How To Build A Pool House
Building a pool house from scratch may be no easy feat, depending on your level of expertise. There are many pool house designs that are available to you from different designer sources. You may also choose to make your own design to allow for the space that you need. Take into consideration what you will be using the space for; entertaining or storage? No matter which route you take you will need to get the plans approved by your local building committee as well as purchase the proper permits for the job.
Tools and Materials Needed:
The list of supplies can vary greatly depending on what type of house you are building however here is a list of standard supplies that you will need to get started:
- Stakes and paint to lay out the foundation
- Concrete or decking supplies for the foundation
- 4 x 4’s for the support beams
- 2 x 4’s for the framing
- Plumbing pipes and drains
- Nails and screws
- Electrical wiring
- Paint and trim
- Siding or stucco
- Storage shelves
This list is defiantly not all inclusive it is just meant to give you a general idea of what you might need to get started.
Step 1 - Foundation
The foundation is the starting point for your structure and determines what the structure will be shaped like. You can use a deck like foundation or a concrete foundation for a more house like structure. Whichever foundation you choose to use you will need to set posts that allow for the structure to be raised. When setting the foundation you will also need to allow for plumbing.
Step 2 - Frame It
Frame in your pool house to the desired specifications with 4 x 4’s and 2 x 4’s. You will need to make sure that you framing is secure before you hang the drywall.
Step 3 - Roof It
Your framing project will also include framing for the roof. Put plywood over the framing and cover with tar paper and roofing tiles. This can be easy or difficult depending on the pitch of your roof.
Step 4 - Electrical and Plumbing
Plan where you need light switches and plugs. Wire in the boxes and switches. Set up all water pipes and drains. Make sure that the drains work before dry walling.
Step 5 Drywall
Hang your drywall. Cover all framing with drywall then patch and sand it. Put up any wood trim around windows and doors
Step 6 Fixtures and Appliances
Now is when you will install any cabinets, counters, appliances and permanent fixtures. All of which that would have been planned for in the original design. You can go as plain or as fancy as you choose depending on what the function of your pool house is.
Step 7 Flooring and Paint
A good choice of flooring for pool houses is tile. There is also a rubber flooring available to help prevent slips. Paint your walls to tolerate moist conditions. After you are done with the painting then you can install all of your doors and hardware.
These are just the basic steps that you might need to take in order to build a pool house. Whether you choose to do the work your self or hire a contractor you are sure to enjoy this new addition to your outdoor living space.