Millerton Pool House


The Miller­ton Pool House is the sec­ond WFORA/WFORC project for a pri­vate client located in Dutchess County, NY. 

Design began in the sum­mer of 2014 after the own­ers decided to rebuild their exist­ing pool house. The orig­i­nal struc­ture lacked proper mois­ture bar­ri­ers allow­ing con­den­sa­tion to dete­ri­o­rate wood mem­bers and ceil­ing enclosures.


Pre­lim­i­nary study mod­els show var­i­ous roof sys­tems and their configurations.


Stud­ies were done to find an appro­pri­ate uni­form roof sys­tem that could clear span the pool deck. Options included a metal tetra­he­dral space frame, a diag­o­nal primary/secondary wood beam sys­tem and a Sol Lewitt inspired tim­ber grid. Ulti­mately, these sys­tems were either too heavy or not fit for a wet environment.


A steel truss sys­tem was finally employed as the roof sup­port. The guid­ing geom­e­try was to cre­ate a uni­form ceil­ing plan while also pro­vid­ing the min­i­mum pitch for the exte­rior roof sur­face. A large sky­light kinks up the trusses to loft the cen­tral space above the pool.


The final design reduced the num­ber of steel trusses to a bal­ance of weight and struc­tural efficiency.