After the backyard transformation by licensed contractor Chip Wade, the Schroeder residence in Atlanta, GA now has a lot of function with an art studio (right), garden, fire pit, hammock and chicken coop (left), as seen on HGTV and DIY Network's Elbow Room. Before the renovation, the Schroeder family lacked a place to play and make art.
A small pond is tucked in a corner adjacent to a flagstone patio with an arbor providing shade when it's hot outside. Landscaping is designed for little pockets of seasonal color to move the eye throughout the space. Arkansas fieldstone is used to raise the pond side 18 inches to allow the homeowner a place to sit and watch the koi.
In this landscape design by Jamie Durie, this "nest" is enveloped in foliage and tilted to one side to allow views out from the central platform, creating the illusion of sprouting from the forest floor like a plant. Several types of ornamental shrubs and grasses have been arranged in the outdoor bowl-shaped area. Trees grow up through the center of the platform, providing a canopy that protects and embraces the space while allowing dappled light to penetrate.
A rustic stone wall features a sleek waterfall that pours into the contemporary swimming pool at this historic Key West cottage. Palm trees and tropical plantings bring shade and privacy to the backyard.
This secluded outdoor oasis features a rim flow edge hot tub creating a relaxing spa atmosphere. A comfy sofa filled with pillows offers the perfect place to lay out after a luxurious soak. Lush greenery creates an added layer of privacy for a truly restful experience.
Nestled in a small back yard surrounded by a curtain of mature hardwood trees, this outdoor living area makes the most of the available space. The owners wanted to her the "arts and crafts" stylings of the neighborhood, but they also desired a contemporary twist. Designers added a small hot tub and a water feature that make use of clean lines, while the pathways and walls have a splash of personality with natural stone.