Before: Covered in Dirt
This backyard is a dirty deal as far as this family is concerned. The homeowner has three children ranging from toddler to teenager and needs her yard to accomodate them all.
After: Kid-Friendly Retreat
Landscape designer Scott Cohen transforms the space with a quarry-themed swimming pool that features a 52-foot-long slide and a bar. Other features include an outdoor kitchen, a hopscotch court and play area.
Before: Uninspiring Pool Area
These homeowners have a bland and poorly designed backyard. They want their new outdoor space to reflect their love of Cabo San Lucas.
After: Cabo-Inspired Landscape
The resort-like backyard features outside beds in light-colored fabrics with rich vibrant curtains hung on the wooden canopies surrounding the pool. The pool area is upgraded with copper bowls housing fire, and the kitchen has everything needed for a party, including a grill and bar. The view at night is spectacular with all the outdoor lighting illuminating the trees and plants.
Before: Empty Land
The homeowner wants to transform her lush backyard into an outdoor space where she can spend time relaxing and entertaining friends.
After: Outdoor Entertaining Space
A pergola is designed with a fireplace, wood floors and seating that is slightly elevated from the rear gardens. This gorgeous outdoor room is perfect for enjoying meals, lounging or sharing birthday cake. To make life easier, artificial turf is installed; the modern grass looks real, but the maintenance is practically zero. A pool, spa and top-of-the line barbeque round out the newly landscaped backyard.
Before: Utterly Incomplete
This backyard lacks the amenities that the homeowners want to wow their guests. They also want the space for entertaining, as well as an outdoor kitchen and dining room.
After: Yard With a View
Designers Rick and Tania King want to make the most of the yard, so they design a long fireplace to frame the view. Since watching weekend sports games is a must, an outdoor living room features plasma TVs, surround sound and comfy couches.
Before: Brand New Landscape
The new home is beautiful, but the backyard is still empty. The homeowners are hoping that landscape designer Scott Cohen can incorporate some of their favorite elements from Spain into the design.
After: Elegant Spanish Pavillion
Cohen creates an over-the-top back living space, complete with plasma screen TVs, perimeter-overflow spa and an outdoor bathroom with shower. A swim-up bar under the Spanish-inspired pavillion is perfect for entertaining.
Before: Dead Space
The homeowners need to update the backyard for their growing boys to include a basketball court and half-pipe skateboard ramp, but the parents also need their own personal spaces.
After: Extreme Sports
Bleacher seating, a built-in barbeque and a peaceful waterfall make this backyard, combined with the garage-turned-media-room, the perfect place for entertaining.
Before: Unfinished Landscape
The homeowners' dream is to bring the romance of Tuscany to their backyard, so landscape designer Scott Cohen plans to create an old-world outdoor living space with much-needed contemporary details.
After: Tuscan Opulence
The backyard now has the elegance of Tuscany, including a contemplation garden, an outdoor living room, kitchen and a pool with infinity edges that provide a lake-like feel.