Outdoor Oasis

Here in the Palm Beaches, a backyard can make or break a home. We spend hours in our backyards – having cocktails by the pool, sunbathing, relaxing, entertaining, and of course, working with landscapers and designers to make sure everything is just-so. Join us for a tour of nine of our area’s most expansive and impressive backyard retreats.

by Jennifer Tormo Mar 2014 Also on Digital Edition

The Barbados-inspired estate built by Beachlen Development LLC and designed by Patricia Brown captures a palm-framed vista on the water. The outdoor entertainment area surrounds an infinity pool, spa and coralstone lounge deck. Folding glass doors open the breakfast area to a nearly 2,000-square-foot wraparound oceanfront loggia, complete with fire pit, open-air kitchen and full cabana bath. Gardens and Dark-Sky-certified night lighting enhance the grounds. Architecture by YRA Design Inc. Photo by Jason Nuttle.


This Bear’s Club retreat, complete with a French chateau exterior, was designed by Lorraine Rogers Bolton and Rachelle Peloso. The loggia and pool area features a wicker sofa, love seat and small table by Lane Venture, with sofa cushion fabric and accent pillow fabric by Perennials, David Sutherland. Fire pit, sculpture and white balls by Vintage Building & Design. Photo by Argonaut Architectural.


Krent Wieland Design worked with the Palm Beach Gardens homeowners on this landscape, pool and patio design. The owners were seeking clean lines and a traditional design, and wanted to highlight their art and sculpture collection. Built by the Shapiro|Pertnoy Construction Group. Architecture by Randall E. Stofft. Photo by Tom Knibbs.


Surrounded by a natural landscape, the Luxe Report Designs retreat in West Palm Beach was designed to feel like a resort getaway. A black and white striped Z Gallerie cabana features sofas from Home Decorators Collection, a coffee table from Oly Studio, and vintage blue and white pottery.


This home, designed by Eve Beres, is located on the Intracoastal Waterway overlooking Jupiter Island. The retreat features roll-down Phantom insect screens and a vanishing-edge pool with glass mosaic tile to highlight the water view. Architecture by Mitch Miller. Photo by Ron Rosenzweig.


This Palm Beach pool garden design by Keith Williams – Nievera Williams Design reflects the Bermuda-style architecture of the home. Rather than incorporate stone terraces, designers relied on zoysia grass so the garden could be used for relaxing by the pool. Bougainvillea vines espaliered to walls of the house add color. Architecture by Peter Papadopoulos with Smith and Moore Architects. Built by Worth Builders of Palm Beach. Interior design by Ashley Sharpe and Mimi McMakin of Kemble Interiors.


Villa Medina was built in 1923 and later renovated by William R. Eubanks Interior Design, transformed into a Venetian private-walled residence. Outdoor ambience was created by manicured landscaping, an open-air cypress pergola and a reflection pool. Photo by Jeffrey Totaro.


This North Palm Beach backyard, built by Prestige Construction & Development, features an open-plan design to allow guests to enjoy boats sailing past on the Intracoastal Waterway. The design is completed by a custom pool and ancient, live oak trees lining the brick paver entryway. Photo by Daniel Newcomb.


This Old Palm Golf Club home features an oversized vanishing edge pool with beach entry and waterfalls built out of Tennessee fieldstone. An oversized outdoor loggia with summer kitchen and fireplace accommodates outdoor entertaining. Architecture by Affiniti Architects, with Brian Collins as architect and John Lang as landscape architect. Built by Onshore Construction. Photo by Denise Mann Photography.