Best Pool/Pool House

Photos by Sean Jancski

Sean Jancski

Sean Jancski Landscape Architects

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As part of a whole-home renovation, the homeowners added a pool to their property. The design team created direct access from the indoor living space to the outdoor living space. The property had irregularities and was sloped, which presented a challenge for the team. The creative design consists of a raised terrace with an infinity-edge pool, which provides pool lounging and gathering areas as well as access to the pool and spa.

Other Contributors: Wagner Pools, Pool; Keller/Eaton Architects, Architect


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Jason Taylor, Nick Viazzo, Nicolas Mariscal

Taylor Viazzo

Pound Ridge

The family wanted to create a grand space in their backyard for entertaining, cooking, and play. The anchor was a multifunctional pool house where they could lounge, eat, shower, dance, and paint. The challenge was that the yard is a rocky terrain with over 100 feet of slope. The solution was to create a new floor by cantilevering the structure out over the slope. The final two-story house packs multiple functions into 2,150 sq ft.

Other Contributors: Freeform Construction, Contractor; Disalvo Engineering Group, Structural Engineer; Barbara Taylor, Landscape Designer; Patdo Light Studio, Lighting Designer


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Photo by Robert Motzkin

Diane Blum

Motzkin Blum Architects


The criteria for this Tudor-style pool house was to create a large family lounge area, pool support space, and rooms not available in the main house. The centerpiece of the pool house is the large lounge designed to provide a comfortable indoor/outdoor room for relaxing and watching TV that can also accommodate holiday dinners for 30 people. The final design connects well to the main house and the pool; however, the interior design is less traditional and more rustic modern.

Other Contributor: Glen Gate Company, Pool and Landscaping; Frank Nesci, F&F Carpentry & Custom Cabinets, Inc., Pool House