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25 Pool Houses to Complete Your Dream Backyard Retreat

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We are pretty sure some of you out there are already thinking about how a refreshing pool would be a luxury in itself and that a pool house is an even more remote dream. But we are allowed to dream, even more, when the design inspiration around us is so amazing and stylish!

A fabulous custom pool house is definitely not a mere excess that just fills space in your backyard and completes the poolscape visually. It can be the one-stop-shop for all your outdoor lounging needs and obviously makes hosting a cool fall or fun summer pool party a whole lot easier.

Pool house completes the relaxing setting to absolute perfection [Design: Ike Kligerman Barkley]
Pool house completes the relaxing setting to absolute perfection [Design: Ike Kligerman Barkley]

Having said that, an exquisite pool house is different for different people, with each of us having different lounging needs. Then there is space and budget to take into account. The collection of 25 dashing pool houses on display today covers a wide range of styles and designs, with each one offering something unique and exceptional. Here is your guide into the world of pool-side living –

Contemporary Pool House Bliss

A contemporary 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 the entire family can rest, rejuvenate and come together, even while enjoying the warmth and sunshine.

The pool area features a comfy outdoor décor, a cool couch, some chairs, and a coffee table can create the sitting zone, with an alfresco dining area (or even one indoors) turning it into a secondary living space. Clean lines and smart modern design that complements the main house in its silhouette ensure that the pool house integrates easily with the overall landscape.

Modern furniture is a key element to any backyard retreat. A contemporary pool house is perfectly accented with a rattan chaise lounge chair. This one comes in sleek and simple white or bright blue for a pop of chic color.

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Fabulous pool house with al fresco dining and comfy seating for guests [Design: Acorn Garden Houses]
Fabulous swimming pool with alfresco dining and comfy seating for guests [Design: Acorn Garden Houses]
Awesome contemporary pool house that does it all! [Design: CG&S Design-Build]
Awesome contemporary outdoor kitchen that does it all! [Design: CG&S Design-Build]
Contemporary pool house with glass garage door sits tight on the edge of the pool [Design: Randall Mars Architects]
Contemporary glass garage door creates stunning visual on the edge of the pool [Design: Randall Mars Architects]
Stunning pool house will wow your guests every single time [Design: Darren James Interiors]
Stunning entertaining area will wow your guests every single time [Design: Darren James Interiors]
Smart modern pool house in steely gray [Design: KAA Design]
Smart modern guest house in steely gray [Design: KAA Design]
Woodsy, small pool house showcases clean design lines and exquisite style [Design: Bates Masi Architects]
Clean lines and exquisite style showcase this woodsy and contemporary design [Design: Bates Masi Architects]
Small and stylish contemporary pool house packs quite a punch! [Design: Maienza - Wilson Architecture + Interiors]
Small and stylish contemporary guest house packs quite a punch! [Design: Maienza – Wilson Architecture + Interiors]

A Pool House That Is A Timeless Image of Luxury

There is absolutely no doubting the fact that a pool house has always been considered a symbol of luxury and good times. Classic pool houses definitely drive home this idea, not only with their ergonomics, but also thanks to aesthetics that seem to bring alive that picture-perfect ‘holiday postcard’ image. With shingle roofs, elegant design, classic form, and materials such as wood and stone being used elegantly, this pool house paints a picture of tradition and opulence.

While these pool houses look great, remember that they might not really pair well with more modern gardens, poolscapes, and homes. They do pair well with classic wicker furniture like this 3-piece Hacienda set that is truly timeless.

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Matching decor and common hues inside and outside the pool house create a curated poolscape [Design: Northworks Architects and Planners]
Matching decor and common hues both inside and outside create a curated poolscape [Design: Northworks Architects and Planners]
Traditional pool house in white with gray shingled roof [Design: Northworks Architects and Planners]
Traditional pool house in white with gray shingled roof [Design: Northworks Architects and Planners]
Turn the pool cabana into a smart social zone for friends and family [From: Trueblood Company / Tom Grimes]
Turn the pool cabana into a smart social zone and outdoor living room for friends and family [From: Trueblood Company / Tom Grimes]
Twin pergolas add elegance to the classic pool house [Design: Merrimack Design Architects]
Twin pergolas add elegance [Design: Merrimack Design Architects]
Give the pool house a small kitchen and serving station to turn it into a cool hangout [Design: Matthew Bolt Graphic Design]
Give the pool house a small kitchen and serving station to turn it into a cool hangout [Design: Matthew Bolt Graphic Design]
Gorgeous pool house also provides sheltered outdoor lounge and additional space [Design: Crisp Architects / Photographer: Rob Karosis]
Gorgeous pool house also provides sheltered outdoor lounge and additional space [Design: Crisp Architects / Photographer: Rob Karosis]

