Our Favorite Pool Houses

With its stone walls, immaculate architecture and luxe furnishings, this pool house—designed to be used year-round—bears more resemblance to an inhabitable cottage than secondary space. Designed by architectural firm Henry Sprott Long and ˆAssociates, this English-style structure showcases elegant Kingsley-Bate chaise longues and ceramic garden seats, selected by decorator Phoebe Howard. “I love mixing teak and porcelain,” the designer says. “It brings an indoor look outside.”


This swimming pool’s hand-laid looped pattern, created by Athens artist Jill Biskin (who restored a Menaboni painting inside this home), was inspired by a David Hockney painting and adds an unexpected modern verve to this otherwise classic Philip Trammell Shutze-designed abode. A pair of tennis courts was removed from the property to make room for both the pool and pool house.


Bordered by rustic sandstone coping, this perfectly positioned swimming pool is an idyllic addition to architect Keith Summerour’s rural Georgia retreat. Called Towerhouse Farm, the property serves as a much-needed respite from urban commotion and an homage to Tuscan-style romance.


Stan Dixon of D. Stanley Dixon Architect, Inc., and John Howard of Howard Design Studio earned a Philip Trammell Shutze award in the Other category for this garden and pavilion. Simple yet strong, the pavilion’s architecture is a sight to be seen.


When transforming what was essentially a large expanse of empty space into a richly decorated yet cohesive outdoor space, garden designer Alex Smith relied on his sense of artistry. To break up the space into distinct areas, Smith added a series of gardens, a swimming pool and pool pavilions, whose stone exterior maintains a sense of cohesion by mimicking the palette of the main home’s brick.