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Best Pool House Designs

It’s finally swimming season! Perhaps the only thing more luxurious than lounging by the pool at some tropical resort is knowing that a beverage, suntan lotion, magazine or a snack, are just a few short steps away. Although a pool house might seem like an extravagant thing to build, the best pool house designs can create the illusion of having a vacation resort in your own back yard. Because there’s nothing like the freedom of taking a vacation whenever you want one, all while enjoying the comforts of your own home.

The primary purpose of great pool house designs are to provide a private space near the pool to change in and out of swimsuits, go to the bathroom, shower, take a nap, enjoy a beverage, and entertain friends or family. But it can do a lot more than that. Let’s discuss the 3 biggest benefits of the best pool house designs.

Pool House Designs: Convenience

If you own a pool, chances are you’ll be entertaining guests at some point. A pool house allows you to keep the party outside, in your backyard, rather than inside your home. Great pool house designs keep everything you need poolside. Guests won’t need to enter your home to use the bathroom or to get food and drinks.

Never worry again about guests running in and out of the house, leaving a trail of wet footprints behind as they move about your home. In fact, if you choose to invest in a pool house with a bathroom and kitchen area, there’s really no need for anyone to enter your home at all. Being able to entertain guests outside is the primary factor clients routinely say they love having a pool house. It gives you the freedom to throw great summer parties without the drawback of having lots of wet people moving around your home.

A pool house makes summers more enjoyable by having everything you need just a few short steps from the pool. This can range from a well appointed shed to a sizable guest house complete with bathroom and kitchen facilities, a sitting area, bar, and even bedrooms. Many pool houses feature a covered patio area with TV’s and outdoor furniture to relax and get some shade. Great pool house designs become an outdoor entertainment hub. Add an outdoor kitchen or lounge surrounding a fireplace to make the pool house a desirable night time destination.

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Spectacular Modern Pool House Design. White siding with black framed windows and doors. Brick chimney. Shake shingles with metal accent roofing. Outdoor fireplace. Blue stone pool patio. 2nd Floor apartment with full amenities. White patio furniture and planters.

Lots Of Storage

Top pool house designs  create places for storing pool and spa equipment. As well as for hiding the fairly large yet necessary pool pumps and filters. Bigger pool houses can include storage space for pool toys and all sorts of maintenance supplies. If big enough, you could even house pumps, filters, and other essential pool equipment inside. If designed right, a pool house can be much more than a simple storage shed designed to house your pool stuff.

You probably use chemicals to clean the pool and balance it’s water composition. These chemicals can potentially be dangerous, best securely locked away in a pool house where they can’t be accidentally ingested or improperly used. This is a huge benefit for families with small children or pets who can rummage through cabinets getting themselves into trouble.

Resale Value

Whenever you do any type of home improvement or consider buying a new home, thinking about resale value is a good idea. While honestly, pools are hit or miss in terms of adding resale value here at the Jersey Shore, pool houses are a sure thing.

On the low to mid end of real estate prices, a pool can sometimes be a bad thing. For a variety of reasons, home buyers on average, don’t want to pay a premium for homes with a pool. If your considering putting one in or buying a home with one already installed, do your homework first. You may be throwing some of your well earned money away.

On the high end however, in towns such as Spring Lake or Sea Girt, a pool is a must have option when building a luxury new home. “A pool is expected,” says Mary Ellens, top real estate agent at the Jersey Shore. “One of the first things we’re asked when selling at the Beach is does it have a pool. You’ve got to have one if you expect to get top dollar.”

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Cute pool house design. Cedar shake siding with Timberline shingles. White Azek trim with custom columns. Vaulted ceilings. In ground concrete pool with hot tub. Paver patio. Beautiful landscaping.

Pool Houses Add Home Value

All this changes however if you factor in a pool house. They add value to a home no matter what price point your at. Home buyers love having the extra space and outdoor storage. And any amenity you add is always a plus. Almost no one dislikes having an outdoor shower, bathroom, patio area, bar, kitchen, etc.

Pool houses also have a way of amplifying the value of a pool. Many homeowners completely change their view of a pool if you add in a pool house. “Pools are way more popular if they have a pool house.” says Mary. “They fix a lot of the concerns people have with pools. Like people coming in and out of the house when wet. Or where to store all the pool stuff and chemicals.”