Style, Space and Décor

Going beyond the aesthetic aspect of it all, we delve into the many ways that you can plan for a pool house. For starters, consider the space available, the size of the pool, the yard, and the main house itself. Your pool house must be in proportion with everything around it and must also utilize the available space to the hilt.

In small gardens, a modest pool and a tiny pool house can still make a big impact. You can even convert that neglected garage or shed into a beautiful and useful pool house. Those blessed with more space might want to consider a design that offers an opportunity for both sheltered and open lounging areas.

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Style of the pool house perfectly complements that of the landscape around it [Design: SURROUNDS Landscape Architecture + Construction / Photography: Bob Narod]
This guest house style perfectly complements that of the landscape around it [Design: SURROUNDS Landscape Architecture + Construction / Photography: Bob Narod]
Turn your pool house into a secondary living zone and guest space [Design: Rick & Cindy Black Architects]
Turn your pool house into a secondary living zone and guest space [Design: Rick & Cindy Black Architects]

Elements such as an additional guest room, bathrooms, outdoor shower, a small kitchen, a barbecue zone and more can be added, depending on both the space available and your lifestyle. Finally, make room for plenty of storage and plan for enough private areas so that your guests feel a lot more at home the next time they come to your pool party!

Unassuming pool house is all about enjoying the outdoors [Design: Harry Elson Architect]
Unassuming pool house with adjoining hot tub is all about enjoying the outdoors [Design: Harry Elson Architect]
Breezy Mediterranean charm infused into the contemporary pool house [From: Garden Of Eva Landscape Design Group / Luke Gibson Photography]
Breezy Mediterranean charm infused with the contemporary [From: Garden Of Eva Landscape Design Group / Luke Gibson Photography]
Fireplace and smart seating inside the contemporary pool house [Design: Wagner Hodgson]
Fireplace and smart seating is a dream for interior designers [Design: Wagner Hodgson]
Even the smallest gardens can contain a pool and a pool house [Design: Studio Shed]
Even the smallest gardens can fit a pool and pool house [Design: Studio Shed]

Pool Houses Inspired by the Sea

Finally, we take a look at pool houses that seem the most popular in recent times – those inspired by sun, sand, surf and the deep blue sea. Styles like coastal, beach and nautical are incredibly popular when it comes to breezy pool houses that usher in plenty of fun.

The cheerfulness of these spaces coupled with the way in which they remind us of those lazy summer evenings spent on the beach make them a hit among both homeowners and designers. Clad in white and blue, these draw your attention instantly and also work well along with modern homes and gardens.

Custom contemporary pool house inspired by waves! [Design: Canny Design]
Custom contemporary design was inspired by waves! [Design: Canny Design]
Blue and white give the pool house a distinct nautical appeal [Design: Liberty Hill Construction]
Blue and white can create a distinct nautical appeal [Design: Liberty Hill Construction]
Make sure the style of the pool house matches that of the main residence [From: MHK Architecture & Planning / Giovanni Photography]
Making sure the style matches that of the main residence [From: MHK Architecture & Planning / Giovanni Photography]
Beach style and contemporary charm rolled into one inside the pool house [Design: HP Rovinelli Architects / Photography: Peter Kucinski]
Beach style and contemporary charm rolled into one [Design: HP Rovinelli Architects / Photography: Peter Kucinski]
Beach style pool house in white [Design: Barnes Vanze Architects / Photography: Anice Hoachlander from Hoachlander Davis Photography]
Beach style with white accents makes for a charming guest house [Design: Barnes Vanze Architects / Photography: Anice Hoachlander from Hoachlander Davis Photography]

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