August 16 2018
One of the parts of the home that my team and I have real fun designing during the summer months are pool houses. Your pool house may be an exterior building, such as an outbuilding or barn, or it may be that you have an indoor pool and are seeking to resurrect something inside your home.
Below I share with you a few ideas and suggestions for those of you who are about to, or hope to soon be embarking on your very own pool house project.
A Pool House can be purely practical or more luxurious
The ultimate role of a pool house is to provide somewhere that brings home comforts and practicality closer to the poolside. It is therefore important to approach the design of it with function, form and fun in mind.
I will always seek to include aspects like an area to store plenty of drinks in a cool environment and a miniature hi-speed dishwasher so that used glasses and plates need not have to be brought back to the main house. If there is room, a counter area with a sturdy, practical top such as zinc, and svelte bar stools are a worthy addition too. Together, they form a sort of kitchenette. Then of course, you will benefit from a changing area with a bin for wet towels and baskets for pool toys and goggles. A washing machine and tumble dryer cabinet is additionally ideal and of course a shower or wet room stocked with lovely toiletries. Even an outdoor shower if you want to re-create the sort of luxury resort you might see in more exotic climes.
Concentrate on orientation
When it comes to the building, you should consider just how much sunlight you hope to receive and at what times of day. Bi-fold doors are incredibly useful in pool house design. Placing them on three walls for example, will open up the space enormously and connect it in a very compelling way with the outdoor space.
Let practicality lead when it comes to decorating
This does not mean to disregard aesthetics and style of course, but I would strongly advise letting performance, durability and ease of living rule your decision-making when it comes to pool houses. I love to use rustic floor tiles such as terracotta brick with underfloor heating to keep the room warm in cooler moments. I will often design with exposed stone or brick walls too because they will not suffer at all when splashed with water. Equally, sisal or seagrass lookalikes are very well suited to pool houses.
I will always be somebody who truly values what curtains bring to an interior. A pool house is no different. Here, I favour natural linen curtains without any interlining. They give that dreamy, romantic floating appearance as though you could be in the South of France or even the Seychelles! They are discreet for a changing area also, but without being so private as a proper changing room. It is a home after all.