Pool House Ideas for designing your outdoor space
Ah the pool house, oddly enough the first thing that comes to mind when I think of pool houses or cabanas is a scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, that is where my brain takes me, I’m just along for the ride. My personal experiences with pool houses are filled with images of me sighing to myself in the mirror because I am about to walk out in a bathing suit and I didn’t quite heed the “bikini season is right around the corner” warnings (again) so I’m never ready to trot around in a suit in front of others.
The idea of the pool house has changed so much over time, long ago it may have been just a changing room, the overflow sleeping quarters for guest or a glorified shed to hold the pool products and the Webber grill. Today it has morphed into so much more.
From the open air Mediterranean style pool house with vines dripping from every part of the structure and a pizza oven blackened from use in the suburbs to a rustic screened porch pool house with hammocks swinging inside that overlooks the tree tops in the mountains; they all make the pool environment more inviting. “Let’s make a day of it” beckons the pools house, “let’s spend some time together”.
No matter what the structure type, no matter what the view, the pool house gives you an outdoor living environment to visit with friends, enjoy a meal together or snooze in the shade after a dip in the pool. Your ideal pool house may be traditional stucco with Spanish tile for quaint family meals or something more glam filled with lavish furnishings, a large dining area with a chandelier and an outdoor kitchen equip with Viking appliances.
Man Caves have never had it so good as when they are poolside, flat screen TVs and a Big Green Egg smoker will host the most epic of football parties and you won’t have to worry about cigar smoke or spilt beer in the house! Whatever your style of entertaining the pool house can be your blank canvas to take designing risks, give someone some space or just get the teenagers out of the house so you can take a breath.
Entertaining is always a breeze if you keep airflow in mind when building your pool house or outdoor entertaining area. Do you plan on installing an additional air conditioning unit to cool the enclosed structure? If not then consider an open air concept with ceiling fans and use ornamental trees for privacy rather than a fully enclosed wall. To keep building cost down use slatted wood on structure walls with spaces in between so the breeze flows through.
Other options you might consider when designing you pool house or cabana are do you want to add outdoor showers, restrooms, additional storage, game rooms, or maybe your own personal gym & sauna area. The only limit is what you can imagine (and what your budget will allow), so think about it in depth before you build and make it a special retreat right in your own back yard.
Welcome to the Pool & Spa industry, revolutionized!
WATERtv – blogger Megan Howard
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