Drawing Board: Landscaping + Outdoor Living

Poolside Paradise

Drawing Board Landscaping + Outdoor Living A Fredericksburg, Virginia, couple was dissatisfied with their flat, boring backyard and large yet unappealing patio. They hired Daniel Robey of McHale Landscape Design to integrate a pool and water feature into space and to provide much-needed shade for outdoor gatherings.

Then Now
From the expansive patio, the yard offered little visual interest. A 12-by-50 foot pool was installed beside the patio; it’s bordered by a stone wall with copper scuppers that channel flowing water.
There was no respite from the direct sun, which “really hammered the yard,” says Robey. A cedar pergola that provides shade complements the home’s architecture. A row of evergreens was moved closer to the pool to block the sun.
There was no place for the grill that didn’t block views or get in the way. The grill is tucked away on a small grilling patio at the end of the pool.
Plantings were sparse, which left the back of the house looking bare. Rows of boxwood and colorful seasonal plantings enhance the house and landscape.


Landscape Architecture: Daniel Robey, PLA, ASLA, McHale Landscape Design, Inc., Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Pool Installation: Town & Country Pools, Springfield, Virginia.