by Christy Heitger-Ewing | photos by The Home Aesthetic

When it comes to home design trends, one certainly is here to stay: a desire to create a beautiful backyard oasis where homeowners can relax, retreat, and refresh.

“Covered outdoor living continues to be a significant item on our clients wish list for their outdoor spaces,” says J.D. Durst, partner/president of BPI Outdoor Living. “People want a covered outdoor space that’s ideal for relaxing and for entertaining friends and family.”

These designs often include pools, patios or decks, outdoor kitchens, firepits, and sitting areas. When homeowner Jerry Jones approached the BPI Outdoor Living team to ask for their design expertise, he shared that he wanted a luxury space that included landscaping, a pool, covered structures, a boulder wall, an outdoor kitchen and bar, and a multi-level paver patio deck with ample seating and sunbathing spots. He also requested a private sunken hot tub, dining area, and secluded fire pit patio. He envisioned an oasis that would be ideal to host guests.

Jones’ requests were ambitious given the strict site requirements and elevation changes. BPI Outdoor Living’s team of designers rose to the challenge and were able to fit all of Jones’ requests into the final design solution and seamlessly integrated all the elements into the natural terrain.

Jones was impressed by the design solutions BPI created.

“My wife and I were looking for a very unique and creative outdoor living space, and [BPI delivered]. The boulders brought in a rustic and unique balance of privacy and tasteful landscaping,” says Jones. “J.D. was very helpful in offering suggestions for our pool house and landscape designs around the pool.”

“The pool patio invites guests to swim, sunbathe, sip cocktails, and stargaze,” says Durst. “The nearby pavilion houses cold beverages at the bar and a big screen for game days.”

The backyard oasis provides it all – a place to convene, cook, converse, and just enjoy life.

“Now, more than ever, homes have become sacred and safe spaces, says Durst. “The outdoor spaces are important to escape the demands of everyday life and reconnect with nature and will continue to be a huge point of emphasis moving forward.”

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