When this Weston homeowner first came to us about constructing a pool cabana, there was an existing pool shed standing next to the pool. It was in poor condition. There was no concrete slab under it and its footprint was much smaller than the planned outdoor living space. The homeowner is an interior designer and presented us with a hand-drawn sketch and a few Houzz photos of what they wanted their new cabana to look like. Based on the sketches and overall size they wanted, we drew up working plans for our crew to work from.
First, we poured the concrete slab, the construction began on the structure. The design called for an exposed beam and structure design. The roof rafters had to be painted white and additional reinforcement was added. Hip roofs are more complex to construct than a standard gable roof, but they’re also more aesthetically pleasing. Special beams (Laminated Veneer Lumber – LVLs) were used to provide unobstructed views of the pool and yard while the occupants are relaxing in the shade of the cabana.
The interior walls were all constructed from shiplap boards that were pre-stained before installation. A white latex paint was diluted by 50% to produce the rustic effect of a translucent whitewashing. Around the area of the wall where the outdoor flatscreen TV and entertainment center were to be installed, we used tongue and groove cedar boards that were stained dark to produce a nice contrast with the surrounding walls. The outdoor cabinetry was constructed by Uxbridge Cabinetry.
The exterior is a vinyl product made by CertainTeed. The specific product was from their Northwoods line in the color, Autumn Red. We used the 7″ straight edge exposure variation of the product. The trim work was all done in Azek PVC. The Azek was painted a trim color to match the house. Once Azek is painted, the paint will not peel as with traditional wood, and the PVC will never rot, making the cabana maintenance free for years to come.
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