A Magical Backyard Transformation in Smithtown, NY Using Unilock’s Beacon Hill Flagstone for Warmth and Authenticity
This otherworldly design by Metamorphosis, an award-winning design and build company from Long Island, combines organic curves, naturalistic rock arrangements, an array of water features and futuristic landscape lighting to create a setting that borders on the surreal.
The design employs a number of discreet methods of dividing up the space to create an abundance of visual interest while allowing for separate areas of a variety of leisure-based functions. Sweeping curves provided by the hardscaping and organically shaped swathes of lawn separate the oasis-like swimming area from a more formal dining area. Two ornate concrete gazebos create their own magical spaces, one housing a fully functional wet bar, the other an intimate lounge area. Curved banding inlay and a change in the direction of the paver laying pattern further introduces subtle division amongst the hardscaped areas. Although these outdoor spaces retain their individuality, common elements, particularly the use of Unilock’s Beacon Hill Flagstone throughout the design, ensures that flow is always maintained.
In the exterior design of the patio huts, traditional architecture matching that of the main building is injected with the curves of the landscape with the use of a semi-circular dormer on each. The dormers lend a certain Alice in Wonderland quality to the already exotic theme while fulfilling the function of providing additional natural light during the day.
In keeping with the naturalistic thread running through the design the pool utilizes a gentle gradient rather than steps to form a beach entrance. The extra space created using this design provides a place for deck chairs and a sun umbrella positioned to enjoy the cascading waterfall feature. In addition to the rock waterfall, a number of water spout fountains contribute to the poolside ambiance, introducing sound, motion and color when lit up in the evening.
The landscape lighting itself forms a huge portion of this design’s unique appeal. Spot lighting set the surrounding trees ablaze with direct light, while the blue pool lighting contributes a futuristic cooling effect and unique evening atmosphere. Functional down lighting above the bar and outdoor kitchen provide a useable area for evening cooking, while additional ambient lighting is distributed throughout for outdoor entertaining.
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