Lake Elmo Minnesota backyard with swimming pool and diving board. Water jets arc over and land in the pool.

When this couple moved to Minnesota from Miami for their careers, they thought a pool would make their new place feel more like home. In addition to the one-of-a-kind swimming pool, this backyard has it all: fireplace, patio, bar, hot tub, and diving board. Beyond the unmatched amenities, this backyard has a playful personality that breaks the ice and keeps the party going!

Typical suburban backyard with a lawn, small patio with furniture, and a child's jungle gym.

Before: A small patio with a lot of lawn to mow

An additional challenge was the slope of the yard, which made it even harder for these homeowners to use their yards. The after could not be a greater transformation...

Bluestone patio with statement fireplace and unique bar set.

Party Patio with Distinctive Fire Place

Here's a bird's eye view of the new bluestone patio. As you can see, it is designed with entertaining in mind. From the two-way pass-through gas fireplace that visually connects to the second lower-level seating patio, to the playful bar sink and ice trough, this is a space that will be the setting for many gatherings and celebrations.

Paver walkway leads to lower level patio, connected through a see-through fireplace.

A second lower-level patio provides seating and access to the fireplace – and it’s even closer to the swimming pool! Garden beds, flower, and trees are integrated into the hardscape design to provide a refreshing contrast.

Outdoor stone stair case, boulder retaining wall, and paver patio.

Because this backyard is on a slope, it was necessary to build a retaining wall to accommodate the multilevel design. The boulder retaining wall wraps around the side of the stone steps to fully integrate them into the landscape.

Chez lounges and a cafe table on the paver swimming pool deck.

Welcome to Miami

Unsurprisingly, these homeowners wanted their new swimming pool to reflect their Floridian roots and Miami style. Designed to take full advantage of the warm weather, there are several spaces designed for lounging by the swimming pool...

Two blue chairs with a floral leaf pattern place directly into the swimming pool.

Or in it!

Two chairs in the swimming pool with illuminated water feature bowls and laminar jets ino the surface of the pool.

From dawn until dusk. At night, laminar jets combine with the colorful lighting and eclectic decor to transform this backyard landscape into an even more whimsical escape.

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