Outdoor Oasis

Descriptions by: Michelle Aiello, Allison Jones and Donna Ison | Photos by: Shaun Ring and Jeff Walk


When it comes to creating that perfect staycation atmosphere, it usually begins with a gorgeous backyard. Now, we’re not just talking about a freshly mowed yard or some nice landscaping... we’re thinking bigger and better. Imagine your dream backyard and I’m sure these homes feature just that: sparkling pools, luxurious lounge furniture, outdoor kitchens and more!

The outdoor living area at this beautiful home is ready for the party of the year. The complete stainless steel outdoor kitchen and grilling area will inspire envy in any backyard chef, and the custom gunite, 20x40” heated pool with bluestone coping and a cascading waterfall is a sight to behold. The outdoor entertaining area is also equipped with a full sound system and custom hot tub with settings that can be adjusted from anywhere on the property via remote control.

The adjoining pool house is complete with a full kitchen, dressing room, half bath, shower, covered porch, surround sound and landscaped grounds. There is a mechanical room for pump and heater as well as a storage room for equipment and accessories.

This home is the perfect example of paradise right out your back door.

This back porch is truly an escape. With a deck that spans the entire back of the home, which backs up to a wooded area, it’s easy to see why.

The homeowners chose a relaxing, yet inviting color palette of blue, white and neutrals, creating a calming space that would not look out of place in a tropical atmosphere. Incorporating subtle patterns and textures brought a unique resort feel right in their backyard. The homeowners use this space as much as they possibly can be and love the feeling of being close to nature.

The outdoor entertaining area is one of this home’s ultimate focal points and a space that anyone would be happy to spend their downtime in.

The patio is outfitted with a over 2,500 square feet of entertaining space including a complete outdoor kitchen with granite countertops, warming drawers, ice maker, refrigerator and grill, plus expansive bar top seating. In less than ideal weather, the covered sitting area can be enclosed with a remote controlled screen. With 12-inch subwoofers embedded in the ground, a fire pit, outdoor wi-fi and recessed lighting, the patio can be party-ready in an instant.

It’s safe to say this house sitting on over 10 acres of property surrounded by beautiful Bluegrass farmland would host a pretty outstanding backyard.

From an outdoor kitchen with a Wolf grill, large in-ground swimming pool, ample relaxing furniture and more... you’re sure to find a much needed escape in their little piece of paradise.

With an expansive wrap around balcony, you can take in the gorgeous views from any spot out back.

The outdoor relaxation area of this home is truly breathtaking, which is complete with a covered porch, fire pit table, and flat screen television.

The pool area is reminiscent of a tropical hideaway. This lot sits on a corner lot and was designed with a side view instead of a back view, which makes the best use of the space.

Truly one of the most visually striking aspects of the home, the pool features a cascading waterfall and is flanked by privacy shrubbery and a collection of tropical plants, creating a gorgeous resort-like escape anyone would enjoy.

Talk about homey. This backyard oasis features beautiful landscaping and a calming presence. The lush outdoor venue overlooks the expansive property and gives you a private and beautiful view to truly get away.

Sheltered from the elements, the seating area is arranged for optimal relaxation with ample seating and a flat screen TV for entertainment. It is the ideal extension of this gorgeous home for family and friend gatherings.

This home is for those who prefer being a little off the beaten path.

Probably considered the home’s most picturesque detail - this backyard features a beautiful pond that was created especially for the property. With a fire pit area and a dock with fishing poles, the scene is reminiscent of a painting or storybook. The pond has a rubber liner and reaches a depth of 14 feet, is fed by two wells and has a float switch to keep the water at a consistent level. Stepping stones lead to a jump rock with underwater steps on both sides, creating a fun spot for the kids to swim. Rock outcroppings and aquatic plants create both a beautiful and natural setting for fishing.