A Breath of Fresh Air

Transform your backyard into an outdoor oasis.

By Kaleigh Lawson

Blessed with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, wide open prairies and the majestic Rocky Mountains, Colorado is without a doubt, an outdoor lover’s paradise. It’s no wonder then that more and more Coloradoans are moving their living rooms outside. Designed as a natural extension of the home, al fresco “livingscapes” allow homeowners to nurture their love of nature in a comfortable outdoor sanctuary—perfect for entertaining, relaxing or simply taking in a fiery sunset. No matter the size of your space or your taste in design, you can easily transform your outdoor digs into a cozy oasis. Read on for some inspired ideas for enjoying open air living all summer long and right into fall.


Photo Credit: American Design & Landscape

American Design & Landscape 

The owners of this home in Highlands Ranch were looking for a backyard getaway and that is precisely what they got. The desire to spend more time at home instead of going out is greatly increased with this space. Skip out on the TV and take in the sights and smells of this garden escape. The long-time owners wanted to create a “place they could spend time with family and friends to barbeque and unwind in the privacy of their own backyard,” says American Design & Landscape President, Kristina Smith-Becker.


Photo Credit: David Winger

Designs by Sundown 

This Boulder home needed to accommodate not only the homeowners, but their seven dogs. A geologist, the husband knew he wanted to incorporate his passion for fossils and rocks into the design. The design teams embedded different specimens under protective glass in the kitchen countertop and into the upper stonework of the fireplace. The design space allows the family to hang out and enjoy the mountain views while having an ideal place to entertain when needed.


Photo Credit: Will Hyde/Mile High Landscaping

Mile High Landscaping 

Ideal for entertaining, this modern home offers metallic touches and bright colors that translate from the plants to the furniture. “Our client loves to cook and have friends over for parties, so he wanted the backyard to be an extension of his home. The concept was to blend the line between indoors and outdoors,” says Will Hyde, owner of Mile High Landscaping. Incorporating the arbor into the space helped achieve the desired “outdoor room” effect.