Top Pool House Designs

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Stunning Pool House Designs

A custom built pool house is much more than just a place to tuck away all your pool gear, bundles of extra towels and other essentials. It is a space where friends and family can rest, rejuvenate and come together, day or night and in any weather. Comfy outdoor décor, a cool couch, some chairs, TV, outdoor fireplace and a coffee table can create the perfect spot to get out of the house and just relax. Clean lines and smart layout that complements the main house ensure that the pool house integrates easily with the properties overall design.

Even though pool houses tend to be modest structures, this doesn’t have to be the case with your pool house. Be sure to take the design of your home into consideration but design your pool house to stand out and be it’s own thing. The architectural relationship between the pool house and main home is extremely important but they don’t have to match exactly. Be creative and style your pool house to be something beautiful, regardless of what the home looks like.

Pool houses are becoming more and more popular among homeowners around the country, as it adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to any size home.

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Rustic Pool House Style

Black trim with weathered cedar shake shingles. Dark wood trim. Real stone patio with stone hardscaping and retaining walls. In ground tiled concrete pool. Covered seating area. Beautiful landscaping. Red brick chimney.

There’s an assumption that dark colors are gloomy and depressing. Some people even say that dark homes feel small and claustrophobic. But nothing could be further from the truth. When dark color schemes are executed properly they can be dramatic and full of life.

Despite what many people believe, dark colors are not a bad idea for a pool house. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Dark colors can be dramatic, thus giving a spool house design a much bigger presence than it might otherwise have.

It’s important to create contrast as well as a sense of balance. A mix of materials is essential – use different textures in your siding, roofing and accent pieces. Some items should pop against a dark background, so use some light and/or bold colors on occasion and make use of interesting shapes as well. Use plants and other landscaping to add tasteful splashes of color.

It’s always great to add some accessories to every pool house, but with a dark color scheme, keep it simple. Dark homes are inherently dramatic so you don’t want to overdo it. Focus on adding simple elements to draw the eye rather than lots of items that can distract. Keep the design clean and crisp. Trust your eye and your instincts.

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Modern Pool House Design

Fact: Having a pool house will make your life feel like one big vacation. Okay, well maybe we can’t make that promise…but we can confidently say that a well-designed pool house will make summer entertaining and year-round hosting a lot more fun. There’s just something about the added privacy, additional utility, and convenience of a pool house. When your lounging at the pool you don’t want to worry about wet feet and people running in and out of the house all day. You just want to relax.

The perfectly designed pool house makes summer pool parties care free by providing everything you need in one place, out doors.

Another thing you should bear in mind is the orientation of your luxurious pool house, which is, truth be told, one of the most important considerations. Function should always be considered along with form. This is  why you should plan everything out in advance taking sun direction in mind. Build your pool, the pool, patio and pool house wherever you’ll be able to enjoy them all to the max.

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Pool House With Negative Edge Swimming Pool

Aside from being a nice to place to hang out, your pool house should also provide storage for all those pool toys. A pool house is the perfect place to experiment with an indoor/outdoor concept. Opt for a retractable door or floor to ceiling glass doors that allow you to let the breeze inside. With a pool house you won’t have the same concerns keeping the doors and windows open like you will in the main home.

To make the entire pool area feels like one cohesive zone, find a way to tie the pool house and patio furniture together. Coordinate your pool house decor with what’s on your patio, deck or poolside.

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Mediterranean Style Pool House

Some of you may already be thinking that a refreshing pool would be a luxury in itself. A pool house is an even more remote dream considering how expensive a pool can be. But we’re allowed to dream aren’t we. A fabulous Mediterranean inspired pool house like the one shown above is definitely not just a simple home addition that just fills space in your backyard. The best pool house designs perfectly compliment the look of the main home while providing both form and function. A one stop shop for all your outdoor lounging needs and obviously makes hosting a cool pool party a whole lot easier.

A pool house design open to the elements is great if you’re focused on having more entertaining space. Keeping the sides open allows you a constant view of the pool and an indoor outdoor feel.

This design is perfect if you’re on a budget since open areas are cheaper to build than enclosed ones.

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Classic Pool House Designs

There’s no doubting the fact that a pool house has always been considered a symbol of luxury. A classic pool house design perfectly highlights this idea, elegantly bringing to life that picture perfect holiday postcard image. With classic lines and materials such as wood and stone being beautifully put together, this pool house paints a picture of tradition and opulence. While these pool houses look fantastic, remember that they should be paired with a matching style home.

