To help this outdoor space look more cohesive, the landscape architects continued the stone pavers from the upper deck to the lower patio. Meanwhile, touches of greenery enhance the yard's natural beauty.
The homeowners were worried about the flow of rainwater on their property, so they wanted a retaining wall included in the design of their home's patio space that would divert water away from the home itself and down to Lake Minnetonka below. To accommodate this request, designers created a retaining wall from slabs of limestone that form a staircase leading from the upper patio area down to the lower pool and spa space. To add a little diversity to the design, limestone boulders were placed on the sides of the walkway, giving the feature a lovely aesthetic.
To the side of this modern, Southwestern style home, rests a long, slender contemplation pool. This pool is lined by drought resistant plants, and stylishly separates the upper level from the lower patio.
All along the upper and lower levels, glass doors pull back to make the transition between indoors and out seamless. On the lower level, a large patio extends out beyond the house for ultimate outdoor entertaining.
Concrete steps create a break in the stone retaining wall that separates the upper and lower backyard tiers. These steps provide access to the upper tier, creating an organized flow in the backyard, and frame the waterfall that adds a peaceful ambiance to the space.
Upper white cabinets feature no hardware, while the lower maroon cabinets use metal pulls for easy access to kitchen utensils while cooking. A colorful, custom backsplash above the stovetop stands out amongst the surrounding white backsplash.
This infinity swimming pool is the centerpiece of this dramatic yard. The upper and lower natural stone patios give depth to the entertaining space. The hot tub below adds to the ambiance for evening entertaining.
French doors allow access from the indoor kitchen to the outdoor kitchen, complete with a stainless steel grill, apron front sink and gorgeous views of Seattle. Inside, upper cabinets store glassware and cookbooks while the lower cabinets provide ample storage space for other kitchen essentials.
This sleek home makes use of its outdoor space in several ways: A patio extends off the lower floor, with glass doors folding back to connect it with the interior. There is also a grassy upper yard and several balconies enclosed by glass railings.
The huge living room offers multiple seating areas as well as access to the patio and pool and the stairs leading to the upper level. Large neutral rugs help define the different conversational groupings.
This aerial photograph shows the exquisitely landscaped gravel and concrete pathway that leads from the upper house to the lower outdoor spaces. The elegant outdoor spaces include a small pool with a flagstone patio and walkway that leads to a multi-functional outdoor entertaining space.
From the rear of this modern-rustic ranch, the homeowners have access to all of their home's exterior spaces. From the more intimate, lower outdoor dining area and covered lounge space to the larger, upper level dining area with a grill space, each space is accessible from the home's interior, allowing for a seamless indoor-outdoor entertaining space.