Modern Suburban Backyard

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This suburban small backyard was previously drab and uninspiring. Our client's hope for the yard was to create a more modern and inviting outdoor living space to share with their family and friends. Some of the challenges in making a more modern backyard included working with the awkward shaped pool as well as an unsightly culvert that ran the whole back length of the property.

In our design, one of our main goals was to add as much entertaining space as possible to really draw the family outside. Therefore, we started by adding a raised Azek deck on one side of the pool to add dimension and a designated place for a fire pit and cozy seating. Adding a deck here also allowed us to use the space over the culvert and extend the entertaining area right up to our new horizontal fence line. This really helped to make the space feel so much larger. For the remainder of the property we added gray pavers to complement the space where lounge chairs, a dining set and a BBQ could comfortably be placed. New pool coping, hot tub and pool tiling add a sparkle now to the pool and downplay the pools awkward shape. Raised modern planters with pittosporum ‘silver sheen’ were built and placed on one side of the property to provide future privacy for this backyard. In addition, soft plantings were placed throughout the yard to add color and seasonal interest. A specially made piece of wall art was also added to the wall near the dining area to give year-round color to this portion of the yard.

The entrance into this backyard is along clean bluestone stepping stones that lead around the house. An unused side yard now is occupied by four espalier fruit trees where our clients can harvest pomegranates, figs, pears and apples any time they like.

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Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Hardscapes, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Gardens, Horizontal Fences, Wall, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Garden, Hanging Lighting, Shrubs, Flowers, and Small Pools, Tubs, Shower. A raised deck adds dimension to this small suburban backyard. Photo  of Modern Suburban Backyard

A raised deck adds dimension to this small suburban backyard.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Garden, Horizontal Fences, Wall, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Gardens, Flowers, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Hanging Lighting, Hardscapes, Walkways, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Post Lighting, Landscape Lighting, Trees, Shrubs, Wire Fences, Wall, and Wood Fences, Wall. Bluestone step stones lead the way to the new entertaining space. Photo 2 of Modern Suburban Backyard

Bluestone step stones lead the way to the new entertaining space.

Modern home with Outdoor, Shrubs, Back Yard, Hardscapes, Trees, Gardens, Garden, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, and Landscape Lighting. A new wood pergola provides shade to the house. Photo 3 of Modern Suburban Backyard

A new wood pergola provides shade to the house.

Modern home with Outdoor, Garden, Back Yard, Trees, Shrubs, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Hardscapes, Raised Planters, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, Hanging Lighting, Horizontal Fences, Wall, Flowers, Gardens, and Landscape Lighting. The new entertaining area perches above the rest of the yard helping the yard feel much larger. Photo 4 of Modern Suburban Backyard

The new entertaining area perches above the rest of the yard helping the yard feel much larger.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, Garden, Gardens, Hardscapes, Horizontal Fences, Wall, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Hanging Lighting, and Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck. Nighttime Ambiance  Photo 5 of Modern Suburban Backyard

Nighttime Ambiance

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, Flowers, Shrubs, Hardscapes, Trees, Grass, Walkways, Gardens, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Garden, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Landscape Lighting, and Horizontal Fences, Wall. Cohesion of materials. Photo 6 of Modern Suburban Backyard

Cohesion of materials.

Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Gardens, Wood Fences, Wall, Walkways, Wire Fences, Wall, Landscape Lighting, Side Yard, and Hardscapes. Lattices with espalier fruit trees  Photo 7 of Modern Suburban Backyard

Lattices with espalier fruit trees

Modern home with Outdoor, Gardens, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Flowers, Grass, Back Yard, Shrubs, Walkways, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Horizontal Fences, Wall, Landscape Lighting, and Hardscapes. Soft plantings add interest to the small garden. Photo 8 of Modern Suburban Backyard

Soft plantings add interest to the small garden.

Credits

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Landscape Design
  • Secret Garden Landscapes
Photographer
  • Kayla Schmah Photography

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 6
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 1966
  • Lot Size
  • 10,000 sq. ft
  • 10,000 sq. ft