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    Default Backyard oasis

    Forget the tire swings and gazebos! From artist-made grottos to lily pad ponds to staggering waterfront views, here are nine outdoor spaces that will redefine the yard.

    Set in idyllic and magnificent Marin County, California, this 75-foot-long lap pool, designed by landscape architect Bernard Trainor is stunning against the native grassland. A concrete and stone walkway leads down to the gleaming expanse, accented with coyote bush, needle grass, and rosemary, to enhance the land’s natural beauty.

    Landscape designer Anthony Exter created a charming garden to compliment a Spanish-style home in Hollywood Hills. Incorporating simple concrete and stucco to create the walls of the pool and the stepping stones, and lush Mediterranean plants, this well-manicured oasis sends us straight to Europe.

    A cube-shaped grotto rises majestically out of a gleaming pool in Napa Valley. The ceiling of the grotto is equipped with programmable LED light strips to further the artlike effect. Designed by Tom Leader Studio, this pool features “wet edges,” making it look like a surreal, edgeless expanse

    Pristinely set up on a seven-acre site on Lynnhaven Bay, a part of a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay, this lovely landscape designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz appears as if the patio is a floating island. A fresh water pond surrounds the raised paths to the lap pool and adjacent family pool. The effect is that of a true getaway

    Landscape designer Anthony Exter designed this spectacular pool space in Pasadena, California, with a light installation and waterfall to mimic a bubbling bottle of champagne. That motif, plus the accompanying allee with enough space to seat 100 plus people, makes this contemporary backyard a posh party space

    Talk about an inviting common area. In this Texas home, the great room, kitchen, and master bedroom all open up to this luxe 30-foot-diameter reflecting pool built to resemble a watering trough. The alluring pool reflects the limestone walls of the house above

    In this lush and relaxing setting, landscape architect Andrea Cochran placed the pool terrace between a charming olive grove and a lush, grassy Sonoma Valley meadow. Beautiful and serene, the raised lap pool reflects the white clouds of the sky

    Though this serene setting from Mark Word Design in west Texas features a swimming pool, we’re most captivated by the gorgeous lily pad pond. At 9' x 9' and just 2.5' deep, this water feature might not have much function, but the lilies provide pops of color and a pleasant contrast to the desert locale.

    The illustrious setting of this rustic home in Wyoming wows. Though it looks as if the water must have been here for ages, the artificial pond was actually designed by Verdone Landscape Architects to connect the home to natural springs and rivers. The guest cabin seen here sits directly on this spectacular pond, offering awe-inspiring views of the idyllic landscape

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    i love the cabin with the artificial pond in the last pic.

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