Beat the Winter Blahs With This Resort-Style Backyard

Can't get away for spring break? Take a virtual trip instead.

Pool and Outdoor Space with Lighting

Pool and Outdoor Space with Lighting

Lighting can make a huge difference to the look of an outside space. Bistro lights in the oak tree, illuminated containers and landscape lights help create a romantic and fun atmosphere. The pergola was designed to have decorative privacy screens in between the posts and is lit with decorative sconces.

Photo by: Steve Silverman Imaging

Steve Silverman Imaging

Picture it: A pool with cool, blue waters, a cabana with a relaxing swing bed and twinkling cafe lights. Sounds like the perfect spot to while away the hours over spring break, right?

For one Minneapolis family, that resort setting is as accessible as walking out their back door, thanks to an inviting backyard design created by the team at Mom's Design Build.

"They wanted a beach house in the middle of the city," says Heather Grossmann, senior designer at Mom's Design Build.

Outdoor Entertaining Space with a Pool

Outdoor Entertaining Space with a Pool

A raised deck next to a house can be used to extend the indoor and outdoor space in a home. This backyard space kept the deck one level to create one large space, from the sliding doors to the open-air porch and into the backyard. To make your home feel more like a resort, make sure the pool can been seen from the moment you walk through the front.

Photo by: Steve Silverman Imaging

Steve Silverman Imaging

The centerpiece of this beautiful backyard design is the pool. Because it can be seen from every corner of the yard as well as from the home's interiors, the designers included fountains to create a gorgeous water feature when not in use.

Edging the pool is a row of chaise lounges with thick cushions covered with beachy stripes — perfect for relaxing with a view of the pool and a cocktail in hand. Strings of bistro lights and illuminated planters cast a pleasing glow around the area at night.

Coastal Pool Deck

Coastal Pool Deck

The design of the pool deck mimics the front porch, which ties the spaces together. Synthetic turf between the lounging space and the pool allows the surface water to drain and creates maximum flexibility in the use of the tight space for entertaining. The flooring is made of a tropical hardwood.

Photo by: Steve Silverman Imaging

Steve Silverman Imaging

For those cooler Minnesota evenings, a stylish fire pit is flanked by a cozy sectional sofa for intimate gatherings with friends (and maybe some roasted marshmallows).

And don't worry about crossing a potentially muddy yard to reach the fire pit. The design team opted for sturdy synthetic turf to to stand up to heavy traffic while entertaining in brutal Minnesota winters.

Pool Area with Swing Bed, Pergola and Lighting

Pool Area with Swing Bed, Pergola and Lighting

The swing-bed pergola defines a space for homeowners to sit back and enjoy their backyard. Palm trees were added to add more of a resort-vibe to nights by the pool. Touches of home can be seen in the columns, which mimic the front porch, and dainty white picket fences on either side.

Photo by: Steve Silverman Imaging

Steve Silverman Imaging

The true showpiece of the entire yard is the pergola at the foot of the pool. A hanging daybed could easily seem at home in the Bahamas or Las Vegas — especially with the surrounding palm trees.

This tranquil space is perfect for deserving homeowners Mark and Susan Lacek, who founded Faith's Lodge in honor of their late daughter. The nonprofit center provides a comforting space for grieving families, and the Lacek's yard gives the couple and their two children a space of their own to rest and recharge.

Thanks for giving us a peak behind the fence, Mom's Design Build!

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