Cory Jorgensen designed this swimming pool waterfall feature to compliment the levels of this tiered backyard. The pool flows over the side landing in a smaller pool section with concrete tile stepping stones. The natural rock exterior of the waterfall, and retaining wall sections, are a nice contrast to the bright, healthy green coloring of the grass and shrubs.
The minimalist swimming pool features a shallow sundeck, perfect for relaxing in the pool and under the large patio umbrella. The home opens up to the outdoors to create a blended space that's perfect for entertaining.
Pool parties are a great way to cool off on a hot day, but ensuring that everyone enjoys themselves without overdoing it can require a bit of planning ahead. Guests may forget to bring pool necessities like a towel, sunscreen, goggles and ear plugs, so it's best to have several on hand along with plenty of iced beverages.
A covered outdoor living area features comfortable sofas and chairs looking out over the zero-edge pool. The sleek backyard reflects the contemporary style of the home, which is highlighted by straight-lined architecture and glass walls.
Four cushioned lounge chairs line the far edge of the pool, with two umbrellas overhead to add a touch of shade. Meanwhile, hydrangea bushes and other eye-catching plants form a natural backdrop that smells just as wonderful as it looks.
A round stone fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs creates the perfect spot for roasting marshmallows in this backyard. During the hotter months, a refreshing swimming pool with lounge chairs and an umbrella attracts the sun-lovers.
Sometimes the best spot for your outdoor retreat is a sun-splashed area. If you’ll be enjoying your retreat during the day, even if it’s only on weekends, it’s worth investing in some kind of shade. A simple patio umbrella can cast enough shade for a table and chairs, or consider adding an awning to your home to shade a greater area. Other options for creating a cooling pool of shade include a permanent structure, like a pergola (add vines for color) or gazebo. For a portable shade option, check out pop-up canopy designs. You can also use a temporary canopy to help you determine where you might want to add a more permanent structure in future.