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Custom Oasis

By Cabanas, With Pool

This custom backyard oasis was part of a brand new build and was coordinated with the builder of the house. The owners wanted a complete outdoor living package, which included a pool, but also incorporated their love for baseball. In addition, there were some drainage issues to be considered in the overall design.

The owners wanted the pool to incorporate water movement and sound. So a natural boulder waterfall was created which flows into the saltwater pool. The sun ledge features built-in bubbler fountains, which provide additional soothing water sounds. The pool deck is further enhanced with tiles that are made specifically for a southern climate and doesn’t get hot. To showcase their love for baseball, a special elevated patio was designed in the shape and color of a baseball. Off white stone created the backdrop for darker clay tiles curved into “seams”. The various changes in elevation and beautifully curved rock walls are more than just visually aesthetic, they funnel rainwater away from the house and outdoor living spaces.

Since the outdoor space was designed to perfectly match the new house plans, it truly is a custom backyard oasis. This was such a successful project that it inspired several other property designs in the area.

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A Swimmer’s Haven

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This beautiful property in Leawood, Kansas was a referral from a neighbor whose backyard we had designed the previous year. This family wanted to create an outdoor living space to match existing outdoor features. They also enjoyed swimming for exercise and wanted a linear shaped pool for that lap swimming.

This backyard was a tight space with limited access to the property and no storage space for materials. Also, there were drainage issues that needed to be resolved. The owners were thrilled that we could work through the winter so their new backyard would be ready for use in the spring. Despite weather and logistical challenges, the job was completed on time and the owners were relaxing in luxury as the season changed and days became warm.

Now, this swimmer’s dream backyard blends seamlessly with the home’s exterior. Beautiful walls and elevation changes guide drainage water away from the house and outdoor living spaces. The soothing sounds of the waterfalls are enjoyed throughout the property. The poolside cedar pergola, equipped with fans and audio system make this space a true haven.

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A Dream Come True

By Outdoor Kitchens, With Pool

The design of this gorgeous space began as a simple refresh to the existing deck, patio and walls. The owners wanted to prepare the property for sale as they had purchased land and were planning to build their dream home. In the design phase, they visited several properties from the Backyard by Design portfolio and, as a result, the project plans expanded as the owners began to visualize how this project could make their property a backyard retreat.

What began as a simple pool replacement quickly expanded in the design phase as we went along. This began with removing the previous pool, building a new one and redesigning the entire space. To address their storage needs, a two level garage was built to house the pool accessories above the vehicles. For comfort, we installed special tiles for the pool deck, which are made for southern climates, a material that does not get hot. Three matching outdoor living areas complete with TVs and audio systems were created to make entertaining a breeze. And the automated mosquito control system ensures hours of outdoor comfort. Sunken fire pits and elevated areas add to the visual ambiance and help with drainage. A full custom outdoor kitchen with granite worktops and high-end appliances top it off to make this a retreat for the whole family.

In 9 months, this property that was being readied for sale had turned into the owner’s dream come true. They decided to sell the land they had purchased and stay in their home to enjoy this backyard oasis.

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An Entertainer’s Delight

By Cabanas, Outdoor Kitchens, With Pool

This stunning property was designed to create an outdoor living space perfect for entertaining. The owners enjoy hosting guests every week and wanted a design to bring people together.

To achieve the feeling of togetherness, the cabana with outdoor kitchen and TV entertainment was built close to the pool and spa. Also, a lower sunken seating area was created between the cabana and pool to facilitate conversation. The natural flagstone tiles for the pool deck carry on into the water for a cohesive look. In addition, a built-in bench extends around the pool and leads to a shallow sun ledge. The spa spillover into the pool provides visual interest as do the water jets coming out of the landscape. A full lighting package ensures that the fun can carry on well into the evening hours. And the addition of heat to the cabana extends the season of outdoor entertainment.

Although this is a newer house, access to the site was difficult due to a steep hill in the back. During the wet season, the hill became slippery for equipment and people. We overcame this obstacle and finished the job in 2 1⁄2 months during the spring. Now the owners and their friends enjoy hours of fun together in this stunning backyard delight.

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