As a dedicated space to freshen up after a rejuvenating dip or a setting to entertain friends and family, pool houses are an opulent inclusion to any outdoor area.
More than just a storage room for extra towels and pool equipment, Broadway Homes Sales Manager Sharene Leatherbarrow said pool houses created a connection between the home and the pool, transforming the way homeowners used their pool space.
“Integrating cooking facilities within the pool house, while offering a space to relax and redirect wet foot traffic away from the main house with bathroom and toilet facilities, will ensure owners get the most out of this area year-round,” she said.
“Entertaining can even extend with the right provisions and furnishings to create a teenager’s retreat in this space or short-term accommodation for visiting friends and family.”
From pool-adjacent lounge areas to garden gazebos, Mrs Leatherbarrow said there were many options to consider when designing this zone – all dependant on budget and site size.
“In instances of a narrow or tight site, a great option can be to connect an alfresco outdoor kitchen or barbecue area and an outdoor shower to achieve the functionality of a kitchen and bathroom without the need for as much space or spend on the build,” she said.
“An integrated powder room and kitchenette is also a great option to make the space more useable, as well as considerations for additional storage integrated with the pool house to optimise the space, allowing for storage of pool toys and cleaning items out of sight.”
To ensure it is protected from harsh weather elements, Mrs Leatherbarrow said it was important to include materials that were durable, water-resistant and non-slippery.
“One of the most important materials for consideration is the flooring used in the pool house area,” she said.
“Ceramic tiles or marble, depending on the budget, are both excellent options for a long-lasting finish.”
To mimic the serene surrounds of a tropical getaway, Mrs Leatherbarrow said there were ways to turn your pool house into a resort-inspired retreat.
“Colours and materials that are light and bright can be used to induce that relaxed holiday vibe,” she said.
“The use of feature finishing items, such as bi-fold doors for ventilation and flow, raked ceilings, feature lighting and ceiling fans, can also be a clever way to make the area really pop.
“A pool house is a great area where you can add a little extra personality and flair.”
Currently under construction, the Bicton custom build by Broadway Homes will feature an expansive alfresco area, a spa and a pool.
“Tying the outdoor fireplace and spa in with the pool area encourages year-round utilisation of this zone,” Mrs Leatherbarrow said.
“With a generous powder room and equipment area also connected to the pool house, it allows quick and easy cleanup for both the pool and swimmers, avoiding any unnecessary wet foot traffic through the main house.”
CONTACT Broadway Homes, 6200 2070, www.broadwayhomes.com.au