Custom Backyard Retreat

Like so many during the pandemic, these homeowners decided it was time to upgrade their outdoor living space. Their pie-shaped backyard didn’t deter them from creating a long wish list of amenities. At the top of the wish list was a hot tub and pool along with an outdoor kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, pergola, low-maintenance-everything, plenty of night lighting, and evergreens for a privacy screen – a backyard with a resort-feel.

Before & After

From featureless to fabulous. The new backyard is thoughtfully designed to ensure the homeowners’ suburban lot emulates a private and luxurious oasis. Notice the laminar jets in the pool? The sound of splashing water helps reduce neighborhood noise.

Patio & deck with pergola, wood burning fireplace and bar

An intimate fire patio and outdoor kitchen with bar seating

Design Challenges

  • Fitting all the amenities on the homeowners’ wish list in this backyard.
  • The yard sloped from the house to a point in the back, 3-foot drop.
  • There is usually no easement for a property like this but there is with this one. The pool setback is 10’ from property lines.
  • The hardcover was close to the maximum allowed.
Backyard featuring a deck, outdoor kitchen, swimming pool and synthetic turf

The permeable synthetic turf is low maintenance, non-slip and fade resistant.

Low Maintenance Everything


The view from the homeowner's new deck. The fireplace and kitchen have a stone veneer with a masonry block base and concrete footings. The veneer is 'Loon Lake' with 'Indiana' Limestone counters. The wish for low-maintenance-everything meant Trex decking and a powder-coated aluminum pergola and posts. The colors of the decking and pergola were selected to complement the home’s exterior.

Because of the hardcover concerns, the pool “deck” is permeable synthetic lawn. This choice was easy. It drains quickly and stays dry. It’s non-slip, safe, and in keeping with a low maintenance wish list, it’s also durable and won’t fade in the sun.

Low maintenance backyard featuring a spa, swimming pool, kitchen and synthetic turf

One Last Request

And just when the Southview crews were ready to pack their bags, the homeowner came forward with one last minute request - a flagpole. The waving American flag was the perfect finishing touch to this family's dream backyard.

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