The pergolas are fitted with adjustable, retractable Sunbrella shades.
The loggia houses an outdoor kitchen, seating areas and heaters for year-round use.
The fire pit is equipped with a gas igniter, which makes lighting natural wood logs a breeze.
Lounge chairs and shade umbrellas grace a travertine terrace in a project by McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

All in the Details

McHale creates a luxurious outdoor retreat for year-round enjoyment

When repeat clients hired McHale Landscape Design to take the lead in building their dream home in Northern Virginia, they wanted to create the same level of functionality, craftsmanship and style in both their indoor and outdoor spaces. The design team proposed a plan that would transform the barren backyard into an oasis complete with a pool and spa; a loggia with a kitchen, TV lounge area and green roof; a pergola; a play area; and a pool house with a kitchen, living area and basement. McHale assembled crews that worked in tandem to make the plans a reality.

Today, the master bedroom opens to a rooftop garden above the loggia where a seating area makes the perfect spot for the owners to enjoy morning coffee overlooking the landscape. McHale’s team selected mature tree specimens to soften the hardscape and create the proper scale between the main house and pool house.

 Attention was lavished on every detail throughout the project, from the heated travertine floors in the pool house to the arbor’s heavy stone columns with hand-chiseled stone caps. Oversized entry steps with bubblers make the pool a favorite hangout spot for the owners’ kids and their guests. “They do a lot of entertaining and this has really transformed their lifestyle,” says McHale COO Phil Kelly. “They never have to leave.”

AWARD: Grand, Outdoor Living Area. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: ANTHONY CUSAT, RLA, McHale Landscape Design, Inc., Upper Marlboro, Maryland; MICHAEL SPITZER, Landgarden Landscape Architects, New York, New York. POOL HOUSE & LOGGIA ARCHITECTURE: ROB SHUTLER, Shutler Architects, Arlington, Virginia. INTERIOR DESIGN: GERALD L. SMITH, G.L. Smith Associates Inc., Washington, DC.