More Beautiful Backyards From Rate My Space

Check out the elegant makeovers of outdoor spaces posted by readers.

pergola and patio

A beautiful pergola, softened with climbing vines, shades this southwestern patio. Next, the view from inside the patio. Posted by scott10.

southwestern-style patio, pergola and backyard

A pleasing mix of gardening styles: a splash of green turf next to a Xeriscaped area. In the back, a pueblo-style ladder leans against the wall. Posted by scott10.

bare backyard

Before: A major landscape design will require a tight fit — the narrow backyard is only 20 feet from patio to wall. Posted by DesignerDeb2.

tropical-style backyard landscape

After: DesignerDeb2 and her husband managed to fit a tropical paradise into their narrow backyard. The lap pool is 35 feet long and only 8 feet wide in places.

backyard lawn before makeover

Before: The small patio could use some serious love. Posted by Donna1943.

landscaped backyard

After: The small patio has been expanded and resurfaced and transformed into a comfortable outdoor living space. Posted by Donna1943.

unlandscaped backyard

Before: The yard is a blank slate. Posted by Donna1943.

After: Eleven years after the first plants were put in, Donna1943 and her husband enjoy a beautiful, mature backyard, with plenty of color and texture.

hilly lot before landscaping

Before: Topography will determine the location of the patio in this Colorado backyard. Posted by Mtn-Livin.

hillside patio

After: The 500-square-foot stone patio nestles on the hillside below the house. \"On ... summer days the house provides shade by 6 pm for an enjoyable setting with golf entertainment below,\" writes Mtn-Livin.

pergola and patio

A new cedar pergola, complete with fans, has created a comfortably cool place to relax on this patio, says RMS contributor edkat1.

dark back porch with overgrown plants

Before: Rampant plant growth, including wisteria, has taken over this back porch. Posted by leylaj.

back-porch pergola

After: Taming the plants reveals a beautiful sitting porch that has a view of the new backyard. Posted by leylaj.

backyard pergola

A beautiful pergola extends the outdoor living space in this backyard. Posted by rm04

A view of tbooth32's backyard takes in five waterfalls, a stream and three connecting koi ponds.

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