The Sweetest Little Cohasset Pool House

Marvin  Ultimate Bi-fold Door;  Marvin  windows. Builder:  Archwright  // Interior Design:  CM Design  // Photo:  Jessica Delaney

Marvin Ultimate Bi-fold Door; Marvin windows. Builder: Archwright // Interior Design: CM Design // Photo: Jessica Delaney

Written by Jenna Talbott • Photographed by Jessica Delaney // Designer Chris McGinty of CM Design was busy renovating her clients’ main house in Cohasset when she happened upon the sweetest little pool house. Or rather, she saw the sweet little pool house it could become. A pool house renovation was not part of the architectural plans, original design, or even on anyone’s mind. But Chris had a vision and with some convincing and her word that it would keep within the project’s tight timeline, the pool house’s full potential was revealed. And all agree, it is the hands down their favorite space to soak up every last bit of a New England summer.

Paint:  Benjamin Moore White ; Tile:  Plank Tile Madera Beige ; Accessories:  Piece . Interior Design:  CM Design  // Photo:  Jessica Delaney

Paint: Benjamin Moore White; Tile: Plank Tile Madera Beige; Accessories: Piece. Interior Design: CM Design // Photo: Jessica Delaney

This smart little space is the complete package. Bi-fold French doors from Marvin Windows and Doors open up to unobstructed access and views of the entire pool area, which overlooks the Gulph River. The homeowners knew they would enjoy the space as a family but also to entertain so Chris added a wet bar, changing area, and bathroom. A flat screen TV hangs on one wall so that sports fans can keep an eye on the game and the pool from the comfort of a sofa from Serena and Lilly. In keeping with the casual sophistication of the main home’s interiors, Chris added floor to ceiling shiplap painted high gloss Benjamin Moore White and a custom barn door to separate the changing area from the main space. Tile floors replaced the old wood flooring and offer a more practical and durable surface for wet feet and towels.

As Chris says, looking back on the project, “We went for it. No plans, no drawings—just me and the builders. It’s now a favorite spot for family and friends, or just relaxing with a cold beer from the bar. It truly is a special spot!” The moral of the story is, trust your designer’s vision and you could end up with …this. 

Gallery: Cohasset Pool House