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Amazing Backyards

Plan the perfect outdoor space for your home with innovative backyard and front yard design ideas and how-to instructions from the experts.

Deck + Patio Designs

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Less Is More

Boxwoods anchor the base of the rear porch columns while repeated use of the 2x2 thermal bluestone pavers set with lawn joints forms a grid-like pattern. Having lawn on all sides of the pool and spa helps make the space feel more expansive. Design by Barry Block

Mix and Match

Try using more than one material for your deck and patio. The rich combination of brick, redwood and stone adds character to this pool and patio area. Photo courtesy of California Redwood Association

Patio Flair

Integrate your pool with a well-designed patio. An attached fire pit with built-in curved seating and a dining area make this pool patio area family friendly and ideal for entertaining. Photo courtesy of Belgard Hardscape

Photo By: Chipper Hatter

Decked Out

Create activity zones around your pool. Different levels of decks offer places to eat, lounge and relax as guests enjoy this inviting pool and spa. Photo courtesy of TREX

Photo By: Photographer: Matthew Borkoski

Poolside Pavers

Consider texture when choosing materials. Chiseled surfaces, random shapes and pavers give this hardscape the look and feel of vintage cut stone. Photo courtesy of Belgard Hardscape

Photo By: Chipper Hatter

Hard Rock Appeal

Random pavers, natural stone coping and artificial rock were used around this pool and spa to complement the rustic setting of this mountain retreat. The pool is also accented by a large rock waterfall. Design by Alderete Pools; photography by Andy Abrecht

Plan for Shade and Sun

Whenever possible, provide options for those who use your pool. This poolside paradise and covered patio by Marrokal Design and Remodeling allows visitors to lounge in the sun or have a drink or quick bite in the shade.

Natural Stone

For this small and cozy backyard, a freeform pool and raised spa by Alderete Pools is surrounded by natural stone blended with artificial rock formations. Three extra-large urns and a stone water feature with custom fountains adds ambiance. Photography by Andy Abrecht

Jet Set

This modified rectangle-shaped courtyard pool features travertine stone coping and stone decking. Six deck jet water features are included on the side corners of the pool. Design by Memphis Pool; photography by James Roberts

Elevated Pool Deck

An extension of HGTV Dream Home's great room and bedroom, this pool deck is elevated 10 feet above ground level and overlooks marsh scenery. The space beneath the deck allows for both a patio and a garage.

Photo By: Eric Perry

Dive in to inspirational pool and deck ideas and transform your backyard into a relaxing retreat.

Top 10 Summer Accessories

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Multicolored Tumblers

Nothing takes the chic out of a poolside party faster than paper cups. Enter the ever-so-elegant DuraClear multicolored tumblers. In cheerful summer hues, these glasses won't break, crack, cloud or discolor — even after numerous washes.

©Multicolored DuraClear Large Tumblers, Williams-Sonoma

Picnic Backpack

Stocked with four plates, utensils, wineglasses and a tablecloth, this personalized picnic backpack offers an easy way to tote a meal on your outdoor adventures. Along with a detachable wine cooler, the insulated pouch keeps things cool even on the hottest summer days.

©Fully-Equipped, Insulated Picnic Backpack for Two, RushGideon

Waterproof MP3 Speaker

Things may get musical this summer, thanks to this waterproof MP3 speaker. Compatible with various MP3 players, iPods, iPhones and even cell phones, the lightweight speaker resists harsh outdoor elements such as sand, water and dirt.

©Waterproof MP3 Speaker, Frontgate

Indoor-Outdoor Storage Closet

Keep your pool area neat and organized all year long with this indoor-outdoor storage chest. Perfect for housing lawn tools, toys or pool gear, this storage closet features tough shelving units and a high-density plastic exterior for the best in longevity.

©Lifetime Indoor-Outdoor Storage Closet, Overstock.com

Baby Beach Chair

Even the littlest beachcombers need somewhere to relax. We love this baby beach chair as much for its comfort as its easy portability. The set folds almost completely flat when not in use, and features an umbrella for some much-needed shade.

©Beach Baby Chair With Adjustable Umbrella, All Childrens Furniture

Indoor-Outdoor Pillow

Who says your pool or patio can't be stylish like your home's interior? We love this indoor-outdoor pillow that brings the best of indoor style to the great outdoors.

©Regatta Sunbrella Stripe Indoor-Outdoor Pillow, Crate & Barrel

Water Basketball

Let the games begin! Give your pool parties a competitive splash with this water basketball game.

©All-Pro Water Basketball Game, Target

Waterproof Camera Case

Dust, sand and water don't stand a chance with this outdoor-ready camera case. Plus, you can even take pictures underwater without damaging your digital camera.

©Waterproof, Multipurpose Camera Pouch, Organize.com

Floating Duck Baby Seat

For little swimmers, look no further than this adorable floating duck baby seat. The ring even features a soft fabric seat for children and two secure handles for Mom and Dad to hold onto.

©Floating Duck Baby Seat, Target

Pool Shark

Make pool time even more fun with an oversized shark float. Let the plush creature float around for some aquatic ambiance or turn him into a float toy for the kids. Either way, he's definitely less scary than the real thing.

©Oversized Pool Petz Shark Float, Frontgate