Waterside Paradise: Tropical Plants Balance Pool Area's Modern Design

This modern backyard pool area makes ample use of concrete and even features a "floating" concrete lounge pad. Tropical plants add balance and visual interest to the space, and a pink accent wall acts as a focal point. The backyard also includes a covered dining area and a guest house.

Photo By: Ryan Gamma Photography

Photo By: Ryan Gamma Photography

Photo By: Ryan Gamma Photography

Photo By: Ryan Gamma Photography

Photo By: Ryan Gamma Photography

Photo By: Ryan Gamma Photography

Photo By: Ryan Gamma Photography

Photo By: Ryan Gamma Photography

Photo By: Ryan Gamma Photography

Photo By: Ryan Gamma Photography

Photo By: Ryan Gamma Photography

Photo By: Ryan Gamma Photography

Modern Home Designed Around Tropical Garden

Wanting a modern home designed around their own "Selby Gardens," the owners of this double lot in Sarasota, Fla., asked Leader Design Studio for help. Now they have their dream property: a 3,600-square-foot space that wraps around different courtyards and showcases tropical plants.

Forecourt Pairs Clean Lines, Tropical Plants

Concrete stepping stones lead to the home's main entrance and allow visitors to take in views of coconut palms and other plants. Meanwhile, a low retaining wall shows off sleek address numbers, which further complement the modern exterior.

Sleek Steps Complement Home's Modern Style

Stone steps not only lead to the poolside lounge, but also complement the home's sleek overhangs. In turn, this outdoor space feels cool and cohesive.

Sliding Glass Doors Open to Pool

Sliding glass doors open to the backyard, creating a seamless transition from the living room to the pool area. During the day, a large overhang provides shade from the sun, but at night, it helps illuminates the water.

Guest House Anchors Corner of Backyard

From this view, one can appreciate the full extent of the backyard, which includes a long swimming pool, lounge, outdoor dining area and even a guest house in the distance.

Eye-Catching Floating Lounge Area

A smooth cement slab sits right on top of the pool, creating the illusion of a floating lounge. With a large cushioned chair, this becomes the perfect spot to read, relax or chat with friends.

Swimming Pool Meets Hot Pink Accent Wall

A sleek swimming pool spans across the backyard, ensuring that the owners and their guests have plenty of room to float or take a few laps. As for the hot pink water wall? Well, that just adds to the space's charm.

Backyard Boasts Swimming Pool, Dining Area

Just a few steps away from the pool, a spacious patio doubles as an outdoor dining area. Meanwhile, tropical plants enclose the yard and help it feel even more private.

Living Room Includes Garden Views

This light-filled living room uses soaring ceilings and clerestory windows to capture views of the adjacent garden. In turn, the owners can soak up natural light, cool breezes and greenery without even leaving their seats.

Kitchen Infused With Carrera Marble

This modern kitchen is an entertainer's dream, with access to a porch for al fresco dining. Inside, a large island wrapped in rift cut white oak offers room for easy meal prep, while a Carrera marble backsplash adds subtle visual interest and movement.

Home Office Opens to Beautiful Backyard

Wall-to-wall windows not only fill this home office with natural light, but also give the owners a pleasant view while they work. Bonus? The pink water wall offers soothing ambient sound as well.

Master Bath Overlooks Meditation Garden

As if this master bathroom isn't impressive enough, it has a shower and tub that look out onto a meditation garden. In turn, the space reinforces the connection between the home's interior and exterior.

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