I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about the pool house on Instagram, and today I wanted to share more about that space! In our last house, we had a basement garage where we kept the boat, canoe, barn wood materials we didn’t use at the old house, riding mower, and snowblower. That was also where we kept extra home decor items. I’ve accumulated a lot from being a blogger, so one storage area wasn’t enough! 😉 We loved having that basement garage to store bigger items that we decided to do a basement garage again in the new house. Here’s that area in our floor plan! The back of the house is that top wall, and the basement living room is the room to the right.
Late last year, Nick and I started talking about pools. I’ve always thought the pool would be in phase 2…you know, after living there for 1-2 years. Well, we scratched that idea, and we decided to put the pool in right away. At this point, I thought we would build a pool house in phase 2 (probably in 1-2 years), but then Nick mentioned that we should turn the basement garage into a pool house right away. I’m glad he thought of this because it would be nice having an area where people can hang out, watch tv, have storage for towels/pool toys, and appliances for food/drinks. We also wanted people to use the pool house bathroom instead of walking through the house wet to use the basement guest bathroom.
One of the first things we had to do was update the floor plan of the basement garage. We added windows along the back wall to bring in natural light, add a door so people can access the room from the outside, and add a bathroom with a shower. We didn’t plan on putting a door to the pool house from the basement living room, but then someone (either our electrician or carpenter) mentioned that it would be nice to have a door there. A scenario would be when you’re carrying food downstairs to put inside the pool house. You can just go straight to the pool house instead of going outside through the basement living room french doors and then going inside the pool house. We were easily convinced, so we put a door off the basement living room which is the door by the bathroom.
Here’s a view of the back side of the house, and the area in yellow is where the pool house is at.
Here are some images during the framing stage! This is the view of the room if you’re standing where the garage door will go. The door to go into the basement living room isn’t framed in yet.
Here’s the bathroom:
Here’s the opening for the exterior door and garage door.
Now some images during the drywall stage! Now you can see the door from the basement living room to the pool house.
Can’t wait to share more on this space…especially my vision and the appliances that will go in it! 😉