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How to Build a Pool House

By Katherine Kally

Building a pool house can be a simple and inexpensive project using pole construction. If you plan to use your pool house for storage and entertaining, you need a design that will meet all of your needs. A three sided structure, open at the front, containing a storage area on one side and a restroom on the other is a good start. Add enough room to entertain in the middle and your pool house serves several functions.

Step 1

Lay out the design of your pool house using builder's string and stakes. Allow for plumbing and electricity as needed. Mark the location of your posts and bathroom essentials with different colors of spray paint.

Step 2

Dig the holes for you posts as outlined in your local building codes. Place the posts and secure them temporarily with 2 by 4s, making sure they are level. Pour the concrete and let it dry.

Step 3

Frame the outside of your pool house using treated wood beams. Attach the beams to the posts using metal brackets, then add 2 by 4s to fill in the frame and to build the interior walls. Make sure all of the beams and posts are plumb before proceeding with your construction.

Step 4

Run the electrical wires and water lines in accordance with your local building codes. If you're not well versed in plumbing and electrical building practices, you may want to hire a professional.

Step 5

Build your floor with your desired material. If your finished material is tile or slate, you can build a plywood floor. Add the trusses for the roof.

Step 6

Finish the interior walls with sheet rock, add the tin tiles to the roof and add the siding or stone to the exterior walls.

Step 7

Add the plumbing fixtures and the remaining electrical components. You can now add your finished flooring material.

Step 8

Paint your interior walls or tile them throughout for better durability. Add your lighting and hang your interior doors. Decorate your pool house with weather friendly furniture and you will enjoy the space for years.


Things You Will Need

  • Design plans
  • Building permits
  • Plumbing necessities
  • Electrical materials
  • Post Hole digger
  • Treated wood posts
  • Ceiling trusses
  • Tin roofing sections
  • Treated plywood
  • Straight nails
  • Roofing nails
  • Storm clips
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Builders string
  • Level
  • 2 by 4 planks for temporary braces
  • Quick drying concrete
  • Metal base anchors
  • Treated wood beams
  • Metal brackets to attach beams to posts
  • Treated wood boards for walls
  • Siding or stone
  • Drill
  • Circular saw
  • Wood sealer
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses

About the Author


Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.