A pool house is a luxury that can be anything you want it to be—a guest house, rec room, lounge space, summer kitchen, bar, and dining area, yoga room, or even a home office. The size of your pool house can range from tiny to grand. Its design style can mirror the main house, offer a contrasting look that sets its own tone, or seamlessly blend into the rest of the backyard or natural landscape. On the inside, a pool house can be as simple as a dedicated lounge space, or include the full range of amenities that you would find in the main house.
Check out these splashy pool houses to help you design your own ultimate backyard oasis for endless summer fun.
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Paint It Black
This Costa Mesa, California pool house from Raili CA Design has a graphic black A-frame structure and reflective facade that mirrors the palm trees and blue skies of the surrounding landscape. A large pink typeset neon sign framed by the entry door and comfortable black lounge furniture inside and out completes the effortlessly chic design.Continue to 2 of 30 below.
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Consider the Setting
This adorable little pool house from Crisp Architects takes its clues from its bucolic setting on a property surrounded by horse farms. The small structure has an area at the back to house pool equipment, and the front side facing the pool includes a half-bath and a wet bar. With its bold green paint, crisp white trim, and a rooftop weathervane, it looks more like a tiny barn than a pool house, perfectly at home in its rural setting.
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Add Terracotta Roof Tiles
This breezy backyard Los Angeles pool house from The Novogratz has white stucco walls, terracotta roof tiles, and accordion doors that allow you to practically swim right up to the bar.
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Keep It Zen
This Shelter Island, New York pool house designed by General Assembly wasn't built to house a crowd, but tailored to the lifestyle of a mother and daughter. Set in a lush green landscape, the minimalist pool house has clean lines, shou sugi ban cedar siding, and streamlined interiors that include a living room, dining space, and yoga and meditation room.
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Create an Oasis
This dreamy St. Helena, California pool house from Lexington, Kentucky-based Matthew Carter Interiors seamlessly blends into a backyard that is landscaped to perfection with a green lawn and canopy of trees to provide shade and promote tranquility.
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Mix Old and New
Spanish architect Joan Miquel Seguí created the ultimate pool house home office on the island of Mallorca. Built on the far end of a courtyard in the back of the main house, the contemporary white studio was designed to hover over the pool. With its clean lines and large windows facing the traditional home and a huge olive tree that presides over the courtyard, it's a harmonious mix of old and new that is the stuff that working from home dreams are made of.Continue to 8 of 30 below.
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Choose a Stone Facade
This semi-detached pool house from Jean Liu Design has a warm golden stone facade that extends to an outdoor lounge and TV area and helps the structure blend in with the rest of the home.Continue to 9 of 30 below.
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Make It Open Plan
This Hamptons pool house from NYC-based Michelle Gerson Interiors has a mixture of open and closed spaces and an extensive lounging, dining, and kitchen area sheltered beneath the slanted roof.Continue to 10 of 30 below.
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Make It Multifunctional
This pool house from Maestri Studio is a multi-functional space that includes an open outdoor poolside terrace with separate lounging, dining, and bar and grill areas.Continue to 13 of 30 below.
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Add Indoor Outdoor Bar Seating
This New Jersey pool house cabana from Christina Kim Interior Design is painted in a minty shade of green, with an indoor/outdoor bar counter and French bistro style bar stools that give it an easygoing style.
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Bring the Indoors Outside
Today it's possible to find outdoor furniture and textiles that are engineered to withstand the elements without sacrificing an ounce of style. The u-shaped outdoor sofa in this luxurious Hamptons open plan pool house from Michelle Gerson Interiors is as comfortable and chic as anything you would find inside.Continue to 15 of 30 below.
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Use Contrasting Materials
This pool house from Mark Langos Interior Design has an open layout with several seating areas that allow groups to congregate as they like. Inside, a vaulted ceiling with warm rustic wood beams contrasts with the gray-toned stone flooring.Continue to 17 of 30 below.
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Create a Dedicated Bar
This pool house bar from The Novogratz is a fun spot to sip some lemonade between dips or to relax with a cocktail in the evening. Crisp white walls, wood cabinetry, marble countertops, and a framed black-and-white photo elevate the design while steering clear of pool house clichés.Continue to 18 of 30 below.
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Make It Welcoming
This pool house from Studio Life/Style doubles as a guest house at the back of a large entertaining space. With its flat roof just about level with privacy hedges lining the backyard, it has a low profile that feels built into the landscape.Continue to 19 of 30 below.
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Use French Doors
Three sets of French window doors with white trim create a light and airy facade for this classic pool house from interior designer Vanessa Alexander of LA-based Alexander Design.
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Style the Bar Shelves
Indoor outdoor seating in this cabana pool house from Christina Kim Interior Design gives those seated at the bar a view inside, where built-in bar shelves in painted white wood and glass are stocked with kid-friendly refreshments and styled with framed photos and shiny knicknacks.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
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Add A Murphy Bed
This pool house from Studio Life/Style has a lounge area and a Murphy bed hidden behind a floor-to-ceiling cabinet on the side wall that allows it to double as a guest house.
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Leave It Open
If you don't have the budget or the space for a self-contained pool house, this Venice Beach pool house pavilion from Michelle Boudreau Design has two open sides but is otherwise wired and plumbed for optimal use, with a lounge and TV area, a sink and refrigeration for refreshments, and a waterfall edge bar counter that seats four. The Southern California weather makes this a year-round entertaining space within inches of the pool.Continue to 23 of 30 below.
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Add a Rest Room
This pool house shower from Studio Life/Style has a modern industrial look, with double entrances that makes bathroom breaks a breeze and allows it to function as a guest house once pool time is over.Continue to 24 of 30 below.
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Incorporate Country Style
This pool house from Crisp Architects has a rustic outdoor fireplace, criss-crossed wood detailing, and simple wooden deck furniture scattered around the poolside terrace that give it a country style vibe.Continue to 26 of 30 below.
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Add a Changing Station
If you have room, create a designated area in the pool house where people can change, shower, towel off, and store swimming gear. In this pool house from Christina Kim Interior Design, shelves stacked with blue-and-white striped towels and a photo of a crowded beach set the summer mood.Continue to 27 of 30 below.
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Make It a Rec Room
The interior of this pool house from Maestri Studio is decked out in shades of blue and white, with mismatched patterns and dark wood accents that echo the siding on the outside. On the opposite side of a wet bar and seating area, a ping pong table provides a place to burn off some energy on a rainy day, or simply take a break in the shade after sunbathing and swimming.Continue to 28 of 30 below.
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Use Neutral Tones
This pool house from Christina Kim Interior Design has a full kitchen that opens to the outdoors thanks to accordion windows that create an indoor outdoor bar seating. A large dining table and chairs creates a space for sit-down summer meals.Continue to 29 of 30 below.
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Light It Up
Don't forget to light the exterior of the pool house so that it looks good and feels welcoming after dark, like this pool house from Crisp Architects.Continue to 30 of 30 below.
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Create an All-Season Space
Inside this pool house from Christina Kim Interior Design, a comfy lounging area that accommodates a crowd, and a large kitchen and bar make this a self-contained fun zone that's suitable for year-round use.