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Sprawling Backyard

A derelict yard transformed into a private resort.

"The homeowners of this gorgeous plot wanted intimate spaces that were comfortable enough for the family, but stylish and elegant enough for entertaining," says Maureen Sedran of Mark Hartley Landscape Architects. To that end, the team designed and installed a 12-by-35-foot saltwater pool, as well as a multilevel yard that gradually descends in stages from the house. The pool's deep, shimmering blue gives the whole yard a tropical feel.

Take a video tour of this backyard, plus see more inspiring backyards in our photo gallery.

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