heated, than finding land + building house + pool + have it covered.
(if we could, we would obviously build it from the ground up to get it to our specific specs but i don't think it's feasible at this point).
Anyway, does anyone have any experience or know how much it would cost (ball park) to cover an existing pool (minimum would be 16x32 pool with enough space to walk around, a place for client to change, store some swim equipment...) with insulation and heating? Are we talking 20k? 50k? 100k? more? to get it done?
I'd like to have general idea on what to expect before calling pool builder, contractor, architects .... we don't even have an in-ground pool yet...
Is this a plain and simple bad idea?
Any comment is greatly appreciated.