When we built this home 7 years ago we had a clear vision of what we wanted our backyard to look like. Building a pool was always part of the master plan, however, for financial sanity we knew it would have to wait to materialize. With an overall goal in place I created a rough drawing of our vision and then broke it down into two phases. This kept us from spending money during phase one that we would later regret in the build-out of phase two. We love to entertain small and large parties (sometimes over 200 people), therefore we needed to have multiple seating arrangements that were both comfortable and intimate. It was very important that the layout was spacious and functional, simultaneously allowing for high-energy pool fun and low-energy relaxation. Below is how we created our outdoor oasis for day lounging!
To create our own perfect entertainer’s outdoor oasis that we could enjoy from morning to late night, we managed to fit in:
- a black-bottom gunite pool (built by the wonderful Design Pool and Spa)
- a hot tub
- an outdoor shower
- an in-ground sound system with 8 ground speakers and one subwoofer
- 3 separate fully covered seating areas with 8 ceiling/wall speakers
- 3 outdoor TV.s
- 2 fire pits
- a 16 foot long firewall
- two gas grills
- 9 separate seating arrangements
Kick Back & Relax
This is the view of Upstate New York that we live for every day. We’ve witnessed some of the most spectacular sunsets New York has to offer right at this very spot.
This super comfortable mahogany outdoor sofa comes with a variety of fabric selections to choose from and can be found here. The concrete top coffee table (here) is one of my most favorite pieces, along with its sister piece (the round dining table) I have near the lounge chairs. Natural, durable and heavy enough to withstand being blown away on windy days makes these pieces worth every penny. The pillow is from Pottery Barn and is no longer available, but a similar one can be found here.
In Our Natural Habitat
We back up to nearly 300 acres of beautiful open land where we (insert Australian accent here) regularly spot wildlife in its natural habitat. The pool’s back wall is 8′ above water at its highest point and 36′ at its widest point. To remain unified using all natural material the pool wall is faced with quarry cut ledgestone and topped with bluestone.
To further enhance an au naturel feel, the stairs leading from the side yard down to the top paver level (where the fire pit is) was constructed out of slabs of blue stone.
This large seating area hosts two mahogany outdoor sectionals, a fire pit and two televisions.
Can you spot our partially enclosed outdoor shower?
Three natural cypress tree stumps were clustered together to make one coffee table. You can find them here. For additional texture, pattern and comfort, and to encourage the feel of indoor living outside I layered my rugs. These were purchased a couple of years ago, however, I found very similar ones here and here for you. The solid black outdoor pillows can be found here and the striped outdoor pillows are available here.
Check out the fully covered under decking. It has a waterproofing system that channels all water through custom designed water spouts, therefore making this space enjoyable in all seasons. Who said crystal chandeliers are for the indoors only? I had my electrician convert this fun piece to an outdoor chandelier. The faux potted olive tree is no loner available, but I found a similar one here.
Toys and More Toys
The large doors to the left store away all of our pool toys. Check out my new Fire Magic grill. The window viewer is awesome and this baby comes with a ton of fabulous features. Ohhhhh la la! This area also hosts our second ground level TV viewable to those lounging in the pool. And, it would be an epic fail to not mention our fabulous Green Egg where all the smoking magic takes place.
I added this long wooden bench for more seating, and I set out two large galvanized tubs filled with pool towels for guests.
Mix and Match
The lounge chairs are no longer available but I found similar ones here. I layered each of them with comfortable pillows offering color and pattern. To keep things from getting boring, I mixed and matched the main elements of my furniture pieces. Black cast aluminum make up the main element of the lounger. The sectionals and sofa are constructed out of mahogany and the tables’ tops are concrete. So long as your pieces complement one another, I highly encourage everyone to say away from “sets” of furniture.
Tons of Day Lounging
We ultimately wanted to create multiple areas to “lounge” around our home. My goal was to purposely plan for seating arrangements throughout the backyard that would allow for guests to gather, each space taking on a different view and a different feel.
Seating For Everyone
This is the back view of our home. The outdoor oasis photos included in this post are all taken at the lower level. The main level (or middle deck in the photo) hosts two separate seating areas. To the left sits a large zink-top table with a wooden X-shaped trestle base and six outdoor all-weather wicker chairs you can find here. The right deck hosts a seating area with a sofa, two oversized chairs and two large ottomans that I use as seats rather than foot rests. The top deck is our master deck. We have a large U-shaped sectional with an ottoman that fits perfectly center to the sectional, creating a bed-like lounging area and two oversized chairs. We often find ourselves hanging out here just before settling in for bed. It’s such a relaxing spot to star gaze and listen to the bullfrogs mingle at night.
Fire In The Night
Just as I broke down the build-out of my backyard into two phases, I’ve also broken down this post into two pieces. Hey guys, Rome wasn’t built in one day. I can’t wait to show you how this outdoor oasis completely transforms as soon as dusk begins to set. This is by far my most favorite time of the day to spend outside and I’m super excited to show you why. Stay tuned for part two of this post releasing this Friday!