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.
Beautiful decking creates a durable path that leads to the modern shaded outdoor dining room. Creating individual spaces in the backyard with visual markers like the shaded pergola enhance the design and create unique zones that make it easy to enjoy every inch of this inviting outdoor oasis.
When designer, Michelle Rohrer-Lauer, was presented with the opportunity to curate the interior and exterior of this Texas home, she knew exactly how to make the pool area just as relaxing and calming as the living room. By adding warmly lit, hanging lights, custom outdoor seating, and by consulting on the infinity-edged pool, Michelle turned this back yard into a comfortable, yet palatial outdoor space.
An outdoor fireplace design on your patio or backyard instantly makes a perfect place for entertaining, creating a dramatic focal point. The modern furniture placement is a great way to utilize your exterior space and relax!
Directly opposite of the fireplace are a set of steps that cascade down to the lower patio where the outdoor kitchen with bar seating and dining area are located. Note that the fireplace wall and the outdoor kitchen are clad in the same dark stone to distinguish them as balancing objects within the space. The remaining walls are clad in a lighter stone to match the home.
This elevated patio is grounded by a strong horizontal wall with a see-through fireplace on the east end. This element helps to highlight the large Palladian inspired window. A water element on the south side relates to the view of the river beyond at the lower level of the property.
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.