The Thought Process for the Pool House

Planning for the finishes of the indoor pool house is a strange mix of interior and exterior.  Interior in that we want finishes that flow with the rest of the house.  Exterior due to the water splashes and potential for high humidity.  Basically, we need to create a bathroom on steroids.  Deciding on the ceiling finish was really easy for us as we have tongue and groove throughout our house as well as the front deck.  The walls, however, have been much trickier.  Many siding options are an option as well as more interior specific finishes such as tile and plaster.


Along with looking good, we need something that won’t be damaged by water.  Perhaps most importantly, we want something that won’t feel dated-hopefully ever, but especially not in a couple of years.  With that said, dark stained wood lap siding covered the walls before, which I’m sure was lovely in the late 70’s/early 80’s.  Flash forward 40 or so years, and the walls feel dated and very dark.

New-House-Pool-Room April 13 2012

To be honest, shakes, stone, and tile were never viable options for us.  Shakes would feel too busy and traditional.  The price of stone can get insane really quickly.  Tile could be pretty along the bottom four feet, but I want simple.  Plaster walls would also be beautiful, but touching up any damaged areas can be a nightmare.  So we’re left with lap and board and batten siding.

Ben preferred lap siding, while I pushed for board and batten.  For simplicity sake, longevity, and the bright feel, either would be painted white.

Having installed lap siding on much of our exterior, Ben knows the process quite well.  After initial pricing, the lap siding would be significantly less expensive than board and batten.  Call me a princess, call me stubborn, but I knew lap siding was not what I wanted.  Sure, the new siding would be slightly wider than the old wood stuff, but it still felt like a cop-out.  I wasn’t ready to give up on my vision, so we discussed other materials and got pricing.

To keep the white walls from feeling boring and dull, we’ll space batten strips 8 inches apart, similar to this:
Image result for white board and batten detail
Details have been swirling around in my head since we bought the house, but have been firming up as we complete more on the to do list.  What I have pictured in my head is along the lines of this design board:
When finished, I want the room to feel fresh, bright, and sleek.  Kind of a California cool/simple vibe with a dash of rustic mixed in.  The wall treatment will play a big role in this, contrasted by continuing the dark slate floor from the adjacent kitchen.
Four modernized versions of traditional lantern scones will add separate lighting zones to the hot tub and kitchen areas.  On my lighting search, I primarily looked at outdoor sconces, as they can withstand water/humidity.  Also, outdoor sconces run bigger, creating a better proportion in this large of a space.  Near the future hot tub, a pair of sconces will go on either small angled wall.
Another pair will flank a window in the kitchen (kitchenette, really as it will only have a sink and range), as pictured below with my paper templates hung up.  Opposite the window we’ll have a sink, gas range, and vent above.  Olive green cabinets have been on my mind and I think the little kitchen side is the perfect spot to play around with a dose of color.
Tucked into that angle, I want a bank of built-in storage benches to keep pool toys and such neatly stowed away.
For function, I think it’d be best to mount cute hooks on the wall below the window to conveniently hang fun striped towels.
High on my preference list is a pair of trees, perhaps citrus, to flank either side of the wide end windows, with a wood framed sofa between.
As you can see based on the pictures, we’re still far off from the finishing details.  Our current step is framing new walls to better insulate, followed up with tile.

One thought on “The Thought Process for the Pool House

  1. I agree with you on the board and batten. It’s a treatment that works so well on both exterior and interior, unlike the lap siding, which really only makes sense for exterior. I hope you can find a way to make it work!

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