What were your goals in designing your backyard space?
“We wanted to have a yard that we would use year-round and one in which we could easily entertain a few friends or an entire soccer team and both sized groups would feel comfortable — neither cramped nor overwhelmed. We wanted “hang out” space that adults or teenagers would use — so that meant lounge space in the water and on deck, iPhone controlled music in every area, TV with full Satellite TV access, fire pit with plenty of seating. And we wanted the design to be a modern and eclectic twist on a Mediterranean style that would look like it had been designed intentionally for the house while also being fresh.”
There are four different living areas:
2. Television viewing/entertaining:
Under the pergola by the bar/TV, we’ve hosted soccer parties during the World Cup as well as my husband’s work colleagues for a catered lunch. The long bar works great for potlucks and informal, large parties. And when there’s a great game on TV, people can watch from the hot tub as well as the lounge furniture.
The pergola overhead serves as a platform for our solar panels –providing a shaded lounge area, some weather protection for our outdoor TV, and energy for the house year-round.
“In the dining area is the largest table we own. So, when we have a large gathering, it’s the perfect place for us all to eat at one table together. We found that the times we wanted to eat outside were usually when we had guests.”
“With a large food prep area, the BBQ, running water at the sink, a stocked refrigerator and drawers for our outdoor plates and utensil, it’s been a really usable area.”
“The table itself is a custom design. I love the idea of repurposing things and have a special affinity for old doors…I found this one from Hungary at Architectural Salvage.”
And then the soccer goal…amazing artificial grass–what kind is it?
Thanks so much, Megan for letting us enjoy your beautifully designed backyard!
And now for some more inspiration…