Contemporary Backyard Retreat

Landscape designer Scott Lucchettii creates a modern backyard for multiple outdoor functions, including cooking, entertaining and play space for kids.
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November 25, 2014
By: Barbara Ballinger

Outdoor Living

A terrace doesn't have to be purely rectangular. Zigzags add a rhythmic delight to the traditional backyard.

Functional Backyard Patio

Just as with an indoor room, the outdoor living space is divided into zones for eating, cooking and conversing with a practical hardscape floor and plantings to soften it.

Casual Outdoor Seating

Colorful seating and umbrellas add an important pop of color to the stucco house and gray terrace.

Lush Plantings

To fit with the more casual mood, Lucchetti arranges the terrace slabs in an untraditional pattern. He also saves lawn around the concrete terrace as a soft border but also for children's play.

Dining Al Fresco

Mimicking a low wall, evergreens frame a small seating grouping for intimate conversations or meals.

Flagstone Patio

Keeping a tiny bit of space between some of the flagstone pavers allows them to double as a pathway within the terrace.

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