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From a basic pergola to a fully equipped pool house with kitchen and enclosure
It feels like summer because all of a sudden the heat is on. You take the pool plunge, do a few laps and cool down. Or, it’s party time and everything is in full swing. You look around and realize you don’t have enough protection or amenities around the pool to make it the perfect place to be.
This is where a pergola or a fully equipped pool house, will solve all your problems. Instantly you’ve got shade happening. You’ve got the barbie sizzling. The bar is crowded and the music is cranked up. Something smells great from the kitchen. Now you’ve got not just a pool, but a real entertainment venue.
To make it all happen, here are a few tips. If you’re designing a pool house, pay close attention to the building codes. Make sure that it’s the prescribed distance away from the pool. And with the look of your pool house, it’s a good idea to aesthetically follow your home’s architecture. Don’t design it so it looks totally out of place. Give it style, lines and proportions that have some synergy with those of the main house.
If you’re looking at a pergola, make sure that if it is in the ‘pool zone’ (inside the pool fenced area), there can be no doors on the pergola due to fencing regulations. Essentially the pergola will need to have four posts and a roof and that’s it. With your pool house, keep your options open; plan for both open air and indoor shelter. Wide overhangs allow you and the rest of your party to enjoy fresh air while staying out of the sun, and if rain intervenes, you’ve got an enclosed interior space.
Speaking of which, the inside of your pool house should be well fitted out so guests don’t have to keep traipsing back and forward through your house. Stock it with a mini fridge, snacks, dishware and extra towels. Also if your budget allows, add a small bathroom area with toilet, sink and shower so guests can rinse off as they get out of the water.
In the pool house, it’s a good idea to build ample storage because pool gear can be an unsightly mess. Layer in shelving, cabinets and benches to keep your pool house free of clutter and allow plenty of space for entertaining. Fit out your pool house with comfortable seating, cocktail and coffee tables. If you’ve got a bar, all the merrier and don’t forget the electronics. There’s nothing quite like a great sound system, plasma TV, dimmer controlled lighting and Wi-Fi to make parties in your pool house something to remember.
So now you’re thinking, how do I make all this come together? Well, you can come and see us at Albatross Pools and talk to our team. We’ve got some really great ideas on how a pergola or a pool house can totally transform your pool area.