Backyard From DIY Network Ultimate Retreat 2018

The multi-purpose backyard celebrates the sights and sounds of the updated home’s Sapphire, North Carolina location, with space for casual entertaining, sharing a meal or just relaxing and soaking in the natural beauty of this stunning property.

By: Jeannie Matteucci

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Focal Points

Removing a smaller octagon deck while incorporating an existing large octagon deck into the backyard’s updated design offered the chance to concentrate on focal points, to create a multi-functional space made for outdoor entertaining and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Sit and Relax

A seating area on the three-sided octagon deck around a propane firepit creates an inviting backyard destination. A semi-translucent charcoal black stain that shows the grain of the wood was used on the seating area’s three cedar log-style swings and three two-seat Adirondack style benches with a small table in-between made from naturally rot and insect resistant Northern White Cedar. “We were trying to keep it fresh and modern by using the stain on what would be considered traditional mountain furniture,” says designer Elizabeth Demos.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Gather Around

The firepit with a clean and modern look connects to the home’s propane system and serves as a versatile heating source for one of the deck’s seating areas. “The circular shape of the firepit is a nod to the octagon deck,” says project manager Dylan Eastman.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Flexible Design

This backyard deck was designed to accommodate small or large gatherings, for this updated property that celebrates the concept of indoor/outdoor living. Red Cedar upright posts that form the handrails on the deck have Epay wood tops with open cable rails that allow water views to be enjoyed.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Comfortable Spot

Located on the south side of the house, this backyard enjoys great solar exposure. “It’s warm and comfortable but it’s still within a shaded backdrop of natural hemlocks and rhododendrons,” says project manager Dylan Eastman.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Log-Style Swings

The rustic cedar log-style swings with the semi-translucent charcoal black stain offer a way to enjoy the beauty of the backyard and surrounding area. “We placed the swings where you get the best view of the river,” says designer Elizabeth Demos.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Coordinated Look

This overhead wide view of the backyard shows how the repainted deck includes colors that tie into the home’s new iron gray board and batten siding and black anodized framed windows.
From: Elizabeth Demos

See-Through Fireplace

Perfect for a crisp morning or fall night, this seating area with see-through fireplace from the great room inside offers another backyard spot for casual conservation while enjoying the outdoors.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Have a Seat

A super comfortable and lightweight outdoor sofa with indoor/outdoor cushions and an outdoor coffee table are paired with two coordinating outdoor arm chairs with a side table for resting drinks in this spot made for easy living.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Handsome Coffee Table

A round brass tray on the handsome coffee table with wine glasses sits ready for guests in this inviting seating area by the home’s double-sided fireplace.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Options Galore

This view towards the backyard’s vintage outdoor dining table with a slim profile that allows for good traffic flow highlights how the deck wraps around the home, with designated spots for soaking in the natural beauty of the area.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Lovely Landscaping

Landscaping that includes azalea, mountain laurel and rhododendron gently frames the updated backyard deck, adding color and texture to this alluring outdoor retreat.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Vintage Table

The deck’s vintage outdoor beer garden dining table with attached benches folds up for easy storage. Other vintage items on the deck, including a vintage tobacco basket, add character and local flavor to the backyard.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Pretty Planter

A brass planter with greenery and assorted blooming plants on the outdoor beer garden table helps brighten up the dining area.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Sit and Relax

An additional seating area by stairs that lead down to the path to the river offers a place to enjoy a cup of coffee or sweet treat after a casual meal at the outdoor dining table.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Natural Beauty

A selection of potted plants and candle lanterns line each side of the entry to the stairs that lead from the backyard deck to the path with local stone pavers that offers access to the river.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Walk This Way

The path with local stone pavers provides easy access to the river in this area known for trout fishing. A selection of natural rocks, smaller rhododendron, lots of native style plants (including some with flowers) make up this lovely backyard area that sits between the deck and river.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Peace and Tranquility

The backyard’s water views and natural vegetation provide a tranquil setting for this updated home with improved flow and function.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Sights and Sounds

The backyard of this updated property offers not only great views of the water and natural vegetation, but also a chance to enjoys the appealing sounds of nature.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Pretty Poofs

The backyard deck includes three flexible and mobile outdoor poofs can be used for extra seating for large gatherings, as a footrest, or spot to rest a tray of snacks.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Outdoor Dining

A pass through stacking window from the kitchen to the backyard deck makes it easy to enjoy the fresh air with a casual meal at the counter.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Natural Setting

This view from above shows how this home integrates with nature, with plenty of options for various outdoor activities. The elevated property offers the chance to enjoy views while still feeling part of the overall landscape.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Connected Spaces

The design of the backyard deck that wraps the home offers good flow between designated areas for eating, entertaining and relaxing outdoors. A deck that was added to the front of the home ties into the backyard deck.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Steel Stools

Four distressed teal bar stools crafted from galvanized steel provide a pop of color and fun seating at the counter.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Key Changes

The bank where the backyard and river meet together was stabilized, and a number of dead trees were removed during the redesign of this impressive property.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Durable Rug

A gray/teal area rug made with 100 percent polypropylene yarn that is treated to withstand rain, sun and other outdoor elements adds color, pattern and a touch of softness over the repainted deck surface.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Statement Color

The updated home’s iron gray board and batten siding gives the home a strong presence that also complements the natural setting of the property.
From: Elizabeth Demos

No Waste

Extra barn wood used for the home’s bunk room was recycled as decorative wood blocks, paired with a planter with greenery that adds height and texture on top of the coffee table. “It was beautiful wood, and we didn’t want to get rid of it,” says designer Elizabeth Demos.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Nap Time

An inviting rope hammock with outdoor pillows placed between two of the property’s native trees offers the perfect spot for an afternoon nap, a place to read or a simple way to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.
From: Elizabeth Demos

Nighttime Beauty

A nighttime view of the backyard shows how the property comes alive at night, with an abundance of glass sliders and glass stacking doors and windows that create a strong connection between the inside of the house and the beautiful landscape outside.
From: Elizabeth Demos