How have you been coping in this summer’s heatwave? If you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your back garden, you’ve probably become very popular with your friends and neighbours! Next time the hot weather strikes, entertain in style with a pool house. Here are some tips on creating the ideal small pool house design for your garden.


A pool takes up a lot of room. Perhaps you feel the addition of a pool house will engulf your garden, leaving no space for anything else. That’s where canny, space-saving design comes in. Our experienced Green Studios experts are old hands at creating bespoke garden rooms to fit into awkward, irregular or limited spaces. If there’s a patch of garden that’s not being used to its full potential, it’s possible that a small pool house could be slotted in unobtrusively.

2. Decide on the features you need


If you only have a small amount of space for a pool house, you’ll need to prioritise.

  • Do you want to use your pool house primarily as a changing room?
  • Is storage your main concern?
  • Do you want to sit there on a summer’s evening while sipping cocktails?
  • Perhaps you dream of relaxing in a hot tub or sauna after your swim.

The main intended usage of your pool house will determine the features that need to be built into the design. A garden lodge can fit into a modest space and can be plumbed in with bathroom facilities if required. You could choose a small lodge measuring less than 4 metres long, or go all out with a fully-equipped, 2-bedroom guest house.


Building a new structure in your back garden might involve securing planning permission from the council. It’s not always a straightforward process, so if you can, it’s best to design a pool house that doesn’t require planning permission.

At Green Modular, we’re experts in planning permission, and we’ll help you come up with pool house designs that don’t require it. If you’re only building a small pool house which is less than 2.5 metres high, you have a good chance of being able to start construction without being constricted by red tape.

4. Work with nature

A garden room is the perfect place to sit and enjoy the view. You’ll need some privacy if you’re including bathroom, spa or changing facilities in your pool house, but once those areas are accounted for, try to incorporate bi-fold doors or large windows, so that you can open up your lodge to the outdoor world and let in lots of natural light. With an area of decking outside the pool house, you can create the perfect space to lounge by the water.

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In a smaller space, your pool house needs to fit in with the rest of the garden. For the ultimate in natural design, why not incorporate a living green sedum roof?

Find out more about what you could build in your garden, by browsing our range of garden lodge accommodation.