The desert backyard centers comfortable wicker furniture around a stacked stone fireplace. Nestled into the Arizona hills, this vacation home takes full advantage of its beautiful surroundings with outdoor living areas.
Polished stone steps lead to the backyard, where a sunken swimming pool and custom bench invite the owners to slow down. With cacti and other native plants, the space feels perfectly in-tune with its desert surroundings.
The homeowners wanted a backyard design that would blend into the desert surroundings rather than compete with it, so designers chose native plants like gray-green cacti and natural colored hardscape such as warm, caramel stones and pale, sun-bleached wood that would reflect the warm, desert tones to create the look.
A negative edge pool is a beautiful fit for cascading down natural slope of the land. Mosaic tiles create pops of color shining through the water to brighten the natural tones of the design. A natural rock retaining wall with built in waterfall feature creates a textural contrast to the smooth patio tile.
A brick patio surrounds a classically-styled white plaster pool in this luxurious high desert retreat. Red lounge chairs lined with black and white striped cushions add a punch of pizzazz to this backyard getaway.
This modern, Southwestern style home gets the perfect desert landscape. A gabion wall stands at the back of the yard, next to the foundation of the house to help curb erosion. Small flowerbeds then cascade down the yard along the steps. These beds contain durable plants that can survive the summer heat in this desert climate without much water. Instead of mulch in these beds, the beds are filled with rock to keep from having to grow grass that would require lots of water during the summer months. This way, the home's front yard is completely sustainable.