How to Set Up the Perfect Pool House

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By Contractors.com Team May 11, 2021

If summer is when your home comes alive and especially if you love hosting events for friends and family year-round, there are few better things to invest in than a well-designed pool house. A pool house allows you to bring together all the ingredients of a good time: sparkling blue water, comfy lounges, modern convenience, and lots of sunshine. It’s a great way to make your newly built inground pool even more enticing. A beautiful swimming pool design is a great crowd-pleaser, so why not make it even more enticing by bringing the comforts of the indoors to your pool? 

There are of course many ways to make a pool house the place for all your fun times with friends and family. From neat aesthetics to sleek layouts, to modern additions, there’s a lot of choices for those that aspire to set up an awesome pool house. With so many options, it pays to have a clear idea of the benefits all these additions could bring to your pool house. 

Let the Outside Inside

Building a pool house gives you the perfect opportunity to try out new things, so experiment with some outdoor/indoor concepts. It can also add more practicality to your pool house since an outdoor/indoor pool house can do double duty as both a pool house and a poolside covered patio. Making your pool house an outdoor/indoor hybrid is an easy thing to accomplish. All you have to do is design your pool house to incorporate retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors. These will allow you to let in the warmth and the breeze of a sunny day. With the doors closed, your pool house will stay warm and cozy on less pleasant days without obstructing your 360-degree outside view. 

If you don’t want to have too much sun in your pool house, consider installing some nice linen curtains. These give you added protection on especially hot days, and the added benefit of privacy goes without saying. 

Move Your Home Theatre to the Pool House in Time for Summer Fun

Move Your Home Theatre to the Pool House in Time for Summer Fun

Have a Media Room

The versatility of a pool house means that it can be many things that aren’t always pool-specific. Making your pool house a media center is a surefire way to make it a nucleus of family fun. You can have video games for the kids, a nice HiFi for audiophiles, and cool flatscreen TV for those that just want a place to lounge while they watch morning shows. A pool house media room is a man cave for the whole family, where something is appealing for everyone. 

Beautiful Pool House Ideas

Beautiful Pool House Ideas

And like any good room, you can escape to, your pool house media room can be as involved or as casual as you want it to be. You could even build a full-fledged home theater in your pool house or a multipurpose room with a little bit of everything. Put your musical instruments and audio equipment in this media room, and your pool house could become the new spot for a budding garage band. For some added character in your pool house, consider hanging some pieces of art on your blank walls so that you truly have a little bit of all media. 

Perfect Pool House Ideas

Perfect Pool House Ideas

Bring in Some Fun and Games

You’ll want something to keep your guests entertained when they aren’t splashing around in the pool. Bring a game room into your pool house, and your guests will never be wanting in the fun department. There are so many ways to make your pool house a center of competitive fun. You can put in an indoor tennis table for some quick-paced back and forth action, or get a nice pool table if you prefer games that go at a more relaxing pace. 

If you’re looking for a theme, you could even transform your pool room into a haven for vintage arcade games. Bring in an air hockey machine, space invaders arcades, and maybe some basketball arcade games to give your pool room an endless supply of fun for the whole family.  

How to Set Up the Perfect Pool House

How to Set Up the Perfect Pool House

If you and your friends are board game fanatics, then all you need is some comfortable, water-resistant upholstery that brings everyone around a table and discreet storage for all those boxes. 

Put In an Outdoor Kitchen

Pool House Ideas for the Hosting Win

Pool House Ideas for the Hosting Win

If there’s one thing better than a pool party, it’s a pool party-cookout combination. And if you want to get serious with your cookouts, it’s time to consider some outdoor kitchen ideas. A pool house provides the perfect space for a modern outdoor kitchen with all the things you’d ever need for tasty nibbles by the pool. Building an outdoor kitchen will hugely increase how much you can cook, but it will also make your outdoor meals much more convenient and comfortable to organize. As outdoor kitchens and inground swimming pools continue to grow in popularity, you could stand to significantly increase your home’s value with this addition.     

This space-saving design will make your pool house into a cozy haven for barbecued fun, complete with granite worktops, outdoor kitchen cabinets, and a small dining table. A high-quality worktop gives ample room for the barbecue master to work their magic, and a stainless steel sink can make cleanup that much easier. If you want to go all out, you could give your pool house outdoor kitchen a modern interior design. A modern kitchen comes with all the usual fare of modernist design: smooth lines, minimalism, modern LED lighting, stainless steel, hardwood, and glass. The result is a pool house kitchen with the spaciousness of the outdoors and all the modern conveniences of a high-end kitchen. This design is practical for guests and hosts alike, offering plenty of places for guest seating and plenty of room for storing all your cookout accouterments.  

Make It Sustainable

In this day and age of climate change, acid rain, and environmental protection, sustainable living is on our minds. The good news for the sustainability-minded homeowner is that a pool house is easier to make sustainable than a full-size house. Enterprising sustainable homeowners might even decide to use the pool house as a testbed for powering a home with renewable energy. It allows you to try out various renewable energy solutions such as small wind turbines and solar panels — smaller scale to see which work best where you live. Then, you can use that knowledge to install renewable energy systems in your main house. To top it all off, both federal and state governments offer incentives to anyone who puts in renewables on their property.    

Sustainable Ideas for Your Pool House

Sustainable Ideas for Your Pool House

But you don’t have to go all out with renewable energy if that’s not your style (or in your budget). There are plenty of other ways to make your pool house more sustainable. Choosing non-toxic building materials, such as charred wood (instead of treated wood), or fiber cement (instead of vinyl) helps reduce your footprint by reducing the harmful chemicals used to build your pool house. Simple things, like double-glazing your windows or improving your insulation will help make your pool house more energy efficient. If you choose to make your pool house into a kitchen or media room, buying energy star appliances will reduce your energy consumption even further.  

Use Durable Flooring Materials 

Flooring Options for Your Pool House

Flooring Options for Your Pool House

A pool house is bound to get wet all the time, so you’ll want to have floors that are easy to dry and clean. If those floors are slip-resistant that’s even better, since you don’t want your pool party marred by sudden slips and falls. The most popular materials for the decking of pools are paving stones and concrete. The materials give a natural feel to any pool and provide a smooth surface that’s barefoot friendly but also slip-resistant. These are therefore natural choices for a pool house as well. But if you want to give your pool house an even classier look you should consider porcelain or ceramic tiling for your pool room. These can give your pool room some Mediterranean vibes which distinguish it from just a concrete floor.  

Outdoor Flooring Options for Poolside Fun

Outdoor Flooring Options for Poolside Fun

Have a Uniform Theme 

The best way to make your pool house a nice place to spend time in is to give it a coherent design. There are plenty of different aesthetics that you can choose for your pool house, and tastefully mixing and matching can yield a very nice-looking space. That is, after all, what the eclectic interior style tries to achieve with vibrantly beautiful results. But you can’t mix up too many disparate interior design styles. Doing so increases the risk of creating a space where aesthetics clash unpleasantly.    

Pool House Themes To Fit Any Mood

Pool House Themes To Fit Any Mood

Most pool rooms try to emulate the design style of the swimming pool or vice versa. This is an easy way of streamlining the look of your pool house. Simply use the same fabrics for both outdoor lounge chairs and pool house seating, and bring the clean all-white colors of your swimming pool to the walls, doors, and windows of your pool house. Feel free to accent parts of your pool house with some color. This will give you a design that is both cohesive and subtle, yet not lacking in character.  

Pool House Designs For Style and Comfort

Pool House Designs For Style and Comfort

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Contractors.com Team

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