12 Summer-Perfect Pool Houses

If you're lucky enough to have one, pool houses are the most convenient kind of getaway — one that doesn't require you to leave home.

The palette of this shingle-style Southampton, New York, pool house by Huniford Design Studio is inspired by the structure’s materials: driftwood details, weathered-board walls, bluestone floors and a travertine fireplace.

Photo by Ryan Moore

Entire walls of French doors maximize the indoor-outdoor feel of this Lexington, Kentucky, pool house by Kemble Interiors.

Photo by Evan Sklar

In updating this pool house, Alexandra Loew restored the rustic architectural features while adding modern amenities to create the resort-like atmosphere that the client was seeking.

Photo by Justin Bernhaut

Epic sculptures and large urns punctuate the manicured grounds surrounding the pool house at the Dallas residence of Kelli Ford, co-owner of the design firm Kirsten Kelli.

Photo by Max Kim-Bee

Thomas Callaway designed this French Norman–style barn in Los Angeles as a pool house for his clients. The open-plan structure includes a kitchen, living room, dining room and children’s play loft.

Photo by Tim Street-Porter

In designing the pool house of this home in Newport, California, Sheldon Harte of Harte Brownlee looked to Bali and Sri Lanka for his guiding aesthetic. At the same time, Harte embraced pieces that were “weathered, textured and worn, which look great at the beach and are easy to live with,” he says.

Photo by Grey Crawford

Sheila Bridges updated a late-1800s cottage in New York’s Hudson Valley, whose grounds include a sunny, one-room pool house.

Photo by Laura Resen

Timothy Corrigan updated and englarged a Cape Cod–style home in Los Angeles, which entailed adding French doors that opened onto terraces and gardens, including this elegant pool house.

Photo by Jim Bartsch

The tilework in the pool house of this 1920s Beverly Hills Spanish Colonial updated by Thomas Callaway echoes that of the hot tub leading into the pool.

Photo by Lisa Romerein

Billy Cotton designed and built this whitewashed pool cabana in Sagaponack, New York, complete with an outdoor shower under a modernist rectilinear roof.

Photo by Stephen Johnson

For a Long Island country retreat, Brian J. McCarthy worked with architects Laura Casale and Robert W. Anthony to create this pool house, whose warm interiors include wood-paneled walls and lantern sconces.

Photo by Fritz von der Schulenburg

This pool house is part of a Woodside, California, estate by architect Allan Greenberg. The grounds include a croquet court next to the pergola.

Photo by Michael Biondo