Square concrete steps lead you into this quaint backyard space. A blue block planter features a water spill on one side while the floating wood bench adds better use of the limited square footage of the yard.
This small backyard is high on color and sustainability. An eclectic mix of materials that include block walls, ornamental pea gravel, flagstone and boulders makes for an exciting and sustainable design.
Pavers can help create fun backyard game spaces. This Minneapolis backyard by Southview Design uses pavers and retaining wall block for a horseshoe pit. The homeowner competes in a horseshoe league and wanted to practice at home. The pavers in the spectator area are aligned in a fan pattern.
This backyard retreat provides plenty of opportunities to entertain friends and family. Plantings bring on the color and help to soften the hardscape. Originally the space offered a large paver patio, block retaining walls, a small deck and lots of lawn. Obstacles to creating this backyard oasis included two septic systems, a well, drainage problems and grade issues.
Modern dining and sitting areas overlook a restful, zen backyard garden at this Southern California home. Horizontal lines in the wood deck, table and garden walls create harmony in the space. An ample shade blocks light in the seating area, enabling guests to linger and relax.
A wall of windows and glass doors to the backyard allow tons of light into the contemporary kitchen and mid-century dining room. Centered in the kitchen is a large island clad in dark brown butcher block countertop, while the sleek white cabinets are topped with simple gray countertops.
A wide shot of the home's exterior shows the magnificent features of the backyard. A wrap-around porch accommodates a dining area and outdoor kitchen, glass walls create seamless transitions from outdoor to indoor, and a deep porch overhang provides shade and blocks sunlight from heating interior spaces. The lounge area by the pool is perfect for relaxing and sunbathing.
The design vision for this property was to have a space that could be opened up to bring the outdoors in.The collapsable window by JeldWin allows for opening up an entire wall of the home the free flow of air, and natural light. The gorgeous wood floor and butcher block counter were designed to compliment the beautiful expansive backyard and the functional, modern minimalist style of the interior.