Beautiful Backyard Landscaping and Pool

For homeowners who didn't simply want a pool in their backyard, designer Janice Parker created a one-of-a-kind outdoor space that complements the surroundings and still has everything the homeowners wanted.
Mediterranean Outdoor Space With Pergola and Lantern Lighting

Mediterranean Outdoor Space With Pergola and Lantern Lighting

Photo courtesy of Neil Landino

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A backyard pool is always nice, but these homeowners had something more in mind. Thanks to designer Janice Parker, their backyard became a stunning Mediterranean paradise, complete with a gorgeous pool, pergola and outdoor kitchen.

Describe the homeowners' wish list.

The owners were clear that they did not just want a backyard with a pool in it. This was the opportunity to create an integrated landscape design that was not possible at their previous residence. The entire design team was striving for an integration of the house and landscape with ample space to accommodate a growing family.

What was the biggest issue the design addressed?

The balance of openness and privacy in a residential setting was very important to both the client and the design team. Creating beauty in nature is a big responsibility. You have to be mindful of the site and still create a great design. Our job is to execute creative problem-solving in the natural environment.

Backyard Makeover With Pool, Pergola and Outdoor Kitchen

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Mediterranean Outdoor Space

A stunning patio seated beneath a gorgeous wooden pergola gives this backyard luxurious appeal. Several seating zones offer areas for eating, sitting with friends and family, or just enjoying the view. Perfectly spaced lanterns assure the fun can continue into the night.

Architectural Impact

Interesting architectural details like an arched stone doorway and fabulous wooden pergola take this outdoor space to the next level.

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Perfectly Proportioned Outdoor Kitchen

A small kitchen off the patio is the perfect place to enjoy poolside snacks and cold beverages. A beautiful round chandelier adds to the elegant Mediterranean vibe seen throughout the stylish outdoor space.

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Year-Round Swimming

A spacious hot tub sits beside the pool and is surrounded by lush plants that add a tropical vibe to the Connecticut home.

Pristine Poolside Structure

The view from outside the small kitchen shows off the gorgeous open stone archways, which create a natural breezeway in the hot summer months.

Blending With Nature

"Janice Parker Landscape Design roots its practice in a three-tier model which focuses on connecting clients with their land in an inspiring way," explains designer Janice Parker of this gorgeous outdoor space. "The paradigm blends the homeowners’ needs with the architecture of a site and a chosen aesthetic. In doing so, Parker collaborates with nature and expresses a larger vision, which draws clients to spend time in the outdoor environments created for them."

Pretty Pergola

The star of this dazzling outdoor space is the dramatic pergola above the spacious seating area. Great for shade and unmatched in looks, this classic wooden structure couldn't be better.

Keeping Warm by the Fire

For cooler nights, a cozy fireplace surrounded by plenty of comfy seating is a nice addition to the versatile outdoor space. A great place to take a break from swimming or a warm place to gather in colder months, an outdoor fireplace is one addition the homeowners will certainly never regret.

Night Light

A view of the pool and outdoor room at night show just how easily the space transitions into evening. With so many lanterns shining throughout the entire space, the family can swim any time of day or night or gather with guests in any one of the many outdoor seating areas beneath the pergola.

Smart Layout

A second outdoor structure directly beside the pool is a great place to store pool toys, floats and cleaning supplies. Stairs leading to the hot tub lend a regal vibe to the space, while a solitary bench by the pool is a great place to store clean towels for drying off after a quick dip.

What lessons did you learn from this project?

A commitment to proven design concepts of balance, symmetry, axial relationships and respect for the site can create a successful year-round landscape while providing interest and excitement for a young family. One of the beauties of this project was that we were able to create different spaces based upon the lighting. Created to serve multiple functions, each section (of the loggia) was able to evoke a different feeling.

How did the end result match your original vision?

A strong initial concept, a forward-thinking client and a sophisticated design team elevated the fit and finish to the sublime.

Describe an obstacle in the space.

Janice Parker Landscape Design roots its practice in a three-tier model which focuses on connecting clients with their land in an inspiring way. The paradigm blends the homeowners’ needs with the architecture of a site and a chosen aesthetic. In doing so, Parker collaborates with nature and expresses a larger vision, which draws clients to spend time in the outdoor environments created for them.

What are the hidden gems that make a big difference?

Beyond the standing pool structure, Parker celebrated the original roots of the property and pushed back the existing trees to aid in privacy. Capturing major impact from seemingly small design elements is the gift of a thoughtful design process. A low stone wall, a subtle adjustment in elevation, or a unique plant, tile or paint color can combine to make a space sing. Parker inserted large hedgerows of limelight hydrangeas and numerous flowering plants, and strategically selected plants that would be in bloom during the warmer seasons for the family to appreciate while outdoors.

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