If your pool house plans are small, don’t worry. There are tons you can do with a small amount of space, while still ending up with a great, functional pool house. Though somewhat limited to what you can do by such a small area to work with, you can still squeeze in everything you need.

Glass doors will also open up a small space, as will cleverly thought out furnishings. Consider adding a covered patio since these are cheaper to build than fully enclosed spaces.

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Pool House Size

Going beyond the simple aesthetics, let’s look at the practical aspects of top pool house designs. For starters, consider the available space, the size of the pool, the yard, and the main house. Your pool house should be in proportion with everything around it. It’s probably not a good idea to build a 2000 sq. ft. pool house if your home is 2000 sq. ft., but if your home is 20,000 then a large pool house may be the appropriate size. If you’ve got the space consider a design that offers both enclosed and open lounging areas.

When it comes to the best modern pool house plans. The best are always the ones that have the most flushed out designs which can benefit daily life.

Here, you have ample areas designated for cooking, eating, lounging, and just hanging out. And with an open floor plan, everything flows together beautifully. When it comes to your own creative pool house ideas, make sure to create areas dedicated to whatever activities you like to do outdoors.

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We’re pretty sure some of you are already thinking about how a refreshing pool with fantastic pool house would be a dream come true. Especially since as I write this we’re experiencing one of the hottest summers in NJ history. But a fabulous pool house is definitely not a mere excess that just fills space in your backyard. It can be the one stop shop for all your outdoor needs and obviously makes hosting a summer pool party a whole lot easier.

Your pool house amenities aren’t much different from the what you need in your main house. First of all, if your including a kitchen then a fully equipped kitchen is an absolute must. Make sure to get a stylish fridge and fill it up with fresh fruits and veggies, bottled water, and plenty of snacks. Porcelain dinnerware is an essential part of any luxurious kitchen, but may be a bit much for a pool house, unless your planning to host something formal.

Needless to say, drinking wine from plastic glasses is simply unacceptable, so get a set of fancy crystal glasses and surprise your guests with this extra pop of luxury when they least expect it.

Of course, you should also provide enough soft towels for everyone in your pool house, and these should be differently sized so that your guests can pick whichever size they prefer. Toiletries like toothpaste, toothbrushes, fizzy bath bombs, shampoo, conditioner, and bubble bath should be provided by the host, too, so don’t forget to get all of these before your guests arrive. This is a fantastic token of appreciation they certainly won’t forget.

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Contemporary Pool House

A contemporary pool house can be more than just a place to stash all your pool gear, extra towels and outdoor stuff. It’s a space where the entire family can rest and rejuvenate while enjoying the pool and sunshine. Comfy outdoor décor, a cool couch, some chairs and a coffee table can create the perfect sitting area, with an additional dining area turning the pool house into a secondary living space. Clean lines and smart modern design that complements the main house in its contemporary style ensure that the pool house integrates easily with the overall landscape.

Once summer has arrived full force in New Jersey, we don’t have much of a choice but to spend the majority of our time outside swimming. Be it at a river, ocean or private pool, water and a grill are vital parts of any summer at the Jersey Shore. That said, when I think of the ultimate in poolside lounging, nothing quite tops the luxury of a lavish pool house.

This modern dreamy bungalow make it possible to host a pool party without ever having to set a wet foot in the house. All while providing a cool space for friends and family to beat the heat.

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Small Pool House Designs

Elements such as a guest room, bathroom, showers, kitchen, grilling station or sitting areas are all features found in top pool house designs. Make sure to include lots of room for storage and plan for private areas where guests can lounge and feel at home.

Remember that a pool house should complement, not compete, with the main residence. Notice the small pool house shown above. It’s design compliments the style of the main home and the size is kept in perfect proportion. You don’t want the pool house to over power your home, yard, patio, deck, pool, etc. Everything must work together as one cohesive unit.

Your pool and spa house can provide an area to store your pool equipment, a convenient place to entertain, and a way to bring the amenities of your home outside.

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Plenty of Seating

Parties are half the fun of having a pool house. Make sure to add lots of comfortable seating, cocktail or coffee tables and, if you like, an outdoor kitchen area. Choose stylish outdoor fabrics and other waterproof surfaces. Make sure whatever you choose it’s comfortable when wet.

Recessed wall and floor lighting create the perfect atmosphere for entertaining at night.

Thanks to moveable furnishings and a Murphy bed that opens from the wall, the roughly 500 sq. ft. pool house can go from pool party to guesthouse to secluded getaway for the homeowners. The pool house is meant to be a retreat for everyone so it’s best if designed to be multi purpose. 
Almost every visitor seeing the pool house for the first time says the same thing: “I want to live here.”

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Freshly Stocked

If you have to walk back and forth from your home to fetch cold drinks and fresh towels, that defeats the point of all great pool house designs. Stock yours with a mini fridge, snacks, dishware, extra towels and other necessities. Add a small bathroom area with a toilet, sink and shower so that guests can rinse off as soon as they get out of the water.

A quaint little country cottage at the end your garden next to the pool is one of the coziest pool house designs we can think of. This is a great idea if you’re thinking of pool house plans with living quarters for guests to stay in. Make it feel like a home away from home for guests by introducing warm, comforting color schemes into your pool house plans.

And just think about how colorful flower beds surrounding your pool and pool house will look for a stunning country cottage feel.

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Mediterranean

Take your pool to the Mediterranean with stucco, terracotta tiles and lots of plants. A Mediterranean style with a modern twist is a great look for a top pool house design. Having a pool house connected to the main house is also a great feature. You can open it all up when it’s just you and the family at home or close the pool house off when you want to keep the party outside.

To design your dream pool house, you need to know what style you want your pool house design to be. First, we suggest you make a list of exactly what you’re going to be using it for. Do you need a changing area? Maybe an extra guest bedroom away from the main home? A bathroom? An entertaining area? Maybe even a bar? Pool houses are often used as guest houses too, so thoughtfully chosen and placed furnishings are vital to creating a comfortable living space.

Remember top pool house designs are all about function, so start designing there first.

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Consider Privacy

Guests changing into their swimsuits will want some privacy. If you don’t want them changing into and out of their wet swimsuits add a changing area. If you’ve got a small pool house design keep it simple. Just a room to change in will generally be enough. Add a bathroom with shower if you’ve got the space and budget but the bare essentials are all you really need.

Unlike your main home, a pool house can be as large or small as you’d like. This freedom can lead to many newly inspired design decisions. You can use your pool house designs to create a new style from the main home while ensuring that it brilliantly compliments your pool. And if you’re lucky enough to have ample space, you may be able to include elements you’d normally have to go into the main house to use, like bathrooms, showers, a kitchen or dining areas.

Note how the pool house featured above is just the right size for the scale of the pool it edges while boasting enough space to work as a covered sitting area and guest suite.

We also suggest you take note of how the exterior of the pool house compliments the materials used in the walkway and retaining wall. The use of stone, metals and square columns is a beautifully sophisticated look.

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Coordinate Styles

Following your home’s architecture is a good rule of thumb. Your pool house doesn’t have to match your home exactly, but it shouldn’t feel mismatched. Be sure its style, lines and proportions complement those of the main house. As you can see above the main house is stone while the pool house is stucco, the roofing shingles are different and so is the roof line. But the colors flow together perfectly along with the colors of the patio and retaining walls.

If you’re lucky enough to have a pool and space for a pool house, you’re already envied the world over. So why not go for the gold and build a stunning pool house like the one shown above? An absolutely stunning pool house design that’s both an elegant yet functional addition to the main home. Which is also an architectural masterpiece.

Take note of how the styles and materials used all flow together perfectly while not being exactly the same, which is a great thing. Take the opportunity when designing a pool house to add some extra oomph to your backyard by being creative.

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Natural Color Pool House Style

When it comes to natural siding colors, the options are seemingly endless. The muted hues go far beyond using pearl and beige, with plenty of ways to stand out while blending in. Plus, neutral colors are timeless and work on virtually any design pool house. The key is to add a variety of textures, colors and materials all work together to create one flawless design.

Here we see white shake siding paired with matching white trim and modern black framed windows. Brown cedar shingle roofing. The stone patio works perfectly with the color tones in the pool house. This is an absolutely beautiful pool house made even better by the open, pass through design.

There’s just something about a muted paint color palette that adds such sophisticated beauty to a home. Whether you love clean, bright whites or deep, dark grays, a natural pool house siding color works with just about any color home and provides the perfect backdrop for creative accents and architectural features.

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