Decorating & Design

July 21, 2022

Here’s How To Design The Ultimate Backyard Cabana

Before this modern pool house was a cool entertaining hub, it was an under-utilized mother-in-law suite that hadn’t been updated since the 1990s. When architect Chris Sanders of Sanders Architecture was hired to reimagine the tired and compact space, he knew he needed to bring it into present day, while maintaining some of its unique heritage. “The pool cabana shares the site with a 1920’s-era historic home,” says Chris. Another important factor was functionality. “As it is a tiny space (about 350 square feet), we designed everything to co-exist: It can go from being a kid’s space to a locale for parties and family gatherings, so everything had to serve a variety of functions.”

Keep scrolling to see inside the new pool house and get tips for designing your own backyard cabana!