Landscaping + Outdoor Living: Drawing Board

Backyard Paradise

Landscaping + Outdoor Living: Drawing Board A couple with two daughters tapped landscape architect Daniel Robey to create a “vacation home in Potomac” by adding outdoor living spaces, a pool, water features and a pool house to their under-utilized backyard.

Then Now
The barren lawn was primarily used by the owner’s dog, who enjoyed romping around on the grass. Owners and guests can relax in the pool and spa and gather in the open-air pool house, equipped with a kitchen, fireplace and built-in TV.
Though the owners used their existing terraces, they had no reason to venture into the rest of the backyard. A dining area under a new pergola and terraced living spaces make full use of the property’s outdoor terrain.
The empty backyard did nothing to enhance the visual or sensory appeal of the house. Stone walls, planting beds and flowering crape myrtles lend the yard the feel of a resort, while a fountain comprised of a trio of clay vessels creates the soothing sound of cascading water.


Landscape Architecture & Contracting: Daniel Robey, McHale Landscape Design, Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Pool: Town & Country Pools, Springfield, Virginia. Photography: John Spaulding.