When a pool has already turned a backyard into a steps-away summer vacation, how do you make it even more of a retreat? Add a pool house. Waterfront sanctuaries invite us to towel off, lounge, entertain and escape summer’s heat in stylish comfort. Thanks to imaginative creators like designer Hillary Taylor, a classic pool house delivers splashy architecture, features and design that define summer living at its best.  

This beguiling pool house is an irresistible destination located at the back of a lushly landscaped property in Salt Lake City. “We used it to create a view from the main house and to screen the scene behind it,” says designer Hillary Taylor, who was inspired by a feminine garden party when she fashioned the interior’s gathering space, wet bar, changing room and full bathroom. Randomly-set bluestone floors, white walls and black accents ground the decidedly playful décor, 80s-inspired trellis patterns and sherbet-colored hues. Custom outdoor furniture and durable performance fabrics make the sophisticated space as practical and pool-friendly as it is pretty. The pool house also hosts a potting shed and storage room.

In this Salt Lake City pool house, folding doors open to invite guests into the year-round gathering space located near a large pool and a pergola-shaded dining area. Photo by Lindsay Salazar. Architecture by Jon Jang Architect AIA. Build by Evergreene Construction. Landscape design by Kappus Landscape. Interior design by Hillary W Taylor Interiors.
The interior treats visitors to chic design and come-as-you-are comfort. Photo by Lindsay Salazar.
Custom blue loungers and a charming shade structures deliver an elegant touch to the pool deck. Photo by Lindsay Salazar.
Powdery blue fabric dresses the seating areas. Randomly placed blue tiles mimic the jewel-toned pool outside. Photo by Lindsay Salazar.

Taylor mixes a playful blend of patterns on window shades and wall coverings. Photo by Lindsay Salazar.
Photo by Lindsay Salazar.

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Brad Mee
Brad Mee is the Editor-in-Chief of Utah Style & Design Magazine.