It’s swimming season! Possibly the only thing more luxurious than lounging by a shimmering turquoise swimming pool is knowing that a fruity beverage, a fluffy towel or spare sunglasses are only a few steps away from your chaise. Even though a pool house may look like an extravagant frill, a well-designed version can enhance your poolside enjoyment exponentially.
In case you don’t have the funds to build a pool house from scratch, home centers and other retailers provide premade versions. You can even turn a backyard shed or another little outbuilding to a cabana. Follow these suggestions to maintain your pool pad at its peak.
Ike Kligerman Barkley
Pay attention to building codes. Generally, a pool house has to be put a prescribed number of feet away from the pool, a figure that is often depending on the thickness of the water. Assess your town or county’s building codes to make sure that yours falls inside the required guidelines.
Austin Patterson Disston Architects
Follow your home’s architecture. Your pool house doesn’t have to match your home just, but it should not seem as though it’s landed in the incorrect lawn, either. Be sure its style, proportions and lines complement those of the main house for visual cohesion.
HP Rovinelli Architects
Plan for the two open air and indoor shelter. A broad overhang allows you and your guests to enjoy fresh air while staying from sunlight, but you will also want an enclosed interior space in the event of rain.
Lewis / Schoeplein architects
Consider solitude. Guests changing into their swimsuits will not want to feel as though they’re on display. Orient the pool house so that it’s as private as possible, and include attributes such as displays, privacy walls, frosted or etched windows, and shades or blinds.
K C Wood Custom Homes
Contain niceties that will keep your home puddle free. In case you have to traipse back and forth in your home to fetch cold drinks and fresh towels, then that defeats the purpose of a pool house. Stock it with a mini refrigerator, snacks, dishware, additional towels and other touches. Insert a little bathroom area with a toilet, sink and shower so that guests can rinse off when they get from the water.
Construct in storage. Pool gear can be cumbersome, and it’s a tendency to accumulate. Twist in shelving, cabinets and practical furnishings, such as storage seats, to maintain your pool house free of clutter.
Steinbomer, Bramwell & Vrazel Architects
Allow plenty of space for entertaining. Parties are half the fun of owning a pool house. Outfit it with comfortable seating, cocktail lounges and coffee tables and, if you prefer, a bar so that you’re ready for a fiesta on short notice. Choose stylish exterior fabrics and other watertight surfaces — you do not want folks to feel as though they can not sit in a wet swimsuit.
LDa Architecture & Interiors
Don’t forget the electronic equipment. A sound system, dimmer-controlled lighting and Wi-Fi go a long way toward making your pool house both pleasant and functional. If you expect to entertain by the swimming pool during major events, such as the Summer Olympics or the Masters golf tournament, then you may also include a tv set.
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