A backyard patio/pool combination from Kane Landscapes features a fountain, entertainment areas and a raised patio of concrete, stone veneer, rectangular Penn and Bluestone. To maintain the natural beauty of your stone surfaces, do not use abrasive cleaners (like tub & tile products), vinegar or other acid cleaners. Instead use a recommended clearer from the manufacturer and you can also preserve the stone’s color with a stone sealer.
This backyard renovation included the installation of a 100-foot stream down one side of the property and landscaping meant to give the feeling of a woodland escape. Says HGTV fan lross7577, "We don't have to travel far from our suburban home outside the city of Minneapolis to get a wonderful cabin retreat experience. We just walk out our back door."
On a cool spring afternoon or perhaps on a chilly evening in autumn, this comfortable outdoor area, created by C.B. Conlin Landscapes, is just the ticket for some quiet time. The freestanding stone fireplace, with its soft rustic style, coordinates well with the adjacent flooring, planters and arbor to allow the brightly colored patio set to take center stage. These choices also work well against the lush backyard greenery.
The homeowners love spending time in the outdoors, so this pool was just the thing for them. Settled in the midst of their beautifully landscaped and private backyard, this pool has a beautiful waterfall fixture to filter and clean the pool's water, then stylishly return it. This cleaning system is what gives the pool its crystal clear water. That water reflects the serenity of the nature surrounding the house, making it the perfect space for these outdoor lovers to relax and entertain.
The retro Airstream trailer set the stage for this backyard barbecue shower, providing a cool backdrop for the festivities. If you don't have access to something like this, you can always create a backdrop that sets the tone for your event - like a desert landscape, a big red barn or countryside using a photo printed on large canvas. This way it can also double as a backdrop for a photobooth!
The owners of this tin roof chicken coop wanted to create a home for their chickens and guest houses for visiting bluebirds: "We read that bluebirds like to have 15 to 20 feet of open space in front of their nesting houses. When we built the coop, we left the posts tall on the back side. My parents brought me the 'See Rock City' house, which I was thrilled to have because it's a great nod to my happy Southern childhood spent hiking and camping with my family. The Rock City birdhouse lets guests know we want them to be relaxed and happy in our garden."
The owners said landscaping was a key factor in the positioning of the coop. "We thought about the placement for several weeks. It made sense to be on the far side of the garden because it's tall and creates a separation between our yard and the street that runs behind our next-door neighbors' yard. It works as a privacy screen and looks like a charming shed or rustic playhouse. The screens across the front of the structure came from my grandparents' house when it was torn down. The major drawback to our design is the lack of a human door, which makes spring cleaning the coop no easy task."