11 playful backyard designs
Step aside rusty old swing sets and plastic cubbies, it’s time to design aesthetically pleasing outdoor spaces that are just as playful.
11 November, 2016
We’re inspired by these ? versatile gardens. Not only are they well-designed and visually beautiful, they also accommodate active little people and their imaginations. Twisting paths, steps to climb and tracks to travel, these gardens offer hours of entertainment without compromising style.
Landscape designer Laura Cooper created a unique courtyard using round “pavers,” salvaged from a moribund eucalyptus tree. | Photo: Lisa Romerein for Dwell.
We’re picturing endless hours of hide and seek in this award-wining garden designed by Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects. | Photo Rebecca A. O’Neal.
Game of soccer anyone? Multiple terraces have been sculpted into the sloped terrain of this weekend retreat designed by Alex Hanazaki. | Photo: Yuri Seródio.
The Monks Garden redesigned by Michael Van Valkenburgh was originally intended for contemplation, but we’re sure this snake like path would transform into a race track in no time! | Photo: Elizabeth Felicella.
This entire home and garden serves as a playground for these two boys, yet there’s not a swing set in sight (there is a rope ladder though)! | Designed by Ground Landscape Architecture.
Mirror, cascading steps and a little alcove make this garden designed by Lutsko Associates ideal for exploring.
From story time to afternoon cocktails on the deck, this outdoor swing provides the perfect hang out for everyone. Designed by MJ | Architecture.
Every kid, big and small, would like to scale the side of their house wouldn’t they? Austin Maynard Architects make it possible in this home. | Photo: Nic Granleese.
Sculpted terraces and a natural hideout, Andrea Cochran has created an idyllic garden for a family of four. | Photo: Holly Stewart
David Hocker has used organic stone pavers lead the way to this urban retreat in a playful fashion. | Photo: Gisela Borghi