Outdoor Oasis: Tranquil Retreat in the Woods

With tall trees all around, this retreat in Evergreen, Colo., offers a break from the hustle and bustle of big city living. Here, the owners can slow down and enjoy their cabin, which includes a stone patio, fireplace, in-ground hot tub and bridge over water. Flowering gardens and a pond further the property's sense of tranquility.

Photo By: David Lauer Photography

Photo By: David Lauer Photography

Photo By: David Lauer Photography

Photo By: David Lauer Photography

Photo By: David Lauer Photography

Photo By: David Lauer Photography

Photo By: David Lauer Photography

Photo By: David Lauer Photography

Photo By: Designscapes Colorado

Photo By: Designscapes Colorado

Photo By: Designscapes Colorado

Photo By: Designscapes Colorado

Photo By: Designscapes Colorado

Photo By: David Lauer Photography

Pond and Stone Path

A pond ringed with grasses and fir trees presents perfect meditative calm. Snag a lounge chair and peace out for a while.

Cabin and Grassy Yard

This beautiful Colorado home is situated on Upper Bear Creek. As landscape designers started mapping out the outdoor spaces, they wanted to show off and work harmoniously with the location's natural beauty.

Backyard With Chickens

Chickens are the perfect residents for this wide open backyard. An enclosed garden is sheltered behind the house.

Luxury Cabin and Backyard

Native plantings and local materials add to the easy way this home's outdoor spaces blend with the natural landscape. The boulder-surrounded fire pit looks as much a part of the setting as the creek!

Bridge Over Creek

A bridge provides a path over the creek; the metal railing's slim lines keeps it from feeling too imposing.

Cabin Entry and Driveway

A wide driveway curves its way up to this luxe cabin's front steps. Native trees and plants soften the approach with lovely shades of green.

Cabin Porch and Garden

Green is the reigning color of the garden's palette, all the better to blend in with lawns and evergreen trees and complement the cabin's rustic exterior.

Backyard With Lighting

Wide expanses of lawn surround the house, punctuated by trees. Carefully-placed landscape lighting does a pretty job of illuminating the setting.

Creek and Patio With Fireplace

Grasses along the edge of the creek make a soft, lovely transition to the stone patios beyond.

Rustic Stone Outdoor Fireplace and Sofas

A huge standalone fireplace presides over this patio, the perfect nighttime gathering spot made even prettier by thoughtful landscape lighting.

Outdoor Fireplace and Stairs to Creek

This property is situated alongside Colorado's Upper Bear Creek, so access to the water was an important part of the landscape design. Here, stone steps lead down from the patio and fireplace, right to the water's edge.

Hot Tub With Creek View

An in-ground hot tub overlooks the creek for an extra dose of relaxation. The tub and surrounding patio have the feel of a secluded forest pond, so they're beautiful even when not in use.

Garden With Purple Flowers

In this part of the yard, forest shifts gracefully into a garden full of blue and purple flowers.

Rustic Fire Pit With String Lights

Landscape designers set up this home's outdoor areas as a series of outdoor rooms, each with their own personality and purpose. Here, the fire pit gets a dose of color from several bright container gardens.

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