The Solution: Build the Perfect Pool House for Outdoor Gatherings
Designing an Outdoor Space with Functional Flow
Using materials to match the main home and carriage house, we constructed the pool house as a freestanding building to keep indoor and outdoor spaces separate and distinct. As a transitional element from house to pool area, we added a pergola-covered dining area to provide a quiet space to gather for meals.
The pool house itself is designed in zones, moving from entertaining to personal to maintenance spaces. The outer zone, used for entertaining, consists of a bar, grill, and TV lounge, complete with an outdoor fireplace with its own TV and nearby sectional sofa. On the massive central serving island, a two-level marble bar-top offers a place for serving beer from built-in taps while also lowering the sink and food prep below guests’ visibility.
Facing the bar is the cooking wall, a medley of stone and wood with powder-coated stainless steel cabinets to keep utensils, dinnerware, and barware neatly contained. Above the Wolf grill, Green Egg, and handy Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers hangs a sleek wood housing that not only ensconces a recessed television, but also disguises a commercial ventilation unit.
To the left of the bar is a short hallway leading to a changing room and on to pool house’s toilet room. Just outside the entrance to the hallway, we built an additional kitchen area — which we call the “dirty kitchen — with a full-sized refrigerator, more cooking options, and more cabinets can be left open for efficient access or hidden from view with custom-built pocket doors.
Directly behind the cooking wall, we tucked still more storage, as well as a laundry facility for taking care of wet swimsuits and towels. Everything our clients need for hosting a welcoming outdoor experience is easily within reach.
Small Details with Big Impact
Interior designer Tonya Ballew worked with our clients to select materials, furnishings, and many of the small design details that add personality and charm to the finished project. For instance, the oversized gas lanterns on each of the stone columns are installed with automatic light sensors to offer a soft, dusk-to-dawn ambience.
Recessed lights in the pool house ceiling accentuates the contrasting wood tones of the beams and paneling, while the roof’s glassed-in gable allows natural light into the pool house, preventing the shady space from tipping over into gloomy.
We also incorporated several functional elements to give our clients and their guests an easeful experience. One of our favorite details is a set of custom pull-out steps, disguised as drawers, that allow smaller children to comfortably reach the sink in the bathroom’s floating vanity.