Entrance to the Eastern Shore Pool House project showing the interior space. Interior design by lead designer Amanda Friend for Jamie Merida | Bountiful; JamieMerida.com

Eastern Shore Pool House: Sophisticated & Practical Outdoor Living

It’s always exciting when we’re able to participate in a project from the ground up! Amanda Friend had the opportunity to do just that as the lead designer for this charming pool house. Amanda had previously worked with these clients in their main house. When they decided to add a pool house to extend their outdoor living space, they asked Amanda to help. This project was a true collaboration between the clients, Amanda, the architect (Atelier 11), and the builder (West & Callahan).

Exterior Spaces: Gracious & Inviting Design

The pool is anchored by the pool house and a pergola on either end, extending the usable outdoor space significantly. The pool house is fully consistent with the “tidewater style” of the home, which is perfect for its waterfront setting.

Gathering Space: Sophisticated & Practical Design

Amanda approached the design of the pool house’s interior space from a practical standpoint. The clients wanted their large, fun-loving family to have free reign of the pool house. It was important that the furniture and finishes hold up against heavy, outdoor use. The space is truly meant to be enjoyed, and the clients didn’t want to feel like they had to give everyone a list of rules to follow before they could use the pool house!

A cool color palette of blues and soft neutrals helps the space feel light and appropriately coastal. Amanda chose crisp white paint for the shiplap walls and ceiling, making the small space feel airy expansive.

With practicality in mind, Amanda sourced materials designed for outdoor living. All of the fabrics used throughout the space are indoor/outdoor fabrics that won’t fade, run, mildew, or warp. In fact, the blue chairs by the window bench are on casters so that they can be easily wheeled outside. You can get directly out of the pool and have a seat in the chairs without any worry of damaging them!

Kitchen & Bathroom: Functional Materials & Elegant Design

Amanda and the homeowners decided to have some fun in the kitchen when choosing the cabinet color. Initially, the plan was to do the cabinets in white or some other neutral shade. But they realized the nature of the space provided an opportunity to do something a bit more fun and surprising. Amanda chose unfinished cabinets and had them painted in a vibrant, rich blue.

The result is a kitchen with a lot of personality! Amanda says this is one of the great things about working in small, unique spaces like a pool house… You can make fun design choices that you really like, but that might be “too much” in your everyday spaces.

The bathroom was designed with the same nod to practicality as in the rest of the pool house. All of the materials are durable and waterproof. Even the baseboards are done in slate, providing extra protection for the walls. The bathroom was laid out with the vanity separate from the shower, making the space usable by multiple people at the same time.

More Information About Eastern Shore Pool House

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All photos were produced by Charlotte Safavi of Stylish Productions. Photography by Robert Radifera.

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