Pool houses should make a (big) splash—and these beautiful properties exceed expectations. From two-story stunners in Dallas to resort-style marvels in Atlanta, peruse the stylish projects that will satisfy your search for pool house ideas.
The pool house also contains an upstairs guest suite. Landscape designer Matthew Murrey created borders surrounding the existing pool that include boxwood and low-maintenance perennials.
To complement architect William T. Baker and designer Kelly Wolf Anthony’s design for the pool house, landscape architect John Howard placed clipped American boxwoods in Greenform pots atop niches of Mexican river pebbles. Janus et Cie’s Matisse chaise lounges punctuate the far end of the pool, which features an interior border of Lunada Bay Tile’s Abruzzo Silk glass mosaic. Lanterns by The Urban Electric Co. set the scene.
“We wanted the pool house to look like it had always been there,” says architect Amanda Orr, whose concept comprised a vaulted ceiling, accordion steel doors by Jorge Iron Works and a curved stucco exterior by Georgia Stucco Specialists Inc. to conceal the spacious outdoor shower. A beach scene by Sally King Benedict is framed by bentwood armchairs from B.D. Jeffries indoors and a pair of The Urban Electric Co.’s Lyford lanterns on the exterior.
Architect David Anderson ensured the hallmarks of the pool house would meld harmoniously with the main residence. Lap siding and brickwork in Sherwin-Williams’ Eider White contrast Williamsburg lanterns by Bevolo Gas & Electrric Lights and NanaWall bifold doors as concrete flooring by Hartstone Tile extends indoors. Summer Classics’ Monaco chaises impart resort style as Ledge Loungers submerge in the pool.
TRADITIONAL MEETS MODERN
Architect Oliver Cope designed the new pool house with the look of a barn conversion. By pairing traditional forms like the steeply pitched roof and cupola with a retractable glazed façade, its design echoes the old-meets-new spirit of the main house and feels natural to the property. The loungers are Munder Skiles.
For seating at the pool house bar, designer Terry Hunziker chose Altura furniture. Just outside is an expansive deck anchored by outdoor furniture by Sutherland. Landscape architect Michael McGowan worked with fellow landscape architect Robert E. Truskowski—who has an eponymous firm—on the property’s major specimen trees.
Leading off the patio, a path lined with Sylvester palms and terra-cotta planters containing elephant ears draws the eye to the shellstone pool and the pool house, home to a Four Hands table and Sutherland chairs. Landscape architect Chris Vance designed the grounds, which were installed by Steve Kross.
“We inserted contemporary elements into the garden for an updated feel, such as the monolithic stone fire pit and pared-down garden walls and steps,” says landscape architect Renée Byers. The pool and pool house (designed to emulate the main property with modern notes) were carefully sited for utmost privacy.
Although it’s a new building, the Cabana is designed to look like a vintage barn that has always been on the property. It serves as a pool house, a guest house and a gym. The outside is colored with a custom stain and the entry is flanked by vegetable beds created by landscape architect Janell Hobart.
Conceived by Hamptons Luxury Estates, the gracious property includes a large outdoor area and pool house, which designer Bennett Leifer helped to update alongside in-house general contractor Franklin Campoverde. Janus et Cie’s Slant lounge chairs and Olympia urns mark its chic entrance.
The Perlick beer dispenser, Bosch dishwashers and Sub-Zero refrigerators in the pool house are all from Pirch. Countertops from Ollin, backsplash tile from TileBar, Popham Design tile from Ann Sacks on the bar, and flooring from Tile Elements ensure a dynamic vibe.
Paul Frankl rattan seating from the 1940s, a driftwood coffee table and a pair of vintage Italian brass lamps provide a contemporary counterpoint to the traditional board-and-batten siding of this East Hampton, New York, pool house by Dan Scotti Design. Custom benches flank each side of the seating area, underscoring the graceful symmetry of the project.
The pool house mimics the look and feel of the main house with materials like cedar siding, a corrugated metal roof by AEP Span and limestone flooring and patio pavers from SBI Materials. The pool itself was installed by Blue Revolution Pools, and the Sun lounge chairs are by Harbour Outdoor.
In addition to a changing area and shower, the pool house features a full kitchen, a dining area and a seating vignette. The mango-wood table was purchased at From the Source, and the chairs are vintage Eames seats. The large paper lanterns are from Pearl River, and the surfboard is vintage. Eskayel wallpaper lines the kitchen.
A Manutti sofa and blue rope chairs from Teak Warehouse provide durable seating in the pool house. The coffee tables are from Urban Hardwoods, the drapery fabric is by Thibaut and the rug is from Stark. A vintage industrial clock is inset at the top of the room, near a light fixture by Kevin Reilly for Holly Hunt.
FRONT AND CENTER
Powers and Lobl Construction built the pool house, where a reclaimed teak table from Authenteak Outdoor Living and Francesco Rota’s Canvas sectional for Paola Lenti hold court.