Why Add a California Room to Your Home and Pool?

After 35 years of designing pools and landscapes, we've created California Rooms long before they were called California Rooms. It's a trend that has spread across the country but with our mild winters and cool summers, they could be more precisely called the California Bay Area Room. Let’s show you exactly what they are and how to fit them into your complete pool and landscape design.

What is a California Room?

Today’s version is a modern, upscale and open version of the old fashioned screened porch that was designed by necessity rather than style. The California Room is an indoor-outdoor living space that seamlessly blends the comforts of indoor rooms with the outdoors. It is typically an extension of the main living area, featuring large, retractable glass doors or oversized sliding doors that open up to a patio, garden, or backyard.

These designs emphasize a smooth transition between the interior and exterior, often blurring the line where the indoors end and the outdoors begin. They are often part of a complete landscape and pool design, serving to extend a home owner’s enjoyment not only of the yard but of the pool and water features.

This space is usually furnished with comfortable seating, a fireplace or fire pit, and sometimes incorporates an outdoor kitchen or bar. The roof can either be a solid structure, providing shade and protection from the elements, or a pergola-style design that allows for natural sunlight.

California room in a 3D pool and landscape design.

The Origins of the California Room

While the concept of indoor-outdoor living is not new and can be traced back to ancient civilizations, the modern interpretation of the California Room began to gain traction in the mid-20th century.

The post-war era in California saw a boom in suburban housing developments. Architects and builders, inspired by the state's mild climate and outdoor-centric lifestyle, began to experiment with home designs that incorporated elements of the outdoors.

By the 1960s and 1970s modernist architecture and the influential architects like Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler made the idea of blending indoor and outdoor spaces more mainstream. However, it wasn't until the last 20 years that advancements in construction materials and sliding door technology, that the modern California Room as we know it today took shape.

Beautiful California Room attached to estate with a hillside pool in the Bay Area.

Who Needs a California Room?

  • If You Love Nature:
    • If you love the idea of being surrounded by nature without compromising on comfort, a California Room is perfect. It allows you to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, whether you're watching a sunset, listening to birds, or simply enjoying a gentle breeze.
  • If You Love to Entertain:
    • For those who love hosting gatherings, a California Room provides an ideal setting. It can greatly expand your space for guests by offering a spacious area where guests can mingle, dine, or relax, all while enjoying the ambiance of the outdoors.
  • If You Love Wellness:
    • The California Room can serve as a tranquil retreat for meditation, yoga, or simply unwinding after a long day. The natural surroundings can enhance mental well-being and provide a sense of calm.
  • If You Love to be Poolside:
    • If you have a beautiful pool or are planning on building or remodeling a pool, a California room lets you enjoy the look and sounds of your pool or water features without getting wet. You can opt to lounge poolside without waiting for perfectly sunny or perfectly cool weather.

A California room is more than just an addition; it's an investment in your lifestyle, comfort, and overall well-being. By embracing the concept of blending indoor and outdoor living, you're opening the doors to a world of possibilities. Whether you're looking to increase your home's value, create a sanctuary for relaxation, or entertain guests in style, a California room offers all of this and more. It's time to take your home to the next level with an addition that combines the best of both worlds.

Want a California room of your own? As you can see from the projects we’ve shown you here, it can be added to your home, landscape and pool design so seamlessly that no one will realize it's an add-on or upgrade.


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