9 Drop-Dead-Gorgeous Pool Houses
Summer is officially in full swing, meaning hot days that leave us itching to be near the water 24/7. We’re all for hitting the beach as much as possible, but sometimes we’d rather take a dip while also enjoying all the comforts of home (read: no trekking and schlepping in vicious temps). That leaves the next best thing: the pool. And what’s better than a pool to jump into on a hot summer day? An adjacent pool house to relax in afterward, of course. Pool houses provide many practical benefits, including a place to cool off, refresh your beverage, and unwind without having to worry about tracking your wet feet all over the main house floor. But they also transform a rather utilitarian outdoor space into a sophisticated setting that encourages lounging long after the sun has gone down. Keep scrolling to see some of our favourite pool houses around!
The pool deck’s vertical lines juxtaposed with louvered pool house windows, an symmetrical arrangement of the chaise lounges, and a horizontal stone wall peeking out of the shallow end give this pool area overlooking the ocean a quintessentially modern vibe. The spare furnishings could make the space feel off-limits, but the addition of two off-kilter floor poufs provides a relaxed counterpoint to the otherwise formal space.
We’d expect nothing but the best from the princess of prep. The classic black-and-white colour scheme is perfectly punctuated by a strip of bright green grass and, of course, the turquoise pool. Incorporating subtle hits of blue décor by way of a pitcher, glass, blanket, and a vase full of gorgeous hydrangeas ensures understated continuity. The intricate and varied latticework adds architectural interest and gives the space a sense of gravitas, while the mismatched yet complementary lounge chairs keep things appropriately informal.
This little box manages to be diminutive and a serious showpiece at the same time. The use of rich wood throughout provides a warm counterpoint to the light-hued stone and 90-degree angles characteristic of the patio. Keeping the furnishings to a minimum makes this small space all the more impactful.
Painting any home black is a daring choice we almost always applaud. But using this opaque shade in a space typically associated with light and easy-breezy colours is a gallant move that works to stunning effect. The stark contrast between the light stone floors and the dark walls is spectacular. And the black lounge chair creates an on-trend tone-on-tone effect. The moody forest green–tinged tile chosen for the pool is a nice departure from the standard white- or blue-tiled pool bottom, and gives the space an ethereal and slightly eerie feel. The large fireplace accented with contemporary but comfortable furniture creates a strong focal point that draws the eye across the space.
We know, we know. We just extolled the virtues of simplicity. This traditional pool house is larger than many starter homes, but if you want all the comforts of home mere steps from your pool, you need adequate space. We love that this pool area has so many zones in which to lounge about. The ability to hang inside, under not one but two pergolas, or out on the pool deck makes this space perfect for entertaining, and ensures you’ll have everything you need to host the summer’s best BBQ mere steps away.
This Mediterranean-inspired pool house is AH-mazing. A pair of palm trees and several other climate-appropriate plants, like aloe and bougainvillea, line the walkway, and its arches mirror the main house, creating a sense of symmetry despite their distance from one another on the property. The cane chairs punctuated by simple but colourful orange cushions pick up the peach and terra-cotta tones of the buildings and tile roof. Allowing the rest of the plants dotting the property to grow wild gives the property a casual, refined appearance.
It feels like you’ve stumbled into a secret ruin when you come upon Richard Shapiro’s pool area, situated in Los Angeles. The pool house looks like it’s been there since the beginning of time, thanks to the weathered columns, steps, and creeping ivy. The décor has a beautifully unfussy and global vibe, and continues the orange hue from the trees across the pool. Thick, slightly overgrown vegetation surrounding the property provides privacy and makes the space feel even more intimate.
This unassuming structure has a cabin-like feel but is elevated to luxurious heights with an abstract wood sculpture, boxwoods, and verdant vines covering the entry. But it’s clear from the peek into the interior that this is no regular cabin. The slate-blue walls beautifully echo the colours of the pool and stone deck while creating a calm, enveloping space. Sumptuous sofa and chair fabrics and a large area rug lend the space a sense of formality that belies its laid-back exterior.
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This idyllic property on the Costa Brava is the perfect place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a long day by the pool. The pool may be a recent addition but could easily pass for a painstakingly restored outbuilding original to the 300-year-old property. The beach may be a mere half-mile walk away, but we’d have a hard time ever leaving the modern conveniences of a grill, kitchenette, bathroom, refrigerator, dining area, and plenty of lounge space. It gets better: The property is available for rent year round. Count us in!