Award-Winning Outdoor Space Inspiration – Pasadena Weekendr

Renovating your home’s outdoor spaces not only improves aesthetics, but can also provide a host of recreational benefits. Taking a look at award-winning projects can help many homeowners get inspired while identifying competent and reputable contractors to take on the project.

For example, selected by a panel of industry experts based on functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation and degree of difficulty, these National Entrepreneur Award winners from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s 2021 Year (CotY) feature a variety of ideas for improving your outdoor spaces. Find the complete list on nari.org/cotywinners.

Residential Landscaping/Outdoor Living Under $100,000

The clients wanted to transform a poorly drained and impractical backyard into an attractive and functional outdoor entertaining space that stemmed from the renovated basement. The project included an outdoor space for entertaining, an outdoor kitchen, a spacious patio with a custom concrete fire pit, oversized ceiling fans, ample storage space, and landscaping with native plants around the perimeter.

“Working on this project, we learned how important it is to have a holistic look at what clients are trying to accomplish with their renovations,” said Thomas Boyce, president of Boyce Design & Contracting. “Often with outdoor living projects, designers and contractors look at the exterior of the home in isolation. We learned to look at how the interior and exterior of the home connect to ensure the features and floor plan fit and work well together. By taking this approach, we were able to achieve a better finished product that was more functional and more attractive to our customers. »

Residential landscaping/outdoor living $100,000 to $250,000

A young, active family was looking to create a distinct outdoor living space with multiple entertaining areas that fit within the existing aesthetic and elevate the home among its neighbors. The low-maintenance rear yard now features an outdoor dining area, sunken living room, entertainment area, and additional storage built with the current architectural features of the home while maintaining a yard large enough for guests to enjoy. children and their friends can play.

“The aesthetics of the outdoor spaces were designed not just for function, but to reflect the interiors and maintain the feeling of living inside and out,” said Tim Johnson, owner and founder of Livit Site. + Structure. “For example, the rabbet used on the fire table is the same hardwood featured inside the house. Likewise, the Douglas fir timbers used on the pergola are the same as the interior ceiling beams.

Residential Landscaping/Outdoor Living Over $250,000

A 4,000 square foot project built at four different elevations, this client wanted to include a safe way to move from the upper level to the back yard without going through the house, a structure for shade and mosquito protection and a swimming pool with characteristics that reflects the house. The addition of a covered screen room with individually controlled wall panels, a transparent fireplace, a fountain, a swimming pool with sheer waterfalls, recycled stone walls and a staircase from the upper elevation all enclosing the whole thing in a stone wall met these expectations.

“Good advice for anyone building anything in the backyard: get a plan,” said Ken DePratt, owner of KD Poolscapes, Ltd. “Make it fit your wish list. Then, and only then, will you know if it fits your budget. We recommend that you do your research when taking on any size pool project. It’s hard to push this hole once it is dug.


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