This family wanted to add a new pool house on their property that would give them room to entertain and create a sense of privacy by shielding the pool from neighboring homes.
Pool house goals and challenges
- Since the homeowners’ association and Mecklenburg County had different setback requirements, we knew we would face some challenges with siting the project.
- We wanted to give them ample space to entertain, privacy from neighbors, and room to store out of season pool supplies.
- The homeowners travelled internationally frequently during the construction process.
- We began by bringing in a land surveyor to clearly establish property lines and determine setbacks. We had to remove existing evergreens and hollies that were too close to the construction site.
- We then worked with a house designer to translate the homeowners’ vision, which was literally sketched on the back of a napkin, into a beautiful reality that would work on the site.
- Inside, we built a gracious 18’ x 16’ vaulted great room for entertaining complete with a kitchenette. The space has a double window dormer built into the ceiling vault to bring natural light into the space.
- Since the homeowners wanted a sauna, we worked with Finlandia Sauna to create a custom 7′ x 10′ room. We built special walls and a ceiling with extra insulation and a foil layer to accommodate the new sauna room.
- We created a spacious 10’ x 11’ full bathroom. Normally, we would have built a nice transom window above the shower to bring natural light into the space. Because of the elevation differences between the pool house and the main house, people standing on the home’s rear deck would have been able to see directly into a transom shower window. To get around that challenge, we built a glass block window that let in light while maintaining privacy. Knotty cedar plank walls give the space a traditional look that ties in visually with the sauna.
- Above the bathroom area we created a lofted storage space accessible via the exterior where the homeowners can store seat cushions and other pool supplies in the off season.
- To minimize maintenance, we opted for a composite vinyl floor that mimics the look of wood, which we floated over the concrete slab. This allows the homeowners to enjoy their space without worrying about water damage from wet bathing suits and feet.
- The homeowner wanted to include some high-tech toys in this new space. It started with a superior sound system in the great room. He then added Phillips LED lights that can be controlled (and their color changed) via a cell phone app. A ductless wall unit HVAC system also can be controlled remotely, as can a retractable canvas awning above the adjoining patio.
- In fact, while the homeowner originally envisioned running the pool decking up to the new pool house, the code restrictions pushed the pool house further back. That allowed us to reorganize an existing fence and push the pool house back to the side property set back line. That in turn gave us space to create a nice stone patio and private BBQ area.
- As we often do for our homeowners, we tackled some additional home repairs, such as repairing wood rot and painting, while we had our crews on site.
- Despite the homeowners’ travels, technology allowed us to easily keep in touch throughout the project. In fact, the homeowners were in Germany when we texted them a photo of their final inspection approval.
- Despite some issues with heavy rain in the spring and summer, this project took just 3 months to complete.