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Popular Backyard Designs

There are many different options for transforming your backyard into a private retreat. You can add a pool, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, or even a gourmet vegetable garden. Below are the four most popular backyard designs we've featured. Check them out to discover what's hot in outdoor living and get ideas for how you can transform your yard into the place to be this summer.

Small Space Outdoor Living
small backyard pool and fireplace
With many suburban dwellers moving back to cities, a new trend for small space gardening has arose. Homeowners are looking for ways to make the most of a small property, whether it is for outdoor living or for growing their own food.

A Small Outdoor Space Gets a Makeover
Relaxing Backyards
However, there are still plenty of people in the suburbs with lots of room for landscaping. These people are looking for somewhere to escape their busy lives without having to leave home. Therefore, they especially like fire and water features because of their relaxing qualities.

An Ohio Backyard Gets an Authentic Tuscan Terrace
Backyard Resorts
backyard pool and sports bar
The idea of a staycation is still going strong. Many homeowners are looking for a resort-style backyard in which they can entertain friends and family. Their wish lists include a pool, outdoor kitchen, bar, fire feature, television, landscape lighting and more.  

Backyard Resort Complete with an Outdoor Sports Bar
Outdoor Rooms
washington outdoor kitchen
It is now the standard to create a series of outdoor rooms within a yard. Sometimes homeowners want a room for cooking and dining, a room for relaxing and a room for playing. In other cases they may want separate hang out spaces designed distinctly for the kids and for the adults. It all depends on how they plan to use their yard.   

Northwest Landscape Designer Creates a Backyard Retreat