Blow Your Mind Backyards
You know that feeling when the sun comes out and you start to dream about BBQs and afternoons spent lounging in the backyard? But then reality hits, and you remember your yard needs a little work. As you plan your backyard upgrade (large or small), check out this big-time inspiration from around the globe.
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Thinking about installing an in-ground pool? Why stop there? This incredible Texas backyard features a resort-style oasis, complete with a beach entry and a lazy river. There’s a 28-person hot tub and a swim-up bar as well, but nothing says luxury like water that does the moving for you.
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Perhaps floating the day away isn’t the kind of stimulation you’re looking for. Why not install a life-sized chess board in your backyard? In addition to all the friendly competition you and your guests will enjoy, this backyard addition helps you cut down on lawn maintenance. Checkmate!
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If chess isn’t your game and you’ve got some help mowing the grass, consider creating a private golf course behind the house. This Irish estate, which boasts four bedrooms and nine holes, might just inspire the perfect at-home weekend “retreat” to challenge you and your golf buddies.
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Why settle for just one feature in your backyard, when you can enjoy a fully functioning multi-purpose outdoor living space? This lakeside backyard in the Carolinas gives you water two ways, along with an outdoor living space tailor-made for entertaining and family meals. Not pictured: the stove, grill, and pizza oven that will keep your satiated in between swims.
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Kids at home or kids at heart — either way, a whimsical backyard is a great idea. Inspired by a family cruise and boasting a pirate ship, splash pad and fairy-tale playhouse for exploration and adventure, the additions to this space are what backyard daydreams are made of.
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Maybe you have less of a backyard and more of a courtyard, like this villa in Marrakech. Fruit trees, potted plants, and an ornate fountain keep it feeling lush and inviting, even without grass. Plush seating and low tables allow for lounging, snacks, and drinks to be enjoyed in comfort, so you can hold court for hours.
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Is it even a garden if it isn’t secret? This gorgeous country residence on the French Riviera gives new meaning to al fresco dining, featuring beautifully appointed tables surrounded by fragrant agapanthus and plumbago blooms. Just beyond, orange, pomegranate, lemon, and cypress trees round out the abundant backyard, making it ideal for contemplative strolls.
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