Outdoor Rooms, Revisited: Sammamish Pool by Darwin Webb Landscape Architects

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What do you call a yard refreshed with new pool, spa, deck, new terrace, fire pit, and plantings galore? You call it a terrific outdoor living area — and that’s precisely what Darwin Webb Landscape Architects gave these homeowners in Sammamish, WA. Step down the shining ipe wood deck and you’ll see bursts of color: begonias, tall lilies, geraniums, red and violet-colored grasses, and variegated greens on shrubbery and ground cover. Those exuberant splashes of color are echoed in the poppy-red of umbrellas and bright blue-and-white loungers set off against white stone underfoot. Tucked to one side is wicker furniture with bright blue plaid cushions and a glass-topped table, ready and waiting for a quick snack from the stainless-steel cook center built into a sturdy stone wall.

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This yard holds plenty of cozy nooks to gather — two redwood chairs (one with an extension to put your feet up) beneath one pergola invite lounging and conversation. Open lattice-work wood fencing, pergolas, solid slats lend privacy and seclusion to the space without shutting out either light or air. Flagstone forms a neat retaining wall at one end of the shining pool and surrounds the elevated square spa, bordered by native boulders. And the spa is only steps away from redwood Adirondack chairs facing a fire pit, a warm spot to gather on cool Pacific Northwest nights — or days. With bright furniture, fragrant blooms and warm wood accents decorating several distinct outdoor “rooms” that can entertain a crowd, this Sammamish homeowner has a great space for partying or just plain relaxing…any time of year.

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