Backyard Pictures From Blog Cabin 2010

With a remodeled back deck, stadium-style stairs and a flagstone patio with custom fire pit, the backyard commands attention.

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Arguably one of the most dramatic Blog Cabin 2010 makeovers, the backyard, tackled by Dean Marsico and Derek Stearns and their Indoors Out team, accommodates summer gatherings, large and small.

French doors that connect indoor and outdoor living rooms replace the home's original fireplace with massive brick chimney, which obstructed views of the countryside.

Rough-cut, square-picket rails, chosen by online voters, and hemlock posts give the porch a rustic look.

Drought-tolerant Yaku Jima Maiden Grass, planted in container gardens, basks in full sun on the back deck. The plant mirrors the look of native grasses that surround the home.

The nearly 600-square-foot deck is topped with weather-resistant and eco-friendly Trex decking over a pressure-treated frame. Boards are attached using a unique clipping system that hides screws. Adirondack chairs, stained the same shade as the siding, invite relaxation.

Custom-crafted red cedar shutters, complete with wrought-iron shutter dogs, strap hinges and pulls, give the home a lived-in, centuries-old look.

Adirondack chairs seem most fitting on the back deck of this New York mountain getaway. Decorative pillows echo the home's interior decor.

A housewarming gift chosen by online voters, the birdfeeder is perched atop the bluestone-topped pillar, but it could also be hung from the adjacent tree, saved during the construction of the deck.

Oversized pillows upholstered in weatherproof fabrics invite one to kick back and relax in the Adirondack chaise longues.

The 15-foot-long, stadium-style staircase connects the deck to the expansive backyard, which boasts views of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

The Indoors Out crew trimmed and laid bluestone for the back patio, which features a custom-crafted circular fire pit.

The base of the deck is layered with gravel to prevent weed growth. Frame posts are set with concrete foots below the frost line for stability.

Knockout roses, planted in beds that surround the back porch, offer color throughout summer and fall.

A variety of low-growing pine shrubs, ferns, and flowering and shade-loving plants, including hostas, dot the backyard landscape.

Yellow day lilies provide a long season of blooms.

More than 1,000 square feet of Kentucky bluegrass sod was laid in the backyard, which transitions into open meadow. A variegated dogwood tree planted near the patio will mature and eventually provide shade for the outdoor area.

The property's existing trees were protected from construction damage. Rather than fell an oak tree adjacent to the original back deck, it was incorporated into the new deck design.

A two-car garage, complete with paneled doors from Clopay's Reserve collection, offers space to tinker with projects, and to store tools and household items.

Housewarming gifts for the winner of Blog Cabin 2010 include a folding workbench, a floor-to-ceiling bike rack, a garage elevator and a tool board organizer.

As the sun sets, the fire pit illuminates the backyard space. Constructed of metal with a stone face, the outdoor feature can be utilized throughout the year.

The property line of Blog Cabin 2010 extends to the meadow, where the lawn transitions to open farmland, rolling hills and wooded valleys.