Very few things say “outdoor living” better than a resort-style space right in your own backyard. That’s what this family got when Darwin Webb Landscape Architects put together an outdoor living environment to suit their active lifestyle. The “hub” of this plan is a detached pavilion that holds a kitchen and bathroom/changing area for the pool and spa; the space is not only covered but heated for those cool evenings. Surrounding the kitchen/bar are stools of wrought iron and pink with a touch of bistro style — or you can sit at the alfresco table and chairs, also done in a neat rose-pink cushions with wrought-iron openwork detail. Rough-hewn boulder walls with waterfalls cascading over them — and a slide, too! — make the natural pool and spa area a perfect gathering place for summer fun.
And that’s only one part of this multi-“room” outdoor living and entertaining space. Want to catch some sun after an invigorating dip? Bright poppy-red loungers await you, overlooking one side of the pool and shaded by matching umbrellas. Once evening falls, you can amble a few steps down the deck to a campfire-style gas fire pit and gaze at the stars. Notice the plantings that complement all: splashes of yellow, pink, and red echo the colors of lawn furniture, while purple lupines, white petunias, and ornamental grasses provide visual contrast — and heavenly scent. A comfortable, roomy spot with places for fun all year ‘round: that’s this Sammamish, WA, yard by Darwin Webb.