Sunday mornings, Kappy and Dave Trott sit by their swimming pool, drinking coffee and reading The New York Times. “We feel like we’re on vacation, but we’re right in our own backyard,” Kappy says.
The Trotts created their private resort just steps from the master bedroom when they renovated the kitchen, family room, and outdoor spaces of their Birmingham, Michigan, house. The updates included adding banks of French doors that open the back of the house to the yard, a new swimming pool, and a hot tub. Kappy planned to add a fire pit near the pool to create a cozy gathering place, but architect Victor Saroki had a bigger idea: Why not enclose a fireplace in a focal-point pool house at the back of the lot and create an all-year indoor-outdoor space?
When designing the pool house, Saroki drew inspiration from the Trotts’ Georgian Colonial house, repeating materials and features such as a brick exterior, hipped slate roof, whimsical round windows, and porch columns. “We wanted this building to be a little bit charming, a bit of a folly, but still be in the spirit of the main house,” Saroki says.
Four glass doors across the front slide into wall pockets, creating a virtually seamless indoor-outdoor space. Large rectangular slabs of bluestone on the pool house floor continue outside to the pergola-shaded patio and pool surround for a smooth flow from indoors to out. Inside, radiant in-floor heat keeps the spaces warm year-round. Poolside furniture is from Brown Jordan.
Photography: Werner Straube
Produced by Hilary Rose
Architect: Victor Saroki, Saroki Architecture, 430 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, MI 48009; 248/258-5707, victorsaroki.com.
Interior design: Craig Steinhaus, Craig Steinhaus & Assoc., 187 S. Old Woodward Ave., Suite 206, Birmingham, MI 48009; 248/593-2635, craigsteinhausassoc.com.
Landscape design: Matt and Bill Whetstone, Greater Detroit Landscape, 21000 Fairfield, Warren, MI 48089; 586/777-2000, greaterdetroitlandscape.com.