The primary purpose of a pool house is to provide one or more private spaces near the pool where family and guests can change in and out of swimsuits, use the bathroom, shower, relax and enjoy a meal. A pool house makes pool ownership more enjoyable by allowing convenient access to everything you might need or want within just a few steps of your pool. Structures can range from a well-appointed shed to a guest house with bathroom and kitchen facilities, a sitting area and even bedrooms. Many pool houses feature an open patio area, often covered for shade. Adding an outdoor kitchen or a lounge area surrounding a fireplace turns your “pool patio” into a preferred backyard destination.
What was once commonly referred to as a patio roof is now often called a pergola. Pergolas provide shade from sun and shelter from rain, and wind while extending your home’s living space. A major architectural structure, pergolas consist of rafters, beams, and posts, and can be attached to your home or freestanding. A pergola will increase the amount of time you spend outdoors entertaining guests and relaxing. Because outdoor living spaces are growing in popularity, a pergola can increase the value of your home.
As outdoor rooms and living spaces rise in popularity, so do outdoor cooking spaces. Grilling and dining outdoors is a common reason for spending time outside at home. Outdoor kitchen equipment can be added in modular units and if well-planned can be installed in phases, starting with a grill and adding appliances, countertops, islands, refrigerators, ice makers, a kegerator and more as your needs and interests grow. It may be the perfect time to give serious thought to an outdoor kitchen.