The days of pool houses just being functional buildings alongside a swimming pool, have gone. They are no longer only spaces to house the pumps and cleaning equipment and somewhere to get changed. Today, a pool house so much more. Yes, this functionality remains, but they have become entertainment spaces which can be used all year round.
Bathstone Garden Rooms have had a run on designing and building pool houses recently, each one tailored to their client's specific needs. Unusually, Bathstone Garden Rooms design both contemporary and traditional style buildings - their hipped roof designs ooze charm.
Pool house examples
Here are a few examples of recent Bathstone Garden Rooms pool houses.
Pool house layout
This floorplan shows how a building can be divided up to serve multiple uses. The 8-meter wide building has a lot of features! The main room with bi-fold doors running along the front elevation is being used as a home gym. In one corner a shower room with separate w.c has been fitted. On the other side of the room, there is an L-shaped kitchenette. Adding shower room and kitchen facilities means that users don't have to go back to the main house for a drink or to shower after a swim.
French doors on the side wall lead into a covered seating and dining area. This feature enhances the indoor/outdoor nature of a garden room. Discreetly, at the rear of the building, there is a plant room housing the pool equipment, pumps, heater etc. Alongside this, is a functional, open-sided covered storage area.
Design based on the customer's sketches
This Cedar clad pool house was designed based on the customer's sketches. The Bathstone Garden Rooms team were happy to bring their clients vision to reality.
Alongside the main room with floor to ceiling windows, are a plant room and general storage room. The clever design means that the storage and plant rooms are not immediately evident from the exterior of the building.
Contemporary design with inside-outside floor
This is another pool house example that includes a shower room and kitchenette as well as the vital plant room. The contemporary design sits elegantly alongside the swimming pool.
A wraparound glazing effect has been created by fitting French doors in the middle of the front wall with a pair of fixed windows either side. Wrapping around each corner, French doors have been installed on each side wall. When open, these doors will offer a smooth flow of movement between inside and outside spaces.
This building uses a clever design trick. A similar flooring finish has been used both inside the room and outside. This emphasises the indoor-outdoor connection.
Hipped roof pool house
This traditional style pool house is full of charm. The skills of the Bathstone Garden Rooms team are on show with the beautiful hipped roof. It takes real skill to frame a hipped roof as the timbers need to be cut at compound angles. The traditional style tiles and lead flashing enhance the finish.
The timber frame of this pool house sits on brick retaining walls. Bathstone Garden Rooms are one of the few companies who will combine brick elements into their garden room designs.
Contemporary hipped roof design
This hipped roof pool house has a more contemporary feel than the previous example. This time the roof has been tiled with slates with the grey colouring being replicated in the door and window frames and the paving alongside the pool.
The whole wall of glazing will fold back to one side, fully opening the room up to the outside pool area.