This Tuxedo property was a project from a couple years back. The entire back yard was stripped and excavated and a new landscape design was prepared. The homeowners were the ultimate activity and entertainment space, all in a contemporary style. The wishlist was big – decking, gazebo, patio, fire pit, pool, gardens, play structure, sport court, grass – and the yard, relative to the number of different spaces it had to accommodate, was fairly small. So, it made for a fairly challenging design. Not only that, but the adult oriented part of the yard (deck, pool, patio) needed to feel somewhat separate from the kids area (grass, play area, court). 

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The main deck extendsout as a raised boardwalk, separating the pool and gazebo area from the kids area. Stairs to the right lead down to a modern looking metal fire pit, with pool and lounge areas beyond. Stairs to the left take you down to a small lawn area, connecting to the sport court.

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The gazebo is totally custom, with sliding panel windows, glass doors, lighting and electricity. It’s open on three sides, while the back wall is solid for privacy.

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Unique, contemporary furniture adds to the overall look. Meanwhile, low retaining walls and mass planted perennials provide texture and interest.

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Stamped concrete was the choice for hardscaping. Given how much wood is in the yard, the concrete provides a clean, contemporary look – rather than the texture and complexity (lines, patterns, colour gradients) of an interlocking brick.

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The sport court, on the opposite side of the back yard, is custom coloured upon request from the homeowners.

All in all, it’s a fantastic multi-faced recreation and relaxation space for a young family.