Project Spotlight: Year-Round Outdoor Living Transformation in Northern VA

Take in the gentle curves, gently falling water, and a refuge from the evening cool or summer sun. This picturesque backyard project is so much more than a summer retreat. Take the guided tour of this year-round sanctuary where our clients now unwind, entertain, and enjoy the beauty of every season. This project spotlight showcases how even the most ambitious outdoor living dreams can come true, with the right professionals, of course.

Northern VA outdoor living space with pool, pool house, and patio by Deckscapes of VA

How the Client Found Deckscapes

This remarkable outdoor project began with a simple referral. The client discovered Deckscapes of Virginia while we were busy transforming other backyards within their neighborhood. Impressed by the quality and creativity we displayed in these nearby projects, the client was eager to see how we could reimagine their own outdoor space.

Design Style and Features

Freeform Pool and Spa

At the heart of this stunning outdoor project is a freeform pool with a spa, designed with an organic shape that meanders just like a natural body of water. This freeform pool design is perfect for those who appreciate a more natural, relaxed aesthetic in their outdoor spaces.

Freeform pool with spa next to pavilion by Deckscapes of VA

Water Feature

A striking pool waterfall feature adds to the pool’s allure. This 5-foot waterfall cascades gracefully into the deep end, providing a mesmerizing focal point and the soothing sound of running water. 

Northern Virginia pool area with stone steps and waterfall by Deckscapes of VA

Expansive Patio

The paver patio around the pool provides ample space for lounging, dining, and entertaining, ensuring that there’s plenty of room for all sorts of activities. The use of Unilock pavers offers a visually appealing and long-lasting surface that can withstand the wear and tear of frequent use.

Paver patio with outdoor furniture next to freeform pool by Deckscapes of Virginia


The pavilion, with its gable roof, serves as a versatile covered space that enhances the usability of the outdoor area. This pavilion with an outdoor kitchen and fireplace includes a vaulted ceiling, a natural stone fireplace, a ceiling fan, and a mounted television, creating a cozy yet functional space for year-round enjoyment. The stone veneer outdoor fireplace is a standout feature, offering warmth and a beautiful focal point for gatherings all year.

Pool house with outdoor kitchen and stone countertops in Northern Virginia by Deckscapes of VA

Aerial view of outdoor living project with a pool and pool house by Deckscapes of VA in Northern Virginia

Outdoor Kitchen

The outdoor kitchen pavilion is equipped with everything needed for alfresco dining and entertaining. It features a built-in grill, an outdoor kitchen with bar seating, and durable countertops, making it ideal for hosting cookouts and preparing meals.

Northern Virginia pool house with outdoor kitchen and bar seating by Deckscapes of VA

Close-up of a furnished pool house with fireplace in Northern Virginia

Comprehensive Landscaping and Lighting

The project also includes thoughtful landscaping and strategic lighting. Boulders around the pool add a naturalistic touch, and natural stone pool coping and porcelain pool tiles provide a high-quality, durable finish that complements the overall design.

Landscaping around freeform pool with waterfall feature by Deckscapes of VA

Materials Used

Unilock Paver Patio

We constructed the foundation of the outdoor living area with Unilock pavers. These pavers are renowned for their durability and aesthetic appeal, providing a robust surface that can handle heavy foot traffic and the outdoor elements. The variety of colors and textures available in Unilock pavers allowed us to create a cohesive look that seamlessly integrates with the other elements of the backyard.

Northern Virginia pool area with waterfall and natural stone coping by Deckscapes of VA

Natural Veneer on Fireplace, Outdoor Kitchen, and Spa

We used rich natural veneer on the fireplace, outdoor kitchen, and spa. This material adds a touch of natural beauty and blends harmoniously with the surrounding landscape. 

Natural veneer on fireplace and outdoor kitchen in Northern VA pool house

Natural Stone Coping and Porcelain Tile on Pool/Spa

We installed natural stone pool coping and sleek porcelain pool tiles around the pool and spa. The natural stone coping provides a smooth, durable edge that is comfortable underfoot and resistant to the wear and tear of pool use. 

Client Priorities

  1. Freeform Pool with Water Feature: The client wanted a large, organically shaped pool that would serve as a visually striking centerpiece. The addition of a waterfall was a key priority to enhance the aesthetic appeal and provide a calming sound element.
  2. Expansive Patio: It was crucial to create ample space for lounging, dining, and entertaining. The patio needed to comfortably accommodate all kinds of activities and gatherings.
  3. Covered Space: The pavilion was essential for providing shade and protection from the elements, ensuring that the outdoor area could be enjoyed year-round.
  4. Outdoor Kitchen and Fireplace: The kitchen needed to be fully functional with a built-in grill and bar seating, while the fireplace was intended to offer a cozy gathering spot.
Pool house by Deckscapes of VA with ceiling fan

Challenges and Solutions

Excavation Challenges

Given the property’s location, we anticipated difficulties with rock during the pool excavation. To address this, we used specialized equipment to efficiently remove the rock and minimize delays. This preparation allowed us to stay on schedule and within budget.

Coordination of Multiple Trades

Managing the various trades involved in the project—carpenters, masons, electricians, plumbers, painters, landscape crews, and roofers—required meticulous scheduling and coordination. Our project management team ensured that all trades worked seamlessly together, maintaining high standards of quality and meeting project deadlines. 

Deckscapes Makes Outdoor Living Space Dreams Come True

Are you inspired by this outdoor oasis? At Deckscapes of Virginia, we take pride in transforming outdoor spaces in Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties into dream retreats. Read to build something just for you? Contact Deckscapes of Virginia to discuss how we can create a custom outdoor living area that perfectly suits your needs and lifestyle.

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