Spanish-Influenced Raised Stone Patio

A family wanted a backyard retreat that embraced its lush natural setting. Beechwood Landscape Architecture and Construction designed a Spanish-influenced patio that makes outdoor entertaining a breeze thanks to a built-in cook station, covered dining table, sitting area with a fire pit and lounge chairs.
Mediterranean-Influenced Backyard Patio

Mediterranean-Influenced Backyard Patio

A Spanish-style patio is a little slice of paradise in this home's backyard. A covered dining table offers a place for enjoying meals alfresco, while a pergola shades a pair of lounge chairs nearby.

Photo by: John Martinelli

John Martinelli

What were the main items on the family’s wish list for remodeling the space?

The family was looking to keep a direct visual connection from the loggia to the pool for a visually seamless space. The two areas are divided by a 7’ grade change. In addition, the project was to take full advantage of the natural wooded backdrop of beeches and oak trees.

What was the single-largest issue you wanted to address for the owner, and why?

The blending of the pool landscape and courtyard with the strong Spanish-style architecture was critical.

Shop This Look

What was your biggest obstacle in this space and how did you overcome it?

The grade change and access were the biggest obstacles. The rear yard was landlocked and the only access was from a township road about 100’ below. An access road was constructed, which meandered up the heavily wooded mountainside. We worked closely with the township on preservation of trees and restoration.

Everything doesn’t always go according to plan. How does the end result match up with your original vision for the space? What changed and why?

The space was restrictive due to grade change. The pool is for all intents constructed out of the ground — an in-ground pool. I would have preferred a larger pool deck for easier circulation and large gatherings.

What surprised you the most about the project and what lessons did you learn? How does that impact the way you’d approach a similar project going forward?

The custom-sized travertine tile for the pool deck, which was being shipped from overseas. We learned to allow ample time for delivery. Nothing puts more stress on a project than when there is a deadline with no definite date for material delivery.

Our readers love the small details. What are the hidden gems in your plan that really made a big difference in the overall success of your design?

The glass mosaic pool tile was a custom six-unit blend of colors. The entire family was involved in its selection and chose a unique color for each person, making the tile very personal for the entire family. And, of course, be sure to allow eight weeks for fabrication and delivery!

Next Up

From Old Deck to Outdoor Masterpiece

How do you enjoy outdoor life but have a retreat when weather’s too hot or bugs too plentiful? Designers Barbara Elliott and Jennifer Ward-Woods show you how.

Beautiful Backyard Landscaping and Pool

For homeowners who didn't simply want a pool in their backyard, designer Janice Parker created a one-of-a-kind outdoor space that complements the surroundings and still has everything the homeowners wanted.

Backyard Stuns With Mediterranean-style Pool

Designer Steve Chepurny turned this basic backyard into a Mediterranean paradise, complete with a pool, outdoor living space, and total privacy.

Mediterranean-Inspired Backyard

Landscape designer Michael Glassman creates an outdoor oasis with beautiful plantings, a flagstone patio and al fresco dining.

Wasted Outdoor Space Given New Life

Expecting to start a project working on a staircase, landscape designer James Bertrand saw an outdoor space he just had to rescue.

Backyard Upgrade With a Pool

Landscape designer John Cowen transform a basic backyard into a relaxing retreat for homeowners who wanted a place to get away from their busy lives in New York City.

Contemporary Family-Friendly Backyard

Landscape designer Scott Lucchetti creates a multi-functional outdoor living space that features chic garden style.

Warm, Coastal-Inspired Yard Draws Minnesota Family and Community Together

See how senior designer Heather Grossmann of Mom's Design Build uses coastal hues and versatile outdoor features to create a relaxing, family-oriented space for the Mpls. St. Paul Magazine's 2015 Showcase Home.

How to Design a Backyard That Feels Like a Private Paradise

San Diego-based architect and designer Bill Bocken shares his expert tips for creating a beautiful retreat right in your backyard.

Q&A: Narrow Privacy Screens

Here's a tip on privacy plants.

Beechwood Landscape Architecture

Contact Me
Beechwood Landscape Architecture and Construction, LLC
www.beechwoodlandscape.com P.O. Box 2126 Southampton, NJ 8088 609-801-1252