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17 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.

This classic East Hampton pool house by Daniel Scott — who developed this and the property’s main house for resale — was inspired by a cabana at an Argentinian hotel beloved by the designer. “This was one of my favorite projects,” Scott says, “in part, because I rented the home to Diane Keaton for a week just before I sold it.”

The pool house’s covered outdoor entertaining space has a vaulted ceiling sheathed in reclaimed cedar barn siding and is furnished with 1940s Paul Frankl rattan seating, a driftwood coffee table and a pair of vintage Italian brass table lamps. Photo by Peter Murdock


Massachusetts architect Maryann Thompson designed this pool house overlooking a grassy expanse as an addition to a coastal Martha’s Vineyard house she also renovated, whose mostly white interiors are by Shelter. Photo by Emily Johnston

Fisher Weisman

This Sonoma, California, pavilion — complete with full kitchen, dining island, fireplace in the living room, king-size bed and closet — was designed by Fisher Weisman with an eye to 18th-century French pavilions and the region’s balmy weather. “That blend [of inspirations] led us to a pared-down style that remains symmetrical and classical yet modern and unpretentious,” says Jeffery Weisman. “We always strive to make our rooms glamorous — even pool houses — and I think we succeeded with this one.” Photo by Grey Crawford

B. Jarold and Company redesigned this Laurel Mountains home in Pennsylvania as a vacation retreat for its owners, expanding the patio to comfortably fit around the existing pool and adding a pool house outfitted with mid-century modern furniture.

For a Palm Beach estate, MMB Studio created an outdoor living pavilion that designer Andrea Anttonen describes as perfect for “delicious afternoons and glamorous evenings.” Old Hollywood may have been reborn in this South Florida backyard.

Huniford Design Studio

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

Kemble Interiors

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

Alexandra Loew

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

Kirsten Kelli

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

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

Harte Brownlee

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

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

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

Thomas Callaway

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

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 Douglas C. Wright Architects to create this pool house, whose warm interiors include wood-paneled walls and lantern sconces. Photo by Fritz von der Schulenburg

Allan Greenberg

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

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