A Basic Backyard Gets a Posh Pool Makeover

Landscape designer John Cowen transforms a basic backyard into a relaxing retreat for homeowners who wanted a place to get away.

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Relaxing Retreat

For their second home, the homeowners of this beautiful house enjoy having a place to escape the city life and relax by the pool with friends and family.

Before: Restrictive Property

The existing landscape posed a challenge for designer John Cowen as he planned the renovation which was to include a pool and still "maintain the right sense of proportion with the overall space and abide by the local property setback restrictions and homeowner association restrictions."

After: Backyard Oasis

The new backyard landscape features a rectangular in-ground pool that boasts clean lines and a simple, traditional layout, a key design element that allows the surrounding nature to shine through.

Streamlined Design

Cedar shake siding is a gorgeous textural feature of the home which is reflected in the straight lines of the rectangular pool and square pavers in this classic backyard landscape.

Classic Path

The square pavers create an eye-catching entrance to the pool from the home's back door, and the deep green grass growing between them presents a delicate contrast in color and texture.

Form and Function

Two large white umbrellas flanking the lounge chairs reflect light and offer shade from the summer sun.

Beautiful Border

To minimize the view of the surrounding wire fence, various plants were placed along the yard's border. According to Cowen, this was a solution that enhanced visual impact and adds dazzling color in the summer months.