When it comes to upgrading your outdoors space, sometimes less is more. But let’s face it: sometimes a major renovation or addition will enhance your lifestyle so much that it’s well worth the investment. If you already have a backyard swimming pool, you realize how true this is. The more amenities you include in your outdoor living space, the more living you’re likely to do in it! A huge potential addition to consider for your backyard oasis — huge in terms of both size and significance — might be a pool house. More than a simple storage shed for toys and chemicals, modern pool houses can offer many conveniences as well as luxuries and outdoor entertainment options.
Designing Your Pool House, Step 1: Determine Its Primary Purpose
As you might expect, a pool house can be as individualized as you would like. What will determine the design of your personal pool house starts with its purpose. For some, the primary purpose of a pool house might be to accommodate overnight guests. Offering a kind of sanctuary for out-of-town visitors or maybe your coming-of-age kiddos, a pool house intended to function in that way might include space for a full bedroom set or simply a futon or daybed along with accent tables. If you add a kitchenette, you could possibly rent it out as well.
Another potential purpose for a pool house could be an entertainment room, man cave, or she shed — or it could possibly include spaces for all 3 of those functions. Depending on you and your family’s chosen recreational activities, you might want to include game tables for table tennis, air hockey, or pool. If you’re more into watching professional sports or movies or online gaming, maybe a media room with an outdoor TV and plenty of comfortable seating would be a better choice. Maybe you’re into crafting or some other hobby that deserves its own designated space; your pool house can suit your personal needs, whatever those may be.
Designing Your Pool House, Step 2: Decide on a Basic Size and Layout
Once you know what kinds of activities you want your pool house to accommodate, you’re ready to start designing it. Of course, the possibilities are nearly endless! The point of entry is especially important, since it can be used to flow into your outdoor entertainment area. Instead of a traditional fixed door, a retractable one that’s transparent might be a better option. Sheer curtains hanging from colorful rings can offer just enough privacy while also creating a beachy vibe.
You can also choose to include some basic items that can really enhance your space. Consider a bar area, complete with stools and a window that makes your pool house kitchen accessible to your outdoor guests. Or maybe an outdoor rain shower can be incorporated into it; this simple addition needs only a privacy wall, towel hooks, and a shelf for basic toiletries.
Once you’ve determined the purpose and basic layout of your pool house, it’s time to explore the style and any extras you’d like to include. Check out our next post in this series for an overview of those topics.
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