Text by Sherry Moeller
There’s no place like home, especially this summer. And there’s no better way to enjoy your home during the summer months than with outdoor sanctuaries, including pool houses. Three top architectural firms share recent pool house designs that fit each family’s needs.
The idea of retreating to the outdoors was on the top of the list for this young Chevy Chase, Maryland family who worked with George Myers of GTM Architects to not only design their custom home, but also their backyard pool house and outside spaces. A full-size, stainless-steel refrigerator, microwave, sink, and maple cabinets, as well as granite bar with four stools facing a 65-inch, flat-screen TV complete the kitchen area.
With a large lot, about the size of two football fields, the owners transformed the one-time sledding hill into three outdoor zones, including a pool house where they can cook in the covered, but exposed kitchen, as well as gather with family and friends.
Separated from the house by about 100 feet, the pool and pool house provide a sanctuary in the woods for the family. The pool house also includes a shower, changing area and storage room with dryer for the towels.
For a Great Falls, Virginia family, a pool house wasn’t originally in the plan, but when they started discussing the addition of a screened-in space in the open expanse of their backyard with Jim Rill of Rill Architects, the design quickly turned into a year-round pool house.
Sliding glass walls by Solar Innovations encase three sides with the fourth solid wall housing the kitchen, powder room, changing room, and storage.
Well Equipped Interiors
The kitchen includes Lynx appliances featuring an indoor grill with an outdoor vent hood, refrigerator, ice machine, and warming drawers. The ceiling, walls and cabinets are made of clear stained maple with the kitchen island also highlighting a Caesarstone waterfall counter. Providing sitting, eating and cooking areas inside, the pool house also has heating, cooling and a sound system.
Flagstone finishes the flooring as well as the pool deck. Janus et Cie furniture upholstered in Perennials fabrics, plus a Janus et Cie chandelier round out the amenities of this Rill Architects designed space.
Beach House Vibes
The owners of this Bethesda, Maryland home wanted to make the most of their small homesite while also being respectful of the style of their existing home. So, they enlisted the Anthony Wilder Design Build Team of Anthony Wilder, Marian Vaias and Shannon Kadwell to devise a plan to orient the pool within the triangular lot, as well as use contemporary materials and colors on the pool house to complement the home.
The pool house also features pocket doors to powder and changing rooms, plus a large shower with frosted glass. A separate, stainless steel shower in the front provides a place to rinse off the pool’s saltwater before entering.
The interiors include a white bead-board ceiling and white kitchen cabinets, as well as a blue, white and cream color scheme. Finishes inside and out provide no-slip surfaces, extensive stonework and lighting, an outdoor sound system, and screened doors for a real beachy feel in a pool house designed for year-round use.