15 Summer Loving Wonderful Outdoor spaces

Dining Table Under Pergola Summertime in the Northeast is wonderful in outdoor spaces.  After a long winter, the contrast between the seasons cannot be greater.  My family spends a lot of time on our porch and patio and gathering around the pool during the summer.  We alternate eating dinner inside and outside, with alfresco dining winning out every summer.  When we design a home, we do everything we can to make that indoor-to-outdoor connection.  If possible, there should [...]

By |2024-01-26T20:01:22-05:00June 13th, 2023|Categories: Design, Fireplaces, Gardens, Miscellaneous, New Homes, Patios, Pools, Porches|2 Comments

13 Pool Structures

Indoor Pool Nothing says summer like kids splashing around in a pool–except perhaps an adult party centered around a pool on a balmy summer evening. In either case, a pool house makes everything easier. Whether the pool house or pavilion is small and simple or includes a full kitchen and guest quarters, having a place to store cold drinks, towels and refreshments makes summer entertaining a lot more fun. This summer is predicted to be a scorcher and [...]

Pools, Pools, Pools, (11 of Them)

Indoor Pool This has been one of the warmest summers in memory which made it perfect pool weather. Ironically, now is when pools and pool houses are often on the drawing board in preparation for next summer’s fun. To be fair, our landscaper friends do the lion’s share of planning the pool environment.  We are most often interested in the location of the pool as it relates to the main house, pool house, and the surrounding patio.  As always, [...]

By |2023-01-13T15:02:13-05:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: Pools|0 Comments

Pool House in the Country (Featured Project)

Pool and Pool House This pool house/guest house is set in a beautiful rural area of New York.  It is part of a family compound including a main house, barn, and garage.  This building will serve as a place for the owners to live while we work with them to design and build their main home. Kitchen Kitchen with Hidden Laundry Bathroom Covered Patio and Barbecue Front Door [...]

By |2023-02-26T12:30:06-05:00April 14th, 2015|Categories: Construction, Design, Miscellaneous, New Homes, Pool Houses, Pools|0 Comments

Pool Pavilion (Featured Project)

Pool Pavilion To break up my focus on shoveling snow and chipping ice out of the animal's water buckets, I thought I would remind everyone that spring and summer will come again and a nice cool drink will be appreciated. Set in the rolling hills of the Berkshires, this open air pavilion with fireplace and kitchen completes the poolside entertaining package. The nights can be a little cool in the Berkshires even in the summer. The fireplace takes [...]

By |2023-02-26T12:40:22-05:00February 8th, 2015|Categories: Fireplaces, Pool Houses, Pools, Porches|Tags: , |4 Comments

Pools, Pools, Pools, (7 of Them)

Endless Pool As the summer winds down, most of us will bid farewell to our pools(better yet to our neighbors' pools).  Ironically, now is when pools and pool houses are often on the drawing board in preparation for next summer's fun. To be fair, our landscaper friends do the lion's share of planning the pool environment.  We are most often interested in the location of the pool as it relates to the main house, pool house and the surrounding [...]

By |2023-02-26T13:17:08-05:00August 16th, 2014|Categories: Gardens, Pool Houses, Pools|0 Comments