Family-friendly backyard transformation.
A hilly backyard with drainage issues and unappealing views undergoes a dramatic transformation into a beautiful and functional outdoor living space.
- Boulder retaining walls turn hills into a kid-friendly upper terrace.
- A patio provides a serene place for adults to entertain and relax.
- Larger plants screen unappealing views. Low maintenance, colorful plants provide interest and easy living all year long.
More Baltimore Backyard Before & After
Back Left Side, Before
Left Side of Yard, After
Side of Yard, Before
Side of Yard, After
Pool Terrace, Before
Go With The Flow: A multi-level terrace encircles a pool.
Homeowners wanted an outdoor space with “flow” for entertaining around their pool. A combination of the right materials, creative design, and careful plantings transformed a pool deck into an inviting, multi-level entertaining space.
- Re-grading the yard around the pool and existing pond allowed for the addition of a fire pit and expansion of the outdoor living area.
- Paving patterns differentiate the areas, creating several unique open air “rooms” around the pool.
- Plus, deer resistant plantings help maintain the cool shade around the terrace and pool.
Pool Terrace, After
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Pool Terrace Steps, Before
Pool Terrace Steps, After
Pool View, Before
Pool View, After
Ungraded Area, Before
Graded Terrace and Stone Steps, After
Fire & Water: a cigar lover’s oasis.
A cigar aficionado sought the perfect spot to enjoy cigars outside, and improve the view from the home’s dining room. Maxalea designed and built a real stone fireplace and pond into the hillside.
- The stone fireplace does double duty as a natural focal point and retaining wall.
- A pondless waterfall can run in any season, maximizing the view from inside the home all year round.
- Integrated boulder seats offer plenty of room to share cigars with friends.
The Oasis After One Year of Growth
Party on the Patio
A homeowner with a love for outdoor grilling envisioned a space to grill and entertain year-round. Smart design and material choices made this state of the art patio blend with the rustic feel of the farmhouse.
- An expansive patio offers built-in seating and an outdoor fireplace.
- Outdoor kitchen with a roof and ceiling fan makes grilling convenient anytime of year, no matter the weather.
- A large, existing tree blends seamlessly into the patio designed around it, while a new, mature oak tree in the rear yard created instant shade.
More Patio Before & After Photos
View From the Home, Before
View From the Home, After
Side View, Before
Side View, After
Side View of Kitchen and Fireplace, After
Installation of 25 Foot Tall Maple Tree