How To Build A Pool Changing Room

How To Build A Pool Changing Room

By Robert Robillard on Design, How To

Pool Changing RoomPool Changing Room with Repurposed Materials

Pool sheds come in all sizes from basic to ultra-elaborate. I have a pool, but not enough property to build a pool house on. I mean how frustrating, I’m a skilled carpenter and I can’t build a pool shed for my own pool.

Re-Purposing Construction Materials

After building a cupola on a barn in town, I has extra tongued and groove, primed, cedar boards left over. It was special ordered and not returnable so I started thinking of ways to use it. The wood was expensive but no longer wanted or needed by the client, and he wanted it gone.  Being a lover of wood, I took it. My goal was to keep it out of a landfill, and find it a new home.

The pool changing room idea came to me as I was replacing my dryer in my home.  My dryer worked fine but the washer was broken beyond repair.  The new washer was not compatible as a stackable unit with the dryer, so it had to go too, then the idea came…

I would convert some of the space in my tool storage shed into a small pool changing room and re-purpose the dryer for wet pool towels. My plan also involved re-purposing some of the left over materials from past projects.

Planning the Changing Room Space

For the project I had a few ideas for the repurposed items I wanted to use. My design and proportions all depended on the sizes and qualities of the materials I had left over; so I had to plan and measure carefully. 

Pool Changing Room
My remnant materials were:

  1. I had a 29” x 24” remnant of black honed granite that was headed for the dumpster. It would make a perfect counter top for a towel storage cabinet, next to the towel dryer.
  2. I had a flat-panel, cabinet door with hinges left over from a built-in retrofit that I just couldn’t toss out.
  3. I had a 10-year old dryer that I was replacing.
  4. I had enough tongue and groove cedar boards left over to trim the inside and outside of a 43 x 48 small dressing room. [yup I did the math]
  5. I had some 1×4’ mahogany boards and deck oil left over from a deck project and some scrap plywood from a cabinet job.
  6. Extra exterior, wall-mount lantern

Making the Dryer Safe

A fried of mine is an appliance repairman.  He went thru the dryer and made sure everything was safe, replacing a few items for some beer!

My electrician added an outlet for the dryer for $90.

Pool Changing RoomTowel Storage Cabinet

I used some scrap birch and AC plywood left in my shop and built a cabinet 28” x 23.” This allowed me to use my remnant granite and have the granite overhang the sides ½” and the front edge 1.”

The granite remnant was the cooktop cutout in a recent kitchen remodel.  The client didn’t want it.

Once the cabinet was built I closed in the front so I could re-use the built in cabinet and hinges. I use a left over hook hasp lock to keep the door sealed from mice. Once complete this cabinet can hold 30 full sized pool towels.

I then cleared some space on one side of my shed and installed the cabinet into a corner and the dryer next to it. The dryer has a 10” vent pipe and vents straight out of the shed

Pool Changing RoomBuilding the Changing Room

I bought some 2×4 studs and framed my room so the cedar would just fit. Luckily for me there was enough boards to make the room a decent size for someone to change in.

On the opposite side of the shed from the dryer and cabinet I built my changing room. The shed has a cathedral ceiling in this area so I used the full length 2×4 studs for the walls, no scrap.

I framed a doorway on one side of the front wall, and a bench seat on the other side of the wall. Later I would hang a shower curtain for privacy.

i relocated the lighting wires for the shed and added a switch and wire for a wall mounted lantern on the inside wall.

The cedar boards were installed with a pneumatic nailer.  I ripped a few f the cedar boards down to make a door jamb and some trim which covers both sides of the open doorway.

Pool Changing RoomThe Bench Seat

I topped off the bench frame with my left over mahogany 1×4 deck boards and sanded them silky smooth, before coating them with a protective coat of Penifin oil, also left over from a deck project..

The front edge of the bench 2×4 was covered with a ripped down cedar board.

The Finishing Touches

I used the extra mahogany boards to make a raised 1×4 wood mat to stand on. I then bought a shower curtain and rod, cut it down and mounted it for privacy.

All said and done this project cost me $165.  I paid $45 in framing lumber, $90 for electrical work and $30 for the shower rod and curtain. The rest was left over material laying around the shed and my workshop.

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