Grand Forks Herald Design a Home: Grand Forks couple design addition, pool as unique home enhancement

 Grand Forks Herald Design a Home: Grand Forks couple design addition, pool as unique home enhancement

It’s a 900-square-foot poolhouse and guesthouse addition to the home they built in 2016 on the city’s south end.

“We’re not really lake people, but we like to be outside in the summer,” said Mark Barclay.

He and Aly decided to build an in-ground pool in their backyard, and provide a bathroom so people would not have to traipse through the house.

The idea for the pool house “started as an outdoor bathroom,” said Mark, who has a real estate license but no construction background. He began by searching for plans for tiny houses and cabins.

The couple broke ground on the project May 2, 2020, and “made dozens and dozens of revisions” in the process of building it. The project was completed in November. The 24-by-18-foot custom-built house, with a full basement, not only accommodates people using the pool but also serves as a private retreat for out-of-town guests.

“If somebody needs a place to stay, they have their own privacy, they can come and go as they please,” Mark said.

“It is connected to the foundation of our house and has its own central air, so it’s considered an addition,” he said. “It looks exactly like our house — in miniature.”

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