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Hi Guys! Outdoor Living in backyards is trendsetting. Makes sense to make full use of our properties by ‘Getting Outside’ eh? Outside to enjoy indoor-creature-comforts.

We all want to be hip & stylish, right?

Cool Backyard Ideas . . . take it Away!

Not the Basic Pergolas

Of the many kinds of structures in landscape design, pergolas add ‘extra oomph.’ Like in this modern pergola West Linn backyard.

pergola in landscape design

Can You Dig It – Outdoor Bars

‘Put a bar in it’ and watch them flock to grab a bar stool. These islands become the life of the party – of course they do – food & drinks central . . .

You Scream, I Scream, we all scream for . . . Pizza Pie?

Yep, the old pizza pie switcheroo. Seriously, pizza is a must-have. Why not any old time of year, any day or night, any toppings? Pizza oven right in the middle of your backyard? Magnifico!

“Cool Beans” – Vertical Plant Wall – Custom Seats, A-Frame Grill Island

Modern backyard design with custom wood seat walls around the firepit, and in the corner for extra chit-chat. The privacy screen wall with plantings cool it down while the contrasting fire warms things up. See how the grill island structure adds even more privacy to side-by-side properties? Pop in with a click to see this little gem-of-a-courtyard.

Outdoor living

Don’t be Koi – Koi Ponds

Sound fishy? Nope . . . generation old Koi add serenity.  Relax and listen to the trickle of the ponds’ waterfalls . . . heavenly.

Aye Aye Matey – River View – Galley Bar – Pull Out Seats

Fun-filled nautical theme on the Columbia River . . . good ideas Froomer Family!

“I got Dibs on the Hammock”

Hammock-Time . . . peaceful down time or grab some friends to hang out!

Hip-pity-Hop – In-ground Trampoline

What kids can resist this? In-ground spa and in-ground trampoline. Perfect pairing!

Awesome Sauce – Kids Play

Cool Backyard Ideas has got to include kids play areas. If you build it they will use it!

Private Retreats – Nooks with a book / Sounds of Silence

Walking path, Roped bridge to Kids Play

Super cool walkway down by the raised bed planters. Imagine playing all kinds of pretend scenarios –



When life gives you . . . Outdoor Theaters

Really? I want one . . .

Spout Water Features

Why does water never laugh at jokes? It isn’t a fan of dry humor.

Razz My Berries – Zero Gravity Chairs, Umbrellas

Rarely do we meet guys who are fond of umbrellas . . . but put ’em in a zero gravity chair and listen for the heavy-sighs of total relaxation.

Take it Outside

Showers near Outdoor Spas are super cool. Why not? Before & After spa time . . . especially for those who need to wash off the days’ sweat before soaking! Ha! JK!

Jammed up – Outdoor Kitchen Fare

All kinds of outdoor kitchens with all kinds of grub! Outside eating – nothing like it! Explore more food-enhancing-backyard-life images in our Portfolio.

Wine Not?

Small backyard with grapevine in corner . . Stop and Smell the Rosé – see the transformation.

Grapevine Pergola in landscape design

Urban Camping

Backyard Campfire

Backyard camping ground near woods became part of the backyard design plan in this property for kids adventures. Or the entire family could sleep outside! A family camping trip in your own backyard!

Show me the Moolah

Sport courts, putting greens, pools, swim spas . . . a few money shots? Head in to each property and check it out . . . it’s only a click away!

sport court

golf green

swimming pool in backyard

swim spa


Old School Charm with Fresh Ideas

Team Paradise loves the journey each and every year.  We live backyard basics with fresh twists. Features that draw you outside to enjoy nature while relaxing in cozy comfort.  Thanks for Dropping In for a few cool ideas . . . need extra visuals – Visit our YouTube Channel

Complimentary Consultation? You got it!

It’s a Wrap!

Until next time . . . Get Outside Portland!

Kim Thibodeau, Exterior Design Services

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