1) Zoning Regulations & PermitsThe first order of business is to find out what your local zoning ordinances are. Check your local building codes. Familiarize yourself with the requirements. Most importantly, you may need to file paperwork for an official permit with your county.
2) Don’t Clash with Your Current Architectural StyleWhatever type of pool house you build, you will want to stay in the same style as your main house. Continuity of design will enhance the total look of your property. Consequently, the pool house will look like it belongs there and is not an afterthought.
3) Go Big or Go SmallYou may be wondering what size your ideal pool house should be. Obviously, it depends on your budget and the space available. If your budget permits, you can go all out with a pool house that has guest bedrooms and baths, a living room/entertainment area, and a fully equipped kitchen. However, if your budget and space are more restricted, don’t worry. In fact, you can construct something much less elaborate, or even purchase a pre-fabricated structure from a home improvement center.
4) How Will You Use It?The basic purpose of a pool house is to provide a private space inside for changing, bathing, and storage for towels and other supplies. Ideally, there is an outside area that is covered. This creates a transitional space between the pool and the inside changing area that can be used for entertainment and provide shade. Here is a breakdown of the primary desirable features.
- Changing and bathing. A basic pool house should include a private place for changing in and out of swimsuits, a bathroom, and storage for towels.
- Shade. A pool house with a large canopy or shaded structure outside the entrance to the pool house is ideal. We all need to retreat from the sun at some point and a designated shady area is a welcome addition.
- Entertainment. This aforementioned shaded outdoor space can be filled with comfortable seating and even a built-in outside kitchen complete with a mini-fridge and bar.
- Storage. Owning and using a pool means that you will have a lot of accouterments that require storage. Be sure you include ample storage for towels, pool toys, pool cleaning equipment, etc. You will be glad if you plan for easy access to the items you need most often.