Luxe-Meets-Zen in the Big Apple

Alec Gunn and Aaron McIntire designed a backyard for New York City homeowners that makes the most of its limited footprint. The Asian-inspired space features hardscaping, an outdoor kitchen, a pergola with a sitting area and a play area for the kids to enjoy.

Photo By: Alex Herring

Photo By: Alex Herring

Photo By: Alex Herring

Photo By: Alex Herring

Photo By: Alex Herring

Photo By: Alex Herring

Asian-Inspired Outdoor Area With Fireplace

This Asian-themed outdoor living area mixes simple and traditional styles with modern technology, featuring a glass-enclosed fireplace and an outdoor television. Two sofas face one another across a low coffee table among various potted plants and lantern-inspired lighting.

Children's Urban Backyard Play Area

Because New York City has fire regulations specifying the amount of SYNLawn artificial grass an occupant may use, the landscapers made an efficient choice by placing a simple children's play area atop a bed of the grassy stand-in. Children can play in this Soho backyard while adults enjoy a beautiful day outside in the pergola only a few feet away.

Serene Asian-Inspired Outdoor Space in New York City

A variety of paving materials, including limestone, ipe wood and blue beach stones, were used to fill the ground space in this New York City backyard, adding a sense of serenity and flow to an otherwise small and elongated area.

Asian Outdoor Space With Buddha Statue

A canopy of soothing green bamboo leaves hangs over an outdoor shower area with hardwood ipe flooring. A Buddha sculpture enhances this outdoor area's calming ambiance, creating a tranquil escape from the surrounding bustle of New York City's Soho district.

Modern Urban Backyard

Evergreens in custom ipe planters line this modern urban backyard and provide privacy from neighboring buildings. New York City fire code limits the amount of wood decking that can be used in terrace and roof design, so the designers turned this limitation into a design feature.

Modern Outdoor Kitchen With Grilling Station

This custom outdoor kitchen is complete with brushed stainless steel appliances, plenty of counter space and wooden cabinetry to enhance the modern atmosphere of this New York City backyard.