Pool with columned portico
Ka Yeung

Pool House Precision

This pavilion, designed by architects Bill Curtis and Russell Windham of Houston, offers a fitting focal point that complements the pool.

Wicker porch furniture
Ka Yeung

Southern Comfort

The outdoor loggia of the pool pavilion provides space for relaxation with beautiful views of the main house. Relaxed wicker furnishings give the loggia the feel of an outdoor living room.

Poolhouse with fireplace under the porch
Laurey W. Glenn

Poolside Escape

Comfortable wicker chairs with all-weather cushions tuck neatly under the wide overhang of the porch of this Kentucky pool house. The skid-resistant stamped concrete surface is perfect for soggy swimmers headed in for a break.

"I wanted an outdoor fireplace," says homeowner Donna Outlaw. "By putting it under the porch, we can use it and the pool house in any weather year-round."

White sofa and seagrass rug
Laurey W. Glenn

Multitasking Space

The sitting area inside the Outlaw’s pool house doubles as guest room. The large sofa, covered in washable cotton and embellished with brush fringe, is also a cozy spot for an afternoon nap. The wall-to-wall seagrass rug is a budget-friendly, hardworking flooring choice.

Garage-turned-cabana with navy and teal chairs
Ray Kachatorian

From Garage to Cabana

Designer Tia Zoldan and her husband turned a neglected utilitarian space behind their Los Angeles bungalow into a cabana-like outdoor living room that opens to a pool. With the beautiful new pool, an outdoor kitchen, and a dining terrace in place, no one misses the old garage.

An outdoor rug, anchored by an all-weather sofa, chairs, and chaise lounges and accented with hurricane lamps, creates atmosphere. Festive touches, such as the fringed umbrellas and oversized pillows made from beach towels, complete the look.

Outdoor grill built into slate countertop
Ray Kachatorian

Bring It Outside

To add an outdoor kitchen and dining area, the Zoldans started with a heavy-duty grill that they knew would get as much use as their range inside. They had it permanently installed into what looks like a kitchen island with a slate countertop and shelves. Nearby, a long dining table doubles as a buffet for larger parties.

White cabana space with blue accents
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Soft Landing

“The pool area has a lot of hard surfaces, with its bluestone decking and stone wall,” homeowner Sydney Jerabek says. "The cabana's furniture is decked out with pillows and fabrics to soften the space." Ceramic planters overflow with annuals in complementary colors.

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