Turquoise Spanish tile and bright yellow stools add a sunny vibe to this southwestern style patio and tie in with the colors of a swimming pool just out of site. A retractable awning on the pergola allows the homeowner to control the amount of sunlight that falls on the outdoor entertaining area.
Designers at Mark Scott and Associates created a special area adjacent to the house and swimming pool featuring a rustic pergola and greenery that harmonize with the outdoor scene, yet add dimension and texture with their presence. A stone walkway leads from the backyard to a dining table and grill for easy access.
Small but oh-so-convenient, the onsite changing room of this pool house ensures a quick dip when the mood strikes. It is curtained off from view, but the powder blue interior walls echo the colors of the swimming pool. The line art and rustic bench are nice touches for the space as well.
The garden courtyard terrace of this Point Lorna, California, villa home is made more secluded by the use of topiary, as the branches of a lemon tree frame a side entrance. Through the branches lies a pair of cushioned wicker sofas centered under a covered archway and facing a swimming pool lined with verdant shrubbery.
A sunken poolhouse provides a focal point for the swimming area. The sunken design unites the various activities, so that whether in the water or on dry land, participants feel connected to what's happening. The sunken building also offers an unusual perspective of the surrounding landscape.
Inspired by David Hockney's 1978 artwork" Swimming Pool with Reflection," designer Gregg De Meza created a whimsical bathroom for the young boy at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. Street artist Jeremy Novy painted the bright yellow no-diving symbol, while a floating blue vanity and pooling mosaic tile on the floor invoke a sense of pool water.
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.
Across the serene swimming pool, a poolhouse provides extra entertaining and relaxing space for the homeowners. One one side of the double fireplace, a bar and conversation space allows for relaxing after an exciting day of swimming, while the dining area on the other side has a great view of the home's expansive lawn and gardens.
The garden courtyard and swimming pool of this Point Lorna, California, two-story villa home basks in solar powered lighting which spills out from archways furnished with topiary accents. The warm lighting is anchored by a covered terrace fireplace reflected in the still water. Alongside the pool, neutral furnishings like wicker sofas and cushioned chaise longues dominate the landscape.
The view of the home from the backyard shows off the clean lines and open feel of the architecture. Modern landscaping surrounds a swimming pool that's softly lit for an evening swim. Lounge chairs are positioned at one end of the pool, while a ground-level fire pit adds warmth to the modern design at the other.
That gorgeous bluestone continues into the backyard, where an intimate dining area and swimming pool give the owners room to unwind. With lush greenery all around, this outdoor space is easily a sweet escape from the city.
Credits: Architecture: Koffka/Phakos Design; Landscape Contractor: New View Landscape; Pool/spa and Masonry: Darin Marten Construction; Metal Work: Salvador Delgado
This beautiful home nestled in a suburb of Washington D.C. was renovated to include a backyard that boasts function, style and elegance. Including a stone paver driveway for style and durability, a wood deck, pavilion, outdoor dining space, swimming pool and spa, this outdoor space is everything this family needs to enjoy a day outside with family and friends.
Off the covered patio sits a much-used outdoor kitchen, complete with stainless steel grill. Stone columns add visual texture to the outdoor living area, while the rest of the house and two-story fireplace features a clean facade. The swimming pool is surrounded by a hardwood deck, and the hot tub features cool mosaic tile.
This boomerang-shaped beach house in the Virgin Islands has a swimming pool at the tip and a point that directs the views to sand and surf. The design allows each room to have walls of windows facing the ocean, giving island views from just about every vantage point in the entire house, as seen on HGTV's Amazing Water Homes.