Pool House

About: Stay at home dad, married for 16 years, two wonderful kids, former athlete, try to spend as much time in my work shop as I can, I have a big organic garden I take care of and I loves me some Guinness beer!

This was an unused corner of the backyard. I had to sledge hammer a huge cement pad. Then I dug out the footers.

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Step 1: Add the Framework

Being a stay at home dad, I had to build this during the day when everyone else was at work. Those 8' long cedar posts were quite heavy!

Step 2: Siding

Put the siding on, made the screens, added the plywood to the roof, tar paper and shingles. I hired an electrician to do the electrical.

Step 3: Doors and Shutters

These I did not make (due to time restrictions), but I did design and install them. The doors are heavy, solid wood doors. The shutters are cedar as well. The siding is pine and a weather proof coating was put on over it.

Step 4: Atmosphere

Add the finishing touches to the inside and, wala, you've got yourself a pool house! The inside siding is also pine, stained three separate times for the perfect color. We used furniture from the house and only bought about four things (table, buffet, lamps and ceiling fans).

The reason I wound up building this myself was because the average of the three bids I got to build it (based on the plans I drew up) was over $40,000 USD! I wound up building and furnishing this for $18,000 USD and it took me a year and a half (including laying all the pavers by the way). Got all the necessary permits as well. Recently we had 90 mph winds and it withstood it without any problems. By the way, this is the first thing I have ever even tried to build in my life. I watched enough home improvement shows to gain the necessary knowledge and bounced a few questions off of a contractor friend as well. The building is 17' x 13'.

This is my first project I've uploaded to this site. Hope I didn't over do it.



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    9 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Man im amazed . It looks really good. I see that building materials where you live are really expensive ( arround here you could build familly house for arround 22000 usd with arround 80-90 square meteres ) . I will be looking up on making one in near future

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you! It's still going strong after, what, 7 or 8 years now. The weatherproofing has held up great as well. I've recently had several inquiries from folks for me to design and build them one too! That would be the perfect job in my opinion!


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Do it! Can i ask you one thing, how long are these pols ? And how many boards did you use for outer walls?


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    The cedar posts are 8' tall and 8"x8". I used in the vicinity of 140 - 170 pine, tongue in groove boards between both the inside and the outside walls.


    5 years ago

    Great job!!! I need one of them to escape from the wife. Lol

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Oh, believe me, it's a perfect man cave! I've since put in a medium sized frig, ice maker, margarita machine and TV. When we have company over we can watch the kids swim in the pool and us adults hang out inside. It's a win-win for everyone. My next project is to build an outhouse with a compostable toilet to keep the kids from running through the house with wet feet to the bathroom. I'm hoping to get it done this summer. I appreciate the comment - thank you.