3 Unique Settings

OKC Pool House 

Designers create a pool house as a vacation getaway.

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] Nichols Hills couple steps into their pool house and are instantly on vacation. That was the idea they presented to interior designers Corbin and Ross See.

As the brothers began planning the project, they considered the home’s original design. It was built in the 1970s by the late Raymond Carter, whose California contemporary homes still grace Nichols Hills.

In keeping with Carter’s style, the pool house reflects a sleek vacation home, with a neutral palette and unusual textures. The pool house is a haven for relaxing and poolside entertaining.

“There’s a refreshing feeling in the pool house,” Corbin notes. “It has a hint of a Los Angeles vibe,” which is exactly what the clients wanted.

The pool has a white brick privacy wall, accented with cedars. The patio floor of Pennsylvania bluestone resembles flagstone and continues through the living/kitchen area. The upscale design inspires awe, while suggesting casual comfort.

Floor-to-ceiling windows, covered with sheers, overlook the pool. Twelve-foot high ceilings of aged, stained teakwood feature cedar beams with a whitewash glaze. A skylight enhances recessed lighting in the beams.

The fireplace wall invites conversation. The owners found a photo in Veranda magazine and asked Corbin and Ross to mimic it. Two walls of the living area/kitchen are fashioned of this stacked rock.

While the main room is only 450 square feet, it has a cozy sitting area with chairs upholstered in the Sees’ 1818 furniture line. A reproduction of an antique Moroccan rug anchors the seating area. Minimal accessories mark the conversation areas.

The rectangular dining bar and kitchen area is adjacent to this entertaining area and reflects minimalist design. Bar stools are of bamboo and woven rawhide. The kitchen cabinets with a waterfall edge are white oak stained to resemble statuary marble. Black marble graces the kitchen island countertop.

The bedroom/bath guest area is near the kitchen. The bathroom continues the textural surprises.

The pool house was completed in 2013, and Corbin and Ross treasure the free rein they had to create a pool house that allows this couple to go on vacation with a quick journey from their back door to the poolside.