The design of the pool house was envisioned to look and function like an extension of the main house, which happens to be an English Castle, built in 1907. The current owner’s bought the home in 2009 and completely renovated and expanded the castle. The pool house construction blends seamlessly with the prior renovations and additions that were added in 2011.
The exterior of the 11,000 sf castle is comprised of locally quarried granite. The house is located on one of the highest points in Westchester County with distant views of the Long Island Sound. When relaxing pool side one is able to look out over the tree line into a valley below.
The pool house design was conceived to be an open air pavilion to allow for the view to remain while also adding a bit more intimacy to the pool yard. To achieve this feel the architect designed a massive stone wall with arched openings that connect perpendicularly to the south end of castle. This stone wall was meant to look as if was original to the home.
Through the stone arches, an open air pavilion was outfitted with a fireplace, kitchenette, full bathroom and the main outdoor living room. The timber ceiling was designed to complement a timbered ceiling found inside the main castle, and the back side exposed exterior timbers were to connect visually with a horse barn found elsewhere on the estate. The interior design team carefully selected the flooring, mantel, lighting and furnishings to complete the design.
Pool House for an English Castle
Mitchell Wilk Architecture