Nestled among the trees high above an Alabama lake is a pool house as inviting as the property’s main dwelling. Built beside an infinity pool and sited to capitalize on views of the cove far below, the recently completed project by interior designer Rozanne Jackson is far different from what she and her long-time client had originally envisioned.
“What began its life as a pool house finally became ‘the house by the pool’ — a guest retreat, really,” explains Jackson, who in addition to her work as a noted interior designer is also owner of The Iron Gate, a popular design shop in historic Franklin, Tennessee, a half hour drive from Nashville. Jackson, who has worked for over a decade on other projects with the homeowner, says that while the architectural concept always included a kitchen area to facilitate poolside entertaining, the original plans for the structure contained no bedroom or master bath, which were added later. The vision for the project evolved during the design phase, in response to conversations about the owners’ grown children. The parents wanted to offer their visiting children, on their own and still single, accommodations that would be an alternative to their childhood bedrooms — a place they and their spouses or friends could use as a private domain removed from the main house.
“It’s not a terribly long walk,” says Jackson, “but once you reach the pool house it really is a world unto itself, tucked into the hillside. It’s a completely separate space with a secluded patio, and it just made sense to stretch things a bit during the pre-construction site planning to extend the building’s functionality for guests.”
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY ROZANNE JACKSON
ARCHITECTURE BY CINDY COYLE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS LITTLE AND JOE LITTLE
WRITTEN BY EDWARD MCCANN
This story appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of MILIEU.