Outdoor Designs That Won the Hearts of HGTV Fans

The HGTV audience has voted for their favorite outdoor designs from the 2018 Ultimate Outdoor Awards! See why they won over our HGTV fans.

The 2018 Ultimate Outdoor Awards feature some of the most stunning landscapes from all across the country. HGTV fans voted and selected their favorites in each of the 6 categories. Check out the award-winning designs and be prepared to be wowed!

People’s Pick: Gorgeous Gardens

Waterfall Surrounded By Vibrant Flowers

Waterfall Surrounded By Vibrant Flowers

Wanting to make full use of the lot's natural slope, the landscape architects created a custom waterfall that flows right into the koi pond. Flowers color the setting and make it feel even more enchanting.

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Surrounds Landscape Architecture + Construction in Sterling, Virginia designed this fairytale garden that is the perfect place to escape and enjoy the lush vegetation either under the pavilion or on the patio overlooking the koi pond. This space also has a custom waterfall flowing into the koi pond, creating a simply enchanting garden space.

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Stone Columns, Gate Create Enchanting Entryway

With identical stone columns and a charming cedar gate, the entrance to this backyard feels like something out of The Secret Garden. Twin lanterns enhance the enchanting aesthetic and offer a guiding light for visitors at night.

Pavilion Features Outdoor Dining + Kitchen

A smooth stone walkway guides visitors over a bridge and towards a pavilion. Here, a dining table and custom kitchen give the owners room to entertain, while a fireplace allows for enjoying the outdoors year-round.

Waterfall Surrounded By Vibrant Flowers

Wanting to make full use of the lot's natural slope, the landscape architects created a custom waterfall that flows right into the koi pond. Flowers color the setting and make it feel even more enchanting.

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Stream Showcases Yard's Natural Beauty

A gentle stream flows through the heart of this backyard, highlighting an array of lush vegetation and vibrant annuals. Anyone who wanders around here will certainly feel compelled to stop and smell the wildflowers.

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Fairytale Garden Includes Koi Pond

Rich green plants and an abundance of koi fish prove that life thrives in this fairytale garden. Thanks to broad windows against the back of the house, the owners can enjoy the view from inside as well.

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Tranquil Koi Pond Tucked Into Garden

Like a treasure, this tranquil koi pond waits to be discovered by visitors. Trees and lush vegetation surround the picture-perfect space, making it feel like a natural part of the landscape.

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People’s Pick: Stunning Structures

Pavilion Encourages Quiet Reflection

Pavilion Encourages Quiet Reflection

Made from northern white-cedar and bamboo, this quiet pavilion beautifully complements its woodland surroundings. A small reflecting pond and lush vegetation all around ensure that the owners will want to sit and enjoy this space for hours.

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Jerry Finley Photography

This pavilion, designed by South Carolina's J. Dabney Peeples Design Associates, beautifully accents its natural surroundings and provides the perfect spot for relaxation and meditation. The structure was designed with an Asian aesthetic that perfectly complements the colorful surrounding landscaping.

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Pavilion Encourages Quiet Reflection

Made from northern white-cedar and bamboo, this quiet pavilion beautifully complements its woodland surroundings. A small reflecting pond and lush vegetation all around ensure that the owners will want to sit and enjoy this space for hours.

Photo By: Jerry Finley Photography

Pond Provides Beauty, Ambient Sounds

During the day, the pavilion's metal roof offers relief from the sun's rays. As they sit on the wood floor below, the owners can dip their feet into the water and listen to the soft sounds of their environment.

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Garden Includes Subtle Asian Influences

While the original design leaned heavily on Asian-inspired aesthetics, it was also necessary to integrate some indigenous flowering options for the yard's pollinators. The result is a blend of traditional Asian structure and form, with colorful flowers and shrubs.

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Bridge Guides Visitors Over Water

To enter the pavilion, guests first need to cross a wooden footbridge over a meandering stream. With boulders and plants on either side, this vignette sets a soothing tone for the rest of the garden.

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Stone Path Leads to Peaceful Wood Pavilion

Large slabs of stone lead from the deck to a pavilion, which was designed to be a sanctuary where the homeowners can relax, recharge and focus their thoughts. This serene outdoor space was also intended to be a home and food source for various pollinators.

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Seemingly Effortless, Innovative Design

The largest challenge this project presented can't be seen at first glance, but sits just below the surface of the garden. In order to preserve the reflecting pond and associated eco-systems from washing out, the landscape architects needed to capture the surface water from several surrounding neighbors and divert it underground. The result is an outdoor space that seems effortless, yet is entirely innovative.

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People’s Pick: Outdoor Oasis

Brick Path Allows for Evening Stroll

Brick Path Allows for Evening Stroll

After dinner, guests can follow the brick path to an adjacent sitting area. Along the way, they'll enjoy views of fresh flowers and lovely greenery.

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The skilled team at Saratoga, California's Casa Smith Designs created this charming outdoor oasis that includes multiple spaces for entertaining. The stunning arbor provides a focal point for the outdoor retreat, while the numerous flowers seen throughout the space, enhance the garden's natural beauty.

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Fire Pit Boasts Views of Entire Backyard

The best part of this fire pit? From here, you can see across the entire yard, which practically shines at night.

Intimate Sitting Area Surrounded by Flowers

Following a brick path from the dining area leads visitors to the next "room," an intimate sitting area with three chairs. An outdoor rug softens the patio below, while an umbrella promises to keep the space cool.

Charming Tudor Home With Fairytale Garden

Inspired by the stately nature of her client's Tudor home, landscape architect Catherine Smith created an outdoor space that was equally charming, with three distinct zones for entertaining. Flowers and bistro lights enhance the yard's fairytale-like atmosphere.

Sitting Area Infused With Warm Hues

To create a sense of cohesion from one "room" to the next, Catherine Smith decorated each space using the same neutral palette. Thus, coffee-colored cushions pair with a wood table and chairs to make this outdoor sitting area look warm and stylish.

Neutral Sofa Boasts Pink Pillows

Patterned pillows not only add visual interest to the neutral sofa, but also make for a fun pop of color. A contemporary rug further enhances the space's style.

Candles Cast Soft Glow on Table

Votive candles on the table and bistro lights overhead echo those in the dining area. In turn, these two distinct spaces feel even more united.

Cozy Corner With Fire Pit

As the evening winds down and the stars come out, a corner fire pit becomes the perfect spot to snuggle up. Here, six wooden chairs circle round to keep everyone warm.

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Brick Path Allows for Evening Stroll

After dinner, guests can follow the brick path to an adjacent sitting area. Along the way, they'll enjoy views of fresh flowers and lovely greenery.

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Enchanting Trellis Provides Passage

A wood trellis with flowers on either side functions a lot like a door, providing passage from the dining area to the next "room."

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Dining Space Defined By Symmetry

For a touch of symmetry, landscape architect Catherine Smith outlined this dining space with twin trellises. Meanwhile, a brick path below encourages guests to move into the sitting area.

Garden Decorated With Flowers

A wood trellis might be romantic, but landscape architect Catherine Smith knew this backyard would be even prettier with tons flowers. Here, ceramic planters showcase pink and white blossoms.

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Dinner and Dancing Beneath the Lights

With a long table and six chairs for guests, this outdoor space can be used for family-style dinners or more formal events. Something tells us that brick patio can double as a dance floor, too.

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Dining Space Features Tuscan Fountain

Summer soirees become so much sweeter when they're set against a backdrop of Tuscan fountains and flowers. A wall of greenery encloses the dining space for extra privacy.

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Bistro Lights Connect Dining Space, Sitting Area

At night, as those bistro lights span across the yard, they essentially create a visual flow from the dining space to the sitting area.

Cushioned Armchairs Make Comfy Seating

Wicker armchairs not only complement the wood trellis ahead, but also easily withstand the elements. Meanwhile, their cushioned seats are sure to keep guests comfortable.

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Brick Path Provides Easy Route to Backyard

A second brick path wraps along the side of the house, ensuring that any late arrivals can join the rest of the party out back.

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Picture-Perfect Reading Nook

Just around the corner from the dining area, two wicker armchairs give the owners another spot to read or relax. With flowers all around and the warm glow of lights in the distance, the space is truly enchanting.

Effortless Transitions Across Garden

One of the garden's greatest strengths is its intuitive layout: guests enter off the kitchen, arrive at an outdoor dining table, then shift to a nearby sitting area for drinks before they end the night by the fire pit.

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Candles, Flowers Add Romantic Touch

Once the sun goes down, this dining space comes to life with bistro lights and candles. A soft white runner spans the length of the table, with potted flowers on top for an additional romantic touch.

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Tudor Home Opens Right to Back Patio

Immediately off the kitchen, a paneled door opens right onto the back patio. Here, three wooden benches and a coffee table create a casual spot to chat while waiting for dinner.

Plants, Flowers Form Natural Boundaries

Plants and flowers not only enhance the garden's natural beauty, but also become walls between rooms. In turn, each space feels nice and secluded.

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People’s Pick: Curb Appeal

Modern Home in the Mountains

Modern Home in the Mountains

A polished concrete driveway sets the tone for this mountain home, striking a beautiful balance between modern design and raw natural materials. As guests follow the limestone walkway to the front of the house, they'll spy fresh greenery, stone retaining walls and a chic wood exterior.

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Grey Giraffe Photography

This home, designed by Salt Lake City's Landform Design Group, won over both HGTV Editors and our audience and it’s easy to see why. The balance between the modern architecture and natural materials is simply extraordinary. This home is not only visually beautiful, but also has elements that insure the homeowners will get out and enjoy the outdoor space.

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Modern Home in the Mountains

A polished concrete driveway sets the tone for this mountain home, striking a beautiful balance between modern design and raw natural materials. As guests follow the limestone walkway to the front of the house, they'll spy fresh greenery, stone retaining walls and a chic wood exterior.

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Gorgeous Greenery in Front Yard

A long walkway allows for clear views right to the front door. With trees and lush greenery across the front yard, this vacation home truly complements its stunning surroundings.

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Custom Cut Address Numbers

A home this impressive needed address numbers to match! So the Landform Design Group had a piece of metal cut in a cool, contemporary style and displayed the numbers along the retaining wall for visitors.

Soaring and Symmetrical Entry

Even at a distance, the front of this vacation home is entirely captivating. Where a soaring ceiling makes the entrance seem larger than life, stone columns and planters on either side of the door establish beautiful symmetry and balance.

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Backyard Complete With High-Tech Equipment

Beneath the wood and steel overhang, guests will also find electric heaters, recessed lights, high-tech audio equipment and a screen that rolls down to offer shade from the sun. Two thickened stone walls frame views to the golf course and ski resort.

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Stone Retaining Walls Define Backyard

Thick stone retaining walls define the backyard, as well as complement the home's contemporary architecture. A sitting area tucked against the far side of the space allows the owners and their friends to catch up while their kiddos play on the grass.

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Patio Includes Mountain Views

Smooth stone extends across the patio, capturing the same hues as the mountains in the distance. Once the sun goes down, the owners can light their fire pit and settle in for the evening.

Modern Fire Pit

Cushioned armchairs ensure that this newly added outdoor space feels especially cozy. Meanwhile, Mexican pebble at the base of the fire pit is both beautiful and functional, as it serves as a draining system for runoff water.

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Limestone Path Leads to Front Courtyard

That newly installed limestone walkway leads to a courtyard and sitting area. With two armchairs and a modern fire feature, the owners will love being outside, even in the winter.

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Sleek Outdoor Sitting Area

Out back, sliding glass doors open onto a covered sitting area. Here, a modern sofa and twin armchairs from LFDG FURNISH provide comfortable seating, as well as complement the home's sleek architecture.

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Chic, Glass-Topped Coffee Table

Much like a little black dress, you simply can't go wrong with a modern coffee table. This piece is a staple in the courtyard, as it provides room for books or for glasses of wine.

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Courtyard Outfitted With Warm Accents

Though sleek and minimal in style, this fire feature easily warms the whole courtyard. Orange pillows offer additional comfort and complement the color of the flames.

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Overhang Features Sun Shades

When the sun becomes too much to bear, the owners can simply flick a switch and shades will lower from the ceiling. In turn, this outdoor space stays cool and comfortable.

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Teal Accents in Elegant Sitting Area

Thanks to a low stone wall, this sitting area includes panoramic views of the mountains. Teal accents decorate the neutral furniture for a fun pop of color.

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Deluxe Outdoor Kitchen

A polished concrete platform both smooths out the grass and gives the owners room for an outdoor kitchen. Where the first island features a stainless grill and mini fridge, the second includes seats for visitors.

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Swimming Pool Surrounded By Turf

What vacation home would truly be complete without its own pool? To ensure that their clients could make a splash out back, the Landform Design Group installed a sleek swimming pool right into the ground, with turf on all sides for soft entries and exits.

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Evergreen Trees and Mountains

Evergreen trees and a lush lawn make this outdoor space even more alluring. The mountain views are the cherry on top of this beautiful design.

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Recessed Lighting Meets Industrial Railing

During the day, this large overhang provides a touch of shade, but at night, it boasts beautiful recessed lighting. An industrial-style railing below keeps the balcony safe and secure.

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Private Balcony Overlooking Backyard

When the owners want a little peace and quiet, they can retreat upstairs to this private balcony. Here, two lounge chairs wait at the ready for reading, napping or simply watching the sun set over the mountains.

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Lower Lawn Accommodates Any Event

Smooth stone steps lead to the lower lawn, which can be used for ball games or large gatherings. Along the way, guests will notice three terra cotta planters that speak to those by the home's main entrance.

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Water Feature Shines at Night

Cocktail hour just got a major upgrade. With light strips right in the water, this kitchen island also shines at night -- and will surely draw guests in like moths to a flame.

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Kitchen Island With Innovative Design

Okay, how cool is this? A water feature runs right through the kitchen island! Guests eating at the counter will love the innovative design, while those in the sitting area will enjoy its calming sounds.

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People’s Pick: Picturesque Landscapes

Contemporary Gas Fire Pit with Stunning Views

Contemporary Gas Fire Pit with Stunning Views

Earth, wind and fire. We should all be so lucky to have a patio overlooking these stunning views. This contemporary gas fire pit is perfectly situated for guests to enjoy a relaxing fire on a cool night.

Photo by: Mark Scott

Mark Scott

Mark Scott Associates designed this backyard space to take in the spectacular California coast views – and that it does. Whether you are relaxing by the fire pit or taking a dip in the infinity edge swimming pool, the views are out of this world – especially at sunset.

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Contemporary Gas Fire Pit with Stunning Views

Earth, wind and fire. We should all be so lucky to have a patio overlooking these stunning views. This contemporary gas fire pit is perfectly situated for guests to enjoy a relaxing fire on a cool night.

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Covered Patio and all About the Views

This covered patio is an extension of the stunning pool decks and all about the view. This seating area would easily be my favorite spot in the house.

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Durable and Natural Entertainment Space

Durable and natural materials such as stained cedar, natural stone veneer, and integral color plaster are combined with strong horizontal ceiling lines. Large windows create an indoor-outdoor entertainment space.

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Exterior Stone Fireplace and Stunning Views

This fireplace was positioned away from the house so when seated on the casual furnishings facing the fireplace, you can also enjoy the stunning views.

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Fully Decked-Outdoor Living, Lounging Space

This fully decked-out outdoor living space takes what we love about a great room and brings it outside. A step away from the covered patio is an outdoor lounging area, creating a complete outdoor living and dining experience.

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Dream-Worthy Infinity Pool

This dream-worthy pool is the focal point of this stunning back yard, so the patio works as a place to lounge, socialize and watch the youngsters splashing about and gaze into the distance of the hills.

Indulge in the Sunset Views

This design is an indulgence to its surrounding landscape and views. Your eyes drift off the pool’s edge into the sunset, instantly relaxing your mind and body.

Zero-Edge Infinity Pool with Stunning Views

Easy breezy - Head straight out to a pool and spa and take in the glorious views via pocket sliding glass doors. A subtle mosaic tile captures your attention on this zero-edge infinity pool.

Back of Home with Infinity Pool

This dark-bottom infinity pool blends in with the lush landscape that surrounds it. It's the perfect place in which to watch the sunset and entertain.

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Luxury in the Hills

This infinity swimming pool is the centerpiece of this dramatic yard. The upper and lower natural stone patios give depth to the entertaining space. The hot tub below adds to the ambiance for evening entertaining.

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Infinity-Edge Pool at Sunset

A stunning infinity-edge pool or reflecting pool that gives the effect of extending the horizon without an interrupted barrier at sunset.

Exterior Facade at Dusk

The entrance to your driveway should be in keeping with the property, but also with the setting. Here, the iron gates and stone columns fit in beautifully with the style of the house, and the soft landscape completes the look.

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Natural Stone Steps at Dusk

Natural stone steps can be a way to call attention to your landscape or to allow it to nestle into the backdrop of a more naturalistic style. They also emphasize the journey, causing visitors to slow down and take their time while exploring this peaceful backyard.

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Rear of Home with Infinity Pool

The back of this home is reflected in the arc of the pool, which is anchored at one end by a pergola-like structure that creates an outdoor room to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Exterior Spiral Staircase with Stone Tiered Fountain

Weathered finishes, simple details, and a muted color palette evoke a sophisticated backyard design. Hand forged ironwork rails wrap a spiral staircase and large tiered fountain.

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Exterior Stone, Circular Staircase with Fountain

A long exterior stone-split staircase with deck skirting, landscaping and retaining walls leading down to a luxurious pool.

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Infinity Pool with Spectacular Views

A zero-edge infinity pool with indulgence surrounds, a refreshing swim and the sounds of soothing water as it flows relaxing your mind and body. Your eyes drift to the pool's edge with amazing views of the hills.

Beautiful Well-Maintained Driveway and Curb Appeal

Having a beautiful, well-maintained front walk and driveway increases curb appeal, adds value to your home and makes coming home each day a more pleasant experience.

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People’s Pick: Waterside Paradise

Cool, Multi-Level Patio Design

Cool, Multi-Level Patio Design

Tiered patios become an eye-catching design element in this backyard, creating different levels for swimming, sunbathing and catching up with friends. At the same time, soft lights illuminate the pool at night and allow the blue Pebble Sheen interior finish to really shine.

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This tranquil backyard oasis comes complete with waterfalls, a firepit and cozy seating area - perfect for summertime gatherings. This backyard getaway, designed by Surrounds Landscape Architecture + Construction, is the perfect spot for entertaining or spending a little alone time unwinding with a good read.

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Cool, Multi-Level Patio Design

Tiered patios become an eye-catching design element in this backyard, creating different levels for swimming, sunbathing and catching up with friends. At the same time, soft lights illuminate the pool at night and allow the blue Pebble Sheen interior finish to really shine.

Casual and Comfortable Entertaining Spaces

On the other side of the pool, various seating options and a stone fireplace create different zones for entertaining. After a quick dip in the water, guests can kick back on the lounge chairs or enjoy a drink by the fire.

Outdoor Spa Meets Custom Waterfall

Smooth flagstone steps lead to the spa and custom waterfall, where the owners can relax after a long day at the office. Behind them, rows of boulders, trees and flowers provide a touch of greenery and offer additional privacy.

Beautiful Backyard Retreat in Virginia

With its own spa, a custom waterfall and an infinity-edge pool, this backyard from Surrounds Landscape Architecture + Construction is a stunning oasis tucked into a Virginia neighborhood. Boulders and plants along the edge of the lot further the sense of privacy and seclusion.

Tranquility Among the Trees

When they're not swimming, the owners can sit along the side of the pool and listen to the waterfall. With large boulders and trees all around, this space exudes the same peace and tranquility of the Great Outdoors.

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Built-In Steps for Smooth Transitions

Because they're built right into the deck, these stairs both complement the pool's stone siding and create a smooth transition to the lower terrace. Blue accents add a pop of color.

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