Inspiration: Pool Houses and Pavilions

Inspiration: Pool Houses and Pavilions

Sarah Coffey
May 6, 2009

Pool houses and garden pavilions are a luxury most people can't afford, but they also offer ideas for living in a small space. Scaled to accommodate just a room or two, the pool houses above have an open and airy quality that makes them seem larger than they are. They also have a strong connection to the outdoors, an effective way to expand a sense of place...

To make the most of a small area, pool houses often incorporate a patio with outdoor dining or space for a couple of lounge chairs. Another idea we saw implemented in many of these designs is the use of white, accented by a couple of dark pieces, to keep things light and simple. The pavilion in photo #4 is an exception - colors and patterns are mixed together in this space, with a striped central rug tying the furnishings together.

To learn more about each of the structures shown above, click through the links below:
1 Palo Alto Poolhouse by Min|Day Architects
2 Pool House by Phoebe Howard
3 Carter Pool House by Bruce Bolander
4 Pavilion from Light Locations
5 Potato Field Pool House by Bates Masi Architects

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