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Pool House Paradise: 28 Inspiring Waterside Digs

Today on the blog, we’re sharing the ultimate summertime luxury…the pool house. Much more than just a place to store towels, sunscreen and a giant pink flamingo float, pool houses offer a shady respite from the sun on a hot summer day, while still enjoying the pool. Depending on the size of your yard, a pool house can be small and stylish with just a couple of chairs or a comfy sofa, or it can double as a guest house with a bedroom, living area and full kitchen, perfect for entertaining.

Pool houses don’t even have to have real walls. Retractable doors, floor to ceiling glass doors or billowing linen curtains let the sunshine and breezes in. A pool house can complement the architectural style and design of your main home, or you can throw caution to the wind and make your poolside oasis into a backyard fantasy. Have a stand alone garage or outbuilding near your pool? Why not transform it into the perfect pool house? Whatever you choose to do, having a pool house makes a staycation even that more inviting.

Here are 28 inspiring pool houses that will have you drooling and dreaming. Let me know if one of them inspires you.

Traditional Country Retreat

Surrounding by towering pines, Ralph Lauren’s Bedford, New York, gorgeous pool house is covered in ivy and has plenty of spots for lounging and outdoor dining.

At One with Nature

This contemporary open air escape is distinguished by fieldstone walls and a slatted cedar pergola. The structure is mostly open, allowing it to feel connected to the surrounding landscape.

Classically Elegant

This classic pool pavilion was designed to match the 18th century Georgian exteriors of this couple’s main home. Love the beautifully arched french doors!

Here are two more traditionally-inspired pool houses that are beyond gorgeous.

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A soothing palette of gray and white is a calming backdrop for this Los Angeles pool house.

Contemporary Style

If your taste runs more toward the contemporary, these pool houses are sure to make you swoon. This white and wood pool house features a fireplace and lounge areas.

This sleek Texas pool house was inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion.

Sara Story Design | Lake Flato Architects | Architectural Digest



This contemporary poolside retreat features all the elements of a summertime oasis and a fireplace for cool nights.

Design by LaGuardia Design Group | Photo by Anthony Crisafulli


Beautiful Beams

Each of these pool houses take full advantage of their high ceilings and feature beautiful beams.

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Modern in Malibu

Beastie Boys musician Mike D and his family love their modern and colorful Malibu pool house, especially the bright cerulean blue barn doors, which are a vibrant nod to the hue of the pool. The interior of the pool house also sports the musician’s own custom-made Malibu toile wallpaper he created with Flavor Paper.

Petite Poolside Perfection


These smallish pool houses are big on style. Whether it’s a classical, more traditional vibe or a more laid-back look you love, you don’t need a ton of space to have a really amazing pool house.

Second Time Around

An existing structure can be reimagined into a fantastic pool house. Here an old barn and a conservatory are transformed into magical places to relax or play by the  pool.

Design by India Mahdavi | Architectural Digest | Photo by Jason Schmidt


Open + Airy

With a pretty pergola, see-through views and cross-ventilation, this relaxing Napa Valley poolside retreat is very California.

Design firm ICRAVE transformed their client’s existing pool house into a gorgeous wood and steel structure with curtains that catch the breezes. One of the enclosed shingled volumes is a bedroom, and the other one is a spa, both of which are connected by a covered living room with fireplace.



Slatted walls and ceilings give these pool houses architectural interest as well as lovely cross-ventilation.

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Pool houses with Personality

With boathouse inspired sporting and nautical accents, this pool house with its stone fireplace is a welcome gathering place.

Architecture by Spitzmiller & Norris | Interior Design by Beth Ervin | Photo by Eric George Dines | Atlanta Homes & Lifesetyles


This colorful open-air pool house kitchen is a counterpoint to the main house’s traditional architecture and features top of the line appliances. The architect says the pool house is “a visual backdrop for the end of the big lawn.”

Interior Design by Jennifer Robin | Architecture by Stephen Sutro | Photo by John Merkl | House Beautiful


This pool’s elliptical shape was architect David Kesler’s inspiration for the roof of this California pool house.

Architecture by David Kesler | Architectural Digest | Photo by Frank Domin


This two-story stone and stucco pool house in the Dominican Republic is a multi-level escape and features a charming balcony. And designer Allesandra Branca captured the spirit of her Bahamas’ surroundings with this pool house and guest quarters located across from her main residence. How beautiful are the red Chinese Chippendale-style railings!

Design by Genevieve Faure | Architectural Digest | Photo by Oberto Gili


Talk about making a statement! This unique pool house is an architectural marvel.



So have I inspired you to take the plunge and add a pool house to your backyard escape? Remember, your perfect poolside digs doesn’t have to be huge, so even if your yard is on the smaller side, you can still create a beautiful little retreat.

Until next week,

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