Extending your Living Environment
Pool houses become an extension of the home, offering an outdoor living space that should reflect the client’s style and their way of living and entertaining. Stylistically, it’s very common for our designs to complement the house. However, it can be interesting to contrast a modern pool house with a traditional home for a more creative and bolder look.
When a previous client in Greenwich came to us for the design of a pool house, they sought to relate to the traditional architecture of the Colonial Revival main house. But similarly to how we approached the design of the main house, they wanted a light-filled and contemporary interior.
Two symmetrical pavilions and detailing such as clapboard siding, columns and pilasters, and fanlight transoms relate to the design of the main house, while the trellised dining area between them provides a glimpse of the contemporary style within. One pavilion houses the changing area and baths for the pool, while the other is a lounge that opens to the pool and dining area with a folding door system. An outdoor kitchen completes the dining space and provides everything needed poolside.
This pool house was part of a major renovation and improvement of an 8 acre property. The entire project included renovations and additions to the existing residence on the property, a new playground, tennis court, sports court, landscape, pool house and pool. The pool house was designed in the Greek revival classical style to match the existing house on the property. Designed to be an indoor/outdoor entertainment center, the Nana wall system enables the interior space to become completely open to the outdoors.
The pool area is remote enough from the house such that it needed to be self-sufficient. The octagonal wings house the kitchen and pool bath/changing area. Raising the pool area allowed for an infinity edge pool and a basement under the pool house which provides a mechanical room for pool equipment and a pool side laundry.
Having previously worked on the interior design of the client's home meant that we understood their motivations & overall aesthetic sensibilities. The exterior was designed with the classic Georgian Colonial house as our precedent. The pool house was located to help create a privacy buffer from the neighbor and to act as a backdrop for the new pool. Between two rooms a wonderful open air entertainment space was created that became the focal point of the yard and pool. Filled with contemporary furnishings, accents, and lighting, the space provides a stylish yet comfortable oasis for everyday staycations.