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Backyard design ideas inspired by our top pins

The backyard has become more than a swath of grass, one that could be home to a vegetable patch or flower garden. This outside space has evolved from functional to fun, with more homeowners viewing the backyard as extension of indoor living areas. 

Of course, there should be plenty of function in this space where you entertain. 

But no matter how you choose to design your backyard, thoughtful design choices will maximize its function. Here is a look at our most popular backyard photos on Pinterest, showcasing how a swim spa or hot tub by Master Spas can transform your space.

Design a better backyard

Pinterest and other social media sites are filled with ideas on how to build an outdoor space where you can truly relax. However, a picture does not always come with a plan of action. How do you take inspiration from backyard ideas and apply it to your own backyard?

Size up the space. The first step in any backyard makeover is to take a good look at your space. This step is important because it can bring clarity to your backyard makeover project. Establish what features that you want to keep and what areas could use some improvement. 

Consider how your family uses the space. More than that, though, how you would like to use your backyard in the years to come. Your project might start with installing a spa, with landscaping or an outdoor kitchen to be added in a later phase. 

Center of attention. When you began exploring backyard ideas and jotting down your wish list, you might have included features like lounge chairs, a hot tub, or raised garden bed. These backyard design elements can help create a relaxing space. Without a focal point, though, your space might not have a cohesive design. Be sure to plan for the feature or area to which you want to draw attention. Alternately, where do you want people to congregate when hosting a party.

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This hot tub installation is the most popular pin from Master Spas. Users love the design of this backyard, from the pergola to the stonework.

Backyard design ideas

Backyard oasis

The photo of this hot tub installation is the most popular pin on Master Spas’ Pinterest page. And for good reason! This backyard has a beautiful pergola, stonework, and other natural elements. A stamped concrete patio creates a path for people going in and out of the hot tub.

Backyard design features: Stamped concrete patio, rock garden, pergola, hot tub, ornamental grass

Design tip: Mix natural textures and colors. There are large stones that act as steps with more boulder-like rocks for decoration. 

swim spa in deck
This suburban backyard features an H2X Challenger 15D installed in a deck for a partially above ground look.

Swim spa in a deck

This beautiful suburban home features a sloped yard and views of the adjacent pond, ruling out the option of an in-ground lap pool. Instead, the homeowner expanded their existing patio to create more outdoor living space. An H2X swim spa was installed in a deck for a partially recessed look.  

Backyard design features: Stamped concrete patio, above-ground swim spa, grill, deck storage boxes, outdoor seating, garden fountain

Design tip: Create different “zones” in your backyard with patio furniture, outdoor storage, and lounge seating.

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Perfect for entertaining, this backyard features a fire pit, plenty of seating an in-ground swim spa. The H2X Trainer 18D becomes a year-round alternative to an in-ground lap pool.

In-ground lap pool alternative

This Indiana backyard has something for everyone — an outdoor kitchen for the at-home chef, a fire pit for cozy nights, and plenty of seating for guests. The recessed installation of the H2X Trainer 18D offers the look of an in-ground lap pool without compromising the entire backyard. 

Backyard design features: Grill, smoker, pergola, gas fire pit, brick paver patio

Design tip: If you want to install your swim spa in the ground, be sure to plan for access to the equipment. Pieces of the decking can be removed for a service rep if needed. For more information about installing a swim spa in the ground, download our Backyard Planning Guide.

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A swim spa offers space to swim, exercise, and relax. This 18-foot swim spa has two therapy seats with hot tub jets, which help relieve stress and muscle aches.

How to buy a hot tub

Are you ready to design a better backyard? A Master Spas hot tub can help you relax and unwind while staying without leaving home. You can click here to discover our secrets to creating a backyard oasis. Or, contact your local Master Spas retailer to learn more about swim spa ownership. Wondering how much a hot tub costs? You can request a quote here.